Early Childhood: Care and Education - Human Services
Academic Advisor(s): WH-Herrington (A-L), Hupp (M-Z); WT-Davis; NM-Britt
This program is designed for those who want to work with children from birth-adolescence. Graduates can be expected to fill paraprofessional or professional positions in private or public agencies that provide early care and/or education services. This program exceeds the requirements of the WV Department of Education’s paraprofessional educator’s certificate (available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies); therefore individuals with this degree also should be eligible for positions as teacher’s aides in the public school system.
Students who eventually plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a related field can use this degree as a foundation for transfer, but it is recommended that students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree before beginning employment pursue an Associate in Arts 2+2 or transfer degree in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education to maximize transferability of courses.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts, theories, and strategies used in early childhood care and education;
Employment outlook is currently above average, but is dependent upon changing local, regional, and national needs. Salaries tend to be low-moderate for graduates, depending on location, type of facility, and the prospective employee’s level of education and work experience.
NOTE: Two specialized programs which provide credit for credentials completed outside the college setting are available for students who possess either a U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Certificate (ACDS) and/or a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. (See Occupational Development (A.A.S.) and Technical Studies (A.A.S.) in the Center for Economic and Workforce Development section.) Contact an advisor for additional information.
First Year – Fall Semester
First Year – Spring Semester
Second Year – Fall Semester
Second Year – Spring Semester
Total Hours in Program – 60-62
## Choose from: (Students will choose an additional 6 hours from list.)
* Students may choose MATH 204 or MATH 205 in addition to the mathematics core requirements listed in the Core Requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Program in the beginning of this section.
** Before registering for the field placement, students must apply to and be accepted by an approved social services agency. There is also a class requirement of 2 hours every week.
++ Students are permitted to take only one MGT course to meet the restricted elective requirment.