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Associate in Arts Degree Curricular Guide #1253

WHAT COURSES DO I NEED TO TAKE?

Program requirements are listed on curricular guide #0133 for the Certificate of Achievement, #1253 for the Associate Degree, and #0921 for the CDA Training Certificate of Completion. Refer to those guides on the enclosed curricular requirements sheet for specific courses.

IN WHAT ORDER SHOULD I TAKE COURSES?

The Child Development program has a three-course sequence of classes that must be taken in order. One course is the prerequisite for the next. It is essential that you begin this sequence at the start of your course work; otherwise it may delay finishing your degree.

THE COURSE SEQUENCE IS: CHDV 101 > CHDV 111 > CHDV 220 > CHDV 284

CHDV 101 is a prerequisite to CHDV 220. It is suggested that CHDV 101 be taken during your first semester in the program. Information learned in this course is used in all other courses and it is a prerequisite for other courses. You may take CHDV 101 & CHDV 111 at the same time. The reading and writing assessments are required for entry into CHDV 101 and CHDV 111.

CHDV 111 must be completed with a 2.5 grade or better before enrolling in CHDV 220. CHDV 220 must be completed with a 2.5 grade or better before enrolling in CHDV 284. It will take you 3 semesters to finish this sequence. These may not be taken in the same semester as each course builds on the information in the previous class. The courses in this sequence are usually not offered summer semester.

If possible, take CHDV 220 the semester after taking CHDV 111 to continue to build on skills.

WRIT 121 should be taken early in the program since all courses will require writing. Building your skills early will help you be successful in all other courses. The reading and writing assessments are required for entry into WRIT 121.

CHDV 284 should be taken after completing most of the CHDV courses and WRIT 121.

For graduation, a student must earn a minimum of 2.5 grade in each CHDV course counted for credit toward the degree.

Associate degree students may take the general education courses at any point during their program. Some students prefer to take all their Child Development courses first; others take a combination of Child Development and general education courses. The choice is yours.

WHAT IS A PREREQUISITE?

Prerequisites are requirements you must meet before taking a course. They ensure that you have the necessary skills or knowledge to be successful in the course. A prerequisite may be a course or it may be a specific score on one of the assessment tests. Course prerequisites are listed in the curriculum guide in this booklet and in the college catalog and schedule book. You will be unable to register for a course unless you have the prerequisite listed on your LCC record. If you have transferred prerequisite courses from another college, had a prerequisite course under the term system, or have been approved to waive a prerequisite, you must receive an over-ride before you register. Please contact Marcia Rysztak prior to the registration period to do this. It is important to resolve any prerequisite questions prior to the registration period. Please don't hesitate to call
1-517-483-1141.

WHAT ASSESSMENT TESTS ARE NEEDED?

LCC provides entry-level testing and placement services for reading and writing and math. All Child Development students must take the reading and writing assessments before beginning course work. After taking the assessment tests, assessment advisors will make recommendations for writing courses which will help students who may need to improve their reading and writing skills.

A math placement test and science inventory is required before entry into math or science classes.

All assessment tests are given in the Assessment Center, Room 200, Gannon Building. Testing is available both day, evening and weekend hours during the semester. See an assessment advisor if you think you have already had the reading assessment done, or have a prior degree. It is important to have a reading level determined before the registration period begins. Contact the Assessment Center at 1-517-267-5500 for current hours.

WHAT FIELDWORK CLASSES ARE NEEDED?

There are four required classes during which you must do fieldwork (CHDV 111, 220, 221, & 284). Each requires that you work with children in a regulated childcare setting. If you are currently employed as a regularly scheduled caregiver in a licensed childcare center, group or family childcare home, you may use your work-site as your field placement site (your director must approve this). If you are not employed in childcare, we will arrange for you to do your field placement at Early LCC, LCC's preschool laboratory classrooms, or a center that LCC has an instructional agreement with. Only daytime hours are available for fieldwork.

You are required to participate for 4-hours per week (Fall & Spring Semesters) for CHDV 111, 220, & 221. (If you take any of these classes during Summer Semester you will be required to work eight (8) hours per week because of the shortened semester.)

For CHDV 284, the "student teaching practicum," you must work eight (8) hours per week with the same group of children in any age group and any setting. This course requires an application for permission to register.

See the attached Field Placement Guidelines for further information.

WHAT IS THE "STUDENT TEACHING PRACTICUM"?

CHDV 284 is the practicum in Child Development. You will work in a childcare program for eight (8) hours per week and take a three (3) hour per week seminar along with it. This course allows you to "put together" all of the information you have learned in your program. We look at it as "mini student teaching" because you will take the role of the lead teacher and plan for an entire program day. Your eight (8) hours will be done in two days of four hours each.

Departmental approval is required for entry into CHDV 284. To receive approval, students must:  have completed at least CHDV 101, CHDV 111, & CHDV 220 with a minimum of a 2.5 grade in the field classes.  Submit a practicum application to the Child Development Program coordinator the semester before enrolling.  Applications are available from Health and Human Services Department in Room 108 of the Health and Human Services Building.

It is suggested you complete most of the CHDV courses and WRIT 121 before taking CHDV 284.

Students employed in early childhood and care programs may do the practicum at their worksite. Others will be placed at Early LCC or a community program.

CAN I EARN MY CDA CREDENTIAL ALONG WITH THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE?

Students wishing to complete the CDA credential may take CHDV 251 as their three (3) credits of child development electives to complete CDA training and assessment requirements. Students not employed in regulated childcare should contact Jane Bobay, the CDA coordinator, at 1-517-483-1521 to arrange for this option. A minimum of eight (8) hours per week of work with children is required.

ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

The statewide T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood? MICHIGAN program provides scholarships for individuals employed in childcare centers or homes that are working on the associate degree or CDA. Contact T.E.A.C.H. toll free at 1-866-648-3224 (1-866-MI-TEACH) for more information. Additional scholarships or grants may be available through LCC's Women's Resource Center (1-517-483-1199), or Financial Aid Office (1-517-483-1200).

HOW DO I RECEIVE MY DEGREE?

The semester before you complete all of your requirements for your degree or certificate, complete
a request for graduation at the Enrollment Services Office. The College will check to make sure you have met all of the requirements and will contact you if there are any problems. You are encouraged to apply for both the Certificate of Achievement and the Associate Degree

WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT A PROGRAM ADVISOR?

Contact a Child Development program advisor as you begin your program. Marcia Rysztak is the program coordinator and advisor. An appointment for advising can be scheduled by calling 1-517-483-1141. Students should review and update their program plan as necessary and before the practicum. Jane Bobay (1-517-483-1521) is the CDA program advisor.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have questions, contact Marcia Rysztak (1-517-483-1141), or via the Internet at mrysztak@lcc.edu

We are pleased that you will be a part of the child development program at Lansing Community College. We are looking forward to working closely with you as you fulfill your educational goals!

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