A two-year course of study leading to the Associate of Applied Science Degree, this major meets requirements for assistant teachers in nursery schools and child day-care centers.
Graduates are prepared to work with young children and to create and maintain healthful and safe facilities; provide an educational component conducive to intellectual and emotional development; facilitate wholesome social interactions; give adequate custodial care; establish two-way communication with the home; cooperate with their co-workers; keep required records, and behave as a role model.
Graduates of the A.A.S. in Child Development may be accepted for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, most four year institutions require a 3.0 grade point average and other courses that are not included in this degree program. Therefore, students who wish to transfer their credits to a four-year institution should be enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts Degree.
- Child care worker
- Head Start program administrator
- Private child care provider
- Teaching Assistant
- Day care center manager
- Therapeutic Support Staff
The program objectives for this degree will follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as follows:
- Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
- Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
- Standard 3: Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
- Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
- Standard 5: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
- Standard 6: Becoming a Professional
Obtaining the Degree
To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:
- Matriculate into the program.
- Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements.
- This degree program requires that all students obtain a current Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34), Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), and Federal Criminal History record Information (CHRI) (ACT 114), to be eligible for the required field experiences. A student should consider these factors before enrolling into this program.
Note: Students are required to have these clearances submitted to the Registrar's Office by the final day of their first semester. If students fail to have clearances submitted by that time, they will be removed from the program.