Child Care & Family Education

Area of Study
The Child Care & Family Education Area of Study is for those wanting a career in a field related to early childhood education (birth through 8 years, including Pre-K/K). These fields include child and family sciences, early childhood development, and child care and family education.

Overview

The Child Care & Family Education Area of Study is for those wanting a career in a field related to early childhood education (birth through 8 years, including Pre-K/K). These fields include child and family sciences, early childhood development, and child care and family education. A degree in child development will explore the growth and development of children within the family system and with sociocultural influences.

A career in this field will allow for work in public, private, or non-profit settings. Some transfer programs are also designed to meet the professional competency standards for licensure in Mississippi. There are varied career opportunities in this area, including but not limited to preschool teacher/administrator, child life specialist, childcare teacher/administrator, family life specialist, child welfare caseworker, child care insurance agent, parent education program designer, or consultant to businesses dealing with children.

You will be introduced to the general early childhood curriculum that builds the foundation for upper-level child growth and development courses, clinical experiences, and internships upon transfer while completing the general education requirements required for most baccalaureate degrees.

Quick Facts

Program Name
Child Care & Family Education
Degree / Certificates
  • Associate of Arts
Locations
  • Jackson
  • Raymond
  • Rankin
  • Utica
  • Vicksburg
  • Online
Delivery Mode
  • Face-to-Face
  • Online
*Select courses required for this program are available online.

Sample Curriculum

Course Hours
Orientation 2
English Composition I 3
College Algebra 3
Music, Art, Dance, or Theatre Appreciation 3
Physical Science Survey I, Lecture & Lab 4
Total Hours 15
Course Hours
English Composition II 3
Principles of Biology I, Lecture & Lab 4
General Psychology 3
Computer Concepts 3
World Civilizations I 3
Total Hours 16
Course Hours
Public Speaking I 3
World Civilization II 3
Personal & Community Health 3
Early Childhood Profession 3
World, American, or British Literature I 3
Human Growth & Development 3
Total Hours 18
Course Hours
World Regional Geography 3
Marriage & Family 3
Nutrition 3
Infant & Child Development 3
CDT Elective 3
Total Hours 15

The degree plan provides the courses recommended for students seeking to transfer in this area of study. Students should consult the Mississippi Articulation Agreement for specific course requirements at specific Mississippi universities. Students can also use MATT (MS Articulation & Transfer Tool).

Contact

Jennifer Rodgers, Ed.D.
Education Curriculum Coordinator
601-857-3789
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