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Early Childhood Education – Associate Degree

Credential: A.A.S.
Code: A55220

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.

This program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. To be eligible for graduation, the student must have satisfactorily completed the course requirements as outlined below.

To qualify for admission into this program, the applicant must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Curriculum

Course Prefix, No. Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
Fall Semester-1st Year
ACA 115 Success & Study Skills 0 2 0 1
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 3 0 0 3
EDU 119 Early Childhood Educ 4 0 0 4
EDU 144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
–OR–
PSY 244 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3 0 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Total Hours Per Week 16 2 0 17
Spring Semester-1st Year
ENG 115 Oral Communication 3 0 0 3
–OR–
COM 231 Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
CIS 110 Intro to Computer 2 2 0 3
EDU 131 Child, Family & Comm 3 0 0 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
–OR–
PSY 245 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU 151 Creative Activities 3 0 0 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety, & Nutrit 3 0 0 3
Total Hours Per Week 17 2 0 18
Fall Semester-2nd Year
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 2 2 0 3
–OR–
MAT 110 Math Measurement & Literacy 2 2 0 3
EDU 221 Children with Sp Needs 3 0 0 3
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 0 0 3
EDU 259 Curriculum Planning 3 0 0 3
EDU 261 Early Childhood Adm I 3 0 0 3
EDU 271 Educational Technology 2 2 0 3
Total Hours Per Week 16 4 0 18
Spring Semester-2nd Year
EDU 251 Exploration Activities 3 0 0 3
EDU 262 Early Childhood Adm II 3 0 0 3
EDU 280 Language and Literacy Exp 3 0 0 3
EDU 284 Early Child Capstone Prac 1 9 0 4
_____ **Humanities/Fine Arts Elect 0 0 0 3
Total Hours Per Week 10 9 0 16
**Choose one course from the following list
ART 114 Art History Survey I 3 0 0 3
ART 115 Art History Survey II 3 0 0 3
ART 240 Painting I 3 0 0 3
DRA 111 Theatre Appreciation 3 0 0 3
ENG 125 Creative Writing I 3 0 0 3
HUM 120 Cultural Studies 3 0 0 3
MUS 110 Music Appreciation 3 0 0 3
MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz 3 0 0 3
MUS 113 American Music 3 0 0 3
PHI 210 History of Philosophy 3 0 0 3
PHI 215 Philosophical Issues 3 0 0 3
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics 3 0 0 3
REL 110 World Religions 3 0 0 3
REL 111 Eastern Religions 3 0 0 3
REL 212 Intro to New Testament 3 0 0 3
REL 221 Religion in America 3 0 0 3
SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE
GENERAL EDUCATION 17
MAJOR COURSES 51
OTHER REQUIRED COURSES 01
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 69

Specific courses within the above categories may be identified by the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. Expected program and course competencies are maintained by the respective instructors of specific courses.

NOTE: The above curriculum outline is intended as a guide only. The sequence of course offerings is subject to change at the discretion of the administration.