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    Jul 24, 2024  
2020-2021 | Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 | Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education | A.A.S.

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Career Outlook  

Transfer Agreements 

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to serve young children and their families in various settings. This program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and utilizes standards put forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for early childhood professional preparation and provides a common core of professional knowledge and abilities needed by all early childhood educators. The program focuses on the physical, social, emotional intellectual and creative development of young children, prenatal to age twelve, and the planning of activities and programs that are developmentally appropriate. Knowledge, theory and practice are important, therefore, students are required to observe and participate in the field in almost every class. The Ohio Early Learning Content and Development 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. NOTE In an effort to meet the needs of part-time students, our classes are offered both day and evening in alternating semesters, so that our entire curriculum can be taken both day or evening, as needed. It is strongly recommended that students meet with an Early Childhood Education advisor in order to carefully plan your program in this manner.

Accreditation ►
The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education to prepare individuals for the Ohio Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teacher License.

Requirements ►
Students must sign a non-convictions statement each year that they participate in the program, as well as a clear criminal background check. Students are require to have a current physical and hold current certifications in ODJFS approved course work in child abuse recognition and prevention, first aid, CPR and communicable disease prior to practicum participation. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all academic coursework and a minimum grade of “C” in courses indicated in the tables below.

Some possible careers include ►
preschool educator, childcare provider, director/owner of a childcare center, home-based provider, kindergarten or primary classroom assistant and nanny

Click here for the Early Childhood Education Student Handbook 

Program Outcomes
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; and
identify and use professional resources.

Semester 1

  ECE 115S Early Childhood Development      3 C   ►Meet with advisor to establish student education plan, two-way communication and academic partnership.
►Advisor and student agree on schedule for Semester 2.
►Take developmental math this semester, if applicable.
  ECE 128S Children’s Literature      2 C  
  EDU 111S Introduction to Education     3 C  
  EDU 126S Educational Technology    3 C  
  ENG 121S Composition I   3    
  PSY 121S Introduction to Psychology   3    
  Credit Hours 17    

Semester 2

  COM 121S Fundamentals of Communication   3     ►Meet with transfer institution advisor, if applicable.
  ECE 124S Curriculum Early Childhood Program    3 C  
  ECE 125S Observation, Guidance & Group Management   3 C  
  ECE 127S Creative Activities    4 C  
  ECE 210S Early Language and Literacy      4 C  
  Credit Hours 17      

Semester 3

  ECE 130S Nutrition in Early Childhood     1 C   ►Meet with Career Services.
►Apply for practicum.
  ECE 212S Cognitive Development    4 C  
  ECE 216S Infant and Toddler Caregiving & Supervision      3 C  
  EDU 213S Individuals With Exceptionalities     3 C  
  Humanities Elective 1 3    
  Math Elective 1 3    
  Credit Hours 17    
  1Refer to AAS general education requirements.

Semester 4

  ECE 220L Practicum Experience     3 C   ►Submit graduation application.
►Advisor reviews student education plan to ensure graduation readiness.
►Advisor approves graduation application and encourages student to participate in  commencement ceremony.
  ECE 220R Practicum Seminar   1 C  
  ECE 221S Family and Community Relations       3 C  
  Science Elective 1      3-4    
  Technical Elective 2-3    
  Credit Hours 12-14    
  1Refer to AAS general education requirements.
2To be chosen from ART 165S, ASL 121S, ASL 122S, ECE 215S, ECE 230S, ECE 260S, ECE 299S or EDU 226S.

Total Credit Hours | 63-65

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