Child Development

Program Description:  The Associate of Applied Science degree in Child Development is designed to provide academic background and practical work experience necessary for the successful care, guidance and education of young children. The goal of this program is to support the preparation of caring, competent early childhood professionals that are ready to enter the field of child development. Students that complete this degree program are qualified to serve in positions such as childcare center teacher/lead teacher for early childhood programs, Head Start teacher, director of a child development facility, group day home or registered home, child life assistant, or paraprofessional in the public schools.

Use this Program Map as an advising guide to choose courses with your advisor and track progress toward milestones and completion of degree. This is a recommended sequence of courses. Students have flexibility in the actual scheduling of courses and decisions about number of hours per semester. Not all courses are offered every semester or in all course delivery formats.

SEMESTER-BY-SEMESTER PROGRAM PLAN FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS
Plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters  

Semester 1 Credit Hours Contact Hours Advising Notes Weekly Lecture Hours Weekly Lab Hours Weekly Other Hours
TECA 1311 or CDEC 1311-Educating Young Children 3 64 CDEC 1311 is not offered on campus and is only accepted as technical dual-credit. 3 0 1
TECA 1354 or CDEC 1354-Child Growth and Development 3 48 CDEC 1354 is not offered on campus and is only accepted as technical dual-credit. 3 0 0
CDEC 1313-Curriculum Resources 3 64 3 0 1
ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3 48 3 0 0
Life or Physical Science or MATH 3 48 Student may select a course from the Life/Physical Science or MATH section of the Core Curriculum list. 3 0 0
Program Semester Totals 15 272 Meet with the program coordinator/advisor 15 0 2
Semester 2
TECA 1318-Wellness and the Young Child 3 64 3 0 1
CDEC 1319-Child Guidance 3 64 3 0 1
CDEC 1321-Infant and Toddler 3 64 3 0 1
SPCH 1311, 1315, 1321, or 2335 3 48 Student may select any SPCH course in the Core Curriculum list. 3 0 0
Social/Behavioral Science 3 48 Student may select a course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences section of the Core Curriculum Course List. 3 0 0
Program Semester Totals 15 288 Meet with the program coordinator/advisor 15 0 3
Semester 3
CDEC 1323-Observation and Assessment 3 64 3 0 1
CDEC 2307-Math and Science for Early Childhood 3 64 3 0 1
CDEC 1358-Creative Arts for Early Childhood 3 64 3 0 1
CDEC 2315-Diverse Cultural/Multilingual Education 3 64 3 0 1
Language, Philosophy, Culture, Creative Arts 3 48 Student may select a course from the Language, Philosophy and Culture section of the Core Curriculum Course List. 3 0 0
Program Semester Totals 15 304 Meet with the program coordinator/advisor 15 0 4
Semester 4
CDEC 1359-Children with Special Needs 3 64 3 0 1
TECA 1303 or CDEC 1303-Family, School and Community 3 64 CDEC 1303 is not offered on campus and is only accepted as technical dual-credit. 3 0 1
CDEC 1356-Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood 3 64 3 0 1
CDEC 2341-The School Age Child 3 64 3 0 1
CDEC 2367- Practicum (Field Experience) - Child Care Provider/Assistant 3 336 ACHIEVEMENT: Completion of Associate of Applied Science degree 0 0 21
Program Semester Totals 15 592 12 0 25
Program Completion Totals 60 1456 57 0 34

AttentionStudents must visit with an advisor when they have completed 30 hours toward the degree plan (typically the end of the second semester).

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