Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree Program

Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree Program

(1 to 2 Years)

One Basic Technical Certificate, one Intermediate Technical Certificate, one Associate of Applied Science degree, and one Bachelor of Applied Science degree are available.

This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to be responsible for meeting the specific needs of a group of children by nurturing the children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs; setting up and maintaining the early care and education environment; and establishing a liaison relationship between families and the program.

Required program courses are taught consecutively. All courses in the major and ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P , and ENGL 1102 , when required, must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better to advance to the following courses. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in all other general education courses to graduate. Specific information is available in the program’s student handbook.

For a Program Information Packet showing descriptions of each option, course descriptions, lists of course sequences, and the cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, and other expenses, go online to http://www.isu.edu/ctech/childdevelopment/Federal Student Aid is not available for the Basic Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education. Students may apply for financial aid for the Intermediate Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree by going to  http://www.fafsa.gov/.

The Associate of Applied Science degree may be articulated into the Bachelor of Arts Blended Early Childhood Education degree that is offered in the College of Education. The Associate of Applied Science degree serves as the Early Childhood curriculum core of this credentialing degree for working with and teaching children birth through age eight. More information about the Bachelor of Arts in Blended Early Childhood Education can be found under Child and Family Studies within the College of Education section of this catalog.

The Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Care and Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 

Basic Technical Certificate: Early Childhood Care and Education

(1 Year Evening)
Program offering of this option will depend upon sufficient student interest and availability of instructor.
Required Courses:

CHLD 0100CDA Prep 16
CHLD 0101CDA Prep 26
Total Hours12

Students who have earned a Basic Technical Certificate (12 credits) need the following course to build on these credits toward the Intermediate Technical Certificate (32 credits):

CHLD 0113Curriculum Practicum in Early Childhood Care and Education 120
1

Students interested in this upgrade should contact program faculty prior to registering for this course.

Intermediate Technical Certificate: Early Childhood Care and Education

(1 Year Daytime or 2 Years Evening)

Required Courses:

CHLD 0105Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
CHLD 0111Health, Safety, and Nutrition3
CHLD 0112Learning Environments in Early Childhood Care and Education1
CHLD 0120Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood Care and Education6
CHLD 0125Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education3
CHLD 0130Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood6
CHLD 0135Fostering Creativity3
CHLD 0141Family Centered Care and Program Management in Early Childhood Care and Education3
CHLD 0151Curriculum Planning and Implementation in Early Childhood Care and Education4
ENGL 1101English Composition 13
or ENGL 1101P English Composition Plus
Total Hours35
1

Contributes to a General Education requirement.

Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhood Care and Education

(2 Years)

CHLD 0105Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
CHLD 0111Health, Safety, and Nutrition3
CHLD 0112Learning Environments in Early Childhood Care and Education1
CHLD 0120Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood Care and Education6
CHLD 0125Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education3
CHLD 0130Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood6
CHLD 0135Fostering Creativity3
CHLD 0141Family Centered Care and Program Management in Early Childhood Care and Education3
CHLD 0151Curriculum Planning and Implementation in Early Childhood Care and Education4
CHLD 0210Advanced Topics in Early Childhood Care and Education3
CHLD 0215Children with Exceptionalities2
CHLD 0220Administration and Program Management in Early Childhood Care and Education3
CHLD 0250Capstone Project in Early Childhood Care and Education1
General Education requirements 1
ENGL 1101English Composition 23-4
or ENGL 1101P English Composition Plus
ENGL 1102Critical Reading and Writing 23
COMM 1101Principles of Speech 23
BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab 2
4
OR
Concepts Biology Human Concerns
and Concepts Biology Human Concerns Lab 2
PSYC 1101Introduction to General Psychology 23
or SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology
Objective 33
Select 3 credits from Objectives 4, 7, 8, or 93
Total Hours63-64
Elective Courses:
CHLD 0296Independent Study1-8
CHLD 0298Special Topics1-8
1

See General Education Requirements (minimum 15 credits) for A.A.S. Degree at the start of the College of Technology section of the catalog.

2

Contributes to a General Education requirement.

How to Read Course Descriptions

Courses

CHLD 0100 CDA Prep 1: 6 semester hours.

This course will prepare students for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program. Content in this course will be an introduction to Early Childhood professionalism, health, safety, learning environments, social and emotional development, and guidance in ECCE. Includes lecture and practicum. F, D

CHLD 0101 CDA Prep 2: 6 semester hours.

