Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood is the study of children ages birth through 8 years old. Students will gain knowledge of how to work with children and their families in a variety of settings based on child development and age-appropriate practice. Early Childhood professionals have a deep knowledge of child growth, development and learning, and are able to apply this knowledge into their practice. They can communicate effectively with children, colleagues and families. The Early Childhood professional has the commitment to work collaboratively and in partnership with others in order to deliver the most optimal services to children and their families.
Goodwin College students have many options for study within this major. Goodwin College offers both an Associate degree and a Bachelor degree in this major. Both the Bachelor and Associate degree programs are rooted in child development theory and research and are a balance of major specific course work and general education courses. Professional and general education courses provide the necessary training and skill development to utilize principles of child development, curriculum planning and observation and assessment in the classroom. The general education courses provide the opportunity to develop the ability to think critically, embrace diversity, expand cultural and intellectual interests, and communicate effectively.
Job possibilities in this field with a Bachelor degree in Child Study include, but are not limited to:
- Childcare Center Administration
- Private Sector Infant, Toddler, Preschool Teacher
- Child Specialist or Entry-Level Social Worker with the Department of Children and Families
- Licensing Specialist with the Department of Public Health
- Camp Director
- Family Resource Coordinator and Advocate
- School Readiness Teacher
Additionally, graduates are eligible to apply for the Alternate Route to Certification for public school teaching.
Job possibilities in this field with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education include but are not limited to:
- Private Sector Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teacher
- Family Resource Worker
- School Readiness Assistant Teacher
Students entering with a valid CDA credential will be awarded 9 credits (ECE 102 and one 6-credit practicum) towards the Associate degree or Bachelor degree.
Students should be aware that a background check is required before taking ECE 251 - Student Teaching I. Another background check may be required in the summer term before enrolling in ECE 450 - Capstone: Internship or ECE 451 Capstone: Student Teaching. Students who have criminal records may be prohibited from completing these courses and thus completing the degree.
If a student is currently working in the field and it has been determined by the program director that they can use their work site for their course work, they would not need to obtain additional background checks. For any questions, students should speak with the program director before enrolling in the college.
Connecticut State Early Childhood Teacher Credential
The Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and the Bachelor degree in Child Study are both approved programs for the Connecticut State Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC). Beginning in 2017, this credential will become a requirement, in addition to a completed degree, for professionals to gain employment in a Connecticut funded state-run early childhood program. Students completing either of our early childhood programs successfully may qualify for this credential. Upon graduation, a short application is filed with Connecticut Charts-a-Course (a non-profit early childhood professional development organization) in order for the student to register with the state. The credential will then be mailed to the student.
The Connecticut (CT) Director’s Credential is a portfolio-based credential for early childhood professionals in administrative roles or for those who have goals of becoming early childhood administrators. In order to be eligible for this credential, candidates need 9 to 15 credits in specific coursework in the areas of early childhood administration/supervision, leadership, family partnerships, budgeting and human resources. Goodwin College offers courses in each of these areas, which will lead students to meeting the educational requirements for the CT Director’s Credential. The specified courses can be taken by students as part of a degree program or as a non-matriculated student. If you would like additional information, please contact the Program Director for Early Childhood Education and Child Study.