May 22, 2022  
2011-2013 Catalog 
    
2011-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child Development, A.A.A.S.


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(Code 120)

Suggested GRCC Program:


Associate in Arts or Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences

CD 118 , CD 119 , CD 210 , and CD 230 

Note: Students enrolled in Child Development Lab classes (CD 118 , CD 119 , CD 210 , and CD 230 ) must undergo a Criminal Background Check and a Department of Human Services Central Registry Check. Being convicted of ANY FELONY, any of the listed offenses as defined by MCL 28.722 (Sex Offenders Registration Act; Act 295 of 1994), or being listed on the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry will result in refusal of lab placement and removal from the course. Complete policy information is provided on the GRCC Website.

CD 260 

Note: Students enrolled in CD 260  are required to participate in tutoring through the Schools of Hope Program through Grand Rapids Public Schools and must undergo a Criminal Background Check and a Department of Human Services Central Registry Check. Being convicted of ANY FELONY, any of the listed offenses as defined by MCL 28.722 (Sex Offenders Registration Act; Act 295 of 1994), or being listed on the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry will result in refusal of tutoring placement and removal from the course. Complete policy information is provided on the GRCC Website.

Child Development is a field of study that prepares professionals to provide care and education for children from birth through age eight. Professionals in this field provide interactions and learning experiences that promote the young child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth and development. This program prepares students to teach in and direct child care centers, Head Start programs, and part-day preschools; and to serve as Pre-K to 3rd grade teacher aides in public schools. Students are involved in a variety of hands-on lab experiences with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age and special needs children at the GRCC Lab Preschool and other sites in the community.

Students in Child Development may qualify for either the Associate in Arts degree or the Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree. Those wishing to earn the AA degree should be sure to meet the communications, humanities, social science and natural science requirements for that degree.

CD 116  and CD 118  count towards the social science requirements for an AA degree with MACRAO for students in the Child Development (120) program.

The following scheme is presented as a guide only. Courses may be taken in any order as long as all requirements (including prerequisites) are met.

First Year


Second Year


Total Credits 62/63


* CH = Contact hours: The number of class hours of attendance required per week.

** The AA Degree requires one natural science course to include a laboratory.

+ Students choosing to complete an AAAS Degree may substitute BA 101  and BA 102  for the English classes and complete distribution requirements as described in the Catalog. The AAAS degree does not meet the MACRAO agreement requirements and may not transfer as well to four-year institutions.

++ Students possessing current Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification or American Heart Association First Aid with CPR & AED can submit proof to the Student Records Office to meet this requirement.

Transfer Opportunities:


The Transfer Guide for many bachelor’s degree majors offered at Michigan colleges and universities is available at the Counseling and Career Center and online at www.grcc.edu.

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