Open Menu

Early Childhood Education - Career Track (A55220C)

Please Note:  Program changes effective 2018 Fall. Please see your advisor if working off of an older catalog.

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.

A program that prepares individuals to promote child development and learning, work with diverse families and children, observe, document and assess to support young children and families, use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum, and use developmentally effective approaches in collaboration with other early childhood professionals. Potential course work includes instruction in all areas of child development such as emotional/ social/health/physical/language/communication, approaches to play and learning, working with diverse families, and related observations/student teaching experiences.

Early Childhood Education Semester Schedule

First Year – Fall Semester

ACA 122 College Transfer Success Credits: 1
EDU 119 Intro to Early Childhood Education Credits: 4
EDU 131 Child, Family, & Community Credits: 3
EDU 144 Child Development I Credits: 3
EDU 145 Child Development II Credits: 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Credits: 3
    Credits: 17

First Year – Spring Semester

COM 231 Public Speaking Credits: 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Credits: 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance Credits: 3
EDU 151 Creative Activities Credits: 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety, & Nutrition Credits: 3
  EDU Elective I** Credits: 1-3
    Credits: 13-15

Second Year – Fall Semester

EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities Credits: 3
EDU 280 Language & Literacy Experiences Credits: 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Credits: 3
  EDU Elective II** Credits: 1-3
  EDU Elective III** Credits: 1-3
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective* Credits: 3
    Credits: 14-18

Second Year – Spring Semester

EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos Credits: 3
EDU 284 Early Child Capstone Practicum Credits: 4
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy Credits: 3
  EDU Elective IV** Credits: 1-3
  EDU Elective V** Credits: 1-3
    Credits: 12-16