Early Childhood Development
The Early Childhood Development Program offers the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in three areas:**
- Early Childhood Development
- Early Childhood Development: Technical Studies
- Early Childhood Development: Occupational Development
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 Sherry Michael, Education Programs Coordinator, or their advisor for details.)
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