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Early Childhood*

Career Studies Certificate (C.S.C.)


The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to work with young children in safe and healthy environments that are supportive of children's individual physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. Occupational opportunities include employment as assistant teachers, teachers, group leaders or family child-care providers in programs for young children.

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.

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  
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total Credits 10  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3  
CHD 167 CDA Theories and Applications: Portfolio 3 CHD 216. See Note 1.
EDU 235 Health, Safety and Nutrition Education 3  
Total Credits 9  
Total Credits For Program 19  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students who will use this credential to satisfy national Head Start requirements will enroll in CHD 167 to prepare a portfolio to submit to the Virginia Department of Social Services for evaluation. Students not using this program in that way should enroll in CHD 216 to meet the requirements for the Early Childhood Development certficate and ultimately the associate in applied acience (A.A.S.) degree.

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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