Early Childhood Development, Teacher Assistant Specialization
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.)
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
- use professional terminology for effective communication;
- instruct small groups and individual students in a classroom while supervised by a certified teacher;
- help students with remedial skills in the classroom;
- implement planned lessons;
- use good human relations skills;
- apply appropriate computer skills;
- analyze and resolve problems;
- apply basic child/classroom observation skills; and (9) locate, compile and analyze appropriate resources, activities and materials.
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.
|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|
|CHD 190 Coordinated Practice I||3||CHD 290|
|ENG 111 College Composition I||3|
|HLT 106 First Aid and Safety||2|
|SDV 101 Orientation to Education||1||SDV 100|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
|4th Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation In Early Childhood/Primary Settings||3|
|CHD 298 Seminar and Portfolio Development||1|
|CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking||3||CST 110|
|EDU 235 Health, Safety and Nutrition Education||3|
|SOC 215 Sociology of the Family||3||PSY 200, SOC 200|
|Total Credits For Program||66|
Notes and Additional Curriculum Options
- Coordinated Practice I and Introduction to Teaching as a Profession are courses that require placement in approved activities by the program head.
- Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
- 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 with good computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
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).