Early Childhood Education

Do you enjoy watching children as they investigate the world around them? Can you answer countless questions? Do you find humor in the unique way children view the world? Can you laugh with them? Do you have the patience and tenderness to care for our tiniest citizens? If so, a career in Early Childhood Education may be just the place for you! The Early Childhood Education curriculum is designed for students who plan to work with children from birth through age eight years using developmentally appropriate practices. This curriculum provides the student with skills in areas documented by Virginia Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. Graduates will be prepared for employment in child care centers, preschools, or recreation programs. Students who intend to transfer to four year colleges must see the program coordinator for additional information.

Certain criminal convictions will prohibit employment in all licensed child care settings. Students convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude/barrier crimes do not qualify for the Early Childhood Program at DCC. The lab facilities will not allow students to complete internship hours and students will not be able to meet the internship requirements for graduation.

Any student entering the program who has committed illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the program coordinator for clarification. Also, students will be required to complete full criminal background tests and a TB test at their own cost.

Program Outcomes

Curriculum Map

For more information consult the College Catalog.

First Semester

SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
CHD 120 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children 3
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Settings 3
CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Young Children 3
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Children 3
Second Semester
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
CHD 146 Math, Science and Social Studies for Young Children 3
CHD 270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
Third Semester
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools and Social Change 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Fourth Semester
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
EDU 200 Intro to Teaching As a Profession 3
ENG 250 Children's Literature or Approved LIT Elective 3
HIS 121 United States History I 3
BIO 101 General Biology I 4
Total Minimum Credits for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education 62

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