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Early Childhood Education: Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Early Childhood Associate curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from infancy through middle childhood 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 parents 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 childcare programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

Task Stream: Students who graduate from the program must complete an electronic portfolio in Task Stream to show competence in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC) Standards. Student will receive additional information about Task Stream when they enroll in the degree program.

This curriculum complies with the standard approved by the State Board of Community Colleges. View the list of practicum requirements for the Early Childhood and School-Age programs.

Students may be required to take one or more developmental courses as a result of pre-enrollment placement tests; therefore, the student may need more than the minimum number of semester hours listed for graduation.

Students must meet all prerequisites for courses in the program or elective courses they choose to take.

If a student plans to transfer to a four-year institution, students must earn acceptable scores on PRAXIS I before enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program. Students should work closely with their advisor to make appropriate course choices. 

Curriculum: 

Fall Semester

Success and Study Skills

Credit Hours: 

1.00
Intro to Early Child Education

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Child Development I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Becoming a Professional in ECE

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Writing and Inquiry

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Spring Semester

Child Development II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Creative Activities

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Writing/Research in the Disciplines

Credit Hours: 

3.00

or

Prof Research and Reporting

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Pick 2 Major Course Electives from the list below.

Summer Term

Math Requirement: 3-4 Credit Hours

Or

Natural Science Requirement
Humanities Elective
Social/Behavioral Science Elective

Fall Semester

Child, Family, and Community

Credit Hours: 

3.00

 

Child Guidance

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Health, Safety and Nutrition

Credit Hours: 

3.00

 

Children with Exceptionalities

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Exploration Activities

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Spring Semester

Infants, Toddlers and Twos

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Educational Technology

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Lang and Literacy Experiences

Credit Hours: 

3.00

 

Early Child Capstone Practicum

Credit Hours: 

4.00

Natural Science or Math requirement is to be selected from the courses listed below (3-4 credit hours required):

Descriptive Astronomy

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Descriptive Astronomy Lab

Credit Hours: 

1.00
General Biology I

Credit Hours: 

4.00
General Chemistry I

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Quantitative Literacy

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Statistical Methods I

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Pre-Calculus Algebra

Credit Hours: 

4.00
College Physics I

Credit Hours: 

4.00

Humanities Electives to be selected from the courses listed below (3 credit hours required):

Art Appreciation

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Art History Survey I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Art History Survey II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American Literature I

Credit Hours: 

3.00

 

American Literature II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Music Appreciation

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Introduction to Ethics

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Social/Behavioral Science Electives to be selected from the courses listed below (3 credit hours required):

Principles of Microeconomics

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Principles of Macroeconomics

Credit Hours: 

3.00
World Civilizations I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
World Civilizations II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American History I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American History II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
American Government

Credit Hours: 

3.00
General Psychology

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Introduction to Sociology

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Several articulation agreements are in place with four-year universities. Students who wish to transfer should work closely with their advisor to choose the appropriate major course, humanities, social/behavior science and math/natural science electives.

Major Course Electives are to be selected from the courses listed below (6 credit hours required):

Elementary ASL I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Introduction to Computers

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Public Speaking

Credit Hours: 

3.00

 

Active Play

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Classroom Mgt and Instruction

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Foundations of Education

Credit Hours: 

4.00
Foundations of Education

Credit Hours: 

4.00
School-Age Dev and Programs

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Curriculum Planning

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Early Childhood Administration I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Early Childhood Administration II

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Effective Teach Train

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Adv Issues/School-Age

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Fit and Well for Life

Credit Hours: 

2.00
Elementary Spanish I

Credit Hours: 

3.00
Spanish Lab 1

Credit Hours: 

1.00

Total Semester Credit Hours in Program: 66-67