Child Development and Child Care AAS

Associate in Applied Science

Child Development and Child Care

The Child Development and Child Care degree is designed to provide students with a foundation in research-based approaches to early childhood education, child development theory, fieldwork and the use of best practices in teaching and caring for children from birth to the age of five years old. The program prepares students for employment in early childhood group care and related environments.

 further information about this degree, contact faculty advisor, Lisa Stein, at (609) 343-4960 or area coordinator, Heather Boone, and call (609) 343-4934.

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PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Analyze major theories of child development with emphasis on similarities and differences and the interaction of the five learning domains and models from infancy through age five. This includes: cognitive language and communication, social and emotional approaches to learning and physical motor development;
  • Evaluate family and community characteristics in relation to their role in the economic, political and cultural institutions of society to stimulate growth and learning;
  • Apply the goals, benefits and uses of assessment using observation, documentation and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
  • Recognize and apply effective approaches, strategies and tools to positively influence young children's development and learning;
  • Articulate and uphold ethical standards and other professional guidelines and engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession;
  • Document young children's development and apply the documentation to curriculum development.
Program requirements
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 24 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (6 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (8 credits)  
    General Education Mathematics course
4
    General Education Science course 
4
Social Science (7 credits)  
    PSYC/EDUC110-Child Development: Theory and Practice
4
    SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Humanities (3 credits)  
     ARTS115-Introduction to the Visual Arts
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
24
PROGRAM COURSES - 36 credits
 
    CDCC103-Roles of the Early Childhood Professional
2
    CDCC104-Infant/Toddler Development: Theory & Applications
3
    CDCC105-Early Childhood Health, Safety and Special Needs 4
    CDCC106-Early Childhood Social/Emotional Guidance
3
    CDCC250-Infant/Toddler Practicum
3
    CDCC252-Early Childhood Practicum
3
    CISM115-Planning the Preschool Curriculum
3
    CISM290-Instructional Technology for Teachers
3
    ENGL218-Literature for Children
3
    PSYC/EDUC226-Psychology of Exceptionality
3
    SPAN111-Elementary Spanish I
3
    SPAN112-Elementary Spanish II 3
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS REQUIRED 36

Technological Competency: 0-3 Credits

(Is fulfilled with CISM125, testing or reviewed departmental portfolio.)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
60
(CDCH) EFFECTIVE FALL 2019