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Program Summary

The Child Development/Early Childhood Education program seeks to support the role of those working or interested in working in the field by providing students with an in-depth study of the overall development of the child, including current research and trends within the fields of Child Development and Early Childhood Education.  Students will learn to support a child's basic needs and to plan and implement activities that stimulate physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth and development.

This program is designed to provide students with both the academic content and the practical work experience for the care and education of young children. In addition, criteria developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has been incorporated in course content throughout the program.


Child Development Education Plan

Worker Certificate 
Certificate of Completion 
16 Credit Hours 

Director Preparation I Certificate
Certificate of Completion 
28 Credit Hours 

Director Preparation II Certificate
Certificate of Completion 
43 Credit Hours 

Child Development Degree
Associate of Applied Science 
60 Credit Hours

Syllabus Search
Ten Marketable Skills
Communication the process of transmitting information and ideas from one individual or group to another, verbally or through writing.
Critical Thinking the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
Teamwork willingness to be a part of a group of persons in a cooperative or coordinated effort in the interests of a common cause.
Adaptability the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions.
Work Ethic a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard.
Continued Learning the ability to continually develop and improve one's skills and knowledge in order to perform effectively.
Social Skills skills used to communicate and interact with other people, both individually and in groups, verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance.
Time Management the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.
Analytical Thinking the ability to solve problems quickly and effectively through a methodical step-by-step approach that breaks down complex problems into single and manageable components.
Cultural Competency the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.


  • Before and After-School Programs
  • Child Care Centers
  • Infant/Toddler Programs
  • In-Home Caregiver
  • Pre-school Programs
  • Teacher's Aide

Dr. Joanne Baham
Program Coordinator

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