Child Development (CHD)

Online

The Child Development program is designed to prepare students for employment as directors, teachers, or aides in preschools and day cares; aides in public schools, and teachers or aides in the Head Start Program. Courses in the program are designed to meet the State of Alabama minimum standards for Day Care Facilities and Preschools along with the national certification, Child Development Associate. All students enrolled in the Child Development program will require a criminal background check prior to designated practicum course work (please see course descriptions for designated courses). The cost of the background check will be the responsibility of the student. Issues pertaining to or resulting in positive findings in the background check will result in the student being denied enrollment.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

CHD 100 : INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION OF CHILDREN

This course introduces the child care profession including the six functional areas of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Emphasis is placed on using positive guidance techniques, setting up a classroom and planning a schedule.

credits

3

CHD 201 : CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES

This course is a systematic study of child growth and development from conception through early childhood. Emphasis is placed on principles underlying physical, mental, emotional and social development, and on methods of child study and practical implications.

credits

3

CHD 202 : CHILDREN’S CREATIVE EXPERIENCES

This course focuses on fostering creativity in preschool children and developing a creative attitude in teachers. Topics include selecting and developing creative experiences in language arts, music, art, science, math and movement with observation and participation with young children required.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Students must have an active pediatric and adult CPR/First Aid/AED Certification and a DHR criminal background check.

CHD 203 : CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

This course surveys appropriate literature and language arts activities designed to enhance young children’s speaking, listening, pre-reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on developmental appropriateness as related to language.

credits

3

CHD 204 : METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING CHILDREN

This course introduces basic methods and materials used in teaching young children. Emphasis is placed on students compiling a professional resource file of activities used for teaching math, language arts, science and social studies concepts.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Students must have an active pediatric and adult CPR/First Aid/AED Certification and a DHR criminal background check.

CHD 205 : PROGRAM PLANNING FOR EDUCATING YOUNG CHILDREN

This course is designed to give students practice in lesson and unit planning, writing behavioral objectives, and evaluating activities taught to young children. Emphasis is placed on identifying basic aspects of cognitive development and how children learn. Upon completion students should be able to plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional practices based on knowledge of individual differences and the curriculum goals and content.

credits

3

CHD 206 : CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND SAFETY

This course introduces basic health, nutrition and safety management practices for young children. Emphasis is placed on setting up and maintaining a safe, healthy environment for young children including specific procedures for infants and toddlers and procedures regarding childhood illnesses and communicable diseases.

credits

3

CHD 209 : INFANT AND TODDLER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

This course focuses on child development from infancy to thirty months of age with emphasis on planning programs using developmentally-appropriate material. Emphasis is placed on positive ways to support an infant’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

credits

3

CHD 210 : EDUCATING EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG CHILDREN

This course explores the many different types of exceptionalities found in young children. Topics include speech, language, hearing and visual impairments; gifted and talented children; mental retardation; emotional, behavioral, and neurological handicaps.

credits

3

CHD 214 : FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES IN EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS

This course provides students with information about working with diverse families and communities. Students will be introduced to family and community settings, the importance of relationships with children, and the pressing needs of today's society. Students will study and practice techniques for developing these important relationships and effective communication skills.

credits

3

CHD 215 : SUPERVISED PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

This course provides a minimum of 90 hours of hands-on, supervised experience in an approved program for young children. Emphasis is placed on performance of daily duties which are assessed by the College instructor and the cooperating teacher.

credits

3

Prerequisites

Students must have an active pediatric and adult CPR/First Aid/AED Certification and a DHR criminal background check.