Early Childhood Education

Associates of Science

If you’ve ever enjoyed working with young children, why not consider it as a career choice?  If you’re already working with children, why not further your education in the field?  Whether you enjoy working with infants or toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners or children in grades 1-3, our program may be just the place for you.

Our faculty have decades of experience working with young children, and can offer you not only theory, but real, practical classroom applications.  You will also have the opportunity to work with young children at the college’s Child Development Center, a nationally accredited center that serves children ages 18 months to 6 years of age, using the most current teaching techniques and curriculum.

Our programs and certificates will prepare you to immediately enter the job market, credential you to advance in your career or put you on the path to transfer to a four-year degree program to become certified to teach the primary grades. Either way, our Early Childhood Education program can give you a great start to giving our children a great start.

Degree Requirements


Note: The suggested sequence for full-time students is shown below.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy and Ethical Dimensions ECE*H109 Science & Math for Children 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Scientific Knowledge♢♢ BIO*H105 Introduction to Biology or BIO*H115 Human Biology 4
Social Phenomena PSY*H111General Psychology I 3
Program Requirement ECE*H101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions and Written Communication ECE*H103 Creative Experiences for Children 3
Written Communication Any written communication course, ENG*H102 Literature and Composition or ENG*H200 Advanced Composition recommended 3
Program Requirement ECE*H231 Early Language & Literacy Development 3
Program Requirement ECE*H106 Music & Movement Education 3
Program Requirement ECE*H141 Infant/Toddler Growth & Development 3
Program Requirement PSY*H203 Child Development 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics or higher (except 136 or 137) 3
Program Requirement SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
Program Requirement ECE*H176 Health, Safety & Nutrition 3
Program Requirement ECE*H210 Observation & Participation 3
Program Requirement ECE*H290 Student Teaching I (Fall only) 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Program Requirement Any Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences course: ART*H101, ART*H102, ART*H141, ART*H161, DAN*H101, ENG*H215, MUS*H101, MUS*H103, MUS*H115, MUS*H137, MUS*H218, THR*H101 recommended 3
Program Requirement ECE*H215 The Exceptional Learner 3
Program Requirement ECE*H222 Methods & Techniques in ECE 3
Program Requirement ECE 291 Student Teaching II (Spring only) 3
Total Credits: 64

Notes:

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

Degree Outcomes - What you will learn


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Be knowledgeable about various theories as they apply to young children.
  2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Early Childhood Education and the skills required to make objective observations of young children in the classroom setting.
  3. Use effective classroom management techniques.
  4. Introduce children to a wide variety of music, visual and performing arts.
  5. Understand the various aspects of speech and language development and be able to plan and facilitate a high quality literacy environment.
  6. Become acquainted with various communication impairments or delays and set realistic goals for young children in the area of language development.
  7. Recognize that the process of creating is as important as the end product.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of creativity through planning environments and activities.
  9. Understand the interconnectedness of the developmental areas and the specific needs of infants and toddlers.
  10. Learn how learning theories can be applied to understanding children’s behavior.
  11. Develop communication skills in relation to families, colleagues and children.
  12. Provide general curricula adaptations and guidelines to help children meet their special needs.
  13. Gain the experience to create a supportive and interesting learning environment.
  14. Develop a curriculum using a multisensory approach to teaching.
  15. Become more aware of children’s special needs.
  16. Be aware of the interrelationships between child development and the areas of health, safety and nutrition.
  17. Be knowledgeable about the control and prevention of communicable disease.
  18. Develop an understanding of the importance of family-school relationships.
  19. Become familiar with CT State Licensing Regulations; N.A.E.Y.C. Accreditation Procedures and CT State Pre-school Performance Standards.
  20. Plan, organize, execute and evaluate classroom experiences on a weekly basis.

Certificate Requirements

Course No. Title Credits
ENG*H101 Composition 3
PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
PSY*H203 Child Development 3
ECE*H101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE*H103 Creative Experiences for Children 3
ECE*H109 Science and Math for Children 3
ECE*H141 Infant/Toddler Development 3
ECE*H176 Health, Safety & Nutrition 3
ECE*H210 Observation and Participation 3
ECE*H231 Early Language and Literacy Development 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

Certificate Outcomes - What you will learn


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize the writing skills for developing lessons and composing reports.
  • Be knowledgeable about various theories as they apply to young children.
  • Be able to apply theories to the physical, social emotion and cognitive development of children.
  • Learn how theories can be applied to understanding children’s behavior.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Early Childhood Education & the skills required to make objective observations of young children in the classroom setting.
  • Be able to systematically observe and record children’s behavior.
  • Understand the different aspects of speech and communication.
  • Become acquainted with various communication impairments or delays and set realistic goals for young children in the area of language development.
  • Make an initial assessment of a child’s language development.
  • Understand how a child’s sensorimotor development influences a child’s ability to learn.
  • Recognize possible signs of physical handicaps and developmental delays.
  • Be aware of the interrelationships between child development and the areas of health, safety and nutrition.
  • Be knowledgeable about the control and prevention of communicable diseases.
  • Provide general curriculum adaptations and guidelines to help children meet their special needs.
  • Gain the experience to create a supportive and interesting learning environment.
  • Be able to write goals, objectives and developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Develop a curriculum using a multisensory approach to teaching.
  • Plan, organize, execute and evaluate classroom activities on a weekly basis.
  • Write developmentally appropriate explorations prescription based upon a child’s individual learning style.

ECE*H101
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
3 Credits

A study of the historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of early care and education. Emphasis will be on modern development and trends, along with an understanding of the organization and composition of early childhood education settings, which include curriculum materials, learning environments and the teacher’s role. Four three-hour observations of various types of early childhood programs and field trips are required.

ECE*H103
Creative Experiences for Children
3 Credits

This course is designed to study the concept of creativity and the creative process as it applies to art and play for young children. At the completion of this course, the student will be able to set-up a creative play environment, facilitate children's creative play and develop an art philosophy and creative art program for children.

ECE*H106
Music and Movement for Children
3 Credits

Prerequisites: ECