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, Heather Boone, at (609) 343-4934 or hboone@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 demonstrate 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 - 46 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (9 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
    Choose COMM110 or COMM120
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (12 credits)  
    MATH220-Statistical Methods
4
    General Education Science course (life science, BIOL course)
4
    General Education Science course (physical science, CHEM, ESCI or PHYS)
4
Social Science (7 credits)  
    EDUC/PSYC110-Child Development: Theory and Practice
4
    SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Humanities (9 credits)  
    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
History (6 credits)  
    Choose two: HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104
6
Diversity (3 credits)  
    Choose GEOG102 or GEOG110
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
46
PROGRAM COURSES - 18 credits
 
    CDCC103-Roles of the Early Childhood 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