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Area of Study

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

CIP:
131210
BANNER:
ECE
Associate of Applied Science

For those who want the opportunity to provide a positive influence on the lives of children and their families, early childhood is a fascinating field in which to work. The demand for early childhood educators is great. Because of the large numbers of families in which all adults are employed, trends in the national economy, government priorities for children and their families, and public demand for services this field continues to grow.

The Early Childhood Associate Teacher Program is designed to prepare persons to meet the requirements for a variety of positions within early childhood programs. Upon completion of this degree, individuals will be group leader qualified. They will be able to independently implement program activities and will be responsible for the care and education of a group of children.

Individuals will also have the necessary coursework to establish director qualifications and infant toddler nursery supervisor qualification in the State of Colorado after completing the work experience requirement.

Early childhood teachers and directors work in a variety of settings: private and public preschool and child care settings supported and operated by the employer, hospitals, recreation centers, before and after-school programs, Head Start, and other programs serving children birth to age eight. A Northeastern Associate of Applied Science Degree is granted upon completion.

Written Communication

Total Credits 3
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
ENG121ENG1021
English Composition I:GT-CO1 3

Emphasizes planning, writing, and editing/revisions of compositions, coupled with development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a minimum of five compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG0092 (ENG090 AND REA090 or CCR092) (with a “C” grade or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Oral Communication

Total Credits 3
Course Number Course Title Credits Details

Choose one of the following courses.

COM115COM1150
Public Speaking 3

Combines the basic theory of speech communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasizes on speech delivery, preparation, organization, support, and audience analysis. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

COM125COM1250
Interpersonal Communication: GT-SS3 3

Examines the communication involved in interpersonal relationships occurring in family, social, and career situations. Relevant concepts include self-concept, perception, listening, nonverbal communication, and conflict. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Mathematics

Total Credits 3-4
Course Number Course Title Credits Details

Choose one of the following courses.

MAT107MAT1140
Career Math: Program Emphasis 3

Agriculture Emphasis - Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MAT0250 (MAT050) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

MAT112MAT1160
Financial Mathematics 3

Covers the fundamentals of financial mathematics. Topics including pricing, taxes, insurance, interest, annuities, amortization, investments. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

MAT121MAT1340
College Algebra: GT-MA1 4

Focuses on a variety of functions and exploration of their graphs. Topics include: equations and inequalities, operations on functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems and an introduction to conic sections. This course provides essential skills for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) pathways.  This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MAT0300 (MAT055) (“C” or higher) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-60) (4-0)

MAT135MAT1260
Introduction to Statistics: GT-MA1 3

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on critical thinking and statistical literacy. Topics include methods of data collection, presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, and statistical inference of one and two populations. This course uses real world data to illustrate applications of a practical nature. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0) A.A. & A.G.S. Degrees only.

Program Requirements

Total Credits 3

Choose one of the following courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
AST101AST1110
Astronomy with Lab: Planetary Systems: GT-SC1 4

Focuses on the history of astronomy, naked eye observations, tools of the astronomer, contents of the solar system, and life in the universe. Incorporates laboratory experience. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Prerequisites: Successful completion of REA090 or ENG0092 (CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. Corequisites: ENG0094 and ENG1021 (CCR094 and ENG121) (Contact hours-75) (3-2) 

BIO111BIO1111
General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1 5

Examines the fundamental molecular, cellular, and genetic principles characterizing plants and animals. Includes cell structure and function, the metabolic processes of respiration, and photosynthesis, as well as cell reproduction and basic concepts of heredity. This course includes laboratory experience. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 categoryPrerequisites: Successful completion of REA090 or ENG0092 (CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. Corequisites: ENG0094 and ENG1021 (CCR094 and ENG121). (Contact hours-90) (4-2)

CIS118CIS1018
Introduction to PC Applications 3

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

EDU261EDU2611
Teaching, Learning&Technology 3

Prepares students to integrate technology into their teaching curriculum. Enables the student to design educational and training materials incorporating instructional technology. Explores a variety of technologies including the computer, Internet, multimedia, graphics, audio, and text with an emphasis on increasing learning through their use. Examines combining technology with a variety of instructional methodologies. Prerequisite: EDU2211 (EDU221) (“C” or better) OR instructor approval (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Or another approved Science or Computer Science course.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Total Credits 6
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
PSY101PSY1001
General Psychology I: GT-SS3 3

Focuses on the scientific study of behavior including motivation, emotion, physiological psychology, stress and coping, research methods, consciousness, sensation, perception, learning, and memory. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENG0092 (REA090 or CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. Corequisite: ENG0094 and ENG1021 (CCR094 and ENG121) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

or

PSY102PSY1002
General Psychology II : GT-SS3 3

Focuses on the scientific study of behavior including cognition, language, intelligence, psychological assessment, personality, abnormal psychology, therapy, life span development, and social psychology. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENG0092 (REA090 or CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. Corequisite: ENG0094 and ENG1021 (CCR094 and ENG121) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

and

SOC101SOC1001
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3 3

Examines the basic concepts, theories, and principles of sociology as well as human culture, social groups, and the social issues of age, gender, class, and race. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG0092 (REA090 or CCR092) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. Corequisite: ENG0094 and ENG1021 (CCR094 and ENG121). (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Program Requirements

Total Credits 51
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
ECE101ECE1011
Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3

Provides an introduction to the profession of Early Childhood Education (ECE). Course content includes eight key areas of professional knowledge related to working with young children and their families in early care and education settings: child growth and development; health, nutrition and safety; developmentally appropriate practices; guidance; family and community relationships; diversity and inclusion; professionalism; and administration and supervision. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE102ECE1045
Introduction to ECE Techniques 3

Focuses on a classroom seminar and placement in a child care setting. The supervised placement provides the student with the opportunity to observe children, to practice appropriate interactions, and to develop effective guidance and management techniques. Addresses ages birth through age 8. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ECE1011 (ECE101) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-75) (1-4)

ECE103ECE1031
Guidance Strategies Young Children 3

Explores guidance theories, applications, goals, and techniques, as well as factors that influence behavioral expectations of children. This course includes classroom management and pro-social skills development of young children in early childhood (EC) program settings. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE108ECE1008
Assessment Process in ECE 1

Focuses on exposing students to a wide variety of screening tools and evaluations appropriate for children birth to 8 years of age. Enables students to gain beginning knowledge in the selection of developmental screening tools and evaluations important to the IFSP/IEP. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)

ECE111ECE1111
Infant/Toddler Theory/Practice 3

Presents an overview of theories, applications (including observations), and issues pertinent to infant and toddler development in group and\or family settings. Includes state requirements for licensing, health, safety, and nutrition issues. Focuses on birth through age 3. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE112ECE1125
Infant/Toddler Lab Tech 3

Includes a classroom seminar and placement in an infant and\or toddler setting. The supervised placement provides the student with the opportunity to observe, to practice appropriate interactions, and to develop effective guidance and nurturing techniques with infants and\or toddlers. Addresses ages prenatal through age 2. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ECE1111 (ECE111) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-75) (0-5)

ECE205ECE2051
ECE Nutrition/Health/Safety 3

Focuses on nutrition, health, and safety as key factors for optimal growth and development of young children. Includes nutrient knowledge, menu planning, food program participation, health practices, management and safety, appropriate activities, and communication with families. Addresses ages from prenatal through age 8. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE209ECE2061
Observing Young Children 1

Examines the current research on the continuous practice of observing children. Incorporates practice with a variety of assessment instruments currently utilized in Colorado ECE programs. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)

ECE220ECE2621
Curriculum Methods/Techniques 3

Provides an overview of early childhood curriculum development. This course includes processes for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate environments, materials, and experiences that represent best practices in early childhood (EC) program settings. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE226ECE2641
Creativity and the Young Child 3

Provides an emphasis on encouraging and supporting creative self-expression and problem solving skills in children. Explores creative learning theories and research. Focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum strategies in all developmental domains. Addresses ages birth through age 8. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE228ECE2651
Language and Literacy 3

Presents strategies for optimum language development, literacy, social, and emotional development. Supports children’s language and literacy in home, classroom, and community settings. Provides appropriate teacher/child verbal interactions, classroom environments, and activities. Addresses ages birth through age 8. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE238ECE2381
ECE Child Growth & Development 3

Covers the growth and development of the child from conception through the elementary school years. This course emphasizes physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional domains of development as they pertain to the concept of the whole child. It also includes ways adults can provide a supportive early childhood care and educational environment through teamwork and collaboration. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE240ECE2401
Administration of ECE Programs 3

Provides foundational knowledge in early childhood program business operations, program development, and evaluation. This course covers administrative skills, ethical decision making, risk and resource management, and components of quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs serving children ages birth through 12 years. Prerequisite: ECE1011 (ECE101) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE241ECE2411
Administration:Human Relations ECE 3

Focuses on the human relations component of an early childhood professional’s responsibilities. This course includes director-staff relationships, staff development, leadership strategies, family-professional partnerships, and community interaction. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE256ECE2101
Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems 3

Examines personal attitudes regarding families, family values systems, and how personal attitudes affect parent-professional partnerships in the early childhood education program. This course covers communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution strategies. Effective activities and resources to support family involvement in the classroom will be created. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE260ECE2601
The Exceptional Child 3

Presents an overview of critical elements related to educating young children with disabilities or special needs in the early childhood setting. Topics include: typical and atypical development; legal requirements; research-based practices related to inclusion; teaming and collaboration; and accommodations and adaptations. This course examines how a disability or special need may impact a young child’s learning process. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. Prerequisite: ECE2381 (ECE238) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

ECE288ECE2088
Practicum:Early Childhood Ed 6

Provides students with advanced field experience opportunities in early childhood education programs. Prerequisites or Corequisite: ECE1008 and ECE2061 (ECE1008 and ECE209) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-240)

HWE103HWE1001
Community First Aid and CPR 1

Prepares the student for certification in CPR and Basic First Aid. Skills will include basic life support, airway obstruction, control of bleeding, shock, and patient care for the unconscious. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)