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Professional Child Development
The professional child development option is offered by distance delivery only but has the same quality and requirements as on-campus programs. All students are assigned an advisor who works closely with them throughout their program. Completion of this degree prepares students for teaching and administrative positions in early childhood development and care; work in resource and referral agencies; Early Head Start home visitor positions; and child advocacy. It also provides a foundation for simultaneous completion of a birth-to-five teaching endorsement, for those students who apply, or post-graduate completion of a teaching certificate in early childhood special education. The distance delivery of this program allows students who have existing A.A. or A.S. degrees in child development, early childhood education, or a closely related field to complete their bachelor’s degree. Place bound students, many of whom currently work in early childhood programs, have the opportunity to earn a degree from their own hometown. Many of the courses also satisfy requirements of the Early Childhood Program Director’s Certificate.
Entry into this program is by application only. Students must apply for admission to UW first. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to UW Admissions. Applicants must also satisfactorily complete a mandatory security screen (background check). Once a student has applied and their transcripts have been received, their application will be reviewed. Transcripts will not be analyzed prior to application. In addition to an existing associate’s degree, applicants must have successfully completed the following courses prior to entry.
COJO 1010 Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
SOC 1000 Sociological Principles ( 3 credit hours)
PSYC 1000 General Psychology ( 3 credit hours)
EDEC 1020 Intro to Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
A college-level math course that fulfills the QA requirement such as MATH 1000 Problem Solving or MATH 1400 College Algebra; lower level math courses will not fill this requirement ( 3 credit hours)
A college-level writing course that fulfills the WA requirement such as ENLG 1010 College Composition and Rhetoric ( 3 credit hours)
A college-level lab science course ( 3 credit hours)