Enrollment is restricted to individuals who have completed the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) Program
The Occupational Development, Early Childhood Practitioner Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed for apprentices and journeypersons of the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) Program. This degree program builds on the educational component and the on- the-job-training hours completed during the apprenticeship. Upon completion of the required general studies courses, required early childhood courses and payment of the Evaluation Fee, a student may earn 28 college credit hours for the apprenticeship training. Documentation of completion of the Department of Labor
Apprenticeship is required. Individuals who have completed a Child Development Associate (CDA) under the auspices of an agency or organization with expertise in early childhood teacher preparation are also eligible to complete the Occupational Development Degree.
Required Early Childhood courses include the study of the growth and development of young children as well as the planning, preparation and implementation of appropriate curriculum and environments for early childhood programs.
- Plan, prepare, and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for a high-quality early childhood program based on a knowledge of child development and appropriate practices
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, teaching methods and professional conduct while working with young children and their families
- Document that all West Virginia Child Care Licensing regulations for center employees are met
- Demonstrate ability to implement West Virginia Early Learning Standards while working with young children
Graduates with the Occupational Development, Early Childhood Practitioner AAS Degree, are qualified to teach in child care centers, Head Start programs, private nursery schools, private preschools or to serve as a Nanny. Graduates meet state requirements to be the director of a Type I, II or III child care center in the state of West Virginia. Other employment opportunities include positions in public and private organizations providing services for children.
Pierpont has an articulation agreement that allows graduates with the Occupational Development, Early Childhood Practitioner AAS Degree to apply 51 of the required 64 credit hours towards a Birth through Four teaching certification degree at West Virginia University. Of the 28 credit hours received for ACDS or CDA completions, 15 hours of credit articulates to WVU.
WVU Articulation Credit: Graduates participating in the articulation agreement with the West Virginia University Birth to Pre-K Teaching Certification Program may receive up to 15 hours of articulation credit for Components III and IV: EC 1105 = 3 hours, EC 1106 = 2 hours, EC 1130 = 3 hours, EC 2232 = 3 hours and EC 2995 = 4 hours.
This program consists of technical and occupational education/training (description follows) that is obtained from government agencies and employers who may not be affiliated with Pierpont Community & Technical College.
TECHNICAL EDUCATION CORE COMPONENT II equivalent to 18 CHs.: Component II consists of courses developed and delivered by the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) Program offered through, and approved by, the United States Department of Labor, or approved courses included in the Child Development Associate (CDA) education and training program under the auspices of an agency or organization with expertise in early childhood teacher preparation. The courses will be converted to college credit hours at the usual ratio of 15:1 for lecture and at the laboratory hours/credit ratio of Pierpont Community & Technical College to a maximum of 18 credit hours. This credit will be recorded immediately prior to graduation from the college following the completion of all degree requirements, a positive completed evaluation by Pierpont Community & Technical College and the payment of the Evaluation Fee.
OCCUPATIONAL ON-THE-JOB (OR SUPERVISED WORK-BASED LEARNING) TRAINING HOURS COMPONENT III equivalent to 10 CHs.: Component III consists of paid or unpaid on-the-job training provided as a component of the Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) Program or Child Development Associate (CDA) Program. The on-the-job training component is to be converted to credit hours at a ratio of 200:1 to a maximum of 10 credit hours. This credit will be recorded immediately prior to graduation following the completion of all degree requirements, a positive completed evaluation by Pierpont Community & Technical College and the payment of the Evaluation Fee.
Documentation of Completion: Must be submitted to the Early Childhood Program Coordinator for Component II and Component III. Component II is satisfied by submitting a copy of the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist Certificate and a letter of completion from the U.S. Department of Labor or a copy of the Child Development Associate Certificate and a letter of completion from the organization or agency providing the training.
Residency Requirement: 15 credits of the student’s last course work in Components I and II must be completed at Pierpont Community & Technical College.
Evaluation Fee: An Evaluation Fee of one hundred-fifty dollars ($150.00) is required following the completion of all courses. The evaluation includes determination that all academic course work has been successfully completed and verification of Components II and III. When the evaluation is completed and all requirements have been met, then credits for Components II and III will be granted. The evaluation fee is paid at the time application for graduation is made.
ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.
ENGL 1108 (& ENGL 1109): Must be completed with grade of "C" or better. Prerequisites: ENGL 1104 w/ grade of "C" or better. ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.
MTH 1207 Prerequisite Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT 460, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.
GNED ELECTIVES may be chosen from the following courses: COMM 2200, 2201 or 2202 | INTR 2200 and/or 2280 | PSYC 1101 | SOCY 1110
TECH COMP* (Technical Education Core Component) required credit hours: 18 CHs
OCCP COMP* (Occupational/On-the-Job Training Hours Component) required credit hours: 10 CHs
*See Program Specific Enrollment Requirements above for details.
Select three(3) PROG ELECTIVES from the following to equal 9 credit hours: EC 2206 and/or 2230 and/or 2231 and/or 2240 and/or 2210 | FOSM 1110 or 1120 (Only one FOSM course may be taken to fulfill the program-specific elective requirements.)
Students must select 9 credit hours from the list provided.