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.
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
- Completion of course pre-requisites
- 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.