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2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Development, AAS - 636

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Purpose: The curriculum is designed for persons who seek employment involving the care and education of young children, or for those persons presently employed in these situations who wish to update and enhance their competencies. Occupational opportunities include program leaders, supervisors, and/or directors in child development programs.

Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through transcript review or informed self-placement.  Based on this review students may request or be required to enroll in prerequisite or corequisite math and/or English courses. Students must complete a Division of Professional and Technical Studies approved background check.

Students are required to participate in observation and practicum experiences in approved or licensed early childhood/primary settings. A Criminal Record Clearance/Sex Offender Registry check is required for placement. Students should see the program head for a list of convictions that will prevent employment. Students will be expected to complete a tuberculosis test before placement as well. 

Early Childhood Development Curriculum Degree Requirements:

Total: 36

Total Minimum Credits: 62

1 Students considering transfer should check with anticipated four-year institution to determine appropriate MTH courses and/or sequences.

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies necessary for academic success, transfer, and employment.  Individual programs may specify how computer competency is attained as part of the program.  If not specified otherwise, computer competency is demonstrated by passing ITE 115 (transfer elective) or an equivalent competency test. Students are encouraged not to wait until the final semester to complete this requirement.

Suggested Scheduling:

Scholarship Opportunities:

Scholarships are available to students who are Early Childhood majors, including the Virginia Child Care Providers scholarship, and the Project Pathfinders Scholarship according to availability and qualifications. (These are additional to GCC financial aid options) 

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