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Early Childhood Education

The certificate in Early Childhood Education is designed to include all the specialized courses in Early Childhood Education to enable students to work with children under five in a teacher assistant capacity. Students interested in working with infants and toddlers are advised to take ECE* 141, Infants/Toddlers Growth and Development, in addition to the courses listed below.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify a variety of current and historical theoretical approaches to Early Childhood Education
  2. Identify and assess the elements that determine quality in early childhood settings
  3. Articulate the beginnings of a personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education
  4. Identify and evaluate ethical issues that may be encountered in the field of Early Childhood Education
  5. Plan, implement and evaluate age appropriate and individually appropriate activities for typical, atypical and children from culturally diverse backgrounds
  6. Create and evaluate a learning environment that supports children's physical, social, emotional, creative, language and cognitive development
  7. Identify and apply positive approaches to discipline that encourage children to develop self-control and a sense of self-esteem
  8. Demonstrate competence in integrating theory and practice in early childhood programs serving diverse populations
Course of Study¹
Credits
Intro to Early Childhood Education
Creative Experiences/Children
3
3
ECE* 103
OR
ECE* 106
Creative Experiences/Children

Music & Movement for Children
3

3
Health, Safety and Nutrition
3
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT
3
Observation, Participation & Seminar
3
Methods & Techniques in Early Childhood Education
3
Speech, Language, Development & Literature in Early Childhood Education
3
Composition
3
General Psychology I
3
Child & Adolescent Development
3

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pre-requisites and additional information.

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