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Early Childhood Development: Loudoun Campus

The Early Childhood Development program is designed for those who seek employment involving the care and direction of young children or for those presently employed in these situations who wish to update and enhance their competencies. Occupational objectives include assistants, managers, teachers, and/or directors in day care and child development facilities.

The Virginia Department of Social Services offers scholarships to individuals who are employed or interested in employment in the field of Early Childhood Development.

  • Search the current NOVA Catalog for information about credit instructional programs, degrees and certificates, policies and procedures and student services.
  • Explore the detailed Course Content Summaries for courses offered at NOVA. These summaries list major topics covered in the courses.
  • Search the current Schedule of Classes for course information, times, locations, faculty and prerequisites for credit courses.

Visit the NOVA website or stop by any NOVA campus to pick up copies of the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes.

The Catalog will fill you in on all of the programs offered, course descriptions, college policy, NOVANET, administrative information and more.

The Schedule of Classes is printed every semester/session and lists courses offered at each of the campuses.

Before you register for classes you must be admitted to the College. Admission is free and can be done either in person or online and takes just a few minutes of your time. Once you have completed the admission application you will be issued an ID number that allows you to register for classes.

Each campus has a counseling office, and the dedicated staff can help answer your questions on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

Virginia Department of Social Services Publications
This website contains links to several publications including two publications used in several Early Childhood Courses:

  • Milestones of Child Development -- A Guide to Young Children's Learning and Development From Birth to Kindergarten
  • Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals

Virginia Department of Education - Early Childhood Instruction
This website provides information on Early Childhood Education and initiatives in Virginia. The focus is on four-year-old pre-K programs. Here you will find a copy of:

  • Virginia Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds.

Smart Beginnings - Virginia
This site provides information about quality initiatives in Virginia specifically the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).

NAEYC Code of Professional Conduct
This is a link to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and their Position Statement on Ethical Conduct.

Virginia Department of Social Services Career Lattice
This is a link to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and their Position Statement on Ethical Conduct.

Child Development Associate - Council for Professional Recognition
This site provides you with information about obtaining your CDA. You cannot get a CDA through NOVA but we do help you meet the training/education of 120 clock hours. These hours are met by taking 3-credit courses through NOVA. The 120 hours of training is one of several requirements you must meet to apply for and receive your CDA.

Virginia Child Day Care Scholarship Program
The State of Virginia provides scholarships to current and future child care providers and early childhood teachers. The scholarship is in the form of tuition for up to two courses a semester for a total of eight courses in your lifetime. There is also a dollar tuition limit. Check out the website above for more information.

Do You Want to Be a Public School Teacher?
This website provides specific information on the program at George Mason University. It may not answer all your questions, but is a good start. Other colleges may have different requirements, but all follow the teacher licensure guidelines for the Commonwealth.