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Early Childhood Development, Teacher Assistant Specialization

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


Most schools have a variety of teacher assistant positions available. One of the ways to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation is for the teacher assistants to have an associate degree, and this specialization will meet that requirement. Graduates will be able to

  1. use professional terminology for effective communication;
  2. instruct small groups and individual students in a classroom while supervised by a certified teacher;
  3. help students with developmental skills in the classroom;
  4. implement planned lessons;
  5. use good human relations skills;
  6. apply appropriate computer skills;
  7. analyze and resolve problems;
  8. apply basic child/classroom observation skills;
  9. locate, compile and analyze appropriate resources, activities and materials;

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement 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.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3  
CHD 145 Methods and Materials for Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children 3  
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking or CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
HLT 106 First Aid and Safety 2 See Note 2.
SDV 101 Orientation to Education 1 SDV 100
Total Credits 15  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 146 Methods and Materials for Teaching Math, Science and Social Studies 3  
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3  
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3  
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, School, and Social Change 3  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
ITE 295 Computers for Educators 3 ITE 115. See Note 5.
Total Credits 18  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 119 Introduction to Reading Methods 3  
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3  
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3 See Note 1.
MTH 170 Fundamentals Contemporary Math 3 MTH 163
MUS 121 Music Appreciation I 3 ART 101, ART 102, HUM 201, HUM 202, PHI 101, PHI 102, PHI 111, REL 230, REL 231, REL 232
PSY 235 Child Psychology 3 PSY 230
Total Credits 18  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation In Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3 See Note 4.
CHD 298 Seminar and Portfolio Development 1 See Note 4.
Humanities Elective 3 See Note 5.
EDU 235 Health, Safety and Nutrition Education 3  
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3 PSY 200, SOC 200
General Elective 2  
Total Credits 15  
Total Credits For Program 66  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. EDU 200 - Introduction to Teaching as a Profession is a course that requires placement in approved activities by the program head.
  2. 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.
  3. Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  4. CHD 298 must be taken in conjunction with CHD 265.
  5. The humanities elective requirement must be 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 skills, techniques and procedures. See website ( for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.
  6. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  7. 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 institutions 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).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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