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Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC)

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 for the required courses, including 36 college credits in CDYC courses.

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.

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 Hours
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
MATH 101: Applied Algebra for College Students 3
or MATH 102:   College Algebra
CDYC 101: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
CDYC 103: The Learning Environment (Health, Safety, and Nutrition) 3
CDYC 105: Early Childhood Growth and Development 3
Second Semester Hours
SPCH 110: Public Speaking 3
PSYC 205: Child Psychology 3
or SLGY 207:   Race, Class, and Ethnicity
CDYC 165: Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education 3
CDYC 211: Child Guidance 3
CDYC 265: Special Needs in Early Childhood Development Programs 3
Sophomore Year
First Semester Hours
  Natural Science Elective 3
CDYC 261: Home, School, and Community Relationships 3
  Humanities Elective 3
CDYC 240: Observation and Participation * 3
CDYC 273: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Materials in Early Childhood 3
Second Semester Hours
HLPE 221: First Aid 3
  Approved Elective 3
  Approved Elective 3
CDYC 298: Practicum in Early Childhood Development * 6
Total Credit 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,, 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 from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information.

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.

Prior Learning Credit: 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.

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