Child Development Associate (AAS)

Description
This degree aligns with the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards and is focused on understanding the development of children from birth to eight years of age through hands on practical fieldwork and classroom instruction.

An emphasis will be placed on an anti-bias curriculum covering the physical, intellectual, emotional and social domains of development. Students will be prepared for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment process, as part of the national credential recognized by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.

Accreditation
The Associate in Applied Science in Child Development Associate at Muskegon Community College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org. The accreditation term runs from April 2022-April 2024.

Click here to view Early Childhood Program Outcome Data

Click here to view Student Learning Objectives for the Program

Career Opportunities
A wide variety of potential jobs with the associate degree only may include preschool assistant, preschool aide, nutritional aide, daycare provider, preschool teacher, home visitor, center director, and family advocate.

Salary ranges include $16,000 for classroom assistant, $28,000 for preschool teachers and $42,000 for center directors.

Transfer paths and requirements
This program is not designed for students wishing to transfer to a four-year college for a bachelor’s degree. Students planning to transfer should consult with an MCC counselor.

Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Listed below are four options for earning the degree:

TWO-YEAR PLAN FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 111A Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 4 Fall, Winter, and Online
ED 109A Parent Child Connection 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online
ED 225A Child Development

or

ED 250A Human Growth and Development

3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Elective Course 3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
ENG 101 English Composition 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online Prerequisite: Ready To Succeed and ENG 091 with a minimum grade of a “C”
Education Fieldwork hours 100 hours
Total Credit Hours 15 19

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 120C Anti-Bias Curriculum 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed
ED 211A Behavior Management 3 3 Winter and Online
ED  220B Early Childhood Observation & Assessment 2 3 Fall, Winter and Online Prerequisite: ED 111
PEA 101A, PEA 103, PEA 104A, PEA 118, or PEA 201 1 2 Fall, Winter and Summer
BCOM 102 Advanced Business and Technical Communications 3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
CIS 110 or CIS 120A 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Elective Course 3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 100 Hours
Total Credit Hours 18 25

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 214A Infant and Toddler Development and Care 3 4 Fall and Online
ED 230A Children’s Literature 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online
ED 216A Educating Exceptional Children 3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Elective Course 4 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
BUS 127 or COM 101 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
PEA/DNC of choice 1 2 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 75/100 Hours
Total Credit Hours 17 21

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 210 Child Care and Guidance 3 3 Winter and Online Prerequisite: Department Approval
ED 252B Child Development Practicum 3 6 Winter and Online Co-requisite: ED 210
*Core Option (One Course) 3/4 3/4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
BUS 126 Business Math or MATH 105 3/4 3/4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 205/180 Hours
Total Credit Hours 12/14 15/17

* Core Option – Select one
GEOG 104 Cultural Geography (FW)
PHIL 205 Business Ethics (FW)
PSCI 111 Introduction to American Government (FWSO)
PSCI 211 Comparative Governments (FWO)
PSYC 102 Applied Psychology (FWSO)
PSYC 201 General Psychology (FWSO)

MINIMUM CREDITS NEEDED FOR DEGREE- 62

Additional notes: This degree requires a cleared background check, which may include fingerprinting and a TB clearance. Fieldwork is required in all education courses. Courses are offered both face-to-face and online and delivery varies by semester.

THREE-YEAR PLAN FOR THREE-QUARTER-TIME STUDENTS

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 111A Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 4 Fall, Winter, and Online
ED 109A Parent Child Connection 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online
ED 225A Child Development

or

ED 250A Human Growth and Development

3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
ENG 101 English Composition 4 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork hours 75 hours
Total Credit Hours 13 16

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 120C Anti-Bias Curriculum 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online Prerequisite: Meet Ready to Succeed
ED 211A Behavior Management 3 4 Winter and Online
ED  220B Early Childhood Assessment 2 3 Fall, Winter and Online Prerequisite: ED 111
PEA 101A, PEA 103, PEA 104A, PEA 118, or PEA 201 1 2 Fall, Winter and Summer
BCOM 102 Advanced Business and Technical Communications 3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork hours 75 hours
Total Credit Hours 12 17

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 214A Infant and Toddler Development and Care 3 4 Fall and Online
ED 230A Children’s Literature 3 4 Fall, Winter and Online
BUS 127 or COM 101 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 50 Hours
Total Credit Hours 9 11

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
CIS 110 or CIS 120A 3 3 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Elective Course 3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Elective Course 4 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
PEA/DNC of choice 1 2 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 25 Hours
Total Credit Hours 11 13

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 216A Educating Exceptional Children 3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Elective Course 3 4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
BUS 126 Business Math or MATH 105 3/4 3/4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 50 Hours
Total Credit Hours 9/10 11/12

Course Credits Contact Hours Semester(s) Offered Comments
ED 210 Child Care and Guidance 3 3 Winter and Online Prerequisite: Department Approval
ED 252B Child Development Practicum 3 6 Winter and Online Co-requisite: ED 210
*Core Option (One Course) 3/4 3/4 Fall, Winter, Summer and Online
Education Fieldwork Hours 205 Hours
Total Credit Hours 9/10 12/13

* Core Option – Select one
GEOG 104 Cultural Geography (FW)
PHIL 205 Business Ethics (FW)
PSCI 111 Introduction to American Government (FWSO)
PSCI 211 Comparative Governments (FWO)
PSYC 102 Applied Psychology (FWSO)
PSYC 201 General Psychology (FWSO)

MINIMUM CREDITS NEEDED FOR DEGREE- 62

Additional notes: This degree requires a cleared background check, which may include fingerprinting and a TB clearance. Fieldwork is required in all education courses. Courses are offered both face-to-face and online and delivery varies by semester.