Child Development AAS

Last updated 6/4/2015

Associate in Applied Science Code 5059

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Catherine Melear, 309-796-5986, melearc@bhc.edu
East Campus
East Campus Advising, 309-854-1709


The Child Development curriculum is offered by the Department of Social, Behavioral and Educational Studies at the Quad-Cities Campus, Moline, and through distance learning and online courses at the East Campus. The Child Development career program is especially designed to prepare persons to work with groups of pre-school children in facilities which foster healthy social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth. The Black Hawk College Child Development Program has been approved as an entitled program leading to the Illinois Director Credential, Level I. To earn this credential, students must follow a prescribed course of study. The Gateways Level 2, 3, and 4 and Infant-Toddler Level 2, 3 and 4 credentials are now available also. The AAS Degree is now fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Black Hawk College is one of only eight associate degree programs in Illinois and a part of the 10 percent of eligible programs to have this accreditation. The accreditation system establishes professional preparation standards to raise the quality of early childhood teacher education, and in turn raise the quality of early education programs serving young children.

Students will take classes designed to give particular understanding and skills in such areas as human growth and development, nutrition, and behavior. Observation and practical experience will take place in off-campus preschool and child care facilities. Observation and practicum students must have documentation of a current physical exam and of having a P.P.D. 2-step test for T.B.; if positive, include the date and results of a chest x-ray. Additionally, fingerprinting and background check may be required for observation and practicum students.

Employment possibilities for graduates are in the areas of center child care, home child care, preschool and public school programs. Positions include child care/preschool director, child care/preschool teacher, child care/preschool teacher aide or assistant, homecare giver, public school teacher aide, or recreational worker. Students who want an Early Childhood four-year degree leading to 04 certification should follow the Associate of Arts degree, referring immediately to their institution of transfer for course selection.

The Teacher Aide Certificate is designed to prepare individuals to be Teacher Aides in the public school systems; from preschool through high school, including special education. This certificate can lead directly into the 2-year Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree.

Child Development AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 5059
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
CD 100 — Introduction to Early Childhood (3)
CD 200 — Growth and Development of Young Child (3)
CD 206 — Creative Activities for the Young Child (3)
COMM 100 — Communication Skills or (3)
ENG 101 — Composition I
SPEC 111 — Business & Professional Comm. or (3)
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communications or
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communication

Second Semester
CD 202 — Observ/Guid/Assessmt Y.C. (3)
1CD 203 — Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs (3)
CD 225 — Math and Science for the Young Child (2)
2HEAL 200 — First Aid (3)
PSYC 101 — Introduction to Psychology or
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
Humanities (3)

Third Semester
CD 204 — Child Development Practicum I (3)
CD 205 — Language Development and Activities for the Young Child (3)
CD 224 — Methods of Guiding Children’s Behavior (3)
HEAL 102 — Living in a Changing World (2)
Mathematics (3)
Elective (4)

Fourth Semester
CD 201 — Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
CD 207 — Music for Young Children or (3)
CD 222 — Child, Family, Community
CD 214 — Child Development Practicum II (3)
CD 220 — Child Care Center/Early Childhood Administration (3)
EDUC 210 — The Exceptional Child (2)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1May be eligible for articulation credit.
2Students with current first aid, infant/child/adult CPR certificates at graduation may take general elective in place of HEAL 200.

Courses for this program include: »

CD 100 Introduction to Early Childhood
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
General overview of the history, the present and future outlook of early childhood education. Students study types of early childhood programs, develop techniques and observational skills of working with young children and families, and investigate early childhood career paths.

CD 200 Growth and Development of Young Child
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Covers social, emotional, physical and intellectual aspects of child growth and development from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is on the stages of development and understanding these factors in working with children.

CD 201 Health, Safety and Nutrition
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Acquaints students with basic health, safety, and nutrition and their relationship towards the healthy development of children. Overview of health-related guidelines for early childhood settings.

