Child and Family Development
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Offered through Human Studies
@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec
The Child and Family Development program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree. You will investigate leading theories of child development and methodologies for curriculum planning and assessment. Through class lectures, observation studies, field work with mentor teachers, service learning and opportunities for discussion with award-winning faculty, you will engage with the best practices designed for the study of young children and families.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
About the program
This 63-credit hour program prepares students to:
- Exhibit knowledge of child development, including young children’s characteristics and needs, influences on development and learning.
- Demonstrate an understanding of diverse family and community characteristics by developing positive relationships with family and community members.
- Develop evidence of appropriate child assessments, including observation, documentation, anecdotal records and other assessment tools.
- Reflect on effective strategies for teaching, learning and connecting with children and families.
- Organize content knowledge to create meaningful, individualized and challenging curricula for each child.
- Appraise their role as an ethical, collaborative, knowledgeable, reflective and informed early childhood professional and advocate.
The Child and Family Development program is aligned with education standards for associate degree programs set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). St. Louis Community College prepares students who work with young children from infancy through age eight.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a Career and Technical Education
(CTE) two-year program of study with coursework
in early childhood education, child development and family studies. Students have the opportunity to observe, study and receive
mentorship from educated professionals at the Child Development Laboratory Center of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. This nationally and locally accredited child care program serves as a lab setting for students to gain hands-on experiences with young children with diverse needs and abilities.
Opportunities in the Field
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education.
Graduates of the AAS Child and Family Development degree option pursue careers as early childhood teachers, parent educators, community service workers, youth development program workers, child and family advocates, licensing representatives, administrators, program planners, curriculum coordinators, and directors of early childhood settings. Having an AAS degree from St. Louis Community College also paves the way for students who are interested in furthering their education at four-year colleges and universities.
Salaries vary within the field; however, on average, the annual media wage is $28,990 for preschool teachers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Whether you are beginning work on an online degree or certificate program or taking one or two courses online to accommodate your busy schedule, STLCC Online can help you prepare for success.
The gainful employment regulation requires nondegree programs at community colleges to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. You can view the information for the previous version of this program, Early Care and Education, here as reported to the Department of Education.