Southern Union State Community College

Overview

The child development program is designed to provide students with the skills needed to work effectively with young children and their families. Students learn how to design and manage childcare settings which meet the developmental needs, interests and abilities of young children while providing a safe and healthy environment. Students will develop a broad base of child development knowledge, which will prepare them to plan developmentally appropriate experiences for children from birth through early childhood.

Students gain a historical perspective of childcare and understanding of the theoretical foundations of early childhood growth and development which fosters an appreciation for the importance of quality care for young children. Specific course work introduces students to the health and safety concerns of working with young children, appropriate methods and materials for use at various ages, the value and challenges of working with diverse families, the unique issues facing children with special needs, and issues associated with administration of a childcare center or program.

Several child development courses also include observations in childcare settings where student are able to see first-hand, issues being discussed in class. Students working towards the Associate in Applied Science degree also complete a supervised practical internship in a child care facility which provides them an opportunity for practical application of skills learned during their program of study.

Students have the option of pursuing The Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree which prepares students to own and operate a family child care home, work as a director, program director or teacher in a licensed childcare center, and also meets the teacher requirements for Head Start. The Child Development Certificate, which meets the requirements for director of a center, program director or teacher in a licensed childcare center. The Child Development Short Certificate, which prepares a student to enter the field of childcare as an assistant teacher in a classroom, or the Child Development Award of Achievement, which meets the educational component requirements for students who want to obtain a Child Development Associate credential (CDA).

Students may enter the program with no childcare experience or work toward a degree or certificate while working with young children. Child development courses do not have to be taken in any specific order; all courses are offered both during the day and at night and students may enroll in any courses once the prerequisites have been met.

Students in the child development field may qualify for financial aid through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Alabama Scholarship Program or the Leadership in Childcare Scholarship Program, in addition to general financial aid. For more information about these and other financial aid opportunities, contact the financial aid office.

Cindy Calhoun, Program Director


Child Development

Assiciate in Applied Science (AAS)

First Term   CR  
CHD 100 Introduction of Early Care & Education of Children 3  
CHD 203 Children's Literature and Language Development 3  
ENG 101 English Composition 3  
PED 105 Personal Fitness 1  
PSY 200 General Psychology 3  
Second Term   CR  
CHD 201 Child Growth and Development Principles 3  
CHD 202 Children's Creative Experiences 3  
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra 3  
CIS 146 Microcomputer Applications 3  
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communications or 3  
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3  
Third Term   CR  
CHD 204 Methods and Materials for Teaching Children 3  
CHD 206 Children's Health and Safety 3  
CHD 224 School-Age Children 3  
PHS 111 Physical Science I 4  
  P.E. Elective 1  
Fourth Term   CR  
CHD 205 Program Planning for Educating Young Children 3  
CHD 208 Administration of Child Development Programs 3  
CHD 209 Infant and Toddler Education Programs 3  
CHD 214 Families & Communities in Early Care &
Educational Programs
3  
  Humanities Elective 3  
Fifth Term   CR  
CHD 210 Educating Exceptional Children 3  
CHD 215 Su[pervised Practical Experience in Child Development 3  
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3  
HED 231 First Aid 3  
  Credit Hour Total 69  

*Note
Courses may be taken in any semester if prerequisites are met, with the exception of CHD 215. Advisor approval is required for CHD 215.
Any student who tests into ENR 094 must successfully complete ENR 094 before enrolling in any CHD course.


Child Development - Certificate

First Term   CR  
CHD 100 Introduction of Early Care and Education of Children 3  
CHD 203 Children's Literature and Language Development 3  
ENG 101 English Composition 3  
CIS 146 Microcomputer Applications 3  
Second Term   CR  
CHD 201 Child Growth and Development Principles 3  
CHD 202 Children's Creative Experiences 3  
MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra 3  
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communications or 3  
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3  
Third Term   CR  
CHD 204 Methods and Materials for Teaching Children 3  
CHD 206 Children's Health and Safety 3  
CHD 224 School-Age Childcare 3  
Fourth Term   CR  
CHD 205 Program Planning for Educating Young Children 3  
CHD 208 Administration of Child Development Programs 3  
CHD 209 Infant and Toddler Education Programs 3  
HED 231 First Aid 3  
  Credit Hour Total 45  

Child Development - Short Certificate

First Term   CR  
CHD 100 Introduction of Early Care and Education of Children 3  
CHD 201 Child Growth and Development Principles 3  
CHD 202 Children's Creative Experiences 3  
CHD 203 Children's Literature and Language Development 3  
Second Term   CR  
CHD 204 Methods and Materials for Teaching Children 3  
CHD 205 Program Planning for Educating Young Children 3  
CHD 206 Children's Health and Safety 3  
CHD 209 Infant and Toddler Education Programs 3  
HED 231 First Aid 3  
  Credit Hour Total 27  

*Note: Courses may be taken in any semester if prerequisites are met.
 


Child Development Associate - CDA Short Certificate

Course   CR  
CHD 100 Introduction of Early Care and Education of Children 3  
CHD 201 Child Growth and Development Principles 3  
CHD 204 Methods and Materials for Teaching Children 3  
  Credit Hour Totals 9  
       

 

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