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Child Development Technology

Welcome to the Webpage for the Associate Degree in Child Development 

The Child Development Program enables you to pursue an associate's degree that could lead to an associate teaching license for pre-kindergarten. To be eligible for license, you must have 2.5 GPA and pass the required Ohio Assessment for Educators Test. To graduate with the degree without license, you must have 2.0 GPA. Upon completion of your associate's degree, you may continue to pursue your 4-year degree by passing Praxis I, have a 2.75 GPA and complete the prerequisite courses for Selective Admission to Early Childhood major. To see a sample of the Associate's Degree in Child Development Program, please scroll down to Suggested Program Template and click on Child Development Program.


Child Development Technology Printable Program Brochure

Contact Person

Qiuping Cao


Advising FAQs and Important Forms


There is a clinical experience (EDEC2001) designed to maximize the experience for child development students in the program. To be eligible for clinical experience, you must have successfully completed both EDEC1001 and EDEC1600 courses and have obtained the required documents (BCI & FBI, Medical Statement) in advance. Please contact Rod Johnson at 335 Brasee Hall or email: for the required documents and placement for your clinical experiences.


EDEC2001: Be prepared to commit 40 per semester (one half day a week in two consecutive semesters) for your Sophomore/Preschool Clinical (EDEC2001) when you take the following courses:

EDEC2100, EDEC2300, EDEC2500, EDEC3610, EDEC3700, EDEC3801. You will be placed in a preschool classroom with a qualified teacher for this clinical experience. You will be experiencing and practicing what you learned in the course work at university in a preschool classroom. Under the supervision of a qualified teacher, you will observe in action how concepts and strategies you learned regarding the guidance and management, play and creativity, children's literature, emergent literacy, diversity, and emergent math and science for young children actually work in real classrooms.


The clinical experience (EDEC2001) is repeatable and must be registered when you take the above-mentioned courses.


In addition, beginning in Fall 2012, new child development students will be required to take the 2000 block of courses: EDTE2000, EDTE2010, EDTE2020.


Practicum (EDEC3929): Please fill out the application for your practicum (student teaching) when you are half way through your program. Most of the time, the Practicum is scheduled in the spring semester but can also be specially arranged in Fall.


OAE Test: If you intend to apply for the Pre-kindergarten Associate Teaching License, make sure you pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators Test: Code 036 & 037 Prekindergarten (Subtests I & II). Click preparation materials for details.


For advising, please study your DARS and select the courses you are eligible to take based on your own DARS and the suggested program template before meeting with your advisor. Email Dr. Cao for an appointment.


Suggested Program Template


The course of study template below is a suggestion for you to complete the associate's degree program in two years. However, if you are unable to take the full load, you may reduce your load by picking up courses in other semesters or summer. If you plan to eventually complete a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and earn a teaching license from Pre-K to Grade 3, please also refer to the Early Childhood Education Website and work with your advisor very closely to select the courses that will meet the requirements for both the Child Development Degree and the Early Childhood Education Degree.


This is a Sample Template to complete the degree in two years. In addition to the major requirements, you must meet university general education requirements of Tier II courses:  a minimum of 21 semester hours of TIER II courses that are spread out in the 6 categories. You will need to take advantage of summer course offerings for some Tier II courses so that your load during regular semesters is lightened.


Tentative Semester Planner Information


EDEC 1001   Intro to ECE
EDEC 1600   Intro to Child Development
EDEC 2001   Sophomore Clinical Experience




  Children's Literature

Emerging Math and Science Birth  through Five years

EDEC 2400   Infant and Toddler Dev. and Program
EDEC 2500   Emergent Literacy
EDEC 3610   Guidance and Management
EDEC 3701   Diversity in ECE
EDEC 3801   Play and Creative Experiences
EDEC 4100   Family, School, and Community
EDTE 2000   Learning/Human Development
EDTE 2010   Special Learners
EDTE 2020   Field Experience




EDEC 1001 Intro to ECE
EDEC 1600 Intro to Child Development
EDEC 2001 Sophomore Experience
EDEC 2100 Children's Literature and Story Telling
EDEC 2500 Emergent Literacy
EDEC 2301 Math and Science for Age 6 and under
EDEC 3610 Guidance and Management
EDEC 3701 Diversity in ECE
EDEC 3801 Play and Creative Experience
EDEC 3929 Practicum
EDEC 4100 Family, School, and Community
EDTE 2000 Learning/Human Development
EDTE 2010 Special Learners
EDTE 2020 Field Experience


Information about the faculty

Qiuping Cao

Ph.D., The State University of New York at Buffalo

Director of Child Development Technology

Associate Professor

505 Brasee Hall

740-654-6711 x 246


Debra Dunning

Ph.D., The Ohio State University


342 Brasee Hall

740-654-6711 x 613


Links to Professional/Student Organizations

Ohio Professional Development Network: you may want to register yourself in the OPDN for job and professional development opportunities. This organization caters to the preschool and daycare teachers and directors. 

Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children: this is your state professional organization.

Fairfield Affiliate of OAEYC: this is your local professional organization.


Link to Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog - Child Development Technology