Early Childhood Education for Teacher Certification
Associate in Arts/Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree
PurposeThe 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.
Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:
- 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.
- Demonstrate the ability to use theory, research and foundations of education when planning and implementing Early Child Education programs.
- Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices based on knowledge of individual children, the community and the curriculum goals and content.
- 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.
- Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families.
- Articulate a philosophy and rationale for decisions while continually assessing and evaluating the effects of their choices and actions on others.
- Serve as an advocate on behalf of young children and their families, programs for young children and the working environment for early childhood educators.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the early childhood profession and a commitment to professionalism.
- Demonstrate competence in managing human, fiscal, and spatial resources while meeting the health and safety needs of children and adults.
- Model global awareness and respect for the cultural diversity of children.
- Examine, discuss, evaluate and critique various issues and trends in Early Childhood Education.
- 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)||5|
Winter Quarter, First Year
|EDUC& 115||Child Development||5|
|EDUC& 201||Intro to Education||3|
|ENGL& 102||English Composition II (C)||5|
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|
Fall Quarter, Second Year
|EDUC 202||Classroom Observation||2|
|MATH& 107||Math in Society (M)||OR|
|MATH& 146||Introduction to Stats (M)||5|
|PSYC& 101||General Psychology (SS)||5|
|Science Distribution (S)||5|
Winter Quarter, Second Year
|ECED& 170||Environments-Young Child||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|
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|
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.