Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children

The Care and Development of Young Children program provides education and training in the care of young children. A student who completes this program is prepared to assure the health, safety, and well-being of young children who are in out-of-home care. This degree program meets the child development training requirement for a 5-Star child-care director under Louisiana’s Quality Rating System. Students who intend to transfer to a teacher education program at a 4-year institution should consider the Associate of Science in Teaching (Grades 1-5) program. Students who intend to transfer the CDYC degree should be aware that any grades below “C” in General Education courses are unlikely to transfer.

The CDYC course prefix has replaced the ECDV, ECED, and EDUC course prefixes.

Program Outcomes:

  1. The student demonstrates consistent competence and professionalism as an educator of young children.
  2. The student effectively applies the principles of developmentally appropriate practice in planning and practice.
  3. The student effectively deals with common occurrences in early childhood setting independently or with minimal assistance from a professional educator.
  4. The student communicates effectively with children and adults in early childhood setting.
  5. The student demonstrates respect for children, individually and as a group.

General Education Requirements

COURSE RUBRIC DESCRIPTION CREDIT
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II 3
MATH 1200 or Higher Survey of Mathematical Concepts or Higher 3
SPCH See General Education Courses page of the catalog for eligible courses. 3
Humanities Elective See the General Education Courses page of the Catalog for eligible Humanities courses. 3
Natural Sciences Electives See the General Education Courses page of the Catalog for eligible Natural Sciences courses. 3
PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 2200 Child Psychology 3
BUSN 1150 Survey of Microcomputer Applications 3

Fine Arts Elective

See the General Education Courses page of the Catalog for eligible Fine Arts courses. 3
Subtotal 30

Major Courses

Must earn a grade of “C” or better in each. At least twelve (12) credit hours must be earned in residence.

COURSE RUBRIC DESCRIPTION CREDIT
CDYC 150 Introduction to the Care and Development of Young Children 3
CDYC 1110 Observation and Participation 3
CDYC 2300 Literature/Language Development 3
CDYC Electives Three courses, to be approved by advisor 9
CDYC 2980 Practicum 6
Subtotal 24

Approved Electives

COURSE RUBRIC DESCRIPTION CREDIT
Electives Two courses, to be approved by advisor. 6

Subtotal

6

TOTAL HOURS

60