Jun 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Development, AAS

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G3 Eligible Program– Qualifying students may have ZERO costs for tuition, fees, and textbooks. 
Learn more at brightpoint.edu/training-workforce/g3.


PURPOSE: This two-year degree prepares students for jobs working with young children (birth to age eight) in preschools, elementary schools, child-care centers, and before- and after-school programs. Jobs include director, assistant director, lead teacher, and assistant teacher. This program is offered at the Chester Campus. This career-technical degree is guided by an advisory committee comprised of local education leaders. 

CREDENTIALS: An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a major in a career-technical area that takes two years for full-time students to complete.  Although the purpose of an AAS degree is to gain skills for employment, we now have pathways that lead from the Early Childhood Development AAS degree to a Bachelor’s degree with K-3 teaching licensure at participating Virginia universities, without credit loss.The AAS degree in Early Childhood Development is at Level 6 of the Virginia Career Pathways for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Practitioners. Level 7 is a Bachelor’s degree.

TRANSFER INFORMATION: Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in program and course selection. More information can also be found at www.brightpoint.edu/academics/transfer/

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet Brightpoint admission requirements. New students should work with their New Student Navigator to get ready for their first semester. They can also email getstarted@brightpoint.edu for assistance. Continuing students should work with their faculty advisor on academic planning and graduation requirements.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:  By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Apply developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children
  2. Create strategies for building relationships and involving diverse families in their children’s development and learning
  3. Use systematic observation and documentation to assess the development of all children
  4. Implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools appropriate for individual children
  5. Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate and meaningful curriculum for each child
  6. Analyze professional experiences and practices for alignment with best practices, ethical standards and other early childhood professional guidelines


Required Courses

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 62


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their ENG, MTH, and SDV requirements first.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their degree progress by accessing advisement reports in the Student Information System (SIS) in the myBrightpoint portal or the Academic Planner in Navigate.

To determine eligibility for the Early Childhood Career Studies Certificate (CSC) and/or the Early Childhood Development Certificate (C), students should consult their faculty advisor.

CHD 165 , CHD 265  and EDU 200  are practicum classes that require students to observe young children and participate in approved early childhood settings for 40 hours each. CHD 165  and EDU 200  must be taken before CHD 265 .

To enroll in CHD 165 , EDU 200  and CHD 265  students must have a declared early childhood major and complete a TB screening, a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check, as a condition of placement in a practicum site. Students are expected to cover all costs for these procedures.


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