Early Childhood Development A.A.S. Degree

Early Childhood Development Program Overview

One of the fastest growing industries in the United States is the child care field. Children's participation rates in early childhood programs continue to increase but a lack of quality early childhood care givers and programs are a growing concern. The quality of children's care significantly contributes to children's school readiness and an educated staff is the link between quality programs and positive outcomes for children and families. The increasing need for educated care providers can lead to a rewarding and challenging career in preschools, child care centers, Head Start centers, church-related programs, child development centers and campus or recreational centers.

The Early Childhood Development program is designed for the student who plans to enter the job force immediately. The program's course of study focuses on developing an understanding of young children and their needs. Class instruction provides students practical knowledge about the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and creative principles critical in working with young children. The hands-on lab experiences provide students the opportunity to apply information from class and other resources to discover what really works with children in a variety of early care settings.

Progression to Professionalism

Three academic options exist in the Early Childhood Development program:

Option One: Students can prepare for the Child Development Associate Credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition while receiving college credit. (ECD 101, 110, 135, 170)

Option Two: Students may choose to pursue the Early Childhood Development Certificate which provides an overall understanding of child development.

Option Three: Students may wish to continue their progression to professionalism and child development study and complete the Early Childhood Development program to receive their Associate of Applied Science Degree.

*  OTC does not award the CDA Credential. This course track only assists in preparing the student for the CDA process. To receive the CDA Credential, the student must contact and complete specific requirements set forth by the Council for Professional Recognition located in Washington, D.C.

Students with a current CDA Credential may be eligible to receive credit for the 12 hours of coursework listed above.


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