Early Childhood Education A55220

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. Course work 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. Employ- ment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs. Upon completion of this degree, a Bachelor’s degree can be earned through partnership agreements with select colleges/universities. See pages 80-81 for more information.

Degree Course and Hour Requirements: 69-70 Semester Hours Credit


I.      General Education Courses (15-16 SHC)

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry30003
Humanities Elective
PSY 150General Psychology30003
Select one of the following:
COM 231Public Speaking30003
ENG 112Writing/Research In the Disciplines30003
ENG 114Professional Research and Reporting30003
Select one of the following:
BIO 110Principles of Biology33004
MAT 110Mathematical Measurement & Literacy22003
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy22003

II.     Major Courses (38 SHC)    
        A.  Core

EDU 119Introduction to Early Childhood Education40004
EDU 131Child, Family, & Community30003
EDU 146Child Guidance30003
EDU 151Creative Activities30003
EDU 153Health, Safety, and Nutrition30003
EDU 221Children with Exceptionalities30003
EDU 271Educational Technology22003
EDU 280Language and Literacy Experience30003
EDU 284Early Child Capstone Practicum19004
EDU 234Infants, Toddlers, & Twos30003

        Required Subject Areas

EDU 144Child Development I30003
EDU 145Child Development II30003

        Other Major Courses (19 SHC):

EDU 214Early Childhood Intermediate Practicum19004
EDU 259Curriculum Planning30003
CIS 110Introduction to Computers22003
Select 6 hours from the following:
EDU 114Introduction to Family Childcare30003
EDU 125Sign Language for Educators30003
EDU 157Active Play22003
EDU 184Early Childhood Introduction Practicum13002
EDU 235School-Age Development and Programming30003
EDU 251Exploration Activities30003
EDU 261Early Childhood Administration I30003
EDU 262Early Childhood Administration II30003
EDU 282Early Childhood Literature30003
EDU 173Becoming a Professional In ECE30003

HUMANITIES ELECTIVE:  ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 122, HUM 130, HUM 160, HUM 220, MUS 110, MUS 112

DEVELOPMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:  DRE 096, DRE 097, DRE 098, DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040 DMA 050 ACA 085