Early Childhood Development & Child Care
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Contact: Delaine Welch, Program Manager • • 301.846.2559 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Delaine Welch, Program Manager
301.846.2559

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Early Childhood Development A.A.S. Degree The Early Childhood Development A.A.S. program teaches understanding of child development and behavior, knowledge of developmentally approved practices and materials, familiarity with materials, health, safety and nutrition, and familiarity with appropriate guidance techniques. Program courses fulfill the educational requirements for lead teacher in infant/toddler, preschool, school age and director, and meet the Maryland child care credential and state requirements.

This program prepares students to work in child care centers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, and as self-employed child care providers or nannies. Classes are offered during the day, evening, online, hybrid, and on Saturdays. Some courses are offered in 7-week sessions. Students gain practical experience and a competitive edge in the job market by working in The Carl & Norma Miller Children’s Center, located on the main campus at Frederick Community College, under the guidance of its professional staff.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Program Requirement ECED 101 Child Development & Behavior   3 Credits
3 Program Requirement ECED 125 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood   3 Credits
4 Program Requirement ECED 135 Infant/Toddler Development & Care   3 Credits
5 Program Requirement ECD 155 Activities for School Age Children   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Mathematics   3/4 Credits
7 Program Requirement ECED 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education   3 Credits
8 Program Requirement ECED 205 Administration of Child Development Centers   3 Credits
9 Program Requirement ECED 215 Understanding and Guiding the Young Child’s Behavior   3 Credits
10 PE/Health Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement (or take HLTH 201 or HLTH 104 in the second year/second semester)   1/3 Credits
11 Program Requirement ECED 225 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood OR EDUC 240 Processes and Acquisitions of Reading   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

12 Program Requirement EDUC 230 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
13 Program Requirement ECED 145 Health, Safety and Nutrition   3 Credits
14 Program Requirement PSYC 101 General Psychology   3 Credits
15 Concentration ECED 245 Directed Practicum* or INTR 103 Internship   3 Credits
16 Program Requirement Elective   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

17 Gen Ed Core CMIS 101 Introduction to Computer Information Processing   3 Credits
18 Program Requirement COMM 105 Small Group Communication   3 Credits
19 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
20 Gen Ed Core ASLS 102 American Sign Language or SPAN 101   3 Credits
21 Gen Ed Core General Education Elective (recommend HLTH 201 or HLTH 204)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.

*EDUC 230 must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all ECED and EDUC courses.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify, apply and discuss major concepts, principles and theories related to child development by completing one or more papers and projects based on observation of children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials for infancy to eight years old through creating and presenting lesson plans.
  • Demonstrate characteristics of future teachers by behaving professionally at events and experiences both on and off campus, utilizing college-level skills in course assignments, etc.
  • Synthesize their knowledge of the fundamentals and practices of early childhood development through a directed practicum/internship experience.
  • Communicate appropriate guidance and behavior modification techniques and theories through case studies and observations.
  • Explain, identify and discuss duties of administrators of child care settings through one or more papers and projects.
  • Generate resources on appropriate children’s literature based on in-depth review.
  • Explain and identify the major theories, historical roots and theorists in the field of early childhood education by completing one or more projects and papers.
  • Develop a broader knowledge base by successfully completing coursework in general education courses.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in this career field. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss any questions with FCC faculty.
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Early Childhood Development Certificate The Early Childhood Development Certificate program prepares students to work in child care centers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, and as self-employed child care providers or nannies by offering specialized courses in early childhood. It also provides core early childhood courses to professionals who are currently working in the early childhood field. Program courses fulfill the educational requirements for lead teacher in infant/toddler, preschool, school age and director, and meet the Maryland child care credential and state requirements.

Classes are offered during the day, evening, online, hybrid, and on Saturdays. Some courses are offered in 7-week sessions. Students gain practical experience and a competitive edge in the job market by working in The Carl & Norma Miller Children’s Center, located on the main campus at Frederick Community College, under the guidance of its professional staff.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 ECED 101 Child Development and Behavior   3 Credits
2 ECED 125 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood   3 Credits
3 ECED 135 Infant/Toddler Development and Care   3 Credits
4 ECED 155 Activities for the School Age Child   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

5 ECED 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education   3 Credits
6 ECED 205 Administration of Child Development Centers   3 Credits
7 ECD 215 Understanding and Guiding the Young Child’s Behavior   3 Credits
8 ECED 225 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Development   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

9 ECED 230 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
10 EDUC 210* or NTR 103 Directed Practicum* or Internship   3 Credits
11 ECED 145 Health, Safety and Nutrition   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.

*ED 203 must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all ED and ECD courses.

Upon completion of the first semester coursework, students are eligible to receive the Letter of Recognition in Early Childhood and the Letter of Recognition in Child Care Preschool Teacher.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify, apply and discuss major concepts, principles and theories related to child development by completing one or more papers and projects based on observation of children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials for infancy to eight years old through creating and presenting lesson plans.
  • Demonstrate characteristics of future teachers by behaving professionally at events and experiences both on and off campus, utilizing college-level skills in course assignments, etc.
  • Synthesize knowledge of the fundamentals and practices of early childhood development through a Directed Practicum/Internship experience.
  • Communicate appropriate guidance and behavior modification techniques and theories through case studies and observations.
  • Explain, identify and discuss duties of administrators of child care settings through one or more papers and projects.
  • Generate resources on appropriate children’s literature based on in depth review.
  • Explain and identify the major theories, historical roots and theorists in the field of early childhood.


2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Early Childhood Development
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in this career field. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss any questions with FCC faculty.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Child Care Preschool and School Age Teacher Training Certificate The Child Care Preschool and School Age Teacher Training Certificate program prepares students to enter the workforce in early childhood development. The certificate targets four courses that are required to meet the educational requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care. The certificate highlights the following positions: child care teacher of preschools, infant/toddler classrooms, and school age (before and after school programs).

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 ECED 101 Child Development and Behavior   3 Credits
2 ECD 125 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood   3 Credits
3 ECED 135 Infant/Toddler Development and Care   3 Credits
4 ECED 155 Activities for the School Age Child   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all ECED and EDUC courses.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify, apply and discuss major concepts, principles and theories related to child development by completing one or more papers and projects based on observation of children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials for infancy to eight years old through creating and presenting lesson plans.
  • Demonstrate characteristics of future teachers by behaving professionally at events and experiences both on and off campus, utilizing college-level skills in course assignments, etc.
  • Synthesize knowledge of the fundamentals and practices of early childhood development through a Directed Practicum/Internship experience.
  • Communicate appropriate guidance and behavior modification techniques and theories through case studies and observations.
  • Explain, identify and discuss duties of administrators of child care settings through one or more papers and projects.
  • Generate resources on appropriate children’s literature based on in depth review.
  • Explain and identify the major theories, historical roots and theorists in the field of early childhood education by completing one or more projects and papers.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in this career field. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss any questions with FCC faculty.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Child Care Preschool Teacher Letter of Recognition The Child Care Preschool Teacher Letter of Recognition meets the educational requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care for the position of child care preschool teacher. In this position, students can teach preschool children in various settings.

 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester

1 ECED 101 Child Development and Behavior   3 Credits
2 ECED 125 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Students must pass both courses with a “C” or better to receive the LOR.


2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in this career field. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss any questions with FCC faculty.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Child Care Career Preparation. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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Preschool and Childcare Center Directors
$47,940.00/yr • +11%*
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Childcare Workers
$23,240.00/yr • +7%*
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Preschool Teachers
$29,780.00/yr • +10%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2014-2024. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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