Child Development (APCD)

Associate in Applied Science

The Child Development Associate Degree program prepares students to be childhood education professionals. The coursework and practica prepare students to work effectively with young children and families in a variety of settings. The program satisfies Michigan state requirements for licensing as directors of child care centers, lead teachers in child care centers, home-based center providers, and support staff in public school early childhood programs and Head Start agencies. It also prepares students to transfer into a bachelor's degree program.

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received training at WCC", Heidi McFadden

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2022-2023 Academic Requirements

The Child Development Associate Degree program prepares students to be childhood education professionals. The coursework and practica prepare students to work effectively with young children and families in a variety of settings. The program satisfies Michigan state requirements for licensing as directors of child care centers, lead teachers in child care centers, home-based center providers, and support staff in public school early childhood programs and Head Start agencies. It also prepares students to transfer into a bachelor's degree program.

This is a high demand program, as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

Eastern Michigan University, BS degree

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: https://www.wccnet.edu/learn/transfer-wcc-credits/articulation-agreements.php .

Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6 are required in the courses of this program.

Students who wish to enroll in child care practicum courses: ECD 132 or ECD 133 must be employed a minimum of 8 hours for 15 weeks for each credit of practicum. Permission is required to enroll in any ECD practicum course. Permission can be granted only after the student has submitted a Work Place Learning Agreement, Student Agreement and an Employer Agreement.

Division
Adv Tech/Public Serv Careers
Department
Public Services Careers Dept
Advisors
Julie N. (Niki) Lee
Beth A. Marshall
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ECD 101   Child Development 3
ECD 122   Essentials of Early Care and Education - I 4
ECD 132   Child Development Practicum I 1
ENG 111   Composition I 4
Elective   Nat. Sci. Elective(s) 3
Total 15
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ECD 123   Essentials of Early Care and Education - II 4
ECD 133   Child Development Practicum II 1
ECD 210   Curriculum for Young Children 3
Elective   Soc. Sci. Elective(s)* 3
COM 101 or   Fundamentals of Speaking
COM 102 or   Interpersonal Communication
COM 200   Family Communication 3
Total 14
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ECD 180   Working with Families in a Diverse Society 3
ECD 200   Child Guidance and Classroom Management 3
ECD 220   Development and Care of Infants and Toddlers 3
ECD 230   Child Observation and Assessment 3
MTH 148 or   Functional Math for Elementary Teachers I
  Any MTA MTH class 4
Total 16
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ECD 240   Education of the Young Child with Exceptionalities 3
ECD 280   The Developing Professional in Early Childhood Education 2
ECD 281   Practicum for the Developing ECE Professional 1
Elective   Select one course: ECD 205 or ECD 225 3
ENG 240 or   Children's Literature
ENG 242   Diverse Children's Literature 3
Elective   Select any course to reach a minimum of 60 credits. 3
Total 15

Total Credits Required
60

Footnotes

*Students are encouraged to select PSY 100 or SOC 100 for their social science elective.