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2016 - 2017 Catalog 
2016 - 2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Care and Development of Young Children, A.A.S.

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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Care & Development of Young Children is designed to prepare students for the workforce in occupations related to the direct care, education, curriculum development, and/or administration of programs for young children. Graduates will be prepared and eligible to open their own licensed childcare centers, serve as childcare providers and directors of licensed centers, or work in quality childcare programs such as Head Start and Early Start.

This program is viewed as a terminal, not a transfer, degree program; however, all requirements for credentials of instructors and quality of courses are maintained exactly as needed for AS and AA (transfer) degrees of the College. Specific courses may transfer to senior colleges; students planning to transfer should seek advising from the transfer institution of choice as early as possible to select appropriate courses. Additional courses may be needed for transfer. Graduates are encouraged to explore transfer options other than Teacher Education, such as a baccalaureate degree programs in General Studies, Family & Consumer Sciences, Child and Family Studies, or related fields such as Psychology or Child Development.

Students who wish to transfer to a nationally accredited Teacher Education degree program at a senior college should investigate the Associate of Science in Teaching, Grades 1-5. 

Teachers in possession of Louisiana teacher certification and who seek “add-on” certification in Early Childhood (Pre-Kindergarten to Third Grade) should contact the State Department of Education (http://www.teachlouisiana.net) to determine specific CDYC courses to complete at Delgado Community College.

The College offers credit courses to help students prepare for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and CDA renewal. Students with current CDA certification or Child Care Administration Certificate may request a LEAP credit in place of some coursework, if they have not previously registered for the course. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for nontraditional credit policies and information.

Students are required to maintain a portfolio and other artifacts for this degree program. Students are required to work under supervision and mentorship at schools or child care centers outside of class. Service Learning or Professional Networking projects are required.

The TCAs associated with this program are Child Development Associate (cda) Preparation  and Child Development Associate (cda) Renewal 


Required grade of  “C” or higher.

 * Students with current CDA (Child Development Associate) Certification, please see LEAP  credit before registering for

  or  CDYC 111 .

** Practicum (CDYC 298 ) is taken as the final course in the major, usually in the final semester prior to graduation. Students must apply to the Department to determine eligibility for the Practicum course. (Requires a commitment of five mornings per week, outside of class time).


See General Education Requirements , for approved Humanities and Natural Science courses.



See Graduation Requirements .

Students planning to pursue a baccalaureate program should contact that receiving institution for determination of course transferability. A listing of Delgado courses can be found by following this link: Transfer List 

Suggested Sequence

Total: 15 credit hours

Second Semester

Total: 15 credit hours

Fourth Semester

Total: 15 credit hours


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