Child Development (AAS)
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Child Development (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science

Minimum of 61 credit hours
Knowing you play a role in shaping a child’s imagination and education is priceless. That’s why Oklahoma City Community College offers four programs for students who are interested in pursuing careers in child development. You can earn an associate degree in arts in child development, an associate degree in applied science in child development, a certificate of mastery in child development, or a child development associate (CDA). Consult a faculty advisor to find out which program is best for you. This degree option is best if you're looking to quickly enter the job market upon graduation.

Courses identified by "C" (or "B") within a program curriculum pattern must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "B" or better) by students majoring in that program.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    CD 1121 THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL 1 Major  
    SCL 1001 SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND LIFE 1 Life Skills  
    CD 2113 INTRODUCTION TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3 Major C
    CD 2153 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 3 Major C
    ENGL 1113 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3 Gen Ed  
    HIST 1483 U.S. HISTORY TO THE CIVIL WAR OR Gen Ed  
    HIST 1493 U.S. HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    CD 2333 INTEGRATED CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT I 3 Major C
    CD 2353 CHILD HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION 3 Major C
    CD 2213 CHILD AND FAMILY IN SOCIETY 3 Major  
    POLSC 1113 AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 3 Gen Ed  
    ENGL 1213 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    CD 2363 BEHAVIOR AND GUIDANCE OF YOUNG CHILDREN 3 Major C
    CD 2533 INTEGRATED CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT II 3 Major C
    CD 2443 LANGUAGE & LITERACY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN 3 Major  
    PSY 1113 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY OR Gen Ed  
    SOC 1113 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3 Gen Ed  
    HUM HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3 Gen Ed  
    CD 2623 SUPERVISED LABORATORY 3 Support  
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    CD 2632 CHILD DEVELOPMENT FIELDWORK 2 Major  
    CD 2713 INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM 3 Major  
    BUS 1323 MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS CAREERS 3 Support  
    CS 1103 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND APPLICATIONS 3 Gen Ed  
    ART 1213 FOUNDATIONS I: DESIGN AND COLOR 3 Support  
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (30 credit hours) Child Development: CD 1121, 2113 (C), 2153 (C), 2333 (C), 2353 (C), 2213, 2363 (C), 2443, 2533 (C), 2632, 2713.

    General Education Courses: (21 credit hours) English: ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213; History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493: Political Science: POLSC 1113; Humanities: Three credit hours Psychology or Sociology: PSY 1113 or SOC 1113; Computer Skills: CS 1103.

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: (9 credit hours) Business: BUS 1323; 3 hours Faculty Approved Support Elective OR, upon Advisor evaluation, CD 2623 Supervised Laboratory; Art: ART 1213.

    (C) Grade of "C" or better required before admittance to subsequent courses.

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This Technical and Occupational program is designed to prepare students to enter the job force following completion. See Technical and Occupational Programs in the general information section of the catalog.

    CD 2153, CD 2333, CD 2353, CD 2363, CD 2623, CD 2632 and CD 2713 have a clinical component that requires purchase of liability insurance and a student name tag.

    If CD 2153 is completed online, the student is required to be on campus for on-campus tour and observations at the CDCLS. 

    A grade of "C" or better is required in CD 2113, CD 2153, CD 2333, CD 2353, CD 2363, and CD 2533 before admittance to subsequent courses. 

     

  • Course Descriptions

    Art

    ART 1213 - FOUNDATIONS I: DESIGN AND COLOR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will learn to recognize, analyze and apply the elements and principles of 2D design and color in the pictorial arts by studying design and color theory.

    Business

    BUS 1323 - MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS CAREERS
    Prerequisites: MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score and ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures.
    3 CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate the ability to use basic mathematical processes, and use mathematical concepts in solving everyday business problems in operations, trade, taxation, accounting and finance.

    Child Development

    CD 1121 - THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    1 CREDIT

    This course will introduce students to the Child Development profession and program as well as the fields of child development and early childhood education.

    CD 2113 - INTRODUCTION TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    This course will identify patterns of the physical, intellectual and emotional/psycho-social development of children. The course will recognize the major theories of human development as they apply to children.

