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Early Childhood Development

The program is designed to prepare students for employment as early childhood development professionals and to supplement the education of individuals who are already employed in the field. The Early Childhood curriculum covers a complete spectrum of issues in child development and education. Additionally, the curriculum is common across the state by peer group agreement, and it covers the areas recommended for NAEYC Associate Degree programs in Early Childhood Education.

Program Details

The Early Childhood curriculum covers a complete spectrum of issues in child development and education. The curriculum is common across the state by peer group agreement, and it covers the areas recommended for NAEYC Associate Degree programs in Early Childhood Education. The curriculum is designed to prepare Early Childhood Professionals. This includes people presently employed in early learning settings, and those seeking employment in the field. It also provides seamless articulation for those who wish to continue their education at a four-year institution.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer is not the primary purpose of this degree; however, NOVA may have agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. The Transfer Pathway link provides the GMU Advance program and details how the Early Childhood Development, A.A.S. (ECD) program transfers. Other Virginia institutions also accept the ECD degree. Students interested in transferring should contact a faculty advisor or counselor to discuss their options and plans.

Articulation Information: Several senior institutions in Virginia accept this degree in its totality for entrance into programs that may lead to public school Early Childhood Teacher Licensure (PreK-Grade 3 and/or Early Childhood Special Education) in Virginia. Students interested in early childhood pathways to teacher licensure should speak with a NOVA Early Childhood Development (CHD) advisor.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

NAEYC Accreditation

The Early Childhood Development Program at Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The accreditation term runs from March 2018 through March 2025.

NVCC bases the content of all ECE courses on NAEYC’s Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation. This link is to data on program outcomes.

OUTCOME MEASURES

Outcome Measure #1: The Number of Program Completers

Academic Year

Number of program completers

Percentage of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion)

Percentage of program completers who were attending part-time[1] (at the time of completion)

2020-2021

77

28%

72%

2019-2020

53

10%

90%

2018-2019

72

13%

87%

Outcome Measure #2: The Program Completion Rate

Expected graduation timeframe two years

Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time candidates enrolled in the program (select three sequential years)

Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe

Percentage of those candidates who completed the program within 300% (three times) of the published timeframe.

2015-2016

28%

34%

2014-2015

28%

34%

2013-2014

25%

29%

Outcome Measure #3: Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate

Academic Year

Percent of Part-Time Candidates Enrolled in the Program (% of Total Enrollment)

Retention Rate among Part-Time Candidates

Percent of Full-Time Candidates Enrolled in the Program (% of Total Enrollment)

Retention Rate among Full-Time Candidates

2019-2020

78%

42%

22%

54%

2018-2019

78%

36%

22%

46%

2017-2018

76%

37%

24%

44%

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Career Prospects

Students attaining an AAS in Early Childhood development may serve as lead teachers, directors, owners/operators, and curriculum specialists in child care and preschool settings. Students may also work as instructional assistants in public school settings.

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