The Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) Degree prepares a diverse range of Early Childhood “Educarers”1 who provide care and education for young children in early childhood settings; which endorse and advocate the National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Code of Ethical Conduct; and serve as early childhood leaders and mentors with knowledge of theory in child development; and learn practical skills to apply developmentally appropriate practice while evolving as reflective lifetime learners.
CDYC graduates will teach and care with intentionality, competence, passion, and respect for diversity when seeking collaborative partners to deliver quality care and education to young children and their families in the community.
1Term coined by German philosopher, Magda Gerber, infant and toddler researcher and trainer and cofounder (with Emmi Pickler) of the Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) during the1950’s. Her philosophy for infants and toddlers is based on principles of respectful, responsive, relationships for infant and toddler curriculum.
Bossier Parish Community College and the Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs 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 state and federal governments for early childhood programs and satisfies the highest level of quality for providers in child care.
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.
The CDYC program provides students with 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 while observing and participating in early childhood settings for a minimum of 240 clock hours.
We expect our CDYC graduates to demonstrate competency in the following seven learning outcomes, or NAEYC standards, which define the philosophy upon which all early childhood professionals uphold.
Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children degree, learners will be able to:
|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 Education||3|
|CDYC 103:||The Learning Environment (Health, Safety, and Nutrition)||3|
|CDYC 105:||Early Childhood Growth and Development||3|
|SPCH 110:||Public Speaking||3|
|PSYC 205:||Child Psychology||3|
|or SLGY 207:||Race, Class, and Ethnicity|
|CDYC 165:||Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education||3|
|CDYC 211:||Child Guidance||3|
|CDYC 265:||Special Needs in Early Childhood Development Programs||3|
|Natural Science Elective||3|
|CDYC 261:||Home, School, and Community Relationships||3|
|CDYC 240:||Observation and Participation *||3|
|CDYC 273:||Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Materials in Early Childhood||3|
|HLPE 221:||First Aid||3|
|CDYC 298:||Practicum in Early Childhood Development *||6|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
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.
Additional Requirements: 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 and to select approved electives.
Additional information: The Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children will not allow students to earn certification for teaching in Louisiana public schools. Louisiana public preschool and kindergarten teachers must graduate from a teaching program at a 4-year university, pass required Praxis exams, and obtain a teaching license from the Louisiana Department of Education. It is strongly suggested that students seek advice from the CDYC program coordinator at the beginning of enrollment in the CDYC program for career options in early childhood education.
*The CDA Credential is not required to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree in Care and Development of Young Children. However;