The Early Childhood Education degree program prepares persons to serve young children and their families in various settings. Graduates can work as nurturing childcare providers, early childhood educators, and administrators of early childhood programs. The program focuses on the development of children ages birth through eight years. Since knowledge, theory, and practice are important, students are required to observe and participate in the field in almost every class. The Ohio Early Learning Content Standards are embedded across the curriculum. Many Ohio colleges and universities accept this major; however, students interested in transferring should see their advisor for information on transfer options. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for Pre-kindergarten Associate Teacher Certification from the Ohio Department of Education.
Students must annually sign a statement of non-conviction each year they participate in the program. Students must have a clear criminal background check to participate in courses. In addition, a current physical, and current certificates in approved ODJFS coursework in child abuse recognition and prevention, first aid, and communicable disease and CPR are required for practicum participation (ECE 220R and ECE 220L ).
Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all academic coursework, and pass all ECE and EDU courses with at least a grade of "C" to graduate from the Early Childhood Education, A.A.S. Degree Program.
The student will:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of children's characteristics and needs.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the multiple influences on development and learning
- Demonstrate use of knowledge of development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
- Demonstrate knowledge about and understanding of family and community characteristics.
- Demonstrate ability to support and empower families and communities through the development of respectful, reciprocal relationships.
- Demonstrate ability to involve families and communities in their children's development and learning.
- Demonstrate understanding of the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
- Demonstrate knowledge about and use of observation, documentation, and other assessment tools.
- Demonstrate understanding and practicing of responsible assessment.
- Demonstrate knowledge about assessment partnerships with families and other professionals.
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of positive relationships and supportive interactions.
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and use of effective approaches, strategies, and tools for early education.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance, central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
- Demonstrate using own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum to promote positive outcomes.
- Identify and involve oneself with the early childhood field.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to uphold ethical standards and other professional guidelines.
- Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
- Integrate knowledgeable, critical, and reflective perspectives on early education.
- Engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession.
- Demonstrate self-assessment and self-advocacy.
- Demonstrate mastering and applying foundational concepts from general education.
- Demonstrate adequate written and verbal skills.
- Make connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning.
- Identify and use professional resources.