Child Care (CHC)

This program is designed to prepare students to work with children, adolescents, or adults with mental, emotional or physical handicaps in a variety of settings, such as residential and day schools, group homes, crisis intervention centers, youth correctional facilities, and special needs day care centers. Skills for working with persons with special needs are developed through study and practical field experience. Emphasis also is placed on the personal growth and development of the individual student as it relates to their work with clients. Graduates of the program are qualified as human services generalists. Graduates may transfer credits from this program to a variety of senior colleges offering a baccalaureate degree in such fields as social work, psychology, and human services.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

• Identify components of the Human Services Delivery System
• the roles of the various members of the service delivery team.
• client assessment/referral process.
• the history of the human services field.

• Recognize and discriminate between normal and abnormal
development and behavior.

• Differentiate among the three major theoretical perspectives with treatment applications of each.

• Demonstrate application of the client-centered counseling

• Employ the concept and components of a therapeutic milieu.

• Display an understanding and respect for the diversity of
cultures, races, genders, and sexual orientations among clients and co-workers, and in society as a whole.

• Exhibit the ability to use technology effectively.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.


First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BHS 110 Intro. to Human Services 3
CHC 103 Child Care and Youth Practicum I 2
ENG 101 Composition I 3
PSY 111 Psychological Principles I 3
PSY 134 Group Dynamics 3
TOTAL   14

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
CHC 104 Child Care and Youth Practicum II 2
ENG 102 Composition II 3
MAT 109
Survey of Mathematics 3
PSY 102 Interviewing and Counseling Skills 3
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
TOTAL   17

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
CHC 203 Child Care and Youth Practicum III 3
ECO 105 GOV 121 HIS 104 HIS 108 3
PSY 202
Therapeutic Intervention Skills 3
PSY 235 Psychology of Exceptionality 3
Science (a)   4
TOTAL   16

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
WFE 101 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness 3
PSY 207 Creative Arts Therapy 3
BHS 245 Issues and Ethics in the Human Services 3
CHC 206 Child Care and Youth Practicum IV 3
Free Elective (b)   3
TOTAL   15


1. In addition to the course requirements for this curriculum, all matriculated students must demonstrate proficiency in basic quantitative skills by earning a passing score on the numerical skills placement test. Students who do not earn a passing score on this test will be required to take CSM 090 and earn a grade of C or better.

2. All CHC students are required to submit a completed physical examination form prior to field placement. All immunizations indicated on the form must be current. When this form is on file, the College Health Office will issue a waiver clearing the student for field placement. Hepatitis B Vaccine series is highly recommended and may be required by the placement site under the OSHA Standard on Exposure to Blood borne Pathogens.

3. Transportation to and from practicum sites is the responsibility of all students in the program, including those in the dorm. If you do not have a car, please be sure that you are able to find alternate means of transportation. 

a. Science: Any four-credit science listed in Appendix B meets this requirement.

b. Read a full discussion of the free elective requirement. The subject area for Child Care includes all courses labeled CHC.