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Early Childhood Education AAS Degree
Semester Hours:  60
Effective Term: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Program Description: The Early Childhood Education AAS Degree prepares competent early childhood professionals for working with young children and families. Students are provided opportunities to gain specialized knowledge and implement best practices in early childhood settings. This degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Early Childhood Education AAS
Total Credits: 60

General Education Requirements (19-20)

Written Communications (3)
Select one:
ENG 101 English Composition III (3)
ENG 121 Applied Technical Writing (3)

Oral Communications (3)
COM100 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3) or higher

Art and Humanities (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following ART, HMC, LIT, MHL, PHI, and THE. Students may also choose any course from the Art or Humanities AGEC lists. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Art and Humanities category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Art and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
ECE 276 Child Development (3)
Also fulfills Core Requirement

Physical and Biological Sciences (4)
Select a 4-credit course with lab numbered 100 or above from the Biological and Physical Science Lab list. Student may also choose a course from the Biological and Physical Lab Science AGEC list.

Mathematics (3-4)
Select one:
BUS 101 Business Mathematics (3)
MAT 118 Essential Mathematics (4) or higher

Core and Elective Requirements (38)
ECE 105 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
ECE 110 Health, Safety, and Nutrition (3)
ECE 116 Effective Interactions and Guidance (3)
ECE 229 Early Childhood Practicum (4)
ECE 276 Child Development (0)
Fulfills Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement
ECE 283 Valuing Families and Diversity (3)
ECE 124 Active Learning in Math and Science (3)
ECE 216 Early Childhood Observation and Assessment (3)
ECE 254 Emergent Language and Literacy (3)
ECE 271 Creating Early Childhood Environments (3)
ECE 278 Effective Curriculum Design for Teachers of Young Children (3)
ECE 280 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs (3)

Select (4) credits of Electives to complete the total number of credits required for this AAS degree.

Other Requirements (3)
Reading Competency:
RDG100 College Reading
Equivalent reading assessment test score

Computer Competency (3)
Select one:
AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture (3)
CIS 110 Fundamentals of Computer Literacy (3) or higher
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) or higher
EGR102 Introduction to Engineering (3)
EIT151 Digital Audio Workstation (3)
MSC122 Introduction to Web Design (3)

Students must earn:
-A grade of C or better in all Core and Elective Requirements.
-A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
-A minimum of 20 total credits from CAC.
-A minimum of 60 credits for this AAS degree.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
* In addition to the outcomes and standards of the required early childhood education courses, the degree has general education outcomes and standards (e.g. math and English) and elective outcomes and standards.

1. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the multiple historical, philosophical, and social foundations of the early childhood profession and how these influence current research, thought, and practice. (CSLO 1 & 2)

2. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the special conditions that may affect the development of young children, birth through age eight. (CSLO 2 & 4)

3. (Synthesis Level) Plan a learning environment for young children that is responsive to each child's physical health, intellectual and emotional well-being, and nutritional and safety needs. (CSLO 3 & 4)

4. (Evaluation Level) Justify and explain the importance of establishing and maintaining positive, productive, reciprocal relationships with families. (CSLO 1 & 2)

5. (Synthesis Level) Design strategies that promote developmentally and culturally appropriate practices and are inclusive of young children with diverse abilities.

6. (Evaluation Level) Describe and defend the principles and theories of child development. (CSLO 2 & 4)

7. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate the ability to make and defend professional decisions based on the knowledge of early childhood theories and practices and the principles of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. (CSLO 2, 3 & 4)

8. (Evaluation Level) Interpret, critique, and apply ECE knowledge and skills to a variety of areas for curriculum development that encourage young children's growth and development. (CSLO 2 & 4)

9. (Evaluation Level) Interpret, critique and apply assessment methods that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and contain documentation from multiple sources, including families and other professionals, to make informed decisions about children and programs.

Standards for Program
NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation
Standard One: Promoting Child Development and Learning
Standard Two: Building Family and Community Relationships
Standard Three: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
Standard Four: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
Standard Five: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
Standard Six: Becoming a Professional