The Associate in Arts degree in Education provides a comprehensive background in developmental theory, emphasizing the practical application of theory to developmentally appropriate environments for children. The program includes development from the physiological, psychological, cognitive, and sociological perspectives for children from birth through adolescence.
The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of adults working in various early childhood settings, including both public and private day care homes, child development centers, kindergartens, Head Start, and pre-school and school-age care programs. The program complements the competency requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and the standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Candidates must complete practicum and field experiences which are a part of many of the courses in the curriculum. The UDC Child Development Center serves as the practicum and field experience site for students in the program. Before- and after-school programs in the District of Columbia Public Schools and Recreation Department also serve as sites, particularly for students who elect the school-age care or general education options.
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