Early Childhood Education and Child Development Concentration (CHLD) – Community College of Rhode Island

Early Childhood Education and Child Development Concentration (CHLD)

Associate in Arts Degree in Education (AA_EDUC)

Child development and early childhood education majors are trained to work with families, parents, young children and those who impact the development and well being of children. Child development associates may be employed in a variety of educational and social settings including child care facilities, Head Start programs, preschools, public schools, group homes and residential care facilities. Child development associates are nationally recognized and have an ample number of bachelor’s degree programs within close proximity to further their education beyond the associate degree. Three field placements provide students with critical opportunities for competency-based professional development.

The Early Childhood Education and Child Development concentration is fully accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college for early childhood education are required to meet with a Human Services faculty adviser during their first semester to map out their program of study. Students who have completed their CDA-Child Development Associate are required to meet with a Human Services faculty adviser to apply for prior learning assessment credits toward their degree.

Note: Students enrolled in the Human Services program must earn a grade of C or better in all Human Services courses. Many courses require prerequisites, corequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions for details.

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE

General Education Requirements
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
ENGL 1010 Composition I Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
ARTS, MUSC, THEA
OR Language Elective
Fine Arts
OR Language course
Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
ENGL Literature Elective Children’s Literature (recommended) Selection of math and science courses for transfer should be done in consultation with a Human Services faculty adviser during the first semester of study. 3
MATH MATH 0101 for proficiency
OR MATH elective (recommended for transfer)
Selection of math and science courses for transfer should be done in consultation with a Human Services faculty adviser during the first semester of study. 0-3
PSYC 2010 General Psychology Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 4
PSYC 2030 Developmental Psychology Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
PSYC 2070 Educational Psychology Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. A higher-level educational psychology course may be required by some teacher preparation bachelor’s degree programs; therefore, students transferring to Rhode Island College are advised to meet with an adviser at RIC. 3
Science Elective   Selection of math and science courses for transfer should be done in consultation with a Human Services faculty adviser during the first semester of study.
A lab science is recommended for transfer
3-4
SOCS1010
OR SOCS 2040
General Sociology
OR Cultural Diversity
  3
Two (2) Social Science Electives
AND/OR Foreign Language Electives
Choose from Category 1.   6

Total General Education Requirements Credits 28

Major Requirements
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
HMNS 1010 Introduction to Helping and Human Services Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2100 Child Growth and Development Skills Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 1210 Field Experience and Seminar I -Child Development Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2120 Curriculum for Young Children 3
HMNS 2310 Field Experience Seminar II-Child Development Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2070 Characteristics and Needs of Special Populations Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2150 Parent and Child Relations   3
HMNS 2410 Field Experience Seminar III-Child Development Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2900 Human Services Capstone Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
One Human Service Elective   Choose from Category 2.
Consult with a faculty adviser before registering for this course. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed to graduate. If you select MATH 0600 for proficiency in-house credits only, you will need one Human Services elective to graduate.
3

Total Major Requirements Credits 30

Total Program Credits: 61-65

Category 1 – Choose two from the following list.

  • ECON2030, 2040
  • FREN1010, 1020, 1030, 2010, 2020
  • HIST1010, 1020, 1210, 1220, 2250, 2260
  • ITAL1010, 1020, 1030, 1040, 2010, 2020
  • PHIL1010, 2020, 2030, 2070
  • POLS1010, 1030, 2010
  • PORT1010, 1020, 2010, 2020
  • PSYC1030, 1970, 2020, 2090, 2110
  • SOCS1010, 2020, 2030, 2050, 2110
  • SPAN1010, 1020, 1030, 1040

Category 2 – Choose one or two from the following list to fulfill Human Services elective(s) requirements


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Last Updated: 7/30/19