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.

Admission Requirements

All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses. Students must complete a Division of Professional and Technical Studies approved background check.

Program Questions

For specific questions about this program or to get appropriate information contact admissions@germanna.edu

Early Childhood Development Curriculum:

Total 25
Degree Requirements Courses Credits
Student Development SDV 100 or any approved SDV course 1
English ENG 111-112 6
Mathematics Any 100 level or higher MTH course1 3
Health/Physical Education HLT 135 or EDU 235 3
Humanities Any course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language 3
Social Sciences PSY 235 and any course from ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY2, or SOC 6
Communication CST 100 3
Total 40
Total Minimum Credits 65
Program Requirements Courses Credits
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
CHD 119 Introduction to Reading Methods 3
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children 3
CHD 146 Math, Science and Social Studies for Children 3
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
CHD 215 Models of Early Childhood Education Programs 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, School, and Social Change 3
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
CHD 270 Administration of Childcare Programs 3
CHD 298 Seminar and Project 1

Suggested Scheduling:

First Year Fall

Course Credits
CHD 118 3
CHD 120 3
CHD 145 3
ENG 111 3
PSY 235 3
SDV 100 1
Total Credits 16

First Year Spring

Course Credits
CHD 119 3
CHD 165 3
CHD 166 3
CHD 205 3
ENG 112 3
Total Credits 15

Second Year Fall

Course Credits
CHD 146 3
CHD 210 3
CHD 215 3
CHD 216 3
HLT 135 or EDU 235 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year Spring

Course Credits
CHD 265 3
CHD 270 3
CHD 298 1
CST 100 3
Humanities3 3
Math 3
Total Credits 16

  1. Students considering transfer should check with anticipated four-year institution to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or
  2. Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.
  3. Humanities Elective: Any course from ART, ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language

Students graduating from this program may be called upon 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