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College Catalog: Education: Early Childhood Development

Program: Early Childhood Development
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Plan Code: 636
Length: 67 credits; the program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. Length may vary.
Lead Faculty: Antoinette (Toni) Johnson

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.pdc.edu/future-students/gainful-employment/ to access gainful employment information for this program.

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to prepare students for the care, supervision, and education of young children from birth to eight years. Graduates will also qualify for working with children up to age twelve in after-school programs. Individuals already working in the field may up-grade their skills and qualify for advancement.

Occupational Objectives: Upon completion of the Early Childhood Development Associates degree, graduates possess the knowledge and skills required for entry into the Early Childhood field:

  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Director
  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Manager
  • Childcare/Preschool/After-School Teacher
  • Early Head Start/ Head Start Teacher
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Substitute Teacher

Program Student Learning Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the stages of early childhood development
  • Create positive ways to build self-esteem in children and to help them develop self-control.
  • Illustrate developmentally appropriate techniques and methods for encouraging the development of math, science, and social studies.
  • Utilize the arts and other creative developmentally appropriate activities for young children.
  • Demonstrate the planning and implementation of programs in group-care with emphasis on health and safety policies, record-keeping, and reporting to parents.
  • Implement the theory and practice in movement and music education into an integrated curriculum.
  • Use developmentally appropriate practices to plan activities to stimulate the logical thinking skills in curriculum.

Admission Requirements: General Admission to the college is required.  In addition to the admissions requirements established for the College, entry into Early Childhood Development requires proficiency in reading, basic arithmetic, and standard written English, and computer usage as measured by the placement tests offered at the College. Students who do not have these proficiencies must correct their deficiencies by taking developmental courses (i.e., ITE 101and 115).

Program Requirements:  Students should be advised that many agencies require a criminal background check through the Virginia State Police Department and a child abuse check through the Virginia Department of Social Services before employment involving contact with young children. In addition, some child care facilities and schools may require proof of specific vaccinations and health related tests for students to complete their supervised workplace experiences.

Students in Early Childhood Development, in addition to meeting the requirements of the College for graduation, must also successfully complete all CHD courses with a minimum grade of “C.” Several of the CHD courses require field observations and/or participation, which may require students to be available during regular operating hours of early childhood settings.

Early Childhood Education (636)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
Fall Term
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
MTH 154 OR 155/161 Mathematics for Liberal Arts I or Pre-calculus 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Spring Term
CHD 119 Introduction to Reading Methods1 3
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3
CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children 3
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
CST 100 Principals of Public Speaking 3
Total Semester Credits 18
Fall Term
CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Children 3
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, School and Social Change 3
PSY 235 Child Psychology 3
HLT Health/Physical Education 2
Total Semester Credits 17
Spring Term
CHD 215 Models of ECHD Programs 3
CHD 265 Adv. Obs. and Participation in 3
CHD 270 Administration of Childcare Programs 3
CHD 298 Seminar & Projects: Portfolio Development3 1
Humanities ___ Humanities Elective 3
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Total Program Credits4 67
1.Must have completed CHD 118 prior to taking CHD 119
2.Must have completed CHD 165 prior to taking CHD 265
3.Must take CHD 298 and CHD 265 the same semester
4. Meets VCCS Core Competency Requirements in the following areas: Communication (oral and written), (CST 100, ENG 111 & 112); Critical Thinking, (ENG 111, CST 100,); Cultural and Social Understanding, (PSY 235, SOC 215); Information Literacy, (ENG 111 & 112, CST 100); Personal Development, (SDV 100, HLT 106); Quantitative Reasoning, (MTH 154 OR 155 or 161); Scientific Reasoning. Meets SACS General Education Requirements of 15 credit hours, at least one course in each of the three following areas: Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Math/Natural Sciences.