Early Childhood - Child Development, A.A.S.
Start a rewarding career with our Child Development program. Gain practical skills and work with preschoolers. Accredited by NAEYC.
About the Program
- Accredited: The program is accredited by NAEYC.
- Career-Oriented: This degree prepares you for careers working with children and families, emphasizing practical skills.
- Workforce Degree: Designed to start your career, it doesn't transfer to a Bachelor's program.
- Age Group: Focuses on children aged birth to eight.
- Targeted Age Group: Specifically for preschool children.
- Curriculum Focus: Emphasizes child development understanding.
- Program Design: Teaches creating activities for preschoolers.
- Versatile Settings: Opportunities in various child-related settings.
- Course Requirements: Complete 18 Gen Ed and 36 Child Dev courses, with six electives.
Discover our Child Development program designed to help you excel in child-related careers. Learn how to support children's growth and development. Gain practical skills for effective communication and teaching. Make a difference in their lives.
After successfully completing this program, you will have the ability to:
- Apply major theories of child growth and development to children’s needs.
- Create a resource file of community agencies and organizations.
- Utilize information from formal and informal assessment and observation.
- Plan developmentally appropriate activities.
- Design curriculum that integrates knowledge of inclusive practice.
- Make professional choices based on NAEYC documents.
Explore the program requirements in our catalog. See what it takes to earn your degree. View the course list, credit hours, and elective options. Get started on your path to success.
Plan your journey with our program map. See the courses you'll take, from general education to child development. Get a clear roadmap to achieving your goals.
The CHLD student organization, officially known as the "Professional Association of Childhood Educators" since 2003, welcomes all students, whether they're CHLD majors or not, who have an interest in child development and early childhood education.
Our activities include DHS-accredited child care training, field trips, social events, community service projects, and orientation support for new CHLD students at West Campus. Learn more about CHLD Organization.
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