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 with one of the following concentrations: 1) early childhood care and education paraprofessional 2) early childhood program administration 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


COURSE TITLE NUMBER CREDITS

Essential General Education Core Courses

 

18

Area I – Language Arts/Communication
(Successful completion of ENGL 1101 and one other course from Area I is required)

Composition and Rhetoric

ENGL 1101

3

Literature and Composition

ENGL 1102

3

Public Speaking

SPCH 1101

3

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (Successful completion of PSYC 1101 is required)

Principles of Economics

ECON 1101

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2105

3

Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 2106

3

Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1101

3

World History I

HIST 1111

3

World History II

HIST 1112

3

U. S. History I

HIST 2111

3

U. S. History II

HIST 2112

3

American Government

POLS 1101

3

Introductory Psychology

PSYC 1101

3

Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
(Successful completion of MATH 1111 or MATH 1100 or MATH 1101 is required)

College Algebra

MATH 1111

3

Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

MATH 1100

3

Math Modeling

MATH 1101

3

Physical Science I

PHSC 1111

3

Conceptual Physics & Lab

PHYS 1110/L

3/1

Introductory Physics I & Lab

PHYS 1111/L

3/1

Biology I & Lab

BIOL 1111/L

3/1

Chemistry I & Lab

CHEM 1211/L

3/1

Chemistry II & Lab

CHEM 1212/L

3/1

College Trigonometry

MATH 1112

3

Pre-calculus

MATH 1113

3

Introduction to Statistics

MATH 1127

3

Calculus I

MATH 1131

3

Calculus II

MATH 1132

3

Area IV – Humanities/Fine Arts (Choose ONE of the following)

   

Art Appreciation

ARTS 1101

3

American Literature

ENGL 2130

3

Introduction to Humanities

HUMN1101

3

Music Appreciation

MUSC 1101

3

General Education Elective: To meet the minimum required 18 semester credit hours in general education courses, an additional 6 semester credit hours must be taken from Area I, Area II, Area III, or Area IV. Students can view the complete list of classes on pages 90-91.

Essential Technical Courses

 

47

First Year Experience

FYES 1000

2

Intro to Early Childhood Care & Education

ECCE 1101

3

Child Growth and Development

ECCE 1103

3

Health, Safety, and Nutrition

ECCE 1105

3

Curriculum and Assessment

ECCE 1112

3

Creative Activities for Children

ECCE 1113

3

Early Childhood Care & Ed. Practicum

ECCE 1121

3

Language and Literacy

ECCE 2115

3

Math and Science

ECCE 2116

3

Exceptionalities

ECCE 2201

3

Social Issues & Family Involvement

ECCE 2202

3

Guidance and Classroom Management

ECCE 2203

3

*Early Childhood Care & Ed. Internship

ECCE 2240

12

*(Must be within 18 hours or less of completing program)
(Completion of ONE of the following concentrations is required for graduation.)

Paraprofessional Concentration

8PS3

6

Paraprofessional Methods and Materials

ECCE 2310

3

Paraprofessional Roles and Practices

ECCE 2312

3

Program Administration Concentration

8P13

6

Program Administration and Facility Management

ECCE 2320

3

Personnel Management

ECCE 2322

3

Exceptionalities Concentration

8EX3

6

*Classroom Strategies for Exceptional Children

ECCE 2360

3

*Exploring Your Role in the Exceptional Environment

ECCE 2362

3

  Total Hours

71

*ECCE 2360 and ECCE 2362 must be taken concurrently and are only offered fall semester.

**Suggested First Semester classes: FYES 1000, ECCE 1101, ECCE 1103, and ECCE 1105