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

Course work includes child 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

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Degrees

Suggested Schedule for 2017-2018 (Updated Jun 28, 2017)

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
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-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-173 Becoming a Professional in Early Childhood Education 3 0 0 3
EDU-234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 0 0 3
Total: 18

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
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 0 0 3
EDU-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 3 0 0 3
Total: 6
Fall Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-154 Social/Emotion/Behavior Development 3 0 0 3
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 0 0 3
EDU-271 Educational Technology 2 2 0 3
Natural Science and Mathematics 3 0 0 3-4
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 0 0 3
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 a(n) Early Childhood Center or Family Day Care Home.

Summer Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Lecture Lab Clinic Credits
EDU-153 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 0 0 3
EDU-221 Children With Exceptionalities 3 0 0 3
Total: 6
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-280 Language and Literacy Experiences 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: 16

Total Credit Hours: 72-73

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