For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2010
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) now offers an associate degree in early childhood education in addition to its career studies certificate in early childhood education. This new program is designed for individuals seeking employment involving the care and education of young children or to enhance skills for those currently employed in this field.
The four-semester Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education requires 67 credit hours and includes internship opportunities and the development of a professional portfolio during a culminating course. Classes include: language arts and reading methods for young children focusing on language acquisition; development and reading readiness; teaching art, music and movement; math, science and social studies concepts for young children; and early childhood programs and social change.
“I am so excited that LFCC has taken this step forward with the addition of this new degree program as well as updating the career studies certificate,” said Lori Killough, instructor of education. “The certificate is an industry-recognized credential on its own, but now it flows directly into this new degree, giving child care professionals so much more opportunity for professional development.”
Occupational opportunities for individuals with this credential include program teachers and teaching assistants, leaders, supervisors or directors in child development programs.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Virginia Career View, the employment of child care workers is expected to increase nationally and in Virginia. In addition, the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Social Services are endorsing higher standards of qualification to maintain state accreditation for child care facilities.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.