This program is designed for Head Start teachers who wish to complete a bachelor's degree while maintaining their job and family responsibilities. This program offers a dynamic, high-quality, professional development training model to help improve the quality of education and care provided through Head Start programs in Alabama.
The Child Development Practitioner program requires the completion of 120 hours with a minimum of 30 hours from The University of Alabama. Because Head Start teachers are required to hold an associate's degree, students entering this program may have earned up to 60 hours from a two-year institution. Some may have additional coursework from a four-year institution and/or from the Child Development Associate Credential Program. No more than 60 hours can be transferred from a two year institution. Students who hold an associate's degree in Child Development from a community college in Alabama will be allowed to transfer 24 hours of their CHD work toward this degree. Eighteen hours will be accepted from the community college as a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences in CHES as follows:
In addition, the following six additional hours will be accepted into this program:
Students without an associate's degree may be eligible for prior learning credit. Students will be required to complete any courses needed to satisfy the core curriculum (available online) as well as 21 additional HDFS hours, which will be online courses:
*Course requires a field placement component at a NAEYC accredited preschool.