Early Childhood Care and Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree
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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 with one of the following concentrations: 1) early childhood care and education paraprofessional 2) early childhood program management 3) exceptionalities. (Program Length: 6 Semesters Minimum)

Employment Opportunities
Early childhood care and education paraprofessional in an elementary school or special education classroom, early childhood program management director or assistant director, lead teacher in an early childhood program.

1st SEMESTER
12 Hours

ECCE 1101 Introduction to ECCE

ECCE 1103 Child Growth and Development

ECCE 1105 Health, Safety and Nutrition

FYES 1000 First Year Experience

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 Class (Any Gen Ed Area) *

ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric

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 Specialization Course

ECCE Specialization 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 Program Admin & Facility Mgt

2nd SEMESTER
3 Hours

ECCE 2322 Personnel Management




EXCEPTIONALITIES CONCENTRATION
8EX3

3rd SEMESTER
6 Hours

ECCE 2360 Classrm Strat for Excptn Children

ECCE 2362 Expl Role in Excptn Evnrnmt



72 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

**ECCE Degrees include a 2-course concentration. Concentration courses are only offered on certain semesters. Check with an ECCE advisor before the deadline to change your major has expired to be sure that your student record currently has the program of study and concentration desired.

For the general educational courses noted with an (*), students can select from classes listed on page 89-90. 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.