Early Childhood Education

Do you enjoy watching children as they investigate the world around them? Can you answer countless questions? Do you find humor in the unique way children view the world? Can you laugh with them? Do you have the patience and tenderness to care for our tiniest citizens? If so, a career in Early Childhood Education may be just the place for you! The Early Childhood Education curriculum is designed for students who plan to work with children from birth through age eight years using developmentally appropriate practices. This curriculum provides the student with skills in areas documented by Virginia Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. Graduates will be prepared for employment in child care centers, preschools, or recreation programs. Students who intend to transfer to four year colleges must see the program coordinator for additional information.

Certain criminal convictions will prohibit employment in all licensed child care settings. Students convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude/barrier crimes do not qualify for the Early Childhood Program at DCC. The lab facilities will not allow students to complete internship hours and students will not be able to meet the internship requirements for graduation.

Any student entering the program who has committed illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the program coordinator for clarification. Also, students will be required to complete full criminal background tests and a TB test at their own cost. 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and appropriately with children and families from all backgrounds to build respectful, reciprocal relationships and use appropriate positive guidance strategies with children in their care.
  2. Complete a plan for the educational, physical, fiscal and human resources needed to operate a program for children.
  3. 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.
  4. Assess children’s progress using formal and informal observation and assessment tools and methods
  5. Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum plans and learning environments for children based on developmental appropriateness and a thorough knowledge of child development.

Curriculum Map

Early Childhood Education graduates will be able to: Required Course 1 Required Course 2 Required Course 3 Required Course 4 Required Course 5 Required Course 6
Outcome 1
Communicate effectively and appropriately with children and families from all backgrounds to build respectful, reciprocal relationships and use appropriate positive guidance strategies with children in their care.
CHD 210, CHD 165 CHD 205 CHD 216 CHD 265 CHD 166  
Outcome 2
Complete a plan for the educational, physical, fiscal and human resources needed to operate a program for children.
CHD 270 CHD 298 CHD 215      
Outcome 3
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.
CHD 120 CHD 215 EDU 235 CHD 166    
Outcome 4
Assess children’s progress using formal and informal observation and assessment tools and methods.
CHD 120 CHD 165 CHD 265 CHD 119 CHD 210  
Outcome 5
Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum plans and learning environments for children based on developmental appropriateness and a thorough knowledge of child development.
CHD 265 CHD 120 CHD 146 CHD 118 CHD 145 CHD 210

Course Sequence

First Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
CHD 120 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music and Movement to Children 2 2 3
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Settings 1 6 3
CHD 205 Guiding Behavior of Young Children 3 3 4
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Children 3 0 3
  Total 13 8 16
Second Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
CHD 118 Language Arts for Young Children 2 2 3
CHD 146 Math, Science and Social Studies for Young Children 2 2 3
CHD 270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3 0 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 3 4
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 0 3
  Total 13 4 15
Third Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3 0 3
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3 0 3
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools and Social Change 3 0 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3 3 3
  Total 15 0 15
Fourth Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 1 6 3
EDU 200 Intro to Teaching As a Profession 3 0 3
ENG 250 Children's Literature or Approved LIT Elective 3 0 3
HIS 121 United States History I 3 0 3
BIO 101 General Biology I 3 3 4
  Total 13 9 16

Total Minimum Credits for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education: 62

Student Worksheet

For more information consult the College Catalog.