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Child Development-Pre-School Education Associate in Applied Science

Education Child Development - Pre-School Education

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Graduates can also work as teacher aides or activities supervisors.​   
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Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

62

Program/Plan Number

278

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes
 

Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

15  CH
Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor.  The A.A.S. model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.​

Program Core Requirements

35  CH
Child Development
CHLD DV 101-1
Human Growth & Development I 4
This course provides a foundation in theory and principles of human development, from conception to early adolescence, including an in-depth study of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development, including children's play. Five hours observing young children, ranging in age from birth to age eight, are required. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 107
Health Safety And Nutrition 3
This introductory course explores practices that promote good nutrition, dental, physical and mental health, as well as the safety of infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-aged children in group settings. The course has a dual emphasis on the health, safety, and nutrition of young children and adult students. Health, lifestyle, preventative health, community resources, and emergency response procedures are examined. This course introduces cultural beliefs that influence health, safety, and nutrition. It explores ethical and legal responsibilities of adults in protecting the emotional and physical well-being of young children. Five observation hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required. Writing assignments and oral presentations, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 109
Language & Literacy Development in Early Childhood 3
This course explores the developmental process of language and literacy development from birth to age eight. In addition, the course explores the relationship between language, literacy, and all other domains of development. Planning for a variety of developmentally appropriate activities that support language and literacy development are explored, as well as an examination of the role the environment plays and how to design a language and literacy-rich environment for young children. Bilingualism, multiculturalism, and the role of culture in language and literacy development and early childhood education are explored. Eight hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for this course. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CHLD DV 101 and CHLD DV 120 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 120
Intro To Early Childhood Education Group Care 3
This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the historic roots and philosophical foundations of early childhood care and education. The course includes an exploration of different types of early childhood programs, the role of the early childhood professional, and an examination of the student's personal qualities in relationship to expectations of the field. The course will include an examination of the role of culture in child development and anti-biased practices in early childhood education. Finally, the course defines the profession and explores the profession's Code of Ethical Conduct. 5 hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. Writing assignments and oral presentations, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 143
Science & Math for Young Children 3
This course explores the relationship of play to the content areas of science and math in early childhood. Planning for a variety of developmentally appropriate experiences in mathematics and scientific inquiry are explored as well as an examination of the role of the early childhood environment in supporting development. The course emphasizes the study of cognitive theory as well as observation and documentation of science and math learning in diverse early childhood settings. The course includes student reflections of their own attitudes about science and math. 8 hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CHLD DV 101 and CHLD DV 120, OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 149
Creative Activities For Young Children 3
This introductory course explores the importance of creative activities in the early childhood curriculum and the relationship of creativity to physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development. Planning for a variety of developmentally appropriate, creative experiences that allow young children to play with art, music, movement, literature, and drama is explored as well as an examination of the role of the early childhood environment on creative expression. This course emphasizes the importance of the process of creative expression and provides diverse, creative experiences for adult students so they may understand the arts as a means of communicating ideas, feelings, and cultural expression. 8 hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. Writing assignments and oral presentations, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 201
Observation, Assessment, & Documentation to Support Young Children & Families 3
This course provides an examination of developmentally appropriate techniques for observing, documenting, and assessing the development of young children in order to inform curriculum planning and promote positive guidance strategies. The course emphasizes a strengths-based approach to assessment that includes building partnerships with families and professional colleagues. Self-reflection is a major component of the course as well as the examination of bias in the observation and assessment of young children from diverse backgrounds. 15 hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CHLD DV 101, 107,120, and 149 OR Consent of Department Chairperson. Grade of C or better or Concurrent enrollment in CHLD DV 109, 143 OR CHLD DV 262 is recommended.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 258
Principles & Practices of Pre-School Education 4
This class provides opportunities to plan developmentally appropriate play-based activities that support all developmental domains including physical, cognitive, language, and socioemotional development with an emphasis on designing appropriate early childhood environments that address the needs of all children. The course emphasizes the process of becoming a professional including the implementation of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and other professional guidelines as well as fostering an early childhood environment that is conducive to respecting diversity. Students will write/revise their philosophy of early care and education. 30 hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CHLD DV 101, 107, 109, 120 AND 143, OR Consent of Department Chair. Grade of C or better in CHLD DV 201 OR CHLD DV 262 recommended.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 259-1
Practicum In Pre-School 6
In this capstone course, students spend a minimum of 250 student teaching hours in an early childhood program under the direct mentorship of an on-site supervisor, field supervision by the course instructor, and weekly 2-hour seminar discussions with classmates. Students are expected to apply what they have learned in all previous CD courses including: engaging in positive interactions with young children, planning developmentally appropriate activities, and using appropriate assessment techniques. Students will uphold professional and ethical guidelines. Students will design and revise a Child Development Portfolio compiled of artifacts from their previous coursework and other professional experiences. An emphasis is placed on the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation. 250 student teaching hours with on-site supervision in an early childhood education setting are required for this course. Writing assignments and oral presentations, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CHLD DV 101,107,109,120,143,149,201,.258 AND 262. To register for this course, all students must have Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 262-1
Child, Family & Community Relations 3
This course explores the importance of building positive relationships between young children, their families, the community, and the early childhood setting. It examines issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and anti-bias approaches in working with young children, their families, and the community as well as current policies, and practices that influence families. This course promotes self-reflection, cross cultural communication, and sensitivity to cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity. 5 hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CHLD DV 101 AND CHLD DV 120, OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

12  CH
The three courses listed below in the Child Development and CIS disciplines are recommended for elective
credit in addition to other courses recommended by a college advisor.
Child Development
CHLD DV 102
Human Growth & Development II 3
Continuation of Child Development 101. Emphasizes adolescence through late adulthood. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Child Development 101, OR Consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CHLD DV 205
Development of Exceptional Child 3
Study of children whose development does not follow normal patterns; problems of identification, diagnosis and potential assessment. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Child Development 101, OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
Computer Information Systems
CIS 120
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use; includes hands-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the Consent of Departments Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Area of Focus

 CH

Focus Electives

 CH

 CH
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