Overview

Child Development

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 coursework 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 the administration of a childcare center or program.

Several child development courses also include observations in childcare settings where students 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 - upon licensing
  • own and operate a childcare facility - upon licensing
  • work as a director, program director or teacher in a licensed childcare center
  • work as the auxiliary teacher in an Alabama pre-K classroom
  • meet the lead teacher requirements for Head Start

The Child Development Certificate prepares students to

  • meet the requirements for director of a center, program director, or teacher in a licensed childcare center

The Child Development Short Certificate which prepares students to

  • meet the requirements for a teacher in an Early Head Start classroom
  • enter the field of childcare as an assistant teacher in a classroom

The Child Development Award of Achievement *CDA Short Certificate prepares students to

  • meet the educational component requirements for students who are employed in the childcare field and want to obtain a Child Development Associate credential (CDA) issued by the Council for Professional Recognition.

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 with the exception of CHD 215.  Advisor approval is required for CHD 215.  All courses are offered both during the day and evening and students may enroll in any courses once the prerequisites have been met.  Students must be eligible for English Composition I (ENG 101).

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

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

First Term   CR
CHD 100 Introduction to Early Care & Education of Children 3
CHD 203 Children's Literature and Language Development 3
ENG 101 English Composition 3
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 or higher level math 3
CIS 146 Microcomputer Applications 3
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication or
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Third Term   CR
CHD 204 Methods and Materials for Teaching Young Children 3
CHD 206 Children's Health and Safety 3
CHD 224 School-Age Children 3
PHS 111 Physical Science I 4
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 or Fine Arts Elective** 3
Fifth Term   CR
CHD 210 Educating Children with Exceptional Needs 3
CHD 215* Supervised Practical Experience in Child Development 3
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
HED 231 First Aid 3
  Credit Hour Total 67

Notes:  Courses may be taken in any semester if prerequisites are met, with the exception of CHD 215.  Advisor approval is required for CHD 215.
*Both CHD 214 and CHD 215 are capstone courses.
**Speech/foreign language courses do not meet this humanities/fine arts requirement.

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Child Development - Certificate

First Term   CR
CHD 100 Introduction to Early Care and Education of Children 3
CHD 203 Children's Literature and Language Development 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 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 or higher level math 3
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication or
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Third Term   CR
CHD 204 Methods and Materials for Teaching Young 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

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

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Child Development - Short Certificate

First Term   CR
CHD 100 Introduction to 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 Young 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.

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Child Development - CDA Short Certificate

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

*These courses meet the educational requirement for students who are already employed in the field of Child Development and are seeking the CDA credential which is a nationally awarded certification.

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