The child development major equips students to work with very young children (birth through 3rd grade) in a variety of settings, preparing activities and environments that foster children’s development physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively.

The associate degree in child development provides students with foundational coursework in early child development, education, and sociocultural contexts. Career possibilities include supervising infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children in day care centers, community-based programs such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club, private Christian schools, and nonprofit early childhood education programs such as church preschools.

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The child development major equips students to work with very young children (birth through 3rd grade) in a variety of settings, preparing activities and environments that foster children’s development physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively.

The associate degree in child development provides students with foundational coursework in early child development, education, and sociocultural contexts. Career possibilities include supervising infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children in day care centers, community-based programs such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club, private Christian schools, and nonprofit early childhood education programs such as church preschools.

Program Goals

Equip students with essential habits and skills for lifelong learning and success.

  • Students develop a plan that analyzes and capitalizes on their strengths to achieve relational, academic, and professional success.
  • Graduates employ effective study habits and time management skills.
  • Graduates locate and use information resources
  • Graduates demonstrate basic computer literacy.
  • Graduates read with understanding, think critically, and develop reasoned arguments.
  • Graduates communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Graduates form, maintain, and enjoy healthy relationships with others, including persons from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Graduates work effectively to accomplish tasks both independently and within teams.

Equip students to apply basic content, principles, and methodologies of the primary areas of knowledge, including the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.

  • Graduates apply philosophical, literary, and artistic concepts to illuminate cultural artifacts and worldview issues.
  • Graduates apply religious, philosophical, psychological, social, political, economic, and cultural concepts to illuminate human behavior and social trends.
  • Graduates articulate and apply scientific concepts, principles, and methods.
  • Graduates apply mathematical concepts and methods to investigate and solve real-world problems and questions.

Equip students with a foundation in biblical theology and worldview issues.

  • Graduates demonstrate a basic understanding of the content of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Graduates demonstrate a basic understanding of a Christian worldview and the role of believers in the Body of Christ.

Develop Christ-centered workers who serve young children and their families with competence and sensitivity.

  • Graduates articulate a basic knowledge of the proper growth and development principles as they apply to young children from birth through age 8.
  • Graduates demonstrate key understandings in the basic care and nurturing of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children.
  • Graduates respond appropriately to the needs expressed by families with young children who have diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Develop capable mentors of young children who are skilled observers of their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.

  • Graduates serve young children with developmentally-appropriate choices in nutrition, proper rest, movement, and other physical needs.
  • Graduates provide developmentally-appropriate contexts for young children’s healthy social and emotional development.
  • Graduates plan developmentally-appropriate activities and environments to promote young children’s cognitive development.
POTENTIAL CAREER PATHS
  • Day Care Employee
  • Preschool Worker
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Children’s and Youth Ministry Leader
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