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Curriculum

A.S. in Early Childhood Education Total Credits
60 crs.

General Education Requirements
24 crs.
Common Core
12 crs.
ENG110 College Writing
3 crs.
ENG130 Literature and Composition
3 crs.
COM107 Introduction to Communications
3 crs.
CIS112 Introduction to Computing
3 crs.
Liberal Arts*
6 crs.
Humanities Elective
3 crs.
Social Science Elective
3 crs.
Math
3 crs.
MAT105 Quantitative Methods or higher
3 crs.
Science**
3 crs.
Science Elective
3 crs.

Leadership Course
3 crs.
LCS105 Elements of Organizations
3 crs.

Major, Core and Concentrations
30 crs.
CHS111 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
3 crs.
CHS199 Practicum I***
3 crs.
CHS201 Creative Activities
OR
CHS252 Social Studies in the Early Childhood Education Classrooms
3 crs.
CHS203 Children's Literature and Language Arts
3 crs.
CHS208 Teaching the Exceptional Learners
3 crs.
CHS236 Home, School & Community
3 crs.
CHS250 STEM in the ECE Classroom
3 crs.
CHS254 Health, Safety and Nutrition
3 crs.
CHS298 Practicum II***
3 crs.
PSY201 Child Development
3 crs.

COLLEGE TO CAREER CORE
3 crs.
CTC101 College Success Seminar
3 crs.


*Strongly Recommended- SOC101 Principles of Sociology, PSY101 Fundamentals of Psychology I

**Strongly Recommended - BIO120 Concepts of Biology OR ENV110 Introduction to Environmental Science

***Prerequisite of a minimum 2.50 GPA required.

Please Note: Eighteen (18) credits of the courses in the major in any AS degree must be at the 200 Level or higher and courses above 200 Level can only be electives.

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website. 

For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.


Programs Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of young children’s characteristics and development across all domains both as individuals and as a group.

  • Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of family, culture and community characteristics when building effective relationships with families and children.

  • Students will communicate their essential understanding of the goals, benefits and appropriate uses of assessment.

  • Students will implement developmentally effective approaches to curriculum and instruction that are research-based, culturally sensitive, appropriate for each and every child, and incorporate the children’s family as partners.

  • Students will demonstrate research-based content knowledge in early education.

  • Students will maintain a professional commitment to children, families, colleagues and the early childhood community.

  • Students will communicate effectively and professionally both orally and through writing.

Other Requirements

Professionalism, Prevention of Abuse, and Safety in the Field of Early Childhood Education

Children deserve to be safe and well taken care of. Thus, one critical way to ensure this is to make sure that adults caring for and working with children have undergone a comprehensive background check and fingerprinting.

Background Checks & Fingerprinting Information
As a degree candidate in Early Childhood Education or Child Studies you will be required to complete observations, as well as practicums and capstone field experiences. A criminal background check and/or finger printing may be required for any such observations and/or placements working with children.

Please note: The requirement for criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting is at the sole discretion of your chosen site/s in accordance with local, state, and federal law. Students are responsible for understanding and meetingany such requirements prior to engaging the aforementioned observations or field experiences.