Academics :: School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Early Childhood Development

Virginia Western offers a one-year career studies certificate program and a two-year AAS degree program in Early Childhood Development. The curriculum requirements for the two programs overlap so that the certificate program can serve as the foundation for the degree program with no redundancy of coursework.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The AAS degree program in Early Childhood Development is designed to enable graduates to qualify as directors, assistant directors, teachers, assistant teachers, or as classroom aides in programs for young children. The curriculum has been established to provide competency in areas documented by Virginia's Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals: health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development. Students who are interested in working with special needs children should consult with the Early Childhood Development faculty.

Depending on the field placement site, the student may be responsible for additional fees of up to $75 for background check, TB testing, and drug screening.

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Career Studies Certificate

The career studies certificate program in Early Childhood Development is an introduction to the field, designed to provide entry-level competencies documented by Virginia's Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals. These competencies include health, safety and nutrition, understanding child growth and development, appropriate child observation and assessment, partnering with families and community, learning environment, effective interactions, program management, teacher qualifications and professional development curriculum.

Depending on the field placement site, the student may be responsible for additional fees of up to $75 for background check, TB testing, and drug screening.

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Contact Information

Program Head

Kim Gregory
Associate Professor - Early Childhood Development
B.S. - Syracuse University, 1991
M.S. - Roosevelt University, 1995
kgregory@virginiawestern.edu
540-857-7270 | Duncan 105A

School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

540-857-7271
Humanities 111

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