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Early Childhood Education - AAS

Natural Science, Social Science & Mathematics

Contact: Jennifer FORKER (620)665-3457
Department Chair: Tricia PARAMORE (620)665-3438

For course descriptions and course prerequisites, click on the course name.

Total Credit Hours

This degree requires 65 credit hours.


Course Title Credits
BI101 General Biology 4

Basic biological principles and their relationship to humans. General education course for non-science majors. Not open to students with credit in any other college biology course except with department recommendation. This course is not recommended for individuals with an interest in majoring in science. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week.

BU108 Business Mathematics 3

Consumer and business mathematics emphasizing calculations involving banking services, payroll, insurance premiums, taxes, interest, business discounts and markups, inventory control, depreciation and statistics.

CC101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3

Career opportunities in the child-care field including student self-assessment of interests and skills.

CC102 Creative Activities I 2

Activities that stimulate learning including art, science, pre-number concepts, dramatic play, language, fine and gross motor skills.

CC103 Creative Activities II 2

Continuation of CC102 Creative Activities I focusing on further development of preschool activities with emphasis on language and music.

CC104 Nutrition, Health, and Safety 3

Introduction to nutritional needs, health issues and safety considerations specific to care and development of young children.

CC105 Infant and Toddler Development 3

The study of infant and toddler development, both typical and atypical, with emphasis on how to create and maintain developmentally appropriate environments for very young children. Focus is given to the importance of family-teacher relationships and responsiveness in interactions with children.

CC108 Early Language and Literacy 3

Appropriate practices to foster language and early literacy skill development in children ages birth-6 years; contextual influences on language and literacy development and growth, including teaching strategies, research, curriculum design, assessment and evaluation, technology, and family involvement.

CC201 Child Care Lab I 5

Supervised lab experiences involving the assistance in an ongoing curriculum for preschoolers. One hour lecture and nine hours lab experience per week. Background validation required.

CC202 Child Care Lab II 5

Supervised lab experiences involving planning, teaching, supervising and evaluating preschool activities. One hour lecture and nine hours lab experience per week. Background validation required.
Pre-Reqs: CC201 Child Care Lab I

CC203 Child Care Center Programming 3

Programming as it applies to quality child care.

CC204 Child Care Center Administration 3

Management skills and responsibilities associated with the administration of a child care center.

CC206 Building Family and Community Relations 3

Special emphasis is given to creating respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve families in the child's development and learning. Topics include the history of child-rearing methods, types of families, parenting styles and strategies, parent fears and concerns, purposes of child behavior, community support systems, and effective communication techniques.

CC207 Teaching Young Children with Special Needs 3

An overview of the guiding philosophies in working with children with disabilities and their families to provide interventions and support. This class will provide students in the Early Childhood Education program knowledge of special needs children in the areas of development, health, genetics, assessment and effects of environments.

CC210 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum 3

Principles upon which developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood programs are based emphasizing curriculum development and the study of existing early childhood curriculum models.

ED105 Success Seminar/College Orientation 1

Experiences designed to help with the transition into college life; exploration of essential techniques for success as a college student.

PS100 General Psychology 3

A survey of the fundamental principles of behavior including physiological, perceptual, historical, methodological, learning, memory, development, motivational, emotional, social and applied perspectives.

SH101 Public Speaking 3

Principles and practices of oral communication that will help the student develop skills in communication and acquire an understanding of oral communication as a vital human skill and activity.

Early Childhood Education Electives 3
Course Title Credits
IS104 Microcomputer Applications 3.00

IS108 Word Processing I 1.00

IS110 Spreadsheets I 1.00

IS113 Desktop Publishing 3.00

PE106 First Aid and CPR 2.00

PE106L First Aid & CPR Lab

English Composition I Options 3
Course Title Credits
EN100 English Composition IB 3.00

EN101 English Composition IA 3.00

The Preschool Child Options 4
Course Title Credits
CC109 The Preschool Child 4.00

HE102 The Preschool Child 4.00

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