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Child Development and Preschool Management – Associate Degree

GTG Stock for Education 2014 (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 2/24/14

The future of society always rests in the hands of the newest generation. With today’s challenges, there is a great demand for individuals to guide and care for young children, some of whom have already learned that life can be difficult. Candidates pursuing an associate degree in child development and preschool management at Nicholls State University are prepared to teach young children and manage child care facilities. The two-year curriculum combines general education courses with specialized courses in:

  • Child Development,
  • Early Childhood Education, and Lesson Planning
  • Methods in Creative Arts for Preschoolers


Program Requirements:

All candidates in the BFED program must maintain a minimum 5 GPA and a “C” or above in all coursework.

CDAS candidates are required to take courses in:

  • Specialized Courses in Child Development
  • Family Studies
  • Methods in Creative Arts for Preschoolers
  • Early Childhood Education and Lesson Planning


0912-facs-nursery-03Field Experiences: The program allows candidates to observe the early childhood setting, teach young children who are enrolled in the Nicholls Generations Teaching Generations Preschool and complete a semester-long practicum, gaining field experience in this area.

Praxis I must be completed prior to entering the required EDUC 250 (Introduction to Education) course.

Upon completion of the associate degree, students may choose to continue their education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in birth to five/early interventionist education. With the bachelor’s degree (and the passage of both Praxis I and Praxis II), students are certified to teach in all 5 of the following areas: ages birth to 3, prekindergartenkindergartengrades 1st – 3rd, and B-5 Early Intervention.

All credit hours obtained with the child development and preschool management degree transfer to the birth to five/early interventionist education degree program.




Degree Plan (PDF)

GTG Preschool

Career Opportunities

Program Advisor:

Dr. Elizabeth Block
239 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448-4819
E-mail: elizabeth.block@nicholls.edu

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