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2021-2022 General Catalog Published 2/28/22 
2021-2022 General Catalog Published 2/28/22 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC), AAS

The Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) program prepares individuals to provide care and education for young children in early learning settings. The degree program honors the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Code of Ethical Conduct and promotes developmentally appropriate practice as outlined in the Louisiana Early Learning and Development Standards. The program strives to prepare early childhood educators to serve as leaders and mentors with knowledge of growth and development of young children in cognitive, physical, emotional, and social domains.

General Degree Information:

Bossier Parish Community College and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences recognize the need for quality child care in the community. The Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) Program at Bossier Parish Community College is designed to meet the educational standards set by state and federal governments for early childhood programs and satisfies the highest level of quality for providers in child care.

The graduating student will receive 60 hours of college credit in the CDYC program.

The CDYC program provides students with quality, research-based course work, specifically designed for roles in homes, residential or institution-based child care services and Head Start programs. Candidates will develop practical, hands-on techniques and methods to apply to teaching practices with young children while observing and participating in early childhood settings for a minimum of 240 clock hours.

This program articulates with one or more institutions or agencies. Refer to the Articulation Agreements  section of the catalog for further detail.

Learning Outcomes:

CDYC graduates are expected to demonstrate competency in the following seven learning outcomes, or NAEYC standards, which define the philosophy upon which all early childhood professionals uphold.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children degree, learners will be able to:

  1. promote child development and learning (NAEYC Standard 1);
  2. build family and community relationships (NAEYC Standard 2);
  3. observe, document, and assess to support young children and families (NAEYC Standard 3);
  4. use developmentally effective approaches (NAEYC Standard 4);
  5. use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum (NAEYC Standard 5);
  6. become a professional in the field of early childhood (NAEYC Standard 6); and
  7. observe and practice in effective field experiences in at least two different early childhood settings and two different age groups to demonstrate respectful, compassionate, supportive relationships to be an effective early childhood educator (NAEYC Standard 7: Early Childhood Field Experiences).

Required Courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children:

Freshman Year

First Semester: 15 Hours

Second Semester: 15 Hours

Sophomore Year

First Semester: 15 Hours

Second Semester: 15 Hours

Total Hours: 60

Students must meet all prerequisites and co-requisites that may apply to the CDYC course offerings. Please contact the program advisor, Mandy Perdue, before enrolling. (Contact Information: Mandy Perdue, mperdue@bpcc.edu, or 318-678-6126.) Additionally, students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each course required in the curriculum to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children.

Additional Requirements: In order to interact with children in area early learning centers, Louisiana law stipulates that students complete a criminal background check.

For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102  instead of MATH 101 . Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics course and to select approved electives.

Additional information: The Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children will not allow students to earn certification for teaching in Louisiana public schools. Louisiana public preschool and kindergarten teachers must graduate from a teaching program at a 4-year university, pass required Praxis exams, and obtain a teaching license from the Louisiana Department of Education. It is strongly suggested that students seek advice from the CDYC program coordinator at the beginning of enrollment in the CDYC program for career options in early childhood education.

*The CDA Credential is not required to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree in Care and Development of Young Children. However, students who have earned the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)*  from the Council for Professional Recognition and maintain a current credential throughout the program will not have to take CDYC 101   and CDYC 103  , as per state-wide CDYC program articulation agreement in 2010. Students must present current CDA credential documentation at the time of enrollment into the CDYC program; and again upon completion of application to graduate from the program.

Students who have earned pediatric CPR certification will be given credit for HLPE 221  (First Aid). Current documentation must be presented upon enrollment into the CDYC program and again upon completion of application to graduate from the program.

**Humanities elective must be chosen from  ENGL 201  , ENGL 202  , ENGL 250  , ENGL 251  , ENGL 252  , ENGL 255  , ENGL 256  , ENGL 257  ; FREN 101  , FREN 102  , FREN 201  ; HIST 101  , HIST 102  , HIST 103  , HIST 104  , HIST 201  , HIST 202  , HIST 203  ; HMAN 201  , HMAN 202  , HMAN 203  ; RLGN 201  , RLGN 202  , RLGN 203  SPAN 101  , SPAN 102  , SPAN 201