Early Childhood Development AAS
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
C Career & technical education programs for job training = Career & technical education programs for job training, guided by Advisory Committees
This program prepares student in the care, education, and supervision of young children birth to age eight. The curriculum is designed for persons seeking employment in the early care and education field, or for those persons currently employed who want to update and enhance their skills. Occupational opportunities include administrator, director, assistant director, lead teacher, or assistant teacher in settings such as preschools, child care centers and homes, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, public schools, and before-and after-school programs. The AAS degree is at Level 6 of the Virginia Career Pathways for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Practitioners, where Level 3 is a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and Level 9 a doctoral degree.
Program Requirements and Special Conditions
Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.
- CHD 165 and CHD 265 are observation and participation practicum classes that require students to observe young children in settings approved by the program chair. CHD 165 must be taken before CHD 265 and CHD 298.
- To enroll in CHD 165 and CHD 265 students must have a declared early childhood major and complete a TB screening, a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check, as a condition of placement in a practicum site. Students are expected to cover all costs for these procedures.
- 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.
- The humanities elective requirement must by satisfied by completing one 3-credit conceptual humanities course. See website (https://www.jtcc.edu/humanitieselectives) for a list of approved conceptual humanities electives.
- CHD 298 must be taken in conjunction with CHD 265.
- This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their faculty advisor and their intended transfer institution for specific direction in program and course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.
- Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
- Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.
Your Right to Know
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