Early Childhood Development AAS
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Early Childhood Development

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The two-year degree program in Early Childhood Development is designed to prepare students with skills and theoretical knowledge related to the care, supervision, education, and development of young children from birth to age twelve. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be prepared to seek employment in a variety of positions in the childcare field.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Employment opportunities include preparation or upgrading of skills for positions as childcare center directors, assistant directors, before- and after-school teachers or assistant teachers, aides, playroom attendants, home-based providers or day care workers, camp directors, and before- and after-school teachers in the following types of facilities: child day care centers, nursery schools, family day care homes, Head Start programs, recreational before- and after-school programs, hospital-based childcare programs, pre-school at-risk programs, and pre-kindergarten church-sponsored programs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, all entering students will be required to take placement tests in math and English to aid placement in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses. It is recommended that students arrange for a personal interview and advising appointment with the program head.

It is recommended that students take courses in the sequence listed in the catalog. Students must attain a grade of “C” or higher in all courses with CHD, EDU, and PSY prefixes.

An observation and participation in an approved early childhood/primary setting are required. This is practicum experience internship in a licensed or approved childcare setting. It is a planned learning experience for the purpose of pulling together theories and practices learned in the classroom. A Criminal Record Clearance/Sex Offender Registry check is required for placement and volunteering. Students should see the program head for a list of convictions that will prevent employment. Students will be expected to complete a tuberculosis test before placement.

The purpose of the associate of applied science (AAS) degree curriculum is to prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation.  Four-year college and university transfer opportunities for associate of applied science degrees, if existing, are usually very specific in nature.  Students may, however, substitute some courses in the AAS degree curriculum with courses that generally transfer to senior institutions.  Students should consult their advisor at the earliest possible date for further guidance and are advised to get assurances in writing in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

Order

Course

Title

Credits

1

SDV 1001 College Success Skills 1

2

CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3

3

CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children 3

4

CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Children 3

5

CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3

6

EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education 3

TOTAL

Sequencing 1-6 16

Congratulations!  By completing sequencing 1-6, you have completed the credits to earn an Early Childhood Education Career Studies Certificate. Apply for graduation in your Student Center through SIS.  You may also choose to continue and complete the remaining credits toward the Early Childhood Education-Advanced Career Studies Certificate.

7

 ENG 111 College Composition I 3

8

CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children 3

9

CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Program 3

10

CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3

11

PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3

12

ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3

TOTAL

Sequencing 7-12 18

TOTAL

Sequencing 1-12 34

Congratulations!  By completing sequencing 7-12, you have earned an Early Childhood Education-Advanced Career Studies Certificate.  By completing sequencing 1-12, you have earned an Early Childhood Development Certificate. Apply for graduation in your Student Center through SIS.  You may also choose to continue and complete the remaining credits toward the Early Childhood Development Associate of Applied Science.

13

CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools, and Social Change 3

14

CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3

15

EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3

16

ENG 112 College Composition II 3

17

MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3

18

BIO 101 General Biology with Lab 4

19

CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Settings 3

20

ENG 2502 Children's Literature 3

21

HIS 1213 United States History I 3

22

CHD 270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3

TOTAL

Sequencing 1-22 65

Congratulations!  By completing sequencing 1-22, you have completed the credits to earn an Early Childhood Development Associate of Applied Science! Apply for graduation in your Student Center through SIS.

 

02.20.20

1 SDV 101 accepted

2 ENG 241 or ENG 242 accepted

3 HIS 122 accepted


Name Program Email Phone
Mary Larue Early Childhood Development AAS Mlarue@reynolds.edu 804/523-5339
Sheryl White Early Childhood Development AAS SWhite@reynolds.edu 804/523-5539

 

Common Job Titles1: Assistant Teacher; Caregiver; Child Care Worker; Child Caregiver; Childcare Professional; Childcare Provider; Childcare Worker; Daycare Teacher; Daycare Worker; Family Manager; Household Manager; Infant Teacher; Nanny; Toddler Teacher


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 4,651

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $17,300 - $23,600


Common Job Titles1: Administrator; Childcare Director; Early Head Start Director; Education Coordinator; Education Director; Education Site Manager; Preschool Director; Preschool Program Director; Principal; Site Coordinator


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 282

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $32,600 - $56,700


Common Job Titles1: Early Childhood Teacher; Group Teacher; Head Start Teacher; Headstart Teacher; Lead Teacher; Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher); Preschool Teacher; Teacher; Teacher Assistant; Toddler Teacher


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 2,409

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $20,700 - $43,200


Common Job Titles1: Educational Assistant; Instructional Assistant; Paraeducator; Paraprofessional; Special Education Aide; Special Education Paraprofessional; Special Education Teacher Assistant; Teacher Aide; Teacher Assistant; Teaching Assistant


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2029): 5,545

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $19,000 - $29,700


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2019-2029).

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on January 29, 2020.