Academics :: School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Early Childhood Development

Virginia Western offers a one-year career studies certificate program and a two-year AAS degree program in Early Childhood Development. The curriculum requirements for the two programs overlap so that the certificate program can serve as the foundation for the degree program with no redundancy of coursework.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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.

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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.

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Contact Information

Program Head

Kim Gregory
Associate Professor - Early Childhood Development
B.S. - Syracuse Univeristy, 1991
M.S. - Roosevelt University, 1995
kgregory@virginiawestern.edu
540-857-7270 | Duncan 105A

School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

540-857-7271
Humanities 111

Resources

Infant & Toddler Specialist Network

Virginia Western Community College is the regional office for the Infant & Toddler Specialist Network, serving the Piedmont Region. The specialists are:

Supervisor: Kim Gregory
540-857-7270
kgregory@virginiawestern.edu

Valarie Angle
540-857-6701
vangle@va-itsnetwork.org

Leah Wechtaluk McFarren

540-857-6700
lwmcfarren@va-itsnetwork.org

The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network is a program of Child Development Resources, www.cdr.org, and is supported by the Virginia Department of Social Services Grant #93.575, with funds made available to Virginia from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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