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Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC)

Bossier Parish Community College is approved to offer the Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) (formerly titled Early Childhood or Child Development) with the emphasis in the development of infants, toddlers and young children.

Bossier Parish Community College and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences recognize the need for quality child care in the community. The Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) Program at Bossier Parish Community College is designed to meet the educational standards set by the State and federal governments for early childhood programs and satisfies the highest level of requirements in the Louisiana Quality Rating System (QRS) for providers of child care.

The mission is to provide quality, research-based course work, specifically designed for roles in homes, residential, or institution-based child care services and Head Start programs. Candidates will develop practical, hands-on techniques and methods to apply to teaching practices with young children

Program Review:

To participate in center-based early childhood programs, CDYC students must:

  • have an up-to-date health record;
  • complete a sex offender and FBI criminal history background check (*);
  • complete a resource file;
  • create a “Professional Reflection Journal” to use with young children;
  • complete and document observation hours in an “Observation Log”;
  • complete all coursework with a “C” or better;
  • have a cumulative 2.0 GPA to be eligible to graduate.

General Degree Information:

The graduating student will receive 60 hours of college credit for the required courses, including 36 college credits in CDYC courses. The CDYC program is designed for transfer into four-year programs within departments of Family and Consumer Sciences and/or Human Ecology.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in CDYC will have demonstrated:

  1. understanding of professional and ethical issues in the field of early childhood;
  2. application of theories related to cognitive, social/emotional, physical, creative, and behavioral early childhood development;
  3. ability to identify and provide care and education for children with different learning styles, developmental levels, and exceptionalities;
  4. awareness of state health and safety regulations in child care environments;
  5. proficiency while communicating with parents and families of all young children;
  6. knowledge of NAEYC’s (National Association for the Education of Young Children) standards for Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) in early Childhood Programs; and,
  7. familiarity with the requirements of the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition.

Required courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children:

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
MATH 101: Applied Algebra for College Students 3
or MATH 102: College Algebra
CDYC 101 Foundations of Early Childhood Development 3
CDYC 211 Child Guidance 3
CDYC 103 The Learning Environment (Health, Safety, and Nutrition) 3
    15
     
Second Semester Hours
SPCH 110 Principles of Speech 3
PSYC 205 Child Psychology 3
  or SLGY 207   Race, Class, and Ethnicity
CIS 105 Computer Concepts 3
CDYC 141 Creative Expression in Early Childhood Development 3
CDYC 165 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood 3
    15
     
Sophomore Year
First Semester Hours
  Natural Science Elective 3
CDYC Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 3
CDYC 240* Observation and Participation 3
CDYC 273 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Materials in Early Childhood 3
    15
     
Second Semester Hours
HLPE 221 First Aid 3
CDYC Elective 3
CDYC Elective 3
CDYC 298* Practicum in Early Childhood Development 6
    15
     
Total Hours 60
Students must meet prerequisites before taking any given course.  

Additional Requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in the Care and Development of Young Children Degree:

Students must meet prerequisites before taking any given course. Additionally, students must earn a minimum grade of C in each course required in the curriculum to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children.

* In order to interact with children in area childcare centers, Louisiana law stipulates that students complete a FBI criminal background check.

* For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics course.

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