Early Childhood Education (ECED)
Make a difference in your community and have a profound effect on future generations. Students with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education become preschool teachers, assistant teachers, and/or go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Those already working in preschools and infant/toddler centers can take courses that may make them eligible for pay raises.
DEGREES THAT CAN BE EARNED
Certificate of Completion (CC)
Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Associate in Science (AS)
*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.
Contact the program coordinator, Elaine Yamashita, at 984-3208 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a careful selection of courses.
Upon successful completion of the ECED Program, the student should be able to:
- Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum and learning environments to ensure that they promote health, safety, positive development and learning for all children.
- Use formal and informal observation and assessment tools and methods to appropriately plan for individual children and groups of children, assess their progress, positively influence their development and learning, and communicate effectively with families and with other professionals.
- Communicate appropriately with children and adults from all backgrounds to build respectful, reciprocal relationships; use appropriate guidance practices with children.
- Participate in management of fiscal, educational, physical and human resources in classrooms and programs for young children and their families.
- Advocate for children and their families in the classroom and the program; base decisions and actions on ethical and other professional standards; apply knowledge of development and its multiple influences; participate in ongoing, collaborative learning; demonstrate collaboration, critical thinking and reflection.
Education 105(3), 110(3), 131(3) - 2.0 GPA required in courses taken for CO.
Education 105(3), 110(3), 131(3), 190 or 191v(4)b, 291v(3)b
Education/Family Resources 140(3) - Crosslisted courses
Education 245/Family Resources 235(3) - Crosslisted courses
3.2 GPA required in CC courses & grade C or better in each.
Early Childhood Option: 12 credits from this list
(For those with bachelor degrees in any field other than ECE or ElemEd)
Education 105(3), 110(3), 115(3), 131(3), 140/FAMR 140(3), 245/FAMR 235(3), 190(4), 191v(1-4), 291v(1-4), 263(3), 264(3), or 275(3) 2.0 GPA required in CC courses & grade C or better in each.
Humanities or Natural Science elective(3-4)
Education or Family Resources courses(6)c
Philosophy 110d or Mathematics 103, 111, or 115(3)
(MATH 103 strongly recommended)
Human Services 110(3)
Psychology 100, or Sociology 100, or Anthropology 200(3)
Education 110(3), 115(3), 263(3), 264(3), 275(3),
ED/FAMR 140(3), ED 245/FAMR 235(3) (if not taken for CA)
Communication 145 or Speech 151(3)
Natural Science elective(3-4) (if not taken for CA)
Full-time Early Childhood Education Specialization students would take courses in this sequence:
Students are strongly recommended to meet with program coordinator to plan course sequence.
*ED 105 Introduction to Early Childhood
*ED 131 Early Childhood Development
ED 245/FAMR 235 Child, Family, Community
*PSY 100 Survey of Psychology, or SOC 100 Survey of
Sociology, or ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
*ENG 100 Composition
ED 110 Developmentally Appropriate Practices
*ED 190/191v Early Childhood Field
Experience IA or IBb
*HSER 110 Introduction to Human Services
MATH 103 College Algebra
*Humanities or Natural Science elective
ED 115 Health, Safety, Nutrition
ED/FAMR 140 Guidance of Children in Groups
ED 263 Language & Creative Expression Curriculum
COM 145 Interpersonal Communication, or
SP 151 Personal and Public Speech
Natural Science elective - if not taken for CA
ED 264 Inquiry & Physical Curriculum
ED 275 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
ED 291v Early Childhood Field Experience IIb
ART 101 Introduction to Visual Arts
ENG 210 Research Writing
* Note: Courses required for the Certificate of Achievement.
bNote: Students may be required to obtain a physical or doctor’s note, and to be fingerprinted, all at students’ expense.
cNote: Electives related to students’ specialization or occupational interest as determined with program advisor.
d Note: Students using PHIL 110 to meet this requirement must place at the MATH 100 level in order to graduate.