Child Development Specialist - A.A.S. Degree

Turn your passion for helping others into a career!

Work closely with children and be their advocate while also having an impact on their development. You will have the opportunity to focus on the progression of children, from their infancy stages through their adolescent years.

Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Early Childhood Education (Child Development Specialist) prepares students to be education assistants and teacher aides in schools, child care centers and similar settings. Students in the program will have successfully completed 300 hours of supervised field experience in which they worked effectively with children and their families, other staff and administration.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Use theories and knowledge of growth and development to understand the multiple influences that promote child development and learning.
  • Build relationships with families and the community to create a respectful and reciprocal community of learning to support children and families.
  • Support young children through the use of observation, documentation, and assessment techniques and strategies.
  • Create, implement and evaluate effective early childhood curricula while implementing the philosophy of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Exhibit characteristics of an early childhood professional by following the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) ethical guidelines, participating in professional organizations and professional development, and advocating for children and families.
  • Program Goals are based on NAEYC Associate Degree Program Standards.

Thank you for choosing Sussex County Community College as the place to begin your education. We pride ourselves on giving you the individualized attention you need to be successful.

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