Child Development/Child Care-Option

Liberal Arts, Associate in Arts

This option prepares students to work with children in day care centers, nursery schools, hospitals and social service agencies. It is an ideal choice for those who anticipate a break in their academic training between the associate's and bachelor's degrees because of the mid-level job possibilities and state recognition for group teachers.

It provides the student with approved academic training for group teacher positions in state-licensed day 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.

Note: If placed into required Basic Skills courses, review enrollment policies on the Basic Skills page of the College catalog.

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
CDCC115-Planning the Preschool Curriculum
3
CDCC130-Early Childhood Practicum
3
CISM290-Instructional Technology for Teachers
3
EDUC101-Historical Foundations of American Education
3
EDUC226-Psychology of Exceptionality
3
HPED150-Concepts of Physical Fitness
1
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS REQUIRED
18
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
64
(CDCC) EFFECTIVE FALL 2013