Early Childhood Education
Associate in Applied Science
PurposeThe Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science degree program provides students with the critical Early Childhood and Child Development content necessary to compete for employment in early childhood education or in a school system as a teacher's aide.
Students may enter any quarter and participate on a part-time schedule. Students may complete the certificate program, a degree program, or take a single course of special interest. Day and evening classes are available.
Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:
- Identify and explain the major historic events and theoretical perspectives of Early Childhood Education.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the early childhood profession and a commitment to professionalism.
- Demonstrate competence meeting the health and safety needs of children.
- Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with children, families and staff.
- Support an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment where all children and families can take pride in their cultural identities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Model global awareness and respect for the cultural diversity of children.
- Examine, discuss, evaluate and critique various issues and trends in 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|
|Health & Fitness Distribution||3|
Winter Quarter, First Year
|ENGL& 101||English Composition||5|
|COMM 101||Written Communication||3|
|ECED& 170||Environments-Young Child||3|
|EDUC& 115||Child Development||5|
Spring Quarter, First Year
|ECED& 160||Curriculum Development||5|
|ECED 181||Language and Literacy||5|
|MATH 101||Foundational Math Concepts||5|
|BTEC 120||Applied Business Math||3|
Fall Quarter, Second Year
|PSYC& 100||Intro to Psychology||5|
Winter Quarter, Second Year
|ECED& 139||Admin Early Lrng Prog||3|
|EDUC& 136||School Age Care||3|
|HR 110||Human Relations-Workplace||5|
|SOC& 101||Intro to Sociology||5|
Spring Quarter, Second Year
|ECED& 132||Infants/Toddlers Care||3|
|ECED 233||ECE Practicum II||5|
|EDUC& 134||Family Child Care||3|