Child Development/Child Care-Option

Liberal Arts, Associate in Arts

This option prepares students to work with children from birth to 3 years old in child care centers, nursery schools and social service agencies.

It provides the student with approved academic training for group teacher positions in state-licensed child care facilities. With the addition of one year's work experience, some of which can be completed through field placements, the student receives recognition by the state as a group teacher. The option also provides a foundation of courses suitable for students interested in certification at a bachelor's degree level.

Fur further information about this degree, contact area coordinator, Michael Bolicki, at (609)463-3573 or mbolicki@atlantic.edu.

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 four learning domains and models from infancy through age eight;
  • Evaluate family and community characteristics in relation to their role in the economic, political and cultural institutions of society;
  • 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 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 children’s development and apply the documentation to curriculum development.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
ENGL101-Composition I
3
ENGL102-Composition II
3
COMM110 or COMM120
3
MATH220-Statistical Methods
4
General Education Science course (life science, BIOL course)
4
General Education Science course (physical science, CHEM, ESCI or PHYS)
4
CDCC110-Child Development: Theory and Practice
4
SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110. (THEA110 is recommended.)
3
General Education Humanities course
3
Choose ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213 or ENGL214
3
Choose two: HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104
6
Choose GEOG102 or GEOG110
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
46
PROGRAM COURSES
CDCC103-Roles of the Child Care Professional
2
CDCC104-Infant/Toddler Development: Theory & Applications
4
CDCC130-Early Childhood Practicum
3
CISM290-Instructional Technology for Teachers
3
EDUC101-Historical Foundations of American Education
3
EDUC226-Psychology of Exceptionality
3
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS REQUIRED
18
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
64
(CDCC) EFFECTIVE FALL 2014