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.

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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.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
Contemporary Mathematics
or Mathematical Concepts
CDEV101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
COMS110 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
CDEV160 Child Health and Nutrition** 3
CDEV260 Methods of Teaching Infants & Toddlers** 3
PSYC111 Child Psychology 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
CDSC000 Program Elective* 3
EDUC275 Working with Special Needs Children*** 3
CDEV150 Language Development & Language Arts
in Early Childhood Education***
CDEV270 Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood Education*** 3
CDEV280 Child Care Internship I 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
CDSC000 Program Elective* 3
CDEV285 Child Care Internship II 3
SOCA101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

**Course only offered in spring

***Course only offered in Fall


Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.