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Minimum credits: 62
Length: 2 years (4 semesters), if suggested full-time course sequence is followed
Contact: 434.797.8402 or 434.797.8462
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Plan Code: 636 CIP Code: 19.0709
This degree is the third step in a stackable path for Early Childhood Educators. This program prepares students to work with children from birth to age 8 using developmentally appropriate practices documented by Virginia Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. Coursework includes child education, behavior management, methods of teaching children, general education, and electives. Instruction will include both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed to provide high-quality services for children. The degree is primarily designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment after completion of DCC studies or to enable a student to seamlessly transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education and teacher licensure Pre K-3.Please see the program coordinator for a list of Virginia Public Institutions that accept this degree for licensure and their criteria.
Scholarships are available for this program, including the Virginia Child Care Providers scholarship, and the Project Pathfinders Scholarship.
Instructional Delivery: About 2/3 of program courses are offered online or as hybrid courses to accommodate working professionals.
The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education prepares students to work with children from birth to age 8 using developmentally appropriate practices documented by Virginia Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. Coursework includes child education, behavior management, methods of teaching children, general education and electives. Instruction will include both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed to provide high-quality services for children. This program is designed primarily to prepare graduates for immediate employment after graduation. However, several adjustments in program schedules are available to enable a student to prepare for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in Early Childhood Education.
Admission Requirements: In addition to regular college admission requirements, program entry requires a personal interview with the Early Childhood Education Department, as well as meeting the following criteria:
- Excellent moral character is generally considered prerequisite for employment.
- Upon program entrance, the student will be responsible for obtaining and paying for a criminal background check and show a negative TB test.
- Students must possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility and dexterity to perform education and care routines for children.
The Early Childhood Department has made a commitment to the NAEYC Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood care and education.
Program Outcomes: Graduates will be able to:
- Adhere to Virginia’s Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers in the planning and evaluation of classroom and learning environments to ensure the health, safety and nutrition of children.
- Design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum plans, to include learning activities and environments for children.
- Engage in and support diverse family and community relationships to build enriching and effective partnerships for children.
- Observe, document and assess progress to promote positive outcomes for all children.
- Engage with peers and community partners in the early childhood profession through collaborative learning and informed advocacy for young children.