Associate in Science - Early Childhood Education

The objective of the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education is to provide students with a solid academic foundation and hands-on experience in the field of early childhood education. Following completion, students will have the necessary skills and knowledge to become gainfully employed in an entry- to mid-level position in the field of early childhood education and/or to continue their education toward a bachelor degree in Child Study or related fields.

Accreditation

The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), located at 1313 L Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone 202-232-8777 or, toll-free, 800-424-2460.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Show an understanding of and commitment to the values of early childhood education professionals;
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning for themselves and those whom they serve;
  3. Exemplify competence as skilled providers in the field of early childhood education;
  4. Use critical-thinking skills to assess children's needs, possible interventions, and community resources in a comprehensive fashion while taking into consideration individual, family, and/or community values, practices, and beliefs;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum planning and evaluation necessary to be effective with young children;
  6. Use the process of observation and assessment techniques and strategies as applied to teacher and classroom practices;
  7. Serve as a positive role model within early childhood education settings and the community;
  8. Use a process of self-evaluation that fosters personal and professional growth and contributes to lifelong learning;
  9. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills that represent competence and professionalism in the field of early childhood education.

Additionally, graduates of the Associate in Science will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education core requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all of the general Associate in Science graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all Early Childhood core courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3

2. Complete the Student Teaching I and Student Teaching II courses with a minimum grade of "C".

ECE 251 Student Teaching I and ECE 252 Student Teaching II are capstone experiences for graduation and are not transferable into the program from another institution.

Curriculum

Associate in Early Childhood Education

General Education Requirements - 24-25 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

ENG 1XX

Writing Competency (WR)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

 

Science Competency (SCI)

3-4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

 

Cultural Competency (CU or E/P)

3

Non-Major Core Requirements - 3 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

 

 

Open Elective

3

Early Childhood Major Core requirements - 33 Credits

Freshman Year

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Early

3

 

Childhood Programs

 

ECE 110

Creativity and Young Children

3

ECE 120

Math and Science for Young Children

3

PSY 115

Child Development

3

Sophomore Year

ECE 201

The Exceptional Learner

3

ECE 210

Observation and Assessment in the Early Childhood Classroom

3

ECE 221

Social and Emotional Development in

3

 

Young Children

 

ECE 231

Early Language and Literacy Development

3

ECE 251

Student Teaching I

3

ECE 252

Student Teaching II

3

Total Credits in the Program

60 - 61

* Students may choose ECE 220 Multicultural Aspects of Early Childhood for the Cultural Competency elective.