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School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences :: Programs of Study

Early Childhood Development

Few careers are as rewarding and satisfying as making a positive impact on the life of a child. VWCC's Early Childhood Development programs will prepare you to begin your career as an Early Childhood Professional.

About Childcare Workers (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Early Childhood Development - Associate of Applied Science

The AAS degree program in Early Childhood Development is designed to enable graduates to qualify as directors, assistant directors, teachers, assistant teachers, or as classroom aides in programs for young children. The curriculum has been established to provide competency in areas documented by Virginia's Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals: health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development. Students who are interested in working with special needs children should consult with the Early Childhood Development faculty.

Depending on the field placement site, the student may be responsible for additional fees of up to $75 for background check, TB testing, and drug screening.

Employment opportunities include positions in independent childcare centers and kindergartens, family day care homes, preschool programs, centers for children with special needs, residential childcare facilities and industry associated centers. Program graduates are also qualified for positions as elementary school or Head Start teacher assistants.

Students interested in obtaining teacher licensure should follow the AS in Social Sciences with a specialization in Education.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Early Childhood Development - Career Studies Certificate

The career studies certificate program in Early Childhood Development is an introduction to the field, designed to provide entry-level competencies documented by Virginia's Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development curriculum.

Depending on the field placement site, the student may be responsible for additional fees of up to $75 for background check, TB testing, and drug screening.

Employment opportunities include positions in childcare centers, Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms, family day care homes, preschool programs, centers for children with special needs, residential childcare facilities and industry associated centers.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Early Childhood Development: Infant & Toddler - Career Studies Certificate

This curriculum is an introduction to the field, specializing in infant and toddler care, designed to provide entry-level competencies documented by Virginia's Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development curriculum.

Depending on the field placement site, the student may be responsible for additional fees of up to $75 for background check, TB testing, and drug screening.

Employment opportunities include positions in childcare centers, Early Head Start classrooms, family day care homes, preschool programs, and centers for children with special needs, residential childcare facilities and industry associated centers.

Program Details

Program details such as admission requirements, required courses, and suggested course sequence can be found in the college catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure will be linked when available.

Resources

Program Head

Kim Gregory
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Development

Phone: 540-857-7270
Location: Duncan Hall D105A

B.S. - Syracuse University, 1991
M.S. - Roosevelt University, 1995

Contact Us

School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Location: Humanities H111
Phone: 540-857-7271
Fax: 540-857-6096

Mailing address:
3082 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015