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.

Early Childhood Development Curriculum:

Degree RequirementsCoursesCredits
Student DevelopmentSDV 100 or any approved SDV course1
EnglishENG 111-1126
MathematicsAny 100 level or higher MTH course3
Health/Physical EducationHLT 1353
HumanitiesAny course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language3
Social SciencesPSY 235 and any course from ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, or SOC6
CommunicationCST 1003
Total Minimum Credits 65
Program RequirementsCoursesCredits
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 166Infanct 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

Suggested Scheduling:

First Year Fall

CHD 1183
CHD 1203
CHD 1453
ENG 1113
PSY 2353
SDV 1001
Total Credits16

First Year Spring

CHD 1193
CHD 1653
CHD 1663
CHD 2053
ENG 1123
Total Credits15

Second Year Fall

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.

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies by passing ITE 115 or an equivalent competency exam.

Students are encouraged to not wait until their final semester to complete this requirement