Early Childhood Development
Education and Child Care
Teaching is a helping profession, and the faculty members in the teacher education and child care programs at John Tyler practice what they teach.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
This program provides students with opportunities to develop and improve skills necessary to work with children from birth to age 12 in a variety of early childhood settings, including public schools, child-care centers, Head Start, home-visitor and preschool programs, and as family childcare providers and nannies. The curriculum has been established to provide competence 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. Graduates will be able to:
- use professional terminology for effective communication;
- plan and implement instruction;
- analyze and resolve problems;
- use good human relations skills;
- apply basic child/classroom observation skills;
- locate, compile and analyze appropriate resources, activities and materials;
- determine and use appropriate actions according to regulations; and
- apply appropriate computer skills.
Admission Requirements and Special Conditions
A high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfactory scores on college placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics are required. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental courses to prepare students for the curriculum. Students are expected to demonstrate or acquire basic computer literacy. Students entering the public or private sectors of early childhood may be subject to criminal background and sex offender registry checks and a TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training practicum site. Students will be expected to cover any and all costs incurred for these procedures. This may also be required as a condition of employment.
|1st Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|CHD 119 Introduction to Reading Methods||3|
|CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education||3|
|CHD 145 Methods and Materials for Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children||3|
|ENG 111 College Composition I||3|
|HLT 106 First Aid and Safety||2|
|SDV 100 College Success Skills||1|
|2nd Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|CHD 118 Methods and Materials in the Language Arts for Children||3|
|CHD 146 Methods and Materials for Teaching Math, Science and Social Studies to Children||3|
|CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children||3|
|CHD 215 Models of Early childhood Education Programs||3|
|CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, School, and Social Change||3|
|ENG 112 College Composition II||3|
|3rd Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings||3|
|CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children||3|
|CHD 270 Administration of Childcare Programs||3|
|EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education||3|
|MTH 120 Introduction to Mathematics||3|
|PSY 235 Child Psychology||3|
|4th Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs||3|
|CHD 190 Coordinated Practice I||3||CHD 290|
|CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings||3|
|CHD 298 Seminar Portfolio Development||1|
|CST 110 Introduction to Communication||3|
|SOC 215 Sociology of the Family||3|
|Total Credits For Program||67|
Notes and Additional Curriculum Options
- CHD 165 and CHD 265 are observation and participation classes that require students to observe children in settings approved by the program head.
- CHD 165 must be taken before CHD 265 and CHD 298 because materials developed in CHD 165 are used in CHD 265 and CHD 298.
- CHD 298 must be taken in conjunction with CHD 265.
- Students who have current certifications in First Aid and Safety and CPR (child or adult) can use these to fulfill the two-credit HLT 106 requirement. The original cards must be presented to the Admissions and Records office. No online First Aid/CPR cards will be accepted for credit at JTCC.
- Students entering the public or private sectors of early childhood education will be subjected to criminal background and sex offender registry checks, as well as TB screening as a condition of their placement in a training/practicum site. Students will be expected to cover any costs incurred for these procedures. These tests will be required as a condition of employment.
- Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Engineering, Business and Public Services: 804-706-5121(Chester) or 804-594-1480 (Midlothian).