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Early Childhood Education

Curriculum Description

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. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs and school-age programs.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A55220 REVISED
NC CIP: 13.1210
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Com 3 0 0 3
EDU 119 Intro to Early Child Educ 4 0 0 4
EDU 131 Child, Family, & Commun 3 0 0 3
EDU 144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
EDU 153 Health, Safety & Nutrit 3 0 0 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
   
    19 0 0 19

Spring Semester
EDU 145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU 146 Child Guidance 3 0 0 3
EDU 151 Creative Activities 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Argument-Based Research 3 0 0 3
  OR        
Prof Research & Reporting (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Oral Communication (3) (0) (0) (3)
Select one:
Introduction to Computers (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
   
    13 2 0 14

Fall Semester
EDU 214 Early Child Interm Pract 1 9 0 4
EDU 221 Children with Exceptional 3 0 0 3
EDU 234 Infants, Toddlers, & Twos 3 0 0 3
EDU 259 Curriculum Planning 3 0 0 3
EDU 280 Language & Literacy Exp 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
  OR        
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Introduction to Sociology (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    16 9 0 19

Spring Semester
EDU 271 Educational Technology 2 2 0 3
EDU 284 Early Child Capstone Prac NEW REQUISITE 1 9 0 4
___ ___ EDU Elective ** ** ** 3
___ ___ EDU Elective ** ** ** 3
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
Select one:
Mathematical Models NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
  OR        
Survey of Mathematics NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Mathematical Concepts I NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
College Algebra NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    5 13 0 19

Total Credit Hours: 71

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one: ART 111, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, HUM 160, HUM 220, MUS 110, PHI 215, or PHI 240

EDU Electives – Recommended Pathway:

Early Childhood Education – Administration – Select 6 credit hours: BUS 151, EDU 173, EDU 261, EDU 262

Early Childhood Education – Family Childcare – Select 6 credit hours: EDU 114, EDU 152, EDU 154, EDU 162, EDU 261

Early Childhood Education – Early Education – Select 6 credit hours: EDU 152, EDU 157, EDU 162, EDU 220, EDU 247, EDU 252, EDU 282, EDU 287

Early Childhood Education – Special Education – Select 6 credit hours: EDU 162, EDU 220, EDU 222, EDU 223, EDU 248

Early Childhood Education – Transferring to a four-year university – Select 6 hours: BIO 110, HIS 132, PSY 241, PSY 281

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.