Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3836
First Term: 2010 Fall   
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 61-64
CIP Code: 13.121
Occupational Area: Education and Training

Instructional Council: Early Childhood Education (62)
GPA: 2.0
SOC Code: 25-2011, 25-2012


Description: The Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree is designed to prepare students for employment as early childhood teachers in a variety of educational programs. Students learn effective teaching skills as they apply developmentally appropriate early childhood educational theory in the classroom setting. Courses have been selected with a focus on developing an educational career ladder. The AAS program includes additional early childhood electives and general education classes to broaden the student`s base of knowledge.




Required Courses
CFS101AH Art Activities for the Young Child 1
CFS123 Health in Early Childhood Settings 1
CFS125 Safety in Early Childhood Settings 1
CFS176 Child Development (3) OR
ECH176 Child Development (3) OR
CFS235 The Developing Child (3) 3
+ CFS269 Child Care Seminar (1) OR
+ ECH269 Child Care Seminar (1) 1
CFS177 Parent-Child Interaction 3
CFS282 Mainstreaming the Young Child with a Disability 1
+ CFS285AA Family-School Interaction: Preschool 1
EED200 Foundation of Early Childhood Education 3
ECH270 Observing Young Children 1
ECH271 Arranging the Environment 1
ECH272 Science for the Young Child 1
ECH273 Math for the Young Child 1
ECH275 Literacy Development and the Young Child 1
ECH279 Early Childhood Curriculum Development 1
ECH281 Movement/Music for the Young Child 1
ECH282 Discipline/Guidance of Child Groups 1
+ CFS/ECH284AB Early Childhood Teaching Internship 3
ECH287 Professional Development in Early Childhood Education 1
EDU230 Cultural Diversity in Education (3) OR
EED220 Child, Family and Community (3) 3
Credits: 30

Program Competencies
1. Identify and describe the developmental stages of art during the preschool years. (CFS101AH)
2. Describe the indicators of high quality programs. (EED200)
3. Describe basic criteria for exclusion from the early childhood setting based upon symptoms of specific disease. (CFS123)
4. Identify factors which contribute to safe playground activities and equipment selection/maintenance. (CFS125)
5. Explain how music and movement contribute to the social, motor-muscular, cognitive, and emotional development of young children. (ECH281)
6. Using the perspectives of the major theorists, describe the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through adolescence. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
7. Identify and compare current parent/child theories which increase parent effectiveness. (CFS177)
8. Use problem solving techniques to resolve on-the-job conflicts in early childhood settings. (CFS/ECH269)
9. Identify the characteristics of common high-incidence disabilities, determining how to adapt and modify existing curricula and environments to include them. (CFS282)
10. Design and use an instrument to ascertain the makeup, interests, needs, etc. of a preschool parents` group.(CFS285AA)
11. Develop a plan for professional growth and development, to include possible sources of formal and informal continuing education. (ECH287)
12. Identify and explain a variety of strategies used to objectively observe children. (ECH270)
13. Design a safe effective indoor/outdoor environment to meet physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental needs of young children. (ECH271)
14. Identify and describe a variety of areas for curriculum development to encourage scientific thinking in young children. (ECH272)
15. Identify a variety of homemade and commercial manipulatives, describing the mathematical concepts which might be learned by working with them during the preschool years. (ECH273)
16. Identify major approaches used in the field of literacy development and describe the controversies which surround each approach. (ECH275)
17. Compare and contrast current approaches to curriculum design in early childhood settings. (ECH279)
18. Describe guidance techniques which might be used to prevent or resolve behavior problems in ECH group settings, focusing on the needs of the child and the class. (ECH282)
19. Apply early childhood educational theory to practical classroom experience during 240-hour internship. (CFS/ECH284AB)
20. Describe the value of multicultural education regarding equity issues in a variety of school settings. (EDU230 or EED220)
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 22, 2010

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.