Early Childhood Care and Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree
EC13

Program Description
The early childhood care and education degree is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in early childhood care and education and related fields. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an early childhood care and education associate of applied science degree and have the concentration of early childhood care and education paraprofessional or early childhood program management director or exceptionalities. (Program Length: 5 Semesters Minimum)

Employment Opportunities
Early childhood care and education paraprofessional in an elementary school, early childhood program management director, lead teacher in an early childhood program

CURRICULUM

SAMPLE STUDENT SCHEDULE
(72 CREDIT HOURS)

1st SEMESTER
12 Hours

ECCE 1101 Introduction to ECCE

ECCE 1103 Child Growth and Development

ECCE 1105 Health, Safety and Nutrition

ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric

2nd SEMESTER
12 Hours

ECCE 1112 Curriculum and Assessment

ECCE 1121 Early Childhood Care & Ed Practicum

ECCE 2202 Social Issues & Family Involvement

General Ed Area III - MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling or MATH 1111 or MATH 1100


3rd SEMESTER
12 Hours

ECCE 2201 Exceptionalities

General Education Elective (any area) *

COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers

PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology

4th SEMESTER
12 Hours

ECCE 1113 Creative Activities for Children

ECCE 2115 Language and Literacy

ECCE 2116 Math and Science

ECCE 2203 Guidance and Classroom Mgmnt


5th SEMESTER
12 Hours

ECCE Concentration Course

ECCE Concentration Course

General Education Area I – ENGL 1101 and one other class from Area I is required

General Education Area IV *

6th SEMESTER
12 Hours

ECCE 2240 ECCE Internship



PARAPROFESSIONAL CONCENTRATION
8PS3

1st SEMESTER
3 Hours

ECCE 2310 Methods and Materials

2nd SEMESTER
3 Hours

ECCE 2312 Professional Practices




PROGRAM MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION
8P13

1st SEMESTER
3 Hours

ECCE 2320 Prog Admin & Facility Mgt

2nd SEMESTER
3 Hours

ECCE 2322 Personnel Management




EXCEPTIONALITIES CONCENTRATION
8EX3

1st SEMESTER
3 Hours

ECCE 2360 Classrm Strat for Excptn Chldrn

2nd SEMESTER
3 Hours

ECCE 2362 Expl Role in Excptn Envrnmt




72 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

** ECCE Degrees include a 2-course Concentration. Concentration classes are only offered on certain semesters. Check with an ECCE advisor to be sure that your program of study is altered so that you can take the Concentration classes desired.

For the general educational courses noted with an (*), students can select from classes listed on page 89. All associate's degree students are required to take a minimum of 15 general educational course credits. A minimum of one course must be selected from course Area I, Area II, Area III and Area IV.