Bachelor of Science - Child Study

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Child Study is to prepare competent and dynamic professionals who have:

This degree program is grounded in developmental theory and emerging educational trends in early childhood education. Upon completion of the program, students will have developed ethical decision-making abilities and the skills to foster relationships through creative problem-solving techniques. Early Childhood professionals must acquire these skills in order to lead high-quality programs for young children.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor Degree program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Show an understanding of and commitment to the values of early childhood education professionals, including upholding the Profession's Code of Ethics at all times and becoming an advocate for children and the profession;
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning for themselves and those whom they serve by engaging in continuous learning in order to inform practice;
  3. Exemplify competence as skilled providers in the field of early childhood education and use developmental knowledge to create safe, healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments;
  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 by using developmentally appropriate learning objectives to drive the planned curriculum and learning environments;
  6. Use the process of responsible observation and assessment techniques and strategies as applied to teacher and classroom practices; understand the benefits of observation and appropriate uses of the information collected; and know how to analyze the documentation for effective classroom planning and/or linking to appropriate outside services and referrals;
  7. Serve as a positive role model within early childhood education settings and the community by adhering to the professional standards set forth by the College while in the Student Teaching and Capstone experiences and while completing field work assignments;
  8. Use a process of self-evaluation that fosters personal and professional growth and contributes to lifelong learning;
  9. Understand effective methods to support, involve, and empower families and communities through the creation of respectful relationships and effective communication;
  10. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills, higher order thinking skills, and flexibility in problem-solving techniques that represent competence and professionalism in the field of early childhood education.

Graduation requirements

Students must complete all of the general Bachelor of Science graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, student 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 Capstone course with a minimum grade of "C".

ECE 251 Student Teaching I and ECE 252 Student Teaching II are transferable into the program only if the student has completed an Associate degree in early childhood education and completed student teaching in order to complete their degree. The ECE 450 and ECE 451 Capstones are not transferable into the program from another institution.

Curriculum

Bachelor in Child Study

General Education Requirements - 43 Credits

General Education Core Requirements - 40 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

ENG 1XX

Writing Competency (WR)

3

ENG 2XX

Advanced Writing Elective (AW)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

 

Science Competency (SCI)

4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

 

Social Science Competency (SS)

3

 

Cultural Competency (CU & E/P)

6

HIS 1XX

US History I or II Global Studies Competency (G/US)

3

 

Global Studies Competency (G/W)

3

Programmatic General Education Requirements - 3 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

 

 

General Education Elective

3

Child Study Major Core Requirements - 60 Credits

Freshman Year

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Early Childhood Programs

3

ECE 110

Creativity in Young Children

3

ECE 120

Math & Science for Young Children

3

Sophomore Year

ECE 231

Early Language and Literacy Development

3

ECE 210

Observation and Assessment in the

 

 

Early Childhood Classroom

3

ECE 201

The Exceptional Child and Learner

3

PSY 115

Child Development

3

ECE 251

Student Teaching I

3

ECE 252

Student Teaching II

3

Junior Year

ECE 220

Multicultural Aspects in Education (MC)

3

ECE 340

Psychology of the Exceptional Child

3

ECE 315

Family-School-Community Partnerships

3

ECE 221

Social and Emotional Development in

 

 

Young Children

3

Senior Year

PSY 365

Advanced Child Development

3

ECE 410

Education Research (RE)

3

ECE 411

Action Research Project

3

ECE 3XX

Elective

3

ECE 450/451

Capstone

6

Electives - 18 Credits

OPEN 3XX

Electives

6

ECE 3XX

Electives

6

OPEN 1XX

Electives

6

Total Credits in the Program

121