Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education - AAS

Early Childhood Education
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2010 Fall
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The Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree is designed to prepare students for employment as early childhood teachers in a variety of educational programs. Students learn effective teaching skills as they apply developmentally appropriate early childhood educational theory in the classroom setting. Courses have been selected with a focus on developing an educational career ladder. The AAS program includes additional early childhood electives and general education classes to broaden the student's base of knowledge.

Program notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

++ indicates any suffixed courses.

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CFS101AHArt Activities for the Young Child 1
CFS123Health in Early Childhood Settings 1
CFS125Safety in Early Childhood Settings 1
CFS176Child Development (3) OR
ECH176Child Development (3) OR
CFS235The Developing Child (3) 3
CFS269Child Care Seminar (1) OR
ECH269Child Care Seminar (1) 1
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction 3
CFS282Mainstreaming the Young Child with a Disability 1
CFS285AAFamily-School Interaction: Preschool 1
EED200Foundation of Early Childhood Education 3
ECH270Observing Young Children 1
ECH271Arranging the Environment 1
ECH272Science for the Young Child 1
ECH273Math for the Young Child 1
ECH275Literacy Development and the Young Child 1
ECH279Early Childhood Curriculum Development 1
ECH281Movement/Music for the Young Child 1
ECH282Discipline/Guidance of Child Groups 1
CFS/ECH284ABEarly Childhood Teaching Internship 3
ECH287Professional Development in Early Childhood Education 1
EDU230Cultural Diversity in Education (3) OR
EED220Child, Family and Community (3) 3
Restricted Electives
CFS+++++ Any Child/Family Studies course
ECH+++++ Any Early Childhood Education course
EED+++++ Any Early Education course
EDU+++++ Any Education course
ITD+++++ Any Infant/Toddler Development course
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-25
General Education CoreCredits 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 6
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area 3
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
EDU/ENH291Children's Literature (3) OR
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area 3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
CFS157Marriage and Family Life (3) OR
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area
Natural SciencesCredits 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area 4
  1. Identify and describe the developmental stages of art during the preschool years. (CFS101AH)
  2. Describe the indicators of high quality programs. (EED200)
  3. Describe basic criteria for exclusion from the early childhood setting based upon symptoms of specific disease. (CFS123)
  4. Identify factors which contribute to safe playground activities and equipment selection/maintenance. (CFS125)
  5. Explain how music and movement contribute to the social, motor-muscular, cognitive, and emotional development of young children. (ECH281)
  6. Using the perspectives of the major theorists, describe the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through adolescence. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
  7. Identify and compare current parent/child theories which increase parent effectiveness. (CFS177)
  8. Use problem solving techniques to resolve on-the-job conflicts in early childhood settings. (CFS/ECH269)
  9. Identify the characteristics of common high-incidence disabilities, determining how to adapt and modify existing curricula and environments to include them. (CFS282)
  10. Design and use an instrument to ascertain the makeup, interests, needs, etc. of a preschool parents' group.(CFS285AA)
  11. Develop a plan for professional growth and development, to include possible sources of formal and informal continuing education. (ECH287)
  12. Identify and explain a variety of strategies used to objectively observe children. (ECH270)
  13. Design a safe effective indoor/outdoor environment to meet physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental needs of young children. (ECH271)
  14. Identify and describe a variety of areas for curriculum development to encourage scientific thinking in young children. (ECH272)
  15. Identify a variety of homemade and commercial manipulatives, describing the mathematical concepts which might be learned by working with them during the preschool years. (ECH273)
  16. Identify major approaches used in the field of literacy development and describe the controversies which surround each approach. (ECH275)
  17. Compare and contrast current approaches to curriculum design in early childhood settings. (ECH279)
  18. Describe guidance techniques which might be used to prevent or resolve behavior problems in ECH group settings, focusing on the needs of the child and the class. (ECH282)
  19. Apply early childhood educational theory to practical classroom experience during 240-hour internship. (CFS/ECH284AB)
  20. Describe the value of multicultural education regarding equity issues in a variety of school settings. (EDU230 or EED220)
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