Our Child Development program can be completed entirely online, or students can take the initial gen ed courses in person and transition into the online child development courses.
Early childhood teachers educate and care for children between the ages of birth and 5. They teachers integrate goals for learning into play and exploration. They prepare learning environments that are engaging and encourage play that will lead to social- emotional, cognitive, and physical development. They plan for and assess children’s learning. They build relationships with children’s families and act as advocates for young children.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career “preschool teaching” has a projected job growth of 25% nationally by the year 2020. West Virginia offers universal preschool to 4 year olds in the state with increasing educational requirements for teachers in collaborative and Head Start sites.
The child development program is available online.
It is designed as a career ladder with multiple entry and exit points. Students can earn a certificate degree and add to it to earn an associate’s degree without losing any credits. Likewise, they can add additional coursework to the associate degree to earn a bachelor degree without losing credits.
The child development program was designed to include courses required by the WV Department of Education for publicly funded collaborative and Head Start programs.
The program accepts transfer credits from the ACDS (Apprenticeship in Child Development Specialist) program, the WV Infant Toddler credential, and EDGE.
It is eligible for the T.E.A.C.H WV Grant.
This online program has the following face-to-face requirements (required for AAS and BAS levels only):
WVU at Parkersburg is authorized to offer this online program to students residing in the following states. If your home state is not listed, please contact ude.puvwnull@enilno to inquire about enrolling:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
Potential careers in child development include assistant or lead teacher in child care, child care center director or owner, Head Start teacher, resource and referral, and extension educator.
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