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Program Coordinator: Charles Justice, LRC 214, Ext. 2566
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: The program in Early Childhood Development is designed to provide students with practical skills and theoretical knowledge related to the care, development and guidance of young children. The curriculum addresses the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and creative growth of young children.
Day Care Center Worker
Nursery Schools Teacher’s Aide
Family Day Care Specialist
Child Development Specialist
After School Programs
Admission Requirements: A student eligible for admission to the college can normally be considered for admission to the Human Services Specialization in Early Childhood Education Associate Degree curriculum. Proficiency in high school English and mathematics is required. Students who are not proficient in English and mathematics will be required to correct their deficiencies in developmental courses.
Program Requirements: The Human Services Specialization in Early Childhood Education curriculum consists of courses in psychology, sociology, public services, and human services. In addition to these core courses, other courses in general education and related areas are included. Instruction will include both a specialized as well as a general education approach. Upon completion of the four-semester program, the student is awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services - Specialization in Early Childhood Education.
Notes on Transfer: Associate of Applied Science Degree programs are designed primarily to provide occupational competence for employment. Upon the student’s request, courses may be modified to provide possible transfer acceptability by four-year colleges and universities. Transfer options are listed in the footnotes.
Human Services - Specialization in Early Childhood Education
First Semester (Fall)
College Composition I
Introduction to Human Services
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Principles of Psychology
Orientation to College Success
Second Semester (Spring)
College Composition II
2*Introduction to Elem. Statistics
Principles of Sociology
Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children
Third Semester (Fall)
ITE 100 or 115
3*Intro. to Information Systems or
Intro. to Computer Applications & Concepts
Sociology of the Family
Guiding the Behavior of Children
Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education
5*Social Science Sequence Part I
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Principles of Public Speaking
5*Social Science Sequence Part II
Language Arts for Children
Total Minimum Credits for the AAS Degree........................................66
The above semester-by semester sequence of courses may be modified when necessary. Please meet with your faculty advisor for a discussion of factors which affect planning and sequencing in this program of study.
1. Students may substitute any HLT (Health) course that contains a personal wellness component for Physical Education requirement. Transfer students should note that four-year institutions may require a PED activity course in the general education core.
2. Transfer students are advised to substitute MTH 151, 163 or 241 for this course.
3. Keyboarding skills highly recommended.
4. Humanities elective include ART 201, 202; foreign languages; literature, MUS 121, 122; PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152.
5. Select one sequence and complete both courses. PLS 211 and 212 or ECO 201 and 202 or GEO 210 and 220 or HIS 101 and 102 or HIS 121 and 122.
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