Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes childhood growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

Suggested Schedule for 2014-2015 (Updated Apr 10, 2014)

Associate In Applied Science Degree (AAS) A55220

Fall Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
ACA-115 Success & Study Skills 0 2 0 1
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 0 3
EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 0 0 4
EDU-131 Child, Family, and Community 3 0 0 3
EDU-144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3 0 0 3
Total: 17
Spring Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 0 0 3
EDU-151 Creative Activities 3 0 0 3
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 0 0 3
EDU-173 Becoming a Professional in Early Childhood Education 3 0 0 3
Total: 15

Students may choose from the following tracks to meet their individual goals in the Early Childhood field:

Early Childhood Education Track ‐ This track is designed to prepare the student to work in Early Childhood Program.

Summer Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
COM-120 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3 0 0 3
or COM-231 Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
or ENG-112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines 3 0 0 3
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 0 0 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 0 0 3
Total: 9
Fall Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 0 0 3
EDU-259 Curriculum Planning 3 0 0 3
EDU-271 Educational Technology 2 2 0 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 0 0 3
Natural Science and Mathematics 3 0 0 3-4
Total: 15-16
Spring Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-235 School-Age Development and Programs 3 0 0 3
EDU-251 Exploration Activities 3 0 0 3
EDU-254 Music and Movement for Children 1 2 0 2
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 1 9 0 4
Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 0 3
Total: 15

Total Credit Hours: 71-72

Early Childhood Education Administration - This track is designed to prepare the student to operate and administer an Early Childhood Center or Family Day Care Home.

Summer Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 0 0 3
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 0 0 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 0 0 3
Total: 9
Fall Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
BUS-110 Introduction to Business 3 0 0 3
BUS-137 Principles of Management 3 0 0 3
EDU-261 Early Childhood Administration I 3 0 0 3
EDU-271 Educational Technology 2 2 0 3
Natural Science and Mathematics 3 0 0 3-4
Total: 15-16
Spring Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-262 Early Childhood Administration II 3 0 0 3
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 1 9 0 4
Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 0 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 0 0 3
Total: 13

Total Credit Hours: 69-70

Early Childhood Education Special Education Track - This track is designed to prepare the student to work in Early Childhood Programs or public school classrooms with a focus on children with special needs.

Summer Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 0 0 3
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 0 0 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 0 0 3
Total: 9
Fall Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-222 Learners with Behavior Disorders 3 0 0 3
EDU-223 Specific Learning Disabilities 3 0 0 3
EDU-271 Educational Technology 2 2 0 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 0 0 3
Natural Science and Mathematics 3 0 0 3-4
Total: 15-16
Spring Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-247 Sensory and Physical Disabilities 3 0 0 3
EDU-248 Developmental Delays 3 0 0 3
EDU-284 Early Childhood Capstone Practicum 1 9 0 4
Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 0 3
Total: 13

Total Credit Hours: 69-70

Natural Science and Mathematics: Choose at least 3 hours from the following courses
BIO-111 General Biology I 3 3 0 4
or CHM-151 General Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
or MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
or MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 3 2 0 4
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Certificate in Early Childhood C55220

Admission to this certificate requires that students satisfy the course prerequisite requirements.  Students may satisfy the requirements by successful completion of the Accuplacer exam or completion of the following courses: DRE 097.

Fall Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
ACA-115 Success & Study Skills 0 2 0 1
EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 0 0 4
EDU-144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 0 0 3
Total: 11
Spring Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU-151 Creative Activities 3 0 0 3
Total: 6

Total Credit Hours: 17

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Early Childhood Administration Certificate C55220AD

Admission to this certificate requires that students satisfy the course prerequisite requirements.  Students may satisfy the requirements by successful completion of the Accuplacer exam or completion of the following courses:  DRE 097 and DRE 098.

Courses
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
ACA-115 Success & Study Skills 0 2 0 1
BUS-110 Introduction to Business 3 0 0 3
EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 0 0 4
EDU-261 Early Childhood Administration I 3 0 0 3
EDU-262 Early Childhood Administration II 3 0 0 3
Total: 14

Total Credit Hours: 14

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Early Childhood Special Education Certificate C55220SE

  Admission to this certificate requires that students satisfy the course prerequisite requirements.  Students may satisfy the requirements by successful completion of the Accuplacer exam or completion of the following courses:  DRE 097 and DRE 098

Courses
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
EDU-145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 0 0 3
EDU-222 Learners with Behavior Disorders 3 0 0 3
EDU-223 Specific Learning Disabilities 3 0 0 3
EDU-248 Developmental Delays 3 0 0 3
Total: 18

Total Credit Hours: 18

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Early Childhood Education Certificate CCP C55220CP

Admission to this certificate requires that students satisfy the course prerequisite requirements of DRE 097.  Students may satisfy the requirements by demonstrating college readiness on the Accuplacer exam or other approved diagnostic assessment test. 

Courses
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
ACA-115 Success & Study Skills 0 2 0 1
EDU-119 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4 0 0 4
EDU-144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
EDU-145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU-146 Child Guidance 3 0 0 3
EDU-151 Creative Activities 3 0 0 3
Total: 17

Total Credit Hours: 17

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