Early Childhood Development Curriculum::

Purpose: The curriculum is designed for persons 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. Occupational opportunities include program leaders, supervisors, and/or directors in child development programs.

Two Years             Credits

1st Semester           
CHD            118 Language Arts for Young Children, 3
CHD            120 Intro to Early Childhood Education, 3
CHD            145 Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children, 3
ENG            111 College Composition I, 3
PSY            235 Child Psychology, 3
SDV            Elective            1
            Total             16

2nd Semester
CHD            119 Introduction to Reading Methods, 3
CHD            165 Observation/Participation/Early Childhood/Primary Settings, 3
CHD            166 Infant and Toddler Programs, 3
CHD            205 Guiding the Behavior of Children, 3
ENG            112 College Composition II, 3
PED/RPK     Elective, 1
PED           116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness, 1
            Total             17

3rd Semester           
CHD            146 Math, Science, Social Studies for Children, 3
CHD            210 Introduction to Exceptional Children, 3
CHD            215 Models of Early Childhood Education Programs, 3
CHD            216 Early Childhood Programs, School and Social Change, 3
EDU            235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education, 3
3___           Humanities/Fine Arts elective, 3
            Total             18

4th Semester
CHD            265 Adv. Observation/Partic/Early Childhood/Primary Setting, 3
CHD            270 Administration of Child Care Programs, 3
CHD            298 Seminar and Project (Portfolio), 1
CST            100 Principles of Public Speaking, 3
4MTH          151 Math for Liberal Arts I or Laboratory Science Elective, 3-4
5___           Social Science Elective, 3
            Total             16-17

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Communication Design = 69

1 Students can take SDV 100 College Success Skills or the SDV 101 Orientation section related to their particular program.

2 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

3 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

4 The laboratory science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

5 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.