This course will prepare students for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program. Content in this course will be an introduction to Early Childhood physical and cognitive development, language development, creativity, program management, and families. Includes lecture and practicum. PREREQ: CHLD 0100. S, D

CHLD 0105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: 3 semester hours.

Orientation to Early Childhood Education including role of the teacher, professionalism, an overview of child growth and development, observation and assessment, and inclusive practices. F

CHLD 0111 Health, Safety, and Nutrition: 3 semester hours.

Course covers Health, Safety and nutritional practices in group settings: accident and illness prevention; nutrition requirements and menu planning; and development of good health habits in children. F

CHLD 0112 Learning Environments in Early Childhood Care and Education: 1 semester hour.

Establishing and maintaining quality learning environments for optimal child experience and learning. Includes indoor and outdoor environments, schedules and routines in ECCE. F

CHLD 0113 Curriculum Practicum in Early Childhood Care and Education: 4-20 semester hours.

Practical experience with planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum that enhances children's development in all domains. Upon completion, students who have completed the BTC will meet requirements for entry into the second year of the A.A.S. Includes credit for documented work experience after obtaining a CDA. May be repeated for up to 20 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S

CHLD 0120 Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood Care and Education: 6 semester hours.

Emphasizes stages of social and emotional development, encouraging self-esteem, cultural awareness, and effective communication skills. Introduces observation and assessment of social and emotional skills; describes strategies to promote healthy social and emotional development. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. F, S

CHLD 0125 Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education: 3 semester hours.

Principles and techniques for providing developmentally appropriate guidance. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, strategies, and observation to understand the underlying causes of behavior. Students will demonstrate appropriate interaction with children, families, and promote conflict resolution, self-control, and self-motivation. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. F, S

CHLD 0130 Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: 6 semester hours.

Introduction to children's physical and cognitive development, including discovery experiences in math and science, block play, social studies, verbal and written language acquisition, and foundations in gross and fine motor development, brain development, multiple intelligences and learning styles. Includes classroom lectures and practicum. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P. F, S

CHLD 0135 Fostering Creativity: 3 semester hours.

Creative learning environments, planning and implementing developmentally appropriate experiences, and developing appropriate teaching materials for the classroom. Emphasizes creative activities for children in art, music, movement and physical skills, and dramatics. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. F, S

CHLD 0141 Family Centered Care and Program Management in Early Childhood Care and Education: 3 semester hours.

Relationships between families and programs. Emphasis on requisite skills and benefits for successfully establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between today's diverse families, centers and school, and community resources. Strategies to ensure effective program operation are introduced. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. S

CHLD 0151 Curriculum Planning and Implementation in Early Childhood Care and Education: 4 semester hours.

Philosophy, curriculum, scheduling, observation and assessment, and instructional planning and evaluation. Students will assess children and curriculum; plan for daily, weekly, and long-range instruction; and design environments with appropriate equipment and supplies. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. S

CHLD 0210 Advanced Topics in Early Childhood Care and Education: 3 semester hours.

Elaborates on developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education and care and research into other current topics, as related to student needs and interest. A focus on anti-bias curriculum and children's literature is also included. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. PREREQ: ENGL 1101. PREREQ or COREQ: ENGL 1102, and COMM 1101. F

CHLD 0215 Children with Exceptionalities: 2 semester hours.

Introduces working with children with exceptionalities. Emphasis on the characteristics of children and strategies for adapting the learning environment. Students will recognize atypical development, make appropriate referrals, and collaborate with families and professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate inclusion strategies. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P. PREREQ or COREQ: ENGL 1102, and COMM 1101. F

CHLD 0220 Administration and Program Management in Early Childhood Care and Education: 3 semester hours.

Policies, procedures, personnel management for ECCE programs, including budgeting needs, marketing, and issues of insurance and applicable laws. Implementation of program goals, development of effective personnel supervision and managerial styles, and meeting NAEYC standards. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P, and CHLD 0210 OR CHLD 0215. COREQ: ENGL 1102, COMM 1101 and BT 0170. S

CHLD 0250 Capstone Project in Early Childhood Care and Education: 1 semester hour.

Students will demonstrate, through either a teaching role or an administrative role, their competence in integrating academic skills with early childhood knowledge. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S

CHLD 0296 Independent Study: 1-8 semester hours.

Addresses specific learning needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D

CHLD 0298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hours.

Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D

Faculty

Co-coordinators/Instructors

Grimes

Koplin

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