Care and Development of Young Children

Care and Development of Young Children

The Associate of Science in Care and Development of Young Children prepares students for employment in the early childhood education field. They also have the option to transfer to a senior college to complete a baccalaureate degree. The degree includes core courses, a sequence of professional courses, and a supervised practicum.

The goal of the program is to prepare knowledgeable and competent professionals who possess and demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate teaching and learning, of childhood development, of curriculum development and implementation, of the role of the family and community in children’s development, and of assessment.




Apply now

Admissions information

request information

Academic Area

Liberal Arts
Manuel Hall 147


The courses and degree are available both in-person and hybrid formats. 

About the Associate of Science in Care and Development of Young Children

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will:

  • Earn an Associate of Science degree that can stand on its own or serve as preparatory education for transfer to a related baccalaureate program

  • Gain an understanding of psychological development of young children

  • Begin and complete a post-secondary education through online and hybrid degree courses, accelerated learning formats, and prior learning assessments

Career Opportunities

Graduates can find jobs in:

  • Government and Religious services

  • Elementary schools

  • Day care services

Degree Requirements - 60 Total Required Credits

For additional detailed information on coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog Curriculum.

Total Credits Required: 60

  • General Education Courses: 27

  • Additional Courses: 33

Major Courses

  • CMST - Communication Elective

  • EDCI 1000 - Intro to the Study of Education

  • EDCI 2700 - Characteristics of Exceptional Children

  • EDCI 2058 - Childhood Guidance

  • EDCI 2020 - Development and Methods in Early Childhood Education

  • EDCI 2052 - Family Relations

  • PSYC 2060 - Educational Psychology

  • HPRE - Physical Education Elective

  • EDCI 2027 - Fostering Literacy in Young Children

  • EDCI 2028 - Movement and Creativity in Early Childhood

  • EDCI 2900 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education

  • English Composition (6 hours)

  • Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning (6 hours)

  • Natural Sciences (6 hours)

  • Humanities (3 hours)

  • Social/Behavioral Science (3 hours)

  • Fine Arts (3 hours)


Job Market Outlook

Use this employment data from across the country to help inform your decision making.  The default location is Louisiana, but adjust the location as you like.