Early Care and Education (ECED)

(CIP Code 190708)

63 Semester Hours

The Early Care and Education Associate Degree in Applied Science program is designed to prepare individuals for employment in a variety of educational and child care programs for children from birth through school age. Recent research and interest in the importance of education of children during the first three years of life has provided for a growing number of new opportunities in the field. Graduates are prepared to assume positions in programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, public schools, childcare, after-school care, public or private preschools or kindergartens, or working with children with special needs.

Courses in the program are available during the day and evening.

Students entering this program of study must furnish a copy of High School Diploma or GED Certificate.

The Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Early Care and Education does not lead to teacher licensure, but opportunities for transfer to senior colleges and universities are available.

The Associate Degree in Applied Science with a Major in Early Care and Education is accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children.

General Education Core Courses - 21 Credit Hours

COL 105 Freshman Seminar

ENG 101 English Composition I

ENG 102 English Composition II

SPC 205 Public Speaking

PSY 201 General Psychology

MAT 101 Beginning Algebra

  OR

MAT 110 College Algebra

MUS 105 Music Appreciation

  OR

ART 101 Art History and Appreciation

Other Core Courses – 3 Credit Hours

CPT 101 Introduction to Computers

Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the College. The developmental courses are MAT 031, MAT 032, RDG 032, and ENG 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:

FALL SEMESTER - FIRST YEARCreditLabClass

COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 303

ECD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 303

ECD 102 Growth and Development I 332

ENG 101 English Composition I 303

15314Total

SPRING SEMESTER - FIRST YEARCreditLabClass

ECD 131 Language Arts 303

ECD 203 Growth and Development II 332

ENG 102 English Composition II 303

MAT 101 Beginning Algebra 303

  OR

MAT 110 College Algebra

12311Total

SUMMER SEMESTER - FIRST YEARCreditLabClass

ECD 105 Guidance-Classroom Management 303

ECD 135 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 303

PSY 201 General Psychology 303

MUS 105 Music Appreciation 303

  OR

ART 101 Art History and Appreciation

12012Total

FALL SEMESTER - SECOND YEARCreditLabClass

ECD 107 Exceptional Children 332

  OR

ECD 207 Inclusive Care for Infants and Toddlers

ECD 108 Family and Community Relations 303

ECD 133 Science and Math Concepts 303

------ Departmental Approved Elective303

12311Total

SPRING SEMESTER - SECOND YEARCreditLabClass

ECD 237 Methods and Materials 332

ECD 243 Supervised Field Experience I 361

  OR

ECD 251 Supervised Field Experiences in Infant/Toddler Environment

SPC 205 Public Speaking 303

------ Departmental Approved Elective303

1299Total

 

631857Program Total

 

This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Education & Training

Departmental Electives - Choose 6 Credit Hours from the following:

BIO 101 Biological Science I

ECD 109 Administration and Supervision

ECD 132 Creative Experiences

ECD 200 Curriculum Issues in Infant and Toddler Development

ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership

ECD 205 Socialization and Group Care of Infants and Toddlers

ECD 207 Inclusive Care for Infants and Toddlers

HIS 101 Western Civilization to 1689

HIS 102 Western Civilization Post 1689

HIS 201 American History: Discovery to 1877

HIS 202 American History: 1877 to Present

REL 101 Introduction to Religion

SAC 101 Best Practices in School-Age Care

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I

SPC 210 Oral Interpretation of Literature

ECD Certificate Electives

ECD 132 Creative Experiences

------ Departmental Approved Elective

Infant-Toddler Certificate Electives

ECD 200 Curriculum Issues in Infant and Toddler Development

ECD 205 Socialization and Group Care of Infants and Toddlers

Management Electives

ECD 109 Administration and Supervision

ECD 201 Principles of Ethics and Leadership

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship

If you are currently working in child care you may qualify for a scholarship to help with the cost of tuition and textbooks.  Please click here to find out more information about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship.

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Program Contact

Williams, Leslie D. Department Chair, Early Care and Education