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Welcome to Early Childhood Development!

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The two year associate degree in Early Childhood Development is designed to prepare the student for employment in a variety of situations in which the care, health, safety, and development of young children are the primary objectives.

Occupational Objectives
Child care workers may be employed in facilities such as:

Day Care Centers
Family Child Care Program
Head Start Child Care Centers
Hospital-Based Child Care Programs
On-Site Programs in Business and Industry
Pre-Kindergarten Church-Sponsored Programs
Pre-School At-Rist Programs

Occupational titles may vary according to the workplace and the duties involved. Among the specialties are the following:
Assistant Teacher
Day Care Worker
Home-Based Provider
Lead Teacher
Master Teacher
Playroom Attendant
Teacher's Aide

Admission Requirements
The student must meet the entrance requirements established by the college. A personal interview with the program head is recommended to discuss both program and occupational requirements. To apply to New River Community College see "How to Become a Student."

Program Requirements
The Early Childhood program at NRCC combines general education with specialized courses to prepare students to become professional child care workers. General education includes courses such as English composition, psychology, and sociology. Some courses in the program may transfer to a four-year institution should students decide to continue their education beyond the community college program. Students may choose to complete the one-year certificate program which requires 34 credit hours or the two-year associate degree program which requires 67 credit hours. In addition, NRCC offers a 15 credit career studies certificate in Child Development. Both programs include internships which provide actual on-the job experience in a child care center. It is recommended that at least one internship be in the community. NRCC's Early Learning Center provides a laboratory setting for students in Early Childhood Development to fulfill one of the required internships on campus. Students will be required to go through an oral interview after internship for the college-wide assessment plan. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Human Services and a specialization in Early Childhood Development.