Early Childhood Development

Associate in Applied Science • 61 Credit Hours

Prepare for university transfer in areas such as art, education, English, history, journalism, pre-law, psychology, sociology, and communications.

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Development Program is designed to give students an understanding of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional principles critical to providing quality care to children birth to five years of age. The program provides practical experience working with children in a variety of settings – child care facilities, in-home services, Head Start programs, and pre-school programs. Students may choose courses for direct care positions such as teachers and classroom assistants or they may select the entrepreneurial emphasis for child care center owners, administrators, and directors. This career-based program is designed for students desiring to enter the job market as child care providers, or owner/operators of child care services.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Development Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Respond to the health and safety needs of children
  • Assess children's growth and development
  • Plan and implement children's routine within the child-care setting
  • Plan and organize a learning environment for young children
  • Arrange and manage learning centers
  • Identify and implement positive discipline strategies that can be utilized by child care workers in the child-care setting
  • Develop and implement age-appropriate activities that provide learning through the child's level of communication, interest, and imagination
  • Plan developmentally appropriate responses to nurture and develop positive self-esteem in pre-school age children
  • Communicate with parents and families
  • Participate in life-long learning and professional development
  • Participate in extracurricular center activities outside the classroom setting such as planning family events, participating in the program and strategic planning
  • Maintain records according to state and federal guidelines

Choose an Emphasis

Students may select courses for the direct care emphasis--appropriate for provider positions such as teachers and classroom assistants--or for the entrepreneurial emphasis--designed for business owners, administrators, and directors of child care facilities.

Program Offerings

The Early Childhood Development Program also offers the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Technical Studies and Occupational Development. All three areas are designed to graduate childcare professionals with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in early childhood development which emphasizes the intellectual, physical, and emotional principles essential for working with children ages birth to five.

Approved Coursework Partners

This program provides approved coursework toward the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program (CDA) and the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) Program as a collaborative project sponsored by the United States Department of Labor, West Virginia Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, the West Virginia Department of Education, child-care centers, Head Start programs and county vocational schools in several locations in West Virginia.

Estimate Your Costs

Eastern is one of the most affordable colleges in the United States!

Rates are for 2020-2021 based on two full-time (12 credit hour) semesters. Rates are subject to change and do not include books, academic supplies, or student fees.

Tuition Rates Eastern WV 2-Year Colleges WV 4-Year Colleges
West Virginia Residents $3,768 $4,776 $12,410
Non-Residents $8,520 $10,152 $26,096

The Early Childhood Development Program at Eastern is eligible for West Virginia Invests.

Admissions and Enrollment Requirements

Eastern adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. All students must have Hepatitis B shots, Food Handlers card, Self Disclosure statement, and WV State Police Criminal Identification Bureau (CIB) Report.

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