Early Care and Education, 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.   

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