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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, Interim Dean for Academics, 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 [<--click here for Degree course sequence with Direct Care or Entrepreneurial Emphasis] 

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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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