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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 Competence (CO)
Certificate of Completion (CC)
Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Associate in Science (AS)

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students to work with young children from birth to 5 and their families. The curriculum is organized around a core of courses that provide skills and knowledge needed by early childhood educators. This Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education articulates into the UH West Oahu Bachelor in Social Science, Early Childhood Education concentration.

Contact the program coordinator, Elaine Yamashita, at 984-3208 or by email at yamash@hawaii.edu for a careful selection of courses.

Upon successful completion of the ECED Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Plan, implement and evaluate curriculum and learning environments to ensure that they promote health, safety, positive development and learning for all children.
    2. 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.
    3. Communicate appropriately with children and adults from all backgrounds to build respectful, reciprocal relationships; use appropriate guidance practices with children.
    4. Participate in management of fiscal, educational, physical and human resources in classrooms and programs for young children and their families.
    5. 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.
Preschool Child Development Associate: 9 credits
Education 105(3), 110(3), 131(3)
2.0 GPA required in courses taken for CO.
CO fulfills only the education part of CDA – see program coordinator.

Early Childhood Education: 22 credits
ECED 105(3), 110(3), 131(3), 190 or 191v(4),b291v(3)b,d
ECED/Family Resources 140(3)
ECED 245/Family Resources 235(3)
3.2 GPA required in CO 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 ECED or ElemEd
ECED 105(3), 110(3), 115(3), 131(3), ECED 140/FAMR 140(3),
  ECED 245/FAMR 235(3), 190(4), 191v(1-4), 291v(1-4), 263(3), 264(3)
  or 275(3) 2.0 GPA required in CO courses & grade C or better in each.

ECED 105(3), 110(3), 115(3), 131(3), ECED 140/FAMR 140(3),
ECED 245/FAMR 235(3), 190 or 191v(4)b,263(3), 264(3), 291v(4)b,d
English 100(3)
Mathematics 103 (required for UHWO), 111, or 115, or PHIL 110(3)c
All CA courses(38) plus:
ECED 275(3) or ECED elective
Human Services 110(3)
Art 101(3)
Communication 145 or Speech 151(3)
English 210(3)
Humanities elective – HWST 107(3) recommended
Natural Science elective(3-4) – except PHYS 50
PSY 100, SOC 100, or ANTH 200(3)

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.

First Semester (Fall)
*ECED 105 Introduction to Early Childhood
*ECED 131 Early Childhood Development
ECED 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
Total
Credits
3
3
3
 
3
3
15
Second Semester (Spring)
ECED 110 Developmentally Appropriate Practices
*ECED/FAMR 140 Guidance of Children in Groups
*ECED 190/191v Early Childhood Field Experience IA or IBb
Humanities elective – HWST 107(3) recommended
MATH 103, 100, 111, 115, or PHIL 110c
Total
Credits
3
3
4
3
3
16
Third Semester (Fall)
ECED 115 Health, Safety, Nutrition
ECED 263 Language & Creative Expression Curriculum
COM 145 Interpersonal Communication, or
  SP 151 Personal and Public Speech
ENG 210 Research Writing
HSER 110 Introduction to Human Services
Total
Credits
3
3
 
3
3
3
15
Fourth Semester (Spring)
ECED 264 Inquiry & Physical Curriculum
ECED 275 hildren with Special Needs or ECED elective
ECED 291v Early Childhood Field Experience IIb,d
ART 101 Introduction to Visual Arts
Natural Science elective(3-4) – except PHYS 50
Total
Credits
3
3
4
3
3-4
16-17

* 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: Students using PHIL 110 to meet this requirement must place at the MATH 100 level in order to graduate.
dNote: Students with Associates degree or UHWO goal should take ED 291v for 4 credits.
eNote: Other courses are required for articulation with UHWO; see program coordinator.