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Area of Study

Early Childhood Education

T-Prep A.A. Early Childhood Education

TOTAL CREDITS
60
CIP:
131201
Associate of Arts

T-Prep is a unique and flexible program that provides tomorrow's teachers who are living and/or working in rural communities with a way to earn a four-year degree and teaching license without leaving home. By choosing a T-Prep pathway, your career opportunities will widen. In T-Prep, we prepare highly competent professionals who embrace the whole child in inclusive, culturally and linguistically diverse settings. Continuing your education can help to advance your knowledge and abilities to be an agent of social change and serve young children, youth and families more effectively. Obtaining a bachelor's degree now will prepare you to work in a variety of educational settings and prepare you to serve in leadership positions in the future. Additional schooling, spent in a caring, networked learning community, will be an asset to you. More specific information regarding the T-Prep program can be found on the NJC website at  NJC T-Prep.

Written Communication

Total Credits 6
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)

and

ENG122ENG1022
English Composition II: GT-CO2 3

Expands and refines the objectives of English Composition I. Emphasizes critical/logical thinking and reading, problem definition, research strategies, and writing analytical, evaluative, and/or persuasive papers that incorporate research. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO2 category. Prerequisite: ENG1021 (ENG121) (“C” or better) or ACT Writing Score of 26. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

OR you can take ENG1022 (ENG122) and a GT-CO3 course.

Oral Communication

Total Credits 3
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
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)

Mathematics

Total Credits 3-4

Below is recommended course for this degree or one (4 credit) GT-MA1 course.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
MAT120MAT1240
Math for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 4

Highlights connections between mathematics and the society in which we live and is intended for liberal arts majors. Topics include set theory and logic, mathematical modeling, probability and statistical methods and consumer mathematics. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MAT0250 (MAT050) (“C” or better) OR appropriate placement score. (Contact hours-60) (4-0)

Arts and Humanities

Total Credits 6

Choose two courses from the list below.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
ART110ART1110
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1 3

Introduces the cultural significance of the visual arts, including media, processes, techniques, traditions, and terminology. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

MUS120MUS1020
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1 3

Covers the basic materials of music, musical forms, media, genres, and musical periods. Emphasizes the development of tools for intelligent listening and appreciation. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

THE105THE1005
Theatre Appreciation: GT-AH1 3

Provides an opportunity to discover, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of the theatre experience: scripts, acting, directing, staging, history, criticism, and theory. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH1 category.

LIT115LIT1015
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2 3

Introduces students to fiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasizes active and responsive reading. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

LIT255LIT2055
Children`s Literature 3

Evaluates the criteria for selecting appropriate literature for children through exploration of genres, age levels, values taught through literature, and the literary and artistic quality of various texts. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

History

Total Credits 3
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
HIS121HIS1210
US History to Reconstruction: GT-HI1 3

Explores events, trends, peoples, groups, cultures, ideas, and institutions in North America and United States history including the multiple perspectives of gender, class, and ethnicity between the period when Native American Indians were the sole inhabitants of North America and the American Civil War. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in the discipline. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-HI1 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Total Credits 9

Choose three courses from the list below.

Course Number Course Title Credits Details
PSY238PSY2441
Child Development: GT-SS3 3

Focuses on growth and development of the individual from conception through childhood, emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

or

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)

and

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)

GEO105GEO1005
World Regional Geography: GT-SS2 3

Facilitates an understanding of spatial relationships between and among the geographic regions of the world. Includes demographic and cultural (political, economic, and historic) forces related to the physical environments of selected regions. Focuses on analysis of interrelationships between developed and developing regions and the interactions between human societies and natural environments. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS2 category.  (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Total Credits 8
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
SCI155SCI1055
Integrated Science I with Lab: GT-SC1 4

Examines the nature of energy and matter, their interactions and changes, and the application of fundamental concepts to the study of our natural world. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Prerequisite: MAT0250 (MAT050) (“C” or better) (Contact Hours-75) (3-2)

SCI156SCI1056
Integrated Science II with Lab: GT-SC2 4

Examines earth and biological systems, living and non-living environments, through the applications and refinement of fundamental energy and matter concepts. This is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Prerequisite: MAT0250 (MAT050) (”C” or better). (Contact hours-75) (3-2)

Program Requirements

Total Credits 21
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)

ECE145ECE1045
Introduction to Early Childhood Education 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.

ECE131ECE1315
Nanny Methods & Techniques 3

Explores the competencies required of a nanny to care for children in a private home setting. Includes creating a safe home environment, planning and implementing developmentally appropriate play/learning activities for children, traveling with children, children’s clothing, children’s equipment and play materials, sleep routines, personal care, feeding, and mealtimes. Incorporates a lab where students gain practical experience in providing in home care for children. (Contact hours-15 hours lecture= 1 credit, 75 hours field instruction in licensed child care home= 2 credits) (3-0)

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)

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)

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)

Electives

Total Credits

There are no elective courses for this degree.