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Early Childhood Development

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

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Purpose: The curriculum is designed for persons who seek employment involving the care and education of young children, or for those persons presently employed in these situations who wish to update and enhance their competencies. Occupational opportunities include program leaders, supervisors, and/or directors in child development programs.


Degree RequirementsCredits

Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or any approved SDV course1

English ENG 111-112 6

Mathematics Any 100 level or higher MTH course13

Health/Physical Education HLT 1353

Humanities Any course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language3

Social Sciences PSY 235 and any course from ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, or SOC6

Communication CST 1003

Program Requirements

CHD 118Language Arts for Young Children3

CHD 119Introduction to Reading Methods3

CHD 120Introduction to Early Childhood Education3

CHD 145Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children3

CHD 146Math, Science and Social Studies for Children3

CHD 165Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings3

CHD 166Infant and Toddler Programs3

CHD 205Guiding the Behavior of Children3

CHD 210Introduction to Exceptional Children3

CHD 215Models of Early Childhood Education Programs3

CHD 216Early Childhood Programs, School, and Social Change3

CHD 265Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings3

CHD 270Administration of Childcare Programs3

CHD 298Seminar and Project1

Total Minimum Credits65

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies by passing ITE 115 (transfer elective) or an equivalent competency test. Students are encouraged not to wait until the final semester to complete this requirement.

Suggested Scheduling

First Year


CHD 1183

CHD 1203

CHD 1453

ENG 1113

PSY 2353

SDV 1001

Total Credits16


CHD 1193

CHD 1653

CHD 1663

CHD 2053

ENG 1123

Total Credits15

Second Year


CHD 1463

CHD 2103

CHD 2153

CHD 2163

HLT 1353


Total Credits18

Second Year-Spring

CHD 2653

CHD 2703

CHD 2981

CST 1003



Total Credits16

1 Students considering transfer should check with anticipated four-year institution to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.
2 Humanities Elective: Any course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language

Students graduating from this program will be required to participate in a general education outcomes assessment during their last semester.