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Early Childhood Education for Teacher Certification
Associate in Arts/Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree


The AA/AAST Early Childhood Education degree was specifically created to transfer to St. Martin's University's Elementary Education Program. This degree articulates to any four-year college or university for students planning to teach children age's birth through third grade. It contains critical content in early childhood education and meets general distribution requirements for four-year schools. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation Standards recommend that students desiring to work with children ages birth through eight receive an AA in Early Childhood Education as part of the ECE career and wage ladder. This degree supplies the critical content necessary for an AA requirement at the national level.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how children differ in their development and approaches to learning and to use this knowledge to provide opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of all young children from birth through age eight.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use theory, research and foundations of education when planning and implementing Early Child Education programs.
  3. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices based on knowledge of individual children, the community and the curriculum goals and content.
  4. Use individual and group guidance and problem-solving techniques to develop positive and supportive relationships with children and develop personal self -control, self-motivation and positive self-esteem.
  5. Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families.
  6. Articulate a philosophy and rationale for decisions while continually assessing and evaluating the effects of their choices and actions on others.
  7. Serve as an advocate on behalf of young children and their families, programs for young children and the working environment for early childhood educators.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the early childhood profession and a commitment to professionalism.
  9. Demonstrate competence in managing human, fiscal, and spatial resources while meeting the health and safety needs of children and adults.
  10. Model global awareness and respect for the cultural diversity of children.
  11. Examine, discuss, evaluate and critique various issues and trends in Early Childhood Education.
  12. Identify and explain the major historic events and theoretical perspectives of Early Childhood Education.

Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter, First Year

ECED& 105 Intro Early Child Ed 5
ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Rel 2
EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior 3
ENGL& 101 English Composition I (C) 5
SPEE 250 Intercultural Communications (H) (D) OR 5
SOC 225 Cultural & Ethnic Pluralism in Contem (SS)(D) OR
ANTH 225 Cultural & Ethnic Pluralism in Contem (SS)(D) OR
HUM 110 Ethics and Cultural Values (H) (D)  
  Total Credits 20

Winter Quarter, First Year

EDUC& 115 Child Development 5
EDUC& 201 Intro to Education 3
ENGL& 102 English Composition II (C) 5
Science Distribution 5
  Total Credits 18

Spring Quarter, First Year

ECED 181 Language and Literacy 5
HR 110 Human Relations-Workplace 5
SPEE 110 Principles of Speech Comm. (H) 5
SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology (SS) 5
  Total Credits 20

Fall Quarter, Second Year

EDUC& 202 Classroom Observation 2
MATH& 107 Math in Society (M) OR
MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats (M) 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology (SS) 5
Science Distribution (S) 5
  Total Credits 17

Winter Quarter, Second Year

ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child 3
ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment 3
Health & Fitness Distribution (HF) 3
HIST 116, 117, or 118 Western Civilization I, II, or III (SS) 5
PHIL& 101 Intro to Philosophy (H) OR
PHIL 103 Intro to Ethics (H) 5
  Total Credits 19

Spring Quarter, Second Year

ECED& 160 Curriculum Development 5
HIST& 146, 147, or 148 US History I, II, or III 5
Science Distribution (S) 5
  Total Credits 15

Associate in Arts students are required to complete 3-5 credits in a Diversity (D) course. A list of courses that satisfy the Diversity Requirement can be found in the college catalog.

This Educational Plan is intended as a guide for students who wish to emphasize a specific area of study for the Associate in Arts degree. It is not a guarantee that the courses listed in the plan will be available in the sequence suggested. In some instances, due to low enrollment, some courses may not be offered at all.
Updated 2014