Child Development

Program Info

Effective Term
Winter 2018
Year Established
2000
Program Code
CHILD.AA
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
School of Health and Human Services: 313-845-9877, hhsinfo@hfcc.edu, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-132
Faculty Contact
Patricia Lanzon: 313-317-1532, planzon@hfcc.edu, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-307

Program Description

Description

Designed for students seeking teacher certification with an early childhood ZS endorsement, this program focuses on teaching young children, pre-school through grade 3. Most students continue their studies at the university level; however, upon completion of the program students are eligible for work in the various education and child care professions as para-professionals, assistant early childhood teachers, and as individual exceptional child assistants. Graduates wishing to pursue a bachelor's degree may transfer most, if not all, of the course work toward that degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Apply current educational theories and practices to a classroom setting.
  2. Apply humanities concepts within the pre-kindergarten through middle school classroom.
  3. Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting.
  4. Apply knowledge of the exceptionalities, learning environments, and laws as they relate to special education programs.
  5. Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for grades P-8.
  6. Analyze elementary and middle school mathematics at the level necessary for teaching.
  7. Construct scientific knowledge using inquiry-based techniques.
  8. Follow appropriate health, physical education, nutrition, and safety practices for P-8 classrooms.
Career Opportunities
  • Au Pair
  • Assistant child pre-school teacherr
  • Assistant pre-school coordinator
  • Child development center support staff
  • In home educational assistant
  • Public school para-professional

Admission Requirements

Additional Program Requirements

Individuals working in child development centers must provide evidence of a current physical exam, current TB test, and Department of Social Services (FIA) clearance.

General Education

See General Education Requirements for details.

Category 4: Social Sciences
Complete any one, from a different discipline (other than PSY).*
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any one, lab-based course, from a different discipline (other than SCI).*
Credit Hours
7.00

Program Requirements

Note
  • *Computer Technology: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
  • *Humanities: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
  • *Education Support: Students electing to take POLS-131 instead of EDU-260 may complete any additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree instead of a Social Science course. Students who complete EDU-260 instead of POLS-131 must complete any one different discipline Social Science course.
  • *Natural Science: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
Note
Minimum Total Credit Hours
64.00