    CD 2153 - INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    This course explores the early childhood profession and its multiple historical, philosophical, and social foundations, including how these foundations influence current thought and practice. The course contains a laboratory component which must be completed at on- and off-campus approved sites. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2213 - CHILD AND FAMILY IN SOCIETY
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    This course emphasizes promoting optimum development and support of families and children within various settings and the larger community.

    CD 2333 - INTEGRATED CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT I
    Prerequisites: Earned at least a "C" in CD 2113, CD 2153
    3 CREDITS

    This course explores the identification and implantation of best practices for health, safely, and nutrition of young children in a variety of early childhood settings. The laboratory component of the course must be completed at on- and off-campus approved sites at discretion of instructor. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2353 - CHILD HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION
    Prerequisites: Earned at least a "C" in CD 2113, CD 2153
    3 CREDITS

    This course explores the identification and implantation of best practices for health, safely, and nutrition of young children in a variety of early childhood settings. The laboratory component of the course must be completed at on- and off-campus approved sites at discretion of instructor. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2363 - BEHAVIOR AND GUIDANCE OF YOUNG CHILDREN
    Prerequisites: Earned at least a “C” in CD 2153 & CD 2113 for Child Development majors or by evaluation. § Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    3 CREDITS

    This course presents the theoretical basis for the use of positive, constructive child guidance and discipline techniques in programs serving children. The course contains a laboratory component. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2443 - LANGUAGE & LITERACY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
    Prerequisites: CD 2113 and CD 2153
    3 CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate knowledge of the language and literacy development and learning needs of young children. The student will demonstrate skills in planning and presenting activities for children in the areas of language and literacy.

    CD 2533 - INTEGRATED CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 Earned at least a “C” CD 2113, CD 2153, CD 2333, and CD 2353
    3 CREDITS

    Students will demonstrate the ability to use assessment effectively and plan curriculum on both a day-to-day and long-term basis for infants, toddlers and preschool age children of all abilities in group early care and education settings. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the teacher’s relationship and ethical responsibility to children’s families. The laboratory component of the course must be completed at on- and off-campus approved sites at discretion of instructor. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2623 - SUPERVISED LABORATORY
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 Earned at least a ‘C’ in CD 2333, CD 2353
    3 CREDITS

    Students will work a minimum of 96 clock hours at the Oklahoma City Community College Child Development Center and Laboratory School. Students will provide for children’s health and safety, guide their behavior, plan and execute activities in all curriculum areas, communicate with children’s families, and interact with staff on a professional level. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements.

    CD 2632 - CHILD DEVELOPMENT FIELDWORK
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 Earned at least a ‘C’ in CD 2533
    2 CREDITS

    Students will demonstrate skill in guiding young children and providing for their health and safety in a group setting. Students will also demonstrate the ability to plan and execute developmentally appropriate activities in all curriculum areas. A minimum of fifty-six contact hours is required, which must be completed in approved on- and off-campus early care and education facilities at discretion of instructor. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements. AAS majors must document a minimum of 100 clock observation and contact hours with children in a variety of settings, including the workplace.

    CD 2713 - INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 Earned at least a ‘C’ in CD 2113, CD 2153, CD 2333, CD 2353, CD 2363
    3 CREDITS

    This course will focus specifically on the cognitive, psychosocial, and physical development of the child from conception up to age 3. Attention will focus on the consequential care required for infants/toddlers in early care and education settings. The course contains a laboratory component. The laboratory portion of the course involves direct interaction with children in the campus Child Development Center and Laboratory School. Students must meet pre-laboratory requirements. Other field study is expected as well.

    Computer Science

    CS 1103 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND APPLICATIONS
    Prerequisites: Math 0103 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    This hands-on course affords students a basic understanding of computers and their application. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to use a computer operating system, an office suite, productivity tools, as well as the Internet at an introductory level. Advanced Standing is available.

    Electives

    HUM - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
    Prerequisites: None
    3 CREDITS

    Humanities elective

    English

    ENGL 1113 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3 CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. HISTORY TO THE CIVIL WAR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1870 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, the student will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in his society and help resolve conflict in society based on the students search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Psychology

    PSY 1113 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    A survey of the major areas of study in psychology such as motivation, learning, physiology, personality, social psychology, abnormal behavior, perception, memory, cognition/thought, and treatment.

    Sociology

    SOC 1113 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will identify the sociological dimensions of human behavior by analyzing the concepts of society, culture, socialization, institutions, social stratification and social change.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND LIFE
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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