Mar 19, 2018  
2017-18 Virginia Western Academic Catalog 
2017-18 Virginia Western Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Development, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to enable graduates to qualify as directors, assistant directors, teachers, assistant teachers, or as classroom aides in programs for young children. The curriculum has been established to provide competency in areas documented by Virginia’s Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals: health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development. Students who are interested in working with special needs children should consult with the Early Childhood Development faculty.

Program Objectives: Employment opportunities include positions in independent childcare centers and kindergartens, family day care homes, preschool programs, centers for children with special needs, residential childcare facilities and industry associated centers. Program graduates are also qualified for positions as elementary school or Head Start teacher assistants.

Students interested in obtaining teacher licensure should follow the AS is Social Sciences with a specialization in Education.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.

Developmental Requirements: Students who do not place into college-level English will be required to take developmental courses.

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in MTE 1 MTE 2 , and MTE 3  will be required to complete developmental courses.

It is strongly recommended that developmental education requirements be completed as soon as possible.

Program Notes: Admission and registration for CHD 165 is selective and must be approved by the program head. Eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  • A 2.0 minimum GPA
  • Submission to and no findings for The State of Virginia Criminal History & Sex Offenders Records Check (SP-167) and the Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry. Students must also sign and complete the Sworn Statement or Affirmation for Child Day Programs.
  • Documentation of a negative TB screening.

Each student is responsible for any fees or costs associated with background checks. Students are responsible for transportation to and from field sites used for laboratory experiences. Inability to complete the above or contrary results will disqualify the student from completing the course and the program.

Although this program is not designed for transfer, agreements with specific institutions may exist. Contact the Early Childhood Development program head as listed on the program webpage.

Total Minimum Credits for Degree: 67

The two credit SDV 108 will satisfy both the SDV 100 and SDV 101 requirements. SDV 108 is for developmental English students.

2 HLT 105 or CPR certification can be used to satisfy this requirement.

* This course has a requisite. 

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