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Catalog 2012-2013 
Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Development, AAS

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No. of Credits: 63
Contact: P. Allen, Chair, Social Sciences, Human Services, and Teacher Education Division; M. Hunt, Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Development

Students completing this degree program have the skills necessary to become the owner of a child care center; a program director for a child care center with more than 40 children; or a preschool teacher in a child care center.

If students complete elective EDU-1110, they may meet the infant/toddler teacher qualifications for child care centers in Maryland. If students complete elective EDU-1160, they may meet school-age techer qualifications for child care centers in Maryland.

The degree in Early Childhood Development is designed to provide a broad background in theories of child growth and development. The student is trained to apply this knowledge in planning creative learning experiences in a variety of child care settings. Practical experience in a child care setting is combined with a broad background in the liberal arts. Students travel off campus to early childhood programs approved for cooperative education experiences.

Some four-year colleges and universities in Maryland accept credit for EDU 1012 , EDU 1013 , EDU 1085 , and EDU 2610  toward a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Please consult an advisor for more specific information.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 47.

Career Opportunities:

infant/toddler teacher in a child care center, preschool teacher in a child care center, school-age teacher in a child care center, director of a child care center serving 40 or more children, teacher’s assistant in an elementary school, prekindergarten teacher in some elementary schools, family child care provider

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Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor for individual program planning.

Arts/humanities (3 credits)


Mathematics (3 credits)



* Courses requiring a prerequisite

** Program option

*** special criteria for required general education courses

**** Pending MHEC approval

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