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Child Care & Early Education A.A.S.

Department: Child Care and Early Education

Total Credit Hours: 66 - 67 credits

What Is Child Care & Early Education A.A.S.?

This degree provides students the knowledge and skills to care for and teach young children (birth to age 8). Child care professionals promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth of infant, toddler and preschool children by guiding and supervising them through a variety of developmentally appropriate experiences.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of child care and early education shows a growing trend through the next decade. Employment growth is expected due to increases in student enrollment in childcare and preschool.

1.26M
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.26 million childcare workers were employed in 2014. That number is projected to grow five percent from 2014 to 2024.

Salary Outlook

In Missouri, employees working as a preschool teacher earn a mean average of $27,060, depending on education, experience and employer. Nationally, people established in their career as a child care worker earn between $16,640 and $23,900 per year.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Source: FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems

Child Care & Early Education Careers

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in child care and early education are employed in careers including camp director, child care center administrator, child care worker, child welfare caseworker, librarian, nanny, parent educator, recreation supervisor and preschool teacher.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 Applied Math 3-4
MAT 108 Understanding K-8 Math
MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II or 3
ENG 115 or Technical Writing or
ENG 125 Business Writing
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any BIOLOGY or 3
Any CHM or Any CHEMISTRY or
Any PHY Any PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Humanities Any Humanities (ART 1001 or MUS 111 preferred) 3
Elective Any Elective 3
Core Course Requirements (39 credits)
CDC 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
CDC 102 Creative Activities and Play for Young Children 3
CDC 103 Literacy & Literature for Young Children 3
CDC 104 Principles of Early Childhood Curriculum 3
CDC 105 Early Childhood Practicum I 2
CDC 107 Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs 3
CDC 109 Early Childhood Practicum I Seminar 1
CDC 112 Child Growth & Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood 3
CDC 113 Child Growth & Development II: Birth Through Adolescence 3
CDC 201 Cognitive Activities and STEM for Young Children 3
CDC 203 Early Childhood Practicum II 2
CDC 205 Children, Families & Communities 3
CDC 206 Early Childhood Practicum III 2
CDC 208 Nutrition, Health & Safety of Children 3
CDC 209 Early Childhood Practicum II Seminar 1
CDC 210 Early Childhood Practicum III Seminar 1
Elective Courses in Child Care (3) - Choose one
CDC 106 Experiences in Early Childhood Education 1-3
CDC 108 Infant & Toddler Development and Curriculum 3
CDC 202 Music & Movement for Young Children 3
CDC 204 Management of Early Childhood Programs 3
CDC 207 Curriculum & Materials for Young Children With Special Needs 3
Total Required Hours: 66 - 67 credits

Contact Information: Kathy Drews, 636-922-8424 or kdrews@stchas.edu.

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in math or English course. If a student places into lower-level courses than are required for the degree, then the student must first enroll in lower-level courses before enrolling the courses required for graduation.

** CDC 104, CDC 105, & CDC 109 must be taken together and are offered only in the fall semester. Permission of program chair.

*** CDC 203, CDC 206, CDC 209 & CDC 210 must be taken together and are offered only in the spring semester. Permission of program chair.

+ Courses that will fulfill the graduation requirements for General Education electives, Social Science, Natural Science and Humanities are listed in the "Associate of Applied Science Degree Graduation Requirements." Students must demonstrate computer literacy.

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (18 credits)
ENG 101 English Composition I * 3
HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
CDC 101 Intro to Early Childhood 3
CDC 102 Creative Activities and Play for Young Children 3
CDC 112 Child Growth & Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood 3
HUM Any Humanities (ART 1001 or MUS 111 preferred)+ 3
Second Semester (15-16 credits)
ENG 115 or Technical Writing or 3
ENG 125 or Business Writing or
ENG 102  English Composition II
MAT 105 or Applied Math or * 3-4
MAT 108 or Understanding K-8 Math or
MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra
CDC 103 Literacy & Literature for Young Children 3
CDC 113 Child Growth & Development II: Birth Through Adolescence 3
CDC 208 Nutrition, Health & Safety of the Young Children 3
Third Semester (18 credits)
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
General Education Elective+ 3
CDC 104 Principles of Early Childhood Curriculum ** 3
CDC 105 Early Childhood Practicum I ** 2
CDC 107 Introduction to Young Children With Special Needs 3
CDC 109 Early Childhood Practicum I Seminar ** 1
CDC 205 Children, Families, Communities 3
Fourth Semester (15 credits)
Any BIO or Any BIOLOGY Course or 3
Any CHM or Any CHEMISTRY Course or
Any PHY Any PHYSICAL SCIENCE Course
CDC Elective Choose one from above 3
CDC 201 Cognitive Activities and STEM for Young Children 3
CDC 203 Early Childhood Practicum II *** 2
CDC 206 Early Childhood Practicum III *** 2
CDC 209 Early Childhood Practicum II Seminar *** 1
CDC 210 Early Childhood Practicum III Seminar 1
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 66-67 credits

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Contact Information

Ronda Sackett,
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Kathy Drews,
Program Chair
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