Occupational Development Child Care Practitioner AAS


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Development—Child Care Practitioner is designed to provide special career training for those individuals who have completed a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) in Child Development through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship.

Primarily for those working in pre-elementary job positions, this program provides training in basic early childhood education as well as language arts, math, humanities, sciences and cognate fields. The program is open only to those persons currently working in the specified educational area.

Permission of the Dean is required prior to registration in the program.

Component I consists of a minimum of 22 college credits taken in the area of General Studies. Based on ACT/SAT or COMPASS scores, developmental courses in English or math may be required.
Component II consists of Technical Core/Occupational Specialty courses delivered by the College, Apprenticeship Program, or designated training program in the occupational area. The College awards 29 hours for this component.
Component III* consists of on-the-job training in the occupational area. Clock hours are converted to credit hours for an award up to 13 credit hours.
*A portfolio posting fee for Component III is required.

Total Program Hours: 64

This program is available at the Greenbrier Valley Campus, Mercer County Campus, Nicholas County Campus and the Raleigh County Campus.