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The Associate of Science degree program in Early Childhood Education prepares students to work primarily as paraprofessionals (instructional aides, teaching associates, teaching assistants) in the public schools, or as teachers in private preschool and child care settings. Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree, a student may elect to continue studies to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Care and Education.
The program begins with courses designed to introduce students to basic principles of child growth and development and psychology. Courses follow in the area of language development and literacy, methods of teaching, and assessment. The centrality of the family and community in the life of the child is emphasized throughout the program. Classroom management and assessment strategies are studied in separate courses and are also integrated into courses and fieldwork. The program requires an internship in an approved setting. A minimum of sixty (60) total credits is required for degree completion. Passing scores on all three sections of PRAXIS I (or relevant exemption test) are required before admission to ECE 203 and ECE 204 .
Internship placements for students must be arranged and approved through the College of Education, Office of Clinical Studies. Applications for placements must be submitted electronically and are due in the Office of Clinical Studies by October 1 for spring semester placements and March 1 for fall semester placements.
A criminal background check and Child Protection Registry clearance are required for ECE 216, Internship in Early Childhood Education.
Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.