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Early Childhood Development Program Exemptions

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Development curriculum at Virginia Western may earn advanced standing credit for:

CHD 167:  Students who hold a current CDA (a nationally recognized credential) will receive advanced standing credit for CHD 167.  This only applies to students who work with Head Start or Early Head Start (federally funded early childhood programs).  This course is not required in the AAS or Career Studies Certificate at the college; it is only required to meet requirements for Head Start of Early Head Start.

CHD 265:  Students will receive advanced standing credit for CHD 265 if they have completed CHD 120 or 121 and CHD 165 with a minimum ā€œCā€ average, and one of the following:

  • Worked in the Early Head Start or Head Start classroom for at least 3-5 years.  EHS and HS staff may also be eligible for special consideration in CHD 165 course requirements**;
  • Worked in the field for at least 10 years**;
  • Hold a current CDA.

**Requires successful student observation from CHD faculty

Note:  Students are never exempt from CHD 120 or 121, or CHD 165.


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