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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

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This Associate in Applied Science program prepares students for careers in child development services and provides those already employed in childcare with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and update their skills. The demand for graduates of this program continues to increase as the need for quality childcare becomes one of the most important concerns of our nation. Working with children to enrich their lives can be a very personally satisfying occupation. Students should enroll in courses in consultation with their academic advisor.

Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

Faculty Members

Amy McCain, Program Chair, amccain@mscok.edu, 580-387-7411, Patton Hall 206
Heather McLean, Child Development Scholar Coordinator, hmclean@mscok.edu, 580-387-7412, Patton Hall 208

Adjunct Faculty Members

Susan Carrigan, 580-320-8747
Colette Harper, 580-320-2345 or 580-421-9331
 

Field Observation

Susan Carrigan, 580-320-8747
Becky Wyatt, 580-371-2670 

 

CD 1243 -- Health, Safety & Nutrition for Children. 
Prerequisite: None. 
This course is designed to provide the student an understanding of the principles and practices for development of positive health, safety and nutrition practices for children. The laboratory provides opportunity for application of these principles. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 1253 – Infant and Toddler Programs. 
Prerequisite: None. 
This course is designed to provide the student an understanding of the developmental processes and environmental factors that affect physical growth and emotional and social development from conception to three years of age. It includes skills for individual care of infants or toddlers such as daily schedules, record keeping, food preparation, age appropriate discipline techniques and activities. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 1353 (HE 2113)-- Child and Family Development . 
Prerequisite: None. 
This course is designed to provide the student knowledge of the child from conception to adolescence in the areas of physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth. The laboratory provides opportunity for observation of these developments. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 2453 -- Curriculum Planning. 
Prerequisite: CD1353 or permission of instructor. 
This course is designed to provide the student the skills and techniques of program planning, room arrangement and scheduling of activities for young children in group settings (including long range, weekly, daily) and activity plans and objectives for activities. The laboratory provides for application of these techniques and skills. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 2463 -- Administration of Child Care Centers. 
Prerequisite: CD 2453. 
This is a course with emphasis on managerial principles; skills, knowledge and attitudes required of managers of the growing number of child care centers. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 2511 -- Introduction to the Child Development Associate. 
Prerequisite: None. 
This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of the Child Development Associate, its competencies, assessment and credentialing award system. Also, observation and recording skills of individual are developed. One lecture a week. Credit: One semester hour. 

CD 2533 -- Guidance of Young Children. 
Prerequisite: HE 2113 or PSY 1113 or permission of instructor. 
This course is designed to provide the student an understanding of the principles and techniques of guiding children in group and individual settings. General understanding of behavior patterns of children, methods of guiding and directing children's behavior, and activities for positive growth and development are studied. The laboratory provides for application of these principles. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 2543 -- Creative Arts for Children. 
Prerequisite: None. 
This course is designed to provide the student an understanding of the principles and practices for the development of skills and techniques for working with children in creative arts-art, music, drama and poetry. The laboratory provides opportunity for application of these principles. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 2553 -- Cognitive Activities for Children. 
Prerequisite: None. 
This is a laboratory course with specific emphasis on the development of skills and techniques for working with young children in cognitive activities--math, science, social science, and field trips. An understanding of each area and presentation of learning experiences and activities to children in a group setting is developed. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 2563 -- Family and Community Relations. 
Prerequisite: None.
This course will enable students to develop the skills and techniques for working with parents and community in relation to the child care setting. It includes methods for communication, parent involvement, and parent education. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 2573 -- Children with Special Needs. 
Prerequisite: HE 2113 or PSY 1113 and CD 2533. 
This is a laboratory course to develop an understanding of children with special needs, their world, their families, and their problems, through working with them. The special needs of children and development of methods for working with them and their families to develop each child's greatest potential are recognized. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours. 

CD 2583 -- Language & Physical Skills for Children. 
Prerequisite: None. 
This course is designed to provide the student the skills and techniques for working with students in language development and physical skills activities. The laboratory provides opportunity for application of these principles. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours a week. 

CD 2593 – The School-Age Child. 

Prerequisite: None. 
This course is designed to provide the student an understanding of the development, appropriate environments, materials and activities and teaching and guidance techniques for the child 5-13 years. It focuses on the social, emotional, mental and physical developmental processes. It includes interpreting Oklahoma licensing standards, problem-solving techniques and personal qualities as related to guiding children 5-13. Two lecture and two laboratory hours a week. Credit: Three semester hours a week. 

CD 2810 -- Special Problems in Child Development. 
Prerequisite: Approval of program chairman. 
This course is a study and/or analysis of a selected area and/or topic in child development. May be taken more than once. Credit varies from one to four semester hours.

 

Freshman Year
First Semester CR Second Semester CR
ORI 1011 New Student Orientation 1 ENG 1213 English Comp II 3
ENG 1113 English Comp I 3 SPC 1113 Fund of Speech 3
Science with Lab Elective 4 PSY1113 Intro to Psychology 3
Program Electives 9 Program Electives 6
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
Sophomore Year
First Semester CR Second Semester CR
HST 1483 U.S. History to 1865 or   GVT 1113 American Federal Government 3
HST 1493 U.S. History since 1865 3 PE 2212 First Aid 2
CIS 1113 Computer Concepts & Applications or   MU 1113 Music Appreciation or  
CIS 2113 Computer Application Packages 3 ART 1113 Art Appreciation 3
Program Electives 9 Program Electives 9
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
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