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Early Childhood Development

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Purpose

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:

  1. use professional terminology for effective communication;
  2. plan and implement instruction;
  3. analyze and resolve problems;
  4. use good human relations skills;
  5. apply basic child/classroom observation skills;
  6. locate, compile and analyze appropriate resources, activities and materials;
  7. determine and use appropriate actions according to regulations; and
  8. apply appropriate computer skills.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placements tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information. 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.

Program Curriculum

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 See Note 5.
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total Credits 15  
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  
Total Credits 18  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3 See Notes 1 and 2.
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  
Total Credits 18  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3  
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking or CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3  
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3 See Notes 1 and 3.
CHD 298 Seminar Portfolio Development 1 See Note 3.
Humanities Elective 3 See Note 4.
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3  
Total Credits 16  
Total Credits For Program 67  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. CHD 165 and CHD 265 are observation and participation classes that require students to observe children in settings approved by the program head.
  2. 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.
  3. CHD 298 must be taken in conjunction with CHD 265.
  4. The humanities elective requirement must by satisfied by completing one 3-credit conceptual humanities course that offers breadth of knowledge. Additional humanities electives may be conceptual or applied with a focus on skill, techniques and procedures. See website (http://www.jtcc.edu/humanitieselectives) for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  8. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institution for specific direction in program and course selection.  Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.

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).

2014-2015 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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