Mission of the Department of
Human Development and Education
Development and Education is multidisciplinary department devoted to being a
leader and partner in meeting the intellectual, cultural, and technological
workforce of educators and professionals working with families and children. We
offer a combination program of academic courses, vocational activities, and
service learning experiences that prepare students to: earn an associate
degree, transfer to a university, earn diverse professional careers, and become
child advocates and leaders of our community.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
program student learning outcomes for the Child Development Department are
based on the standards of the NAEYC (National Association for the
Education of Young Children) Standards for Early Childhood Professional
Preparation Programs. Upon completion of an associate degree in Child
Development, students will know and be able to:
1. Promoting Child Development and Learning
completion of an Associate Degree in Child Development, students will have a
well grounded knowledge based in child development and will be able use their
understanding of young children's characteristics and needs, and of the
multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning to
create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging
for each child.
2. Building Family and Community Relationships
completion of an Associate Degree in Child Development, students will know
about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of
children's families and communities. They will be able to use this
understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and
empower families, and to involve all families in their children's development.
3. Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support
Young Children and Families
completion of an Associate Degree in Child Development students will know about
and understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment. They will know
about and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective
assessment strategies in a responsible way in partnership with families and
other professionals to positively influence the development of every child.
4. Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
Upon completion of an Associate Degree in Child
Development, students will understand that teaching and learning with young
children is a complex enterprise, and its details vary depending on children's
ages, characteristics, and the settings within which teaching and
learning occur. They understand and use positive relationships and supportive
interactions as the foundation for their work with young children and families.
Additionally, students understand, and use a wide array of developmentally
appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children
and families and positively influence each child's development and learning.
5. Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful
completion of an Associate Degree in Child Development, students will be able
to use their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and
evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for each
and every young child. Students will understand the importance of developmental
domains and academic (or content) disciplines in early childhood curriculum.
They know the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content
areas, including academic subjects, and can identify resources to deepen their
understanding. Students will use their own knowledge and other resources to
design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that
promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young
6. Becoming a Professional
completion of an Associate Degree in Child Development, students will identify
and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession. They know
and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early
childhood practice. They are continuous, collaborative learners who demonstrate
knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives on their work, making
informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources. They are
informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.
7. Early Childhood Field Experiences
completion of an Associate Degree in Child Development students will, through
planned and sequenced field experiences, develop the knowledge, skills and
professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of
young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood in
multiple early childhood age groups and in the variety of settings that offer
early care and education.