Early Childhood, A.A.S., Major #1327

This program has been deactivated and students will no longer be admitted to the major.  Currently enrolled students will complete the degree in accordance with the approved teach-out plan.

The Early Childhood program is available only at the Norwich Campus. The program is designed to prepare students for employment as Early Childhood professionals. The U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) projects continued strong employment opportunities for Early Childhood professionals for the foreseeable future. The curriculum provides those individuals seeking to pursue a career in this field with the knowledge, skills and experiences required for success. This program is designed to effectively prepare students to enter careers that do not require teacher licensure or certification. The New York State Department of Education (www.nysed.gov) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (www.naeyc.org) encourage rigorous training and education requirements for early childhood professionals. Research suggests a significant relationship between providers’ education and training and the quality of early education and care young children receive. As a result of federal legislation, continuing professional education is becoming increasingly important for many early childhood professionals already employed in the field. Accreditation: This degree program meets all of the standards set forth by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Accordingly, the College is actively pursuing NAEYC accreditation.

 Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes include the seven standards of professional preparation established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

  • Standard 1 – Promoting Child Development and Learning. Students will develop the skills necessary to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, accepting and challenging to all children

  • Standard 2 – Building Family and Community Relationships. Students will develop the skills necessary to create respectful, reciprocal relationships with families that support and involve families in their children’s development

  • Standard 3 – Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families. Students will use effective assessment tools such as observations and documentations to positively influence children’s development

  • Standard 4 – Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families. Students will learn how to design activities, routines, interactions, and curriculum for specific children and groups of children

  • Standard 5 – Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum. Students develop curriculum to include both planned and spontaneous experiences that are developmentally appropriate, meaningful, and challenging for all young children, including those with developmental delays or disabilities

  • Standard 6 - Becoming a Professional. Students conduct themselves in a completely professional manner at all times. Students reflect on and evaluate one’s professional role as a team member, lifelong learner, and advocate for children and families

  • Standard 7 – Students participate in field experiences and clinical practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups (birth age 3, 3 through 5, 5 through 8 years) and in the variety of settings that offer early education (early school grades, child care centers and homes, Head Start programs)

 Curriculum Requirements - 65 Credits

Course

Credits

ECHD 101 - Intro to Early Childhood 

3

ECHD 102 - Social Development and  Positive Guidance

3

ECHD 103 - Techniques of Observation and Assessment - Field 1

3

ECHD 201 Family & Child Health & Safety

3

ECHD 202 Language Literacy & Literature in Early Childhood 

3

ECHD 203 Infants and Toddlers

3

ECHD 204 Children with Special Needs

3

ECHD 205 Creative Activities in the Arts

3

ECHD 206 Curriculum Methods, Materials, and Management

3

ECHD 212 Practicum in Early Childhood - Field Experience II

4

PSYC 241 Child Development 

3

SOCI 220 Marriage and the Family

3

CITA 101 Principles of Computers & Apps 

OR

OFFT 109 - Introduction to Presentation Software

AND

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

2-3

GNED 104 Library Research Methods

1

COMP 101 Composition & Research

3

COMP 102 Writing About Literature

3

MATH 102 Algebra and Trigonometry II

3

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology

3

HIST History as Advised

3

SPAN 101 Beg. College Spanish I

OR

AMSL 101 - American Sign Language

3

BIOL 105 Human Biology with Lab

OR

BIOL 101 - Introduction to Biology

4

Directed Social Science Elective: Must select one of the following courses:

PSYC 284 Psychology of Gender

3

PSYC 270 Drugs, Society and Behavior

3

HIST 220 African American History

3

SOCI 201 Social Problems in 21st Century

3

PSYC 255 Psyc of Personal Adjustment

3

PSYC 251 Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYC 386 Social Psychology

3

Suggested Course Sequence

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 18 Credits

ECHD 101 - Introduction to Early Childhood

3

SPAN 101 - Beginning College Spanish 1

OR

AMSL 101 - American Sign Language I

3

COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology

3

MATH 102 - Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry

3

GNED 104 - Library Research Methods

1

CITA as Advised

2

Year 1/Spring - 16 Credits

BIOL 105 - Human Biology with Lab

4

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

PHYC 241 - Child Development

3

ECHD 102 - Social Development & Positive Guidance

3

ECHD 103 - Technique of Observation and Assessment Field I

3

Year 2/Fall - 15 Credits

HIST - History as Advised

3

ECHD 201 - Family & Child Health, Safety & Nutrition

3

ECHD 202 - Language, Literacy and Literature in Early Childhood

3

ECHD 203 - Infants and Toddlers

3

ECHD 204 - Children with Special Needs

3

Year 2/Spring - 16 Credits

 Directed Social Science Elective

3

ECHD 205 - Creative Activities in the Arts

3

ECHD206 - Curriculum Methods, Materials & Management

3

SOCI 220 - Marriage and the Family

3

ECHD 212 - Practicum in Early Childhood – Field II

4