Early Childhood Development


PURPOSE: The one-year certificate in Early Childhood Development is designed to prepare students with skills related to the care, supervision, education, and development of young children from birth to age eight. There is also the ability to become qualified to work with children up to the age of twelve in programs that serve before- and after-school and recreational programs.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Employment opportunities include preparation or upgrading skills for positions as child care 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 child care 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.

An observation and participation in an approved early childhood/primary setting are required in the second semester of the Early Childhood curriculum. This is a practicum experience internship in a licensed or approved childcare setting. It is a planned learning experience for the purpose of pulling together the theories and practice 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 practicum placement.

Students must attain a grade of "C" or higher in all courses with CHD, PSY, and EDU course prefixes.

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.






SDV 1001 College Success Skills 1


CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3


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


CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Children 3


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


EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education 3


ENG 111 College Composition I 3


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


CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Program 3


CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3


PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3


ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Competencies 3


Early Childhood Development Certificate 34


1 SDV 101 accepted

Name Program Email Phone
Mary Larue Early Childhood Development C Mlarue@reynolds.edu 804/523-5339

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.