Child Development and Preschool Management – Associate Degree

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

*For the most current program curriculum visit the course catalog and access the curriculum check sheets for the current year.


Q. What can I do with an associate degree in child development and preschool management?
You may teach in a child care center, serve as a teacher I in Head Start, teach as a paraprofessional in the public school system and open up a child care center.

Q. Do I take the PRAXIS exam in the CDAS degree program?
Yes, all parts of PRAXIS I (or ACT 22 or above) is required for the CDAS degree program.

Q. When I complete the associate degree, may I obtain a bachelor’s degree?
Many candidates continue with a bachelors degree in birth to five/early interventionist education at the completion of their associate degree. The BFED degree program is a 2 + 2 program. The associate degree provides the candidate with two years of credit toward the BFED degree.

Q. What type of teaching experiences do I obtain in the CDAS degree program?
Candidates in the CDAS degree program teach lessons to preschool children in the Generations Teaching Generations Preschool. Candidates also complete observations with preschool children. At the completion of the degree program, candidates complete a practicum experience in a pre-kindergarten classroom in the public school system.

Q. Who is the CDAS adviser?
Dr. Elizabeth Block in 239 Polk Hall.

Q. Are there any scholarships available for CDAS majors?
CDAS and BFED majors may apply for the Louisiana Pathways Scholarship. Louisiana Pathways pays the tuition of eligible early childhood majors. Visit the scholarships page for details.

CDAS Careers

Graduates of the child development and preschool management associate degree program can be employed as a:

  • teacher in a child care center
  • teacher in a Head Start classroom
  • paraprofessional teacher in the public school system
  • owner of a child care center
  • director of a child care center

Graduates employed as teachers in preschool settings are eligible for application to meet the requirements of the Child Development Associate credential.

Program Advisor:

Dr. Elizabeth Block
239 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448-4819