Child Development Associate (AAS)

Muskegon Community College currently offers a program in Child Development. The purpose of the program is to enhance the quality of child care by defining, evaluating, and recognizing the competence of child care providers. The CDA student, after successfully completing the program may apply to The Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC for assessment of the competency standards and earn a CDA Credential.

The Education Department is pleased to announce that students who complete two years of instruction can now receive the Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS). This level of graduate can function as lead teacher for 3-to-5-year-old children in a center-based preschool. Students desiring to transfer to a four-year institution should consult with a counselor. This curriculum is not designed as a transfer program.

Source: MCC 2015-16 Catalog

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 20-22 CR. HRS.
BCOM 101 3
Business and Technical Communications
BCOM 102 3
Advanced Bus and Tech Communications
Choose One (1) Course From: 3-4
BUS 126 Business Math
MATH 105 Math for Elementary Teachers
Choose One (1) Course From: 3
BUS 127 Human Relations
COM 101 Oral Communications
Choose One (1) Course From: 3
CIS 110 Computer Concepts
CIS 120A Intro to Computer Information Systems
Choose One (1) Course From: 3-4
GEOG 104 Cultural Geography
PHIL 205 Business Ethics
PSCI 111 Intro to American Government
PSCI 211 Comparative Governments
PSYC 102 Applied Psychology
PSYC 201 General Psychology
PEA/DNC 2
One credit hour from: PEA 101A, PEA 103,
PEA 104A, PEA 118 or PEA 201 and
one PEA/DNC credit hour of choice
CAREER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 29 CR. HRS.
ED 109 3
The Parent-Child Connection
ED 111 3
Intro to the Education of Young Children
ED 120B 3
Early Childhood Education
ED 210 3
Child Care and Guidance
ED 211 3
Behavior Management
ED 214 3
Infants and Toddlers
ED 220A 2
Early Childhood Assessment
ED 230 3
Children’s Literature
ED 252A 3
Child Development Practicum
Choose One (1) Course From: 3
ED 225 Child Development
ED 250 Human Growth and Learning
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES 11-13 CR. HRS.
ART 211 3
Art Education Workshop
CSS 100A 2
College Success Seminar
ED 118 3
Creative Curriculum for Children
ED 200 3
Literacy Birth to Five
ED 202 3
Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School
ED 207 3
Principles of Elementary Education
ED 216 3
Educating the Exceptional Child
and Young Adult
ED 219 3
Science in the Elementary Classroom
ED 223 3
Child Care Center Administration
ED 251 3
Health Needs of the Young Child
MATH 100A (Formerly MATH 050) 4
Intermediate Algebra
MU 192 4
Music for the Classroom Teacher
PSYC 202 3
Educational Psychology
SOC 101 3
Principles of Sociology
TH 108 3
Theater for Children
Choose One (1) Course From: 3
ED 106 Introduction to Outdoor Education
ED 107 Child Care: Operating a Successful Business
Total 62
Total Fieldwork Hours 480