Early Childhood Education

(A.A.A.S. degree)

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares students to teach in preschools, child care centers or child care homes; to serve as nannies in private homes or to relate with parents and young children in other settings. Emphasis on special education also prepares the student for employment as a paraprofessional in special education preschool classrooms. Selection of sociology or psychology coursework for the elective courses can further prepare students for employment in other family- and child-related professions.

Required Program Courses: 22 hours (grade of C or better required):
Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Teaching/Learning Strategies in ECE, Infants and Toddlers, Early Childhood Environments, Child Health Care, Field Experience in Early Childhood Education, sociology course.

First Year Fall Program courses
Intro to Early Childhood Education
Recommended courses
First-Year Seminar
College Writing I
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
General Psychology
electives

Spring Program courses
Teaching/Learning Strategies in ECE
Infants and Toddlers or Child Health Care
Recommended courses
Biblical Literature
Speech Communication or Interpersonal Communication
electives

Second Year Fall Program courses
Early Childhood Environments
Sociology of Families
Recommended courses
humanities course
natural science course
electives

Spring Program courses
Field Experience in Early Childhood Education
Infants and Toddlers or Child Health Care
Recommended courses
mathematics course
responsibility course
electives

Recommendations for pursuing teacher licensure: Introduction to Education, Diverse Learners
Recommendations for Early Childhood and Family Studies: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social Welfare, Cultural Anthropology, Social Diversity.

Catalog 2016-17