CD 202 Observ/Guid/Assessmt Y.C.
3 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Pre- or co-requisite: ENG 101 or Comm 100.
Studies observational techniques, to assess and guide behavior which facilitates the development of the young child. Students will understand ethics of assessment, as well as improving their observational and guidance skills. Students will develop and understand the relationship between careful observation, assessment, and effective interaction with children.

CD 203 Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Pre- or co-requisite: ENG 101 or Comm 100.
Curriculum planning according to developmental needs of children in early childhood settings. Theories of curriculum development will be analyzed and applied to early childhood settings.

CD 204 Child Development Practicum I
1-4 cr. hrs.;
0.5-2 lecture hours; 3-10 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: CD 200 and 202.
Student spends ten hours a week under supervision working with preschool children in an early childhood setting.

CD 205 Lang Develop & Activities for Young Child
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Techniques and methods of encouraging communication skills in young children. Overview of language development, children’s literature and developmentally appropriate language activities in the early childhood setting.

CD 206 Creative Activities for Young Children
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduces students to a wide variety of media suitable for use with the young child. Emphasis placed on creative activities: art, language, music, movement, math, and science.

CD 207 Music for Young Children
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Materials for singing, rhythmic activities, plus musical dramatizations and applications of basic classroom instruments. Provides basic musicianship needed to teach music in early elementary or pre-school. Not recommended for music concentration student unless approved by the music department full-time faculty.

CD 214 Child Development Practicum II
1-4 cr. hrs.;
1-2 lecture hours; 10 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CD 204.
Ten hours a week of supervised work in an early childhood setting.

CD 220 Child Care Center/Early Childhood Admin
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines the management processes of planning, staffing, record keeping, budgeting, purchasing, and monitoring for quality. Formulation of policy statements, philosophy, programming, planning, evaluation and working with parents will be included. Students will become familiar with computer usage, licensing standards, accreditation, community resources and professional organizations for early childhood programs.

CD 222 Child, Family and Community
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course focuses on the child in the context of family and community. Includes issues of communication, diversity, professionalism, and social policy and will promote awareness and effective use of resources.

CD 224 Methods of Guiding Children’s Behavior
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Presents effective methods of discipline in the guidance of young children’s behavior through theory and practical application.

CD 225 Math and Science for the Young Child
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduces the theory and practice related to the curricular areas of math and science for young children. Emphasis will be placed on the development and evaluation of developmentally appropriate activities and instructional materials.

COMM 100 Communication Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For career program students only. COMM 100 and ENG 132 fulfill requirements for an associate’s degree in several career programs. Concentration on developing skills in writing, speaking and reading.

EDUC 210 The Exceptional Child
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A survey of characteristics of learners with diverse disabilities as delineated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the impact of these characteristics on their education.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

HEAL 102 Living in a Changing World
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Focuses on wise health practices and consumer health service information.

HEAL 200 First Aid
1-3 cr. hrs.;
.5-2 lecture hours; 1-2 lab hours per week.
Methods and skills of emergency care for the ill or injured victim. May be repeated twice. Variable credit as follows: 1.0-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Standard First Aid; 3.0-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care Red Cross certification upon successful completion of course.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900

SPEC 111 Business and Professional Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness and development needed to communicate competently within professional organizations. Focus is on interviewing, management styles, inter-office communication and professional presentations.

SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness, knowledge, and skills for communicating among persons of differing cultural backgrounds. Focuses on cultures with whom U.S. Americans interact.

Black Hawk College’s Child Development AAS Degree Program is now entitled to offer the Illinois Director’s Credential Level I to students graduating who follow these guidelines:

  1. Graduate with Child Development AAS degree.
  2. Take SPEC 101, CS 100, CD 222, ENG 101.
  3. Either come into the program with one year full-time management experience or take summer internship CD 240 or do one year management experience within two years of graduation.
  4. Do two advocacy projects with CD 220 class.
  5. Send $30 to Gateways to Opportunity to apply. (See Catherine Melear first.)