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.
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Program of Study
|Career General Education|
|ENG 101||College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)||3|
|MTH 108||Elementary Applied Mathematics (or higher)||3|
|COM 101||Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)||3|
|XXX xxx||Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement||3|
|XXX xxx||Social Science Elective||3|
|PSI 101||Physical Science (MOTR PHYS 110)||3|
|CFD 101||Foundations of Child and Family Development||3|
|CFD 102||Child Growth and Development||3|
|CFD 103||Physical Development: Health, Safety and Well-Being||3|
|CFD 104||Creative Development: Art Experiences in Early Childhood||3|
|CFD 105||Professional Development Seminar I||1|
|CFD 106||Cognitive Development: Language and Literacy in Early Childhood||3|
|CFD 203||Professional Development Seminar II||1|
|CFD 108||Principles of Curriculum Design: Infants, Toddlers and Two-Year-Olds||3|
|CFD 109||Supervised Student Teaching Practicum: Infants, Toddlers and Two Year Olds||3|
|CFD 107||Family/Community Support and Engagement||3|
|CFD 201||Social and Emotional Development: Guidance and Discipline||3|
|CFD 202||Cognitive Development: Math, Science, and Engineering for Young Children||3|
|CFD 204||Principles of Curriculum Design: Preschool||3|
|CFD 205||Supervised Student Teaching Practicum: Preschool||3|
|CFD 206||Children With Special Abilities and Needs||3|
|CFD 207||Supporting Cultural Awareness and Diversity||3|
|CFD 208||Professional Development Seminar III||1|
|Total Credit Hours||63|