Students in the Early Childhood Education program learn to provide developmentally appropriate experiences and environments for children, build partnerships with families and communities and maintain a commitment to professionalism.
Course work includes the study of child development and guidance, appropriate teaching methods, safety, health and nutrition, early language and literacy, child care administration and creative activities for children.
Students develop and refine their teaching skills and techniques through practicum experiences, working under the supervision of a teacher in a child care facility or early childhood program. Students are involved in observing, planning and implementing activities.
Student Learning Outcomes
Early Childhood Education graduates are prepared to:
- Promote child development and learning
- Build family and community relationships
- Observe, document, and assess to support young children and families
- Use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
- Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
- Become a professional
Early childhood education employment opportunities may include child care centers, home child care, private preschools, paras at elementary schools and some positions in Head Start. In order to teach preschool in the public school system a four year teaching degree and appropriate certification are required.
Typical Program of Study
To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goal, the proposed program of study is provided. A student's final program of study will be influenced by factors such as placement test scores, prior college experiences, course availability, transfer requirements, program admission requirements, and special areas of interest. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her advisor prior to any academic planning and registering.
Associate of Applied Science