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The Child Development program enables you to pursue an associate degree in applied science that could lead to an Ohio pre-kindergarten associate license. The Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teaching License is obtained by earning an approved score on a state exam issued through the Ohio Assessment for Educators. To graduate with the degree without license, you must have 2.0 GPA. The A.A.S. degree and licensure are recognized by a variety of public and private early childhood programs. Upon completion of your associate degree, you may continue to pursue your four-year bachelor’s degree after fulfilling prerequisites and conditions for Selective Admission to the Early Childhood (B.S.Ed.) major. To see a sample of the A.A.S. Child Development Program, please scroll down to Suggested Program Template and click on Child Development program.


Child Development Printable Program Brochure


The Child Development major may be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis with day, evening, blended, and online classes available. The curriculum requires attending day and evening courses, however, there is flexibility in scheduling. Students typically start fall semester, but may enter the program at any point during the academic calendar. Full-time students should enroll in 15 or more credit hours per semester. Part-time students may pursue the degree at a rate they desire, however, a minimum of seven credit hours of course work each semester is recommended. Course and program prerequisites must be met prior to enrollment, therefore, each student is assigned an advisor to assist with the desired program of study. In all, students completing the degree requirements will earn an Associate in Applied Science in Child Development.


Students enrolled in the Child Development major program complete their early-field and clinical-field placements and practicum in classrooms and programs for children ages birth through entry into kindergarten. Public and private area schools and agencies partner with OHIO Chillicothe to mentor Child Development students enrolled in methods of teaching in a variety of content areas. During the sophomore year, Child Development students participate in the Rural-Urban Collaborative (RUC), which is a distinctive program preparing “teacher candidates” across all OHIO campuses for working with students in urban areas. Many of the RUC placements are in city schools located in Columbus and Chillicothe. The 300 clock-hour practicum experience is completed during each student’s final semester.


Education courses are conducted in Bennett Hall and in the Child Development and Family Service Center*, located on the hill across from the Shoemaker Center. Blended education courses are offered face-to-face and online. Field, clinical, and internship experiences, designated as “lab” experiences, are arranged by the Coordinator of Clinical-Field Placements in partnering schools and agencies and have an online Blackboard component.

*All students taking courses between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Child Development and Family Service Center are required to provide OHIO Chillicothe with current BCI and FBI reports through the U.S. mail, prior to the start of classes. When obtaining the reports, provide the mailing address below:

Early Childhood Education
OHIO Chillicothe, CTC
101 University Drive
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601


To qualify for admission, a student must be a high school graduate or GED recipient. Students not meeting these requirements should contact the Admissions Office at OHIO Chillicothe for further information concerning admission. Students completing the degree requirements will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.


Students are eligible for many different financial aid resources. These include:

  • Federal Grants and Loans
  • Ohio University Scholarships
  • State Grants and Loans
  • T.E.A.C.H. Grants

To begin the process, you should apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible. For OHIO Chillicothe, use the University Federal School Code: 003100 and 003102.

For more information about the financial aid process, contact our Financial Aid Office at (740) 774-7289 or toll free at (877) GO-2-OUCH.


OHIO believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include: the ability to communicate through the written word, the ability to use quantitative or symbolic reasoning, and broad knowledge of the major fields of learning. Therefore, students must take general education courses to complete a degree.


An Associate Degree in Child Development includes the following Tier II Courses:

  • At least one Tier II Cross-Cultural Perspectives course
  • At least one Tier II Fine Arts course
  • At least one Tier II Humanities and Literature course
  • At least one Tier II Natural Sciences course
  • EDEC 1600 - Introduction to Child Development (Fulfills Tier II Social Sciences requirement)
  • NUTR 1000 - Introduction to Nutrition (Fulfills Tier II Applied Sciences requirement)
  • ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I

Courses in the Child Development Major include the following:

  • EDEC 1001 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDEC 2001 - Sophomore Clinical Experience
  • EDEC 2100 - Children's Literature and Storytelling in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • EDEC 2301 - Emergent Mathematics and Science Birth through Five Years
  • EDEC 2400 - Infant-Toddler Education: Development, Curriculum and Program
  • EDEC 2500 - Emergent Literacy and Reading
  • EDEC 3610 - Guidance and Classroom Management in Early Childhood
  • EDEC 3701 - Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • EDEC 3801 - Play and Creativity in Early Childhood Education
  • EDEC 3929 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • EDEC 4100 - Family, School and Community
  • EDTE 2000 - Learning and Human Development
  • EDTE 2010 - Characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities
  • EDTE 2020 - Field Experience in Education



The Child Development Major (A.A.S.) program will change beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. Students entering before or during the 2014-2015 academic year will follow the current listing. Please contact your advisor for additional information.

Suggested Program Template

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 which consists of a minimum of 21 semester hours of TIER II courses that are spread out in the six 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.

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 Kelly Vanhorn at vanhornk@ohio.edu or in the Child Development and Family Service Center, Room 116, for the required documents and placement for your clinical experiences.

EDEC2001: Be prepared to commit 40 hours 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, 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, Child Development majors are required to take the 2000 block of courses: EDTE2000, EDTE2010, EDTE2020, and participate in the RUC experience.

Practicum: Please fill out the application for your practicum when you are halfway through your program. Most of the time, the practicum is scheduled in the spring semester but can also be specially arranged in the 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 Pre-Kindergarten (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 harmount@ohio.edufor an appointment.

The course of study template below is a suggestion for you to complete the associate 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 for Pre-K to Grade 3 in the state of Ohio, please also refer to the Early Childhood Education ebsite 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.

Tentative Semester Planner Information



EDEC 1001 Intro to Early Childhood Education
EDEC 1600 Intro to Child Development
EDEC 2001 Sophomore Clinical Experience
EDEC 2100 Children's Literature


EDEC 2301 Emerging Math and Science
EDEC 2400 Infant and Toddler Development
EDEC 2500 Emergent Literacy
EDEC 3610 Guidance and Management


EDEC 3701 Diversity in Early Childhood Education
EDEC 3801 Play and Creative Experiences
EDEC 4100 Family, School, and Community


EDTE 2000 Learning/Human Development
EDTE 2010 Special Learners
EDEC 2020 Field Experience


Students in the Early Childhood Education program develop an electronic portfolio on LiveText that houses artifacts collected during their courses. LiveText must be purchased for the Sophomore Block that includes EDTE 2000, EDTE 2010, and EDTE 2020. The portfolio documents each candidate's progress in meeting National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as a highly qualified teacher of young children. Postings of relevant artifacts and program assessments are embedded assignments within courses for program and individual candidate levels of performance.


Although work and life experience is valued for students in the Child Development program, at this time OHIO Chillicothe does not give university credit for work experience. 


An Associate Degree in Child Development offers opportunity for careers serving children and families in a variety of programs, agencies, and organizations. A.A.S. degree holders are eligible to be paraprofessionals in public pre-kindergarten classrooms, and lead teachers in Head Start programs. Because attainment of the A.A.S. degree adds to the capacities of individuals in fields of early care and education, individuals who have earned the degree are given priority when programs and agencies are hiring caregivers and child and family advocates.



Jamie Harmount, EdD
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

Child Development & Family Center, Room 119

T: 740.772.7360
F: 740.774.7361

Information about the Faculty

Donna Burgraff
Associate Professor
Shoemaker Center 213 C
T: 740.774.7204

Lorna Buskirk
Clinical Educator / Field Placement Coordinator / Instructor
Bennett Hall 242

Karen Corcoran
Lecturer / Program Coordinator
Bennett Hall 230
T: 740.774.7232

Jamie Harmount
Assistant Professor
Childhood Development & Family Center 119
T: 740.772.7360

Michelle Bowdle
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Susan Congrove
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Kevin Daberkow
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Jenni Domo
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Maryjo Flamm-Miller
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Ellen Ford
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Cheryl Gaus
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Deana Glass
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Sarah Good
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Quincey Gray
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Michael Jennings
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Thomas Kitchen
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Elizabeth Mason
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Robert Schumm
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Trina Strausbaugh
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259

Pamela Weaver
Adjunct Faculty
Bennett Hall 259