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Early Childhood Development AAS

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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This program prepares student in the care, education, and supervision of young children birth to age eight. The curriculum is designed for persons seeking employment in the early care and education field, or for those persons currently employed who want to update and enhance their skills. Occupational opportunities include administrator, director, assistant director, lead teacher, or assistant teacher in settings such as preschools, child care centers and homes, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, public schools, and before-and after-school programs. The AAS degree is at Level 6 of the Virginia Career Pathways for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Practitioners, where Level 3 is a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and Level 9 a doctoral degree.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

Printable Advising Sheet

Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1   SDV 101
CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3    
CHD 145 Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children 3    
CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3   See Notes 1 and 2
CHD 205 Guiding the Behavior of Children 3    
EDU 235 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education 3    
MILESTONE: Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate (See faculty advisor)
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Test Scores  
HLT 106 First Aid and Safety 2   See Note 3
CHD 118 Teaching Language Arts 3    
CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children 3    
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3    
CHD 216 Early Childhood Programs, Schools, and Social Change 3    
IT Elective (Certificate Requirement Only) 1    
MILESTONE: Early Childhood Development Certificate (See faculty advisor)
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3   CST 110
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
Humanities Elective 3   See Note 4
PSY 235 Child Psychology 3    
MTH 120 Introduction to Mathematics 3 See Placement Test Scores MTH 157 or higher
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family 3    
CHD 119 Introduction to Reading Methods 3    
CHD 166 Infant and Toddler Programs 3    
CHD 215 Models of Early Childhood Programs 3    
CHD 270 Administration of Child Care Programs 3    
CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings 3 Final spring semester See Notes 1 and 2
CHD 298 Portfolio Development 1 Final spring semester See Note 5
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 67-68    


  1. CHD 165 and CHD 265 are observation and participation practicum classes that require students to observe young children in settings approved by the program chair. CHD 165 must be taken before CHD 265 and CHD 298.
  2. To enroll in CHD 165 and CHD 265 students must have a declared early childhood major and complete a TB screening, a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check, as a condition of placement in a practicum site. Students are expected to cover all costs for these procedures.
  3. Students who have current certifications in First Aid and Safety and CPR (child or adult) can use these to fulfill the two-credit HLT 106 requirement. The original cards must be presented to the Admissions and Records office. No online First Aid/CPR cards will be accepted for credit at JTCC.
  4. The humanities elective requirement must by satisfied by completing one 3-credit conceptual humanities course. See website ( for a list of approved conceptual humanities electives.
  5. CHD 298 must be taken in conjunction with CHD 265.
  6. This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their faculty advisor and their intended transfer institution for specific direction in program and course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.
  7. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  8. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.

2016-2017 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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