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Early Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Development Program offers the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in three areas:**

All three are designed to graduate childcare professionals with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in early childhood development. That foundation emphasizes the intellectual, physical, and emotional principles essential for working with children ages birth to five.

Students may select courses for the direct care emphasis--appropriate for provider positions such as teachers and classroom assistants--or for the entrepreneurial emphasis--designed for business owners, administrators, and directors of child care facilities.

Pre-enrollment requirements: All students must have Hepatitis B shots, Food Handlers card, Self Disclosure statement and WV State Police Criminal Identification Bureau (CIB) Report.

(**The program also provides approved coursework toward the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program (CDA) and the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) Program as a collaborative project sponsored by the United States Department of Labor, West Virginia Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, the West Virginia Department of Education, child-care centers, Head Start programs and county vocational schools in several locations in West Virginia. [Students interested in these two options should see Deb Backus, Academic Program Director for General Education & Instruction, or their advisor for details.])

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Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Development Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Respond to the health and safety needs of children
  • Assess children's growth and development
  • Plan and implement children's routine within the child-care setting
  • Plan and organize a learning environment for young children
  • Arrange and manage learning centers
  • Identify and implement positive discipline strategies that can be utilized by child care workers in the child-care setting
  • Develop and implement age-appropriate activities that provide learning through the child's level of communication, interest and imagination
  • Plan developmentally appropriate responses to nurture and develop positive self-esteem in pre-school age children
  • Communicate with parents and families
  • Participate in life-long learning and professional development
  • Participate in extracurricular center activities outside the classroom setting such as planning family events, participating in program and strategic planning
  • Maintain records according to state and federal guidelines

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Associate in Applied Science Degree: 61 Semester Hours
Recommended Course Sequence

First Year -- Fall Semester

First Year -- Spring Semester

Dept

Course Title

Hours

 

Dept

Course Title

Hours

ENL 101

English Composition I

3

SPH 101

Fundamentals of Speech

3

CIS 108

Computer Fundamentals

3

MTH 135

College Algebra OR

3

PSY 200

General Psychology

3

MTH 121

College Math for General Education

 

EDF 115

Early Childhood Health Safety & Nutrition

3

PSY 213

Guiding the Behavior of Children

3

EDF 212

Principles & Theories of Early Childhood

3

EDF 210

Infant &  Toddler Seminar

3

 

 

 

EDF 217

Human Development & Learning

3

 

Total Semester Hours

15

 

Total Semester Hours

15

Second Year -- Fall Semester

Second Year -- Spring Semester

Dept

Course Title

Hours

 

Dept.

Course Title

Hours

EDF 211

Early Childhood Seminar

3

EDF 276

Early Childhood Capstone

3

EDF 225

Methods & Materials for Early Childhood Programs

3

PSY 212

Children & Families

3

*PSY 219

The Exceptional Child OR

3

SSC 147

Understanding Human Diversity

3

ACC 120

Principles of Accounting I

 

 

Lab Science Elective

4

*MUS 103

Preschool Music, Movement & Art OR

3

 

Emphasis Elective

3

MKT 260

Principles of Marketing

 

 

 

 

EDF 221

Administration of Early Childhood Programs

3

 

 

 

 

Total Semester Hours

15

 

 

 

Total Semester Hours

16

 

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Early Childhood Development:  Direct Care Emphasis

Dept

Course Title

Hours

EDF 203

Children's Literature

3

MUS 103

Preschool Music, Movement and Art

3

PSY 219

The Exceptional Child

3

 

Total

9

Early Childhood Development:  Entrepreneurial Emphasis

Dept

Course Title

Hours

ACC 120

Principles of Accounting I

3

MGT 251

Human Resource Management

3

MKT 260

Principles of Marketing

3

 

Total

9

 

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Early Childhood Development: Technical Studies:
61-62 Semester Hours
(A.A.S.--Child Development Specialist--CDA)

Students must fulfill requirements for each of four (4) Components:
1) General Education Core
2) Technical Core
3a) Technical/Occupational Specialty; and 3b) Technical Occupational Specialty-CDA
4) On-the-Job Training

Component I -- General Education Core
All courses Listed Below -- 22 hours required

Dept

Course Title

Hours

CIS 108

Computer Fundamentals

3

ENL 101

English Composition I

3

PSY 200

Introduction to Psychology

3

SPH 101

Speech Fundamentals

3

 

Math Elective (MTH 121 or MTH 135)

3

 

Lab Science Elective

4

SSC 147

Understanding Human Diversity

3

Component II -- Technical Core
Chose six courses (18 hours) from the following:

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Dept

Course Title

Hours

EDF 210

Infants & Toddlers Seminar

3

EDF 211

Early Childhood Seminar

3

EDF 212

Principles & Theories of Early Childhood Programs

3

EDF 221

Administration of Early Childhood Education

3

EDF 224

Methods & Materials for Early Childhood

3

EDF 276

Early Childhood Capstone

3

PSY 213

Guiding the Behavior of Children

3

Component III -- Technical/Occupational Specialty
Choose two courses (6-7 hours) from one of the following areas of emphasis:

Dept

Course Title

Hours

Direct Care Emphasis

EDF 203

Children's Literature

3

MUS 103

Preschool Music, Movement & Art

3

PSY 219

The Exceptional Child

3

Entrepreneurial Emphasis

ACC 120

Principles of Accounting I

4

MKT 260

Principles of Marketing

3

MGT 251

Human Resource Management

3

Component III -- Technical/Occupational Specialty
(9 semester hours)

Successful completion of three CDA classes in Child Development.  Minimum 120 clock hours.

Component IV -- On the Job Training (6 semester hours)

Documentation from employer of an additional 480 hours of work experience (paid or volunteer) in child and family care within the past two years (Child Development Associate Certificate)

 

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Early Childhood Development: Occupational Development:
61-62 Semester Hours
(A.A.S.--Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist)

Students must fulfill requirements for each of three (3) Components:
1) General Education Core
2) Technical Core: Classroom Training
3) Area of Emphasis: Direct Care or Entrepreneurial

Component I -- General Education Core
All courses Listed Below -- 22 hours required

Dept

Course Title

Hours

CIS 108

Computer Fundamentals

3

ENL 101

English Composition I

3

PSY 200

Introduction to Psychology

3

SPH 101

Speech Fundamentals

3

 

Math Elective (MTH 121 or MTH 135)

3

 

Lab Science Elective

4

SSC 147

Understanding Human Diversity

3

Component II -- Technical Core Classroom Training

Dept

Course Title

Hours

Classroom training to be completed as part of the Apprenticeship Program (ACDS)  33 credits awarded.

 

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Component III -- Area of Emphasis

Direct Care Emphasis
Select two (6 semester hours) from the following:

Dept

Course Title

Hours

EDF 203

Children's Literature

3

EDF 217

Human Development & Learning

3

EDF 221

Administration of Early Childhood Education

3

MUS 103

Preschool Music, Movement & Art

3

PSY 219

The Exceptional Child

3

Entrepreneurial Emphasis
Select two (6-7 semester hours) from the following:

ACC 120

Principles of Accounting I

4

MKT 260

Principles of Marketing

3

MGT 251

Human Resource Management

3

 

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Gainful Employment Information:

Certificate Progam (full time ['normal']/2 semesters):

  • Job Titles for which program prepares students: Child Care Worker, Child Care Provider, Child Care Giver, Infant and Toddler Teacher, Before and After School Daycare Worker, Child Care Teacher, Teacher Assistant
  • SOC Code: 39-9011.00 
  • 1 Occupational Information Network (O*NET) URL: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-9011.00   
  • 2 Placement Rate: 0%
  • On-time completion rate: 0%
    • # students who completed program 2010-2011: 4
    • # students completed within ‘normal’ time: 0
  • Median Loan Amounts per Student: $0.00 
  • Program Costs per year (2 semesters):
  • Books and supplies   $1200
  • Personal                         1850
  • 3Room and board          3000
  • Tuition and fees             2184
  • Transportation                2500

 1 The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration. It provides information relating to:

  • The nature of the work and the activities involved for these jobs
  • the kinds of tools and technology associated with the work
  • the skills, knowledge and abilities usually required for these jobs
  • the training and education usually required for these jobs
  • the values, work styles and interests that lend themselves to success in these jobs
  • the wage and employment trends in these fields on both the national and state levels

*Please note: Completion rates are based solely on a small sample of Eastern students that includes only those who were enrolled as first-time full time freshman. The majority of Eastern students enroll as part-time students. Part-time students and those required to enroll in developmental studies, take longer to complete the programs as presented in the College Catalog.

2Placement Rate calculated on total number of program graduates working in a field related to degree or certificate completed.

3Eastern currently offers no dormitory or meal contracts, so these room and board expenses are average estimated area costs.

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