Early Childhood Development, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas

The curriculum is designed for individuals who seek employment involving the care and education of young children, or for those persons presently employed in these situations who wish to update and enhance their competencies. Job opportunities include program leaders, supervisors, and/or directors in child development programs.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. See an academic advisor with the Early Childhood Programs for further information.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education 3
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children 3
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 16
2nd Semester
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 3
CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children 3
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools, and Social Change 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
Total 15
3rd Semester
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Total 15
4th Semester
BIO 101 General Biology I 4
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3
CHD 270 Administration of Childcare Programs 3
Choose One
ENG 250 Children's Literature 3
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I
ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II
Choose One
HIS 121 United States History I 3
HIS 122 United States History II
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 62
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
EDU
235
3
CHD
120
3
CHD
145
3
CHD
205
3
ENG
111
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 16
2nd Semester
CHD
118
3
CHD
146
3
Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings
CHD
165
3
Early Childhood Programs, Schools, and Social Change
CHD
216
3
PSY
230
3
Total 15
3rd Semester
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession
EDU
200
3
ENG
112
3
CHD
166
3
CHD
210
3
MTH
154
3
Total 15
4th Semester
BIO
101
4
Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings
CHD
265
3
CHD
270
3
Choose One
ENG
250
3
ENG
241
ENG
242
Choose One
United States History I
HIS
121
3
United States History II
HIS
122
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 62