Child and Family Development, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec

The Child and Family Development program offers students a variety of degree options and pathways of study. Students will investigate leading theories of child development and methodologies for curriculum planning and assessment. Through class lectures, observation studies, field work with mentor teachers, service learning, and opportunities for discussion with award winning faculty, students will engage in the best practices designed for the study of young children and their families.

The Child and Family Development program is aligned with education standards for Associate Degree programs set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). St. Louis Community College prepares students to work with young children from infancy through age eight.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a two-year program with a concentration of coursework in child development and family studies. AAS degree candidates can find employment as teachers, parent educators, community service workers, youth development program workers, administrators, program planners, managers or directors in early childhood settings. Environments for teaching young children include preschool programs, laboratory schools, elementary schools, and community nursery schools. With further study, students have the possibility of a variety of career options such as those in the legal system, hospital and medical settings, government agencies and therapy systems.

Students must earn at least a “C” in certain courses to be eligible for the associate degree. See an academic advisor or the program coordinator for details about this requirement.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. exhibit knowledge of child development, including young children's characteristics and needs, influences on development and learning.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of diverse family and community characteristics by developing positive relationships with family and community members.
  3. develop evidence of appropriate child assessments, including observation, documentation, anecdotal records and other assessment tools.
  4. reflect on effective strategies for teaching, learning and connecting with children and families..
  5. organize content knowledge to create meaningful, individualized and challenging curricula for each child.
  6. appraise his/her role as an ethical, collaborative, knowledgeable, reflective and informed early childhood professional and advocate.

Program of Study

Career General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
MTH 108Elementary Applied Mathematics (or higher)3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
XXX xxxSocial Science Elective3
PSI 101Physical Science (MOTR PHYS 110)3
Program Requirements
CFD 101Foundations of Child and Family Development3
CFD 102Child Growth and Development3
CFD 103Physical Development: Health, Safety and Well-Being3
CFD 104Creative Development: Art Experiences in Early Childhood3
CFD 105Professional Development Seminar I1
CFD 106Cognitive Development: Language and Literacy in Early Childhood3
CFD 203Professional Development Seminar II1
CFD 108Principles of Curriculum Design: Infants, Toddlers and Two-Year-Olds3
CFD 109Supervised Student Teaching Practicum: Infants, Toddlers and Two Year Olds3
CFD 107Family/Community Support and Engagement3
CFD 201Social and Emotional Development: Guidance and Discipline3
CFD 202Cognitive Development: Math, Science, and Engineering for Young Children3
CFD 204Principles of Curriculum Design: Preschool3
CFD 205Supervised Student Teaching Practicum: Preschool3
CFD 206Children With Special Abilities and Needs3
CFD 207Supporting Cultural Awareness and Diversity3
CFD 208Professional Development Seminar III1
Total Credit Hours63
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
CFD 101 Foundations of Child and Family Development3Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
CFD 102 Child Growth and Development3Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
CFD 103 Physical Development: Health, Safety and Well-Being3Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
CFD 104 Creative Development: Art Experiences in Early Childhood3 Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
CFD 105 Professional Development Seminar I1CFD 101, CFD 102, Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
CFD 106 Cognitive Development: Language and Literacy in Early Childhood3CFD 101, CFD 102, Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
CFD 107 Family/Community Support and Engagement3ENG 101, CFD 101, CFD 102, CFD 103, CFD 104 and Reading Proficiency.
CFD 108 Principles of Curriculum Design: Infants, Toddlers and Two-Year-Olds3CFD 101, CFD 102, CFD 104, CFD 106, Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
CFD 109 Supervised Student Teaching Practicum: Infants, Toddlers and Two Year Olds3ENG 101, CFD 101, CFD 102, CFD 104, CFD 106, and Reading Proficiency.
PSI 101 Physical Science (MOTR PHYS 110)3MTH 030 or higher with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
CFD 201 Social and Emotional Development: Guidance and Discipline3ENG 101, CFD 101, CFD 102, CFD 104, CFD 106, and Reading Proficiency.
CFD 202 Cognitive Development: Math, Science, and Engineering for Young Children3ENG 030 or higher, CFD 101, CFD 102, CFD 104, CFD 106, PSI 101, and Reading Proficiency.
CFD 203 Professional Development Seminar II1CFD 105 and Reading Proficiency.
CFD 204 Principles of Curriculum Design: Preschool3CFD 101, CFD 102, CFD 104, CFD 106, Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
CFD 205 Supervised Student Teaching Practicum: Preschool3CFD 105, CFD 203, Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
CFD 206 Children With Special Abilities and Needs3CFD 101, CFD 102, CFD 104, CFD 106, Reading proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.Apply for Graduation
CFD 207 Supporting Cultural Awareness and Diversity3CFD 105, CFD 203, Reading Proficiency and eligibility for placement in ENG 101.
CFD 208 Professional Development Seminar III1CFD 105, CFD 203, and Reading Proficiency.
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Social & Behavioral Science Elective3  
MTH 108 Elementary Applied Mathematics3MTH 020 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test and Reading Proficiency. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 3 years.
Credit Hours16
Total Credit Hours63

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