2018-2019 Catalog

Early Childhood Education A.A.S.

A55220

3/29/18 PLEASE NOTE: The Early Childhood Education program is in the process of being revised. Please check back at a later date for the new program of study.

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Coursework includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs. Students should consult their advisor for information about course scheduling.

This program is nationally-accredited by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN (NAEYC). The competencies that follow align with the NAEYC standards and are compatible with the Strategic Goals of WPCC.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Design meaningful, challenging curriculum for all children
  • Create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging environments for each child
  • Identify developmentally appropriate strategies that create respectful, reciprocal relationships for families and communities
  • Demonstrate responsible use of systematic observations, documentations, and other effective assessment strategies
  • Apply ethical guidelines and professional standards to make sound educational decisions

Program Graduation Policy

Early Childhood Education requires a high level of professionalism, knowledge, and identification with the field when interacting with children, families, co-workers, and the community. As a result, students enrolled in this nationally-accredited Early Childhood program must continuously demonstrate growth in and development of ethical and professional conduct, as well as, application of knowledge and skills through service with and in teaching young children and their families. Therefore, to graduate from the program, students in the Early Childhood Education program are required to attain the following:

  • Complete 20 hours of documented service outside of coursework through direct or indirect service with children, families, or agencies which serve children and families.
  • Earn grades of "C" or higher in core and other required major hour courses. Students earning less than a "C" in any core or other required major hour course must repeat that course to raise the grade to a "C" or higher.
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all coursework at the end of the program of study.

Furthermore, before participating in a practicum experience, students may be required to submit to a criminal records check, a TB test, and/or attest to physical fitness. These requirements are at the discretion of the cooperating placement site.

General Education

Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry

3

FA, SP, SU
ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting

3

FA, SP, SU
PSY 150General Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU

Natural Science/Mathematics

Select 3-4 semester hours credit from the following courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
BIO 140Environmental Biology

3

FA, SP, SU
BIO 140AEnvironmental Biology Lab

1

FA, SP, SU
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy

3

FA, SP, SU

BIO 140/BIO 140A: Math competency must be met by satisfactory completion of DMA 010, DMA 020, and DMA 030 or an NC DAP score of 7 or above for DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030 or a combination of the two.

Humanities/Fine Arts

Select 3 semester hours credit from the following

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ART 111Art Appreciation

3

FA, SP, SU
DRA 111Theatre Appreciation

3

FA, SP, SU
DRA 126Storytelling

3

FA, SP, SU
MUS 110Music Appreciation

3

FA, SP
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics

3

FA, SP, SU
REL 110World Religions

3

FA, SP

Major Courses

Core Required Course

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
EDU 119Introduction to Early Childhood Education

4

FA
EDU 131Child, Family, and Community

3

SP
EDU 144Child Development I

3

FA
EDU 145Child Development II

3

SP
EDU 146Child Guidance

3

FA
EDU 151Creative Activities

3

SP
EDU 153Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

SP
EDU 221Children With Exceptionalities

3

FA
EDU 234Infants, Toddlers, & Twos

3

FA
EDU 280Language/Literacy Experiences

3

FA
EDU 284Early Child Capstone Prac

4

SP

Other Major Required Courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
CIS 110Introduction to Computers

3

FA, SP, SU
EDU 184Early Childhood Introductory Practicum

2

SP
EDU 251Exploration Activities

3

FA
EDU 259Curriculum Planning

3

SP

General Elective

Select 3-4 semester hours credit from the following courses

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ASL 111Elementary ASL I

3

FA, SP
BUS 230Small Business Management

3

SP
EDU 235School-Age Develop & Programs

3

EDU 261Early Childhood Admin I

3

EDU 262Early Childhood Admin II

3

PSY 241Developmental Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU
PSY 281Abnormal Psychology

3

FA, SP, SU
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology

3

FA, SP, SU
SOC 213Sociology of the Family

3

FA
SOC 220Social Problems

3

SP
SPA 111Elementary Spanish I

3

FA, SP, SU
SPA 181Spanish Lab 1

1

FA, SP, SU

SPA 111: Corresponding lab SPA 181 must be taken

Total Credit Hours: 64