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.

Program Outcomes

Curriculum Map

For more information consult the College Catalog.

First Semester

SDV 100  College Success Skills 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
CHD 120 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
CHD 145 Methods in Art, Music and Movement 3
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
     
Second Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
ENG 150 Children's Literature or HUM/FA elective 3
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3
PSY 235 Child Psychology 3
     
Third Semester
CHD 146 Math, Science and Social Studies for Young Children 3
CHD 119 Intro to Reading Methods 3
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Children 3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Young Children 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools and Social Change 3
     
Fourth Semester
CHD 215 Models of Early Childhood Programs 3
CHD 270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
CHD 298 Portfolio Development 1
HLT 106 First Aid and Safety 2
BUS 121 Business Mathematics 3
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family or Approved Elective 3
     
Total Minimum Credits for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education 67

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