Early Childhood

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Workforce Development

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This degree plan is designed to prepare students to work in programs serving preschool children. The curriculum provides a framework for understanding the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children. Students will learn to design and implement developmentally appropriate programs and activities for preschool children. Students gain practical knowledge and skills necessary for effective communication, teaching, guidance, and motivation of young children as well as for interacting with parents.

General Education Requirements: 18 Hours

Biology 3 hours

BIOL 1383 Nutrition

English 6 hours

*ENGL 1113 Composition I

and select one course from the following:
*ENGL 1213 Composition II
*ENGL 2333 Technical Professional Writing

Social Science 6 hours

POLS 1113 American Federal Government

and select one course from the following:
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present

Communication 3 hours

Select one course from the following:
COMM 1113 Public Speaking
COMM 2103 Interpersonal Communication

*Course has prerequisite.

Specialized Course Requirements: 42 Hours

^Child Development Core Courses 30 hours

CHLD 2003 Child Development in the Lifespan
CHLD 2023 Child Development and Parenting
*CHLD 2103 Child Guidance
CHLD 2203 Child and Family in the Community
CHLD 2213 Children with Special Needs
*CHLD 2233 Physical Development and Creative Expression: Birth to Eight
*CHLD 2243 Language and Cognitive Development: Birth to Eight
*CHLD 2253 Child Development Practicum
*CHLD 2263 Social and Emotional Development: Birth to Eight
CHLD 2613 Health, Safety and Nutrition: Birth to Eight

Early Childhood Option 12 hours

^Child Development 3 hours

*CHLD 2223 Early Childhood Foundations

Controlled Electives 9 hours

ACCT 1003 Introduction to Accounting
ASLE 1363 American Sign Language I
ASLE 1413 Deaf Culture
^CHLD Select any courses
BUSN 2213 Small Business Management
BUSN 2313 Business Law I
COMM 1113 Public Speaking
COMM 2103 Interpersonal Communication
CSCI/CSYS Select Any Courses
HSVC 1113 Principles of Human Services
HSVC 1213 Basic Counseling Services
HUMN 2113 Humanities I
HUMN 2223 Humanities II
MUSC 1002 Fundamentals of Music
MUSC 1113 Music Appreciation
PHED 2212 First Aid
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 1313 Human Relations
*PSYC 2023 Developmental Psychology
*PSYC 2523 Child Psychology
SOCI 1113 Introduction to Sociology
*SOCI 2013 Marriage and Family
SPAN Select Any Courses

Total Credit Hours: 60

*Course has prerequisite.
^Course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Students who have completed CHLD 1102, CHLD 1202, CHLD 1302, and CHLD 1402 with a grade of C or better may apply these credits toward the Controlled Electives.

Students who have earned a CDA credential may be awarded nine credit hours of advanced standing credit that may be applied to the Controlled Electives.

Students should contact the West Campus Enrollment Services office for more information.

Students wanting to transfer to a four-year college or university should contact a counselor in the West Campus Counseling Center.

Workforce Development Degree Information

Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.

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