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College Catalog: Education: Early Childhood Education

Program: Early Childhood Development
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Plan Code: 636
Length: 62 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 program of study is designed to prepare students for the care, supervision, and education of young children from birth to eight years. This degree is a pathway to a Baccalaureate degree with the option of teacher licensure with a PreK-3 endorsement. 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.

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 childcare 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 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 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 Qualitative Reasoning 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Spring Term
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings1 3
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education 3
CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children 3
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
Total Semester Credits 15
Fall Term
CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Children 3
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession1 3
BIO 101 General Biology I with Lab 4
CHD 270 Administration of Childcare Programs 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Spring Term
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
CHD 265 Adv. Obs. and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings1 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, School and Social Change 3
HIS 121 or HIS 122 United Sates History I or United States History II 3
ENG 241 OR ENG 242 Survey of American Literature I or Survey of American Literature II 3
Total Semester Credits 15
Total Program Credits 62
1.Must have completed CHD 165 prior to taking Edu 200, and CHD 265