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Child and Youth Studies

What can I do in child and youth studies?

As a professional in child and youth studies, you may become a child care worker, teacher or an assistant in a child care center. Depending on your level of education, you may also become an assistant teacher in the Head Start/Early Head Start and public school classrooms. The higher your degree, the more qualified you will become for certain positions. 

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Child and youth educators must have patience and possess a genuine concern for children, and have a strong desire to help them learn and succeed. Child and youth educators must also have good communication and interpersonal skills when partnering with parents, children and other professionals to create a nurturing environment, respectful of culture and rich in experiences to promote the optimal growth and development of EVERY child.

Where can I work?

Child and youth educators typically work in schools and child care centers and out-of-school-time programs. However, to teach in the public school systems, you will need to obtain a teaching license, which requires a bachelor's degree.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

The Child and Youth Studies department is dedicated to preparing students for employment in settings that include, but are not limited to, any part-or full-day program in a child care center, school classroom or home care that serves young and school-age children and their families, including children with special developmental and learning needs. Each career path and certificate is designed for the child care professional who works with or is interested in working with children from birth through age 17.

The Early Care and Education program is nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® SOUTH CAROLINA provides scholarships for teachers, directors, owners, and family/group providers working in childcare to complete coursework in early childhood education.

Accreditation

The Early Care and Education, Child Care Management, Child Care Professional and Special Education career paths are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L St. N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005-4101.

Outcome Measure #1: The Number of Program Completers

The number of program completers for the three most recent academic years

Academic Year Number of program completers % of program completers who were attending full-time (at the time of completion) % of program completers who were attending part-time* (at the time of completion)
2015-2016 30 17% 83%
2014-2015 34 6% 94%
2013-2014 28 14% 86%

 Program Name: AAS, Early Care and Education

Academic year in which a Fall cohort of full-time students enrolled at the institution (select three sequential years) Percentage of those students who completed the program within 150% of the published timeframe  Percentage of those students who completed the program within 100%, 200% (twice) or 300% (three times) of the published timeframe (Please circle or underline the indicator above on which the program will report.)
2012 10% 19%
2011 10% 14%
2010 6% 6%

The fall-to-fall retention rate in the program for each of the three most recently completed academic years

Academic Year Number of Part-Time Candidates Enrolled (% of Total Enrollment) Retention Rate among Part-Time Candidates Number of Full-Time Candidates Enrolled (% of Total Enrollment) Retention Rate among Full-Time Candidates
2015-2016 196 (56%) 45% 164 (46%) 54%
2014-2015 195 (56%) 49% 169 (46%) 62%
2013-2014 224 (55%) 46% 180 (45%) 57%

*Part-time status is defined by the institution.

The number and percentage of program graduates employed in the early childhood profession or pursuing further education in the profession within one year of graduation for each of the three most recent academic years for which information is available.

Academic Year  Number of Graduates  Number of Graduates (and % of total) who are employed in the early childhood profession within one year of graduation* Number of Graduates (and % of total) who are pursuing further education in the early childhood profession within one year of graduation*
2014-2015 34 30 (88%) 3 (9%)
2013-2014 29 27 (93%) 2 (7%)
2012-2013 24 15 (63%) 5 (21%)

*The figures in these two columns do not need to add up to 100%.

Institutionally designed measure that speaks to candidate outcomes in the program (list the measure and the data for the measure)

Academic Year  Outcome Measure  Performance Measure 
2015-2016 GPA 3.231
2014-2015 GPA 3.196
2013-2014 GPA 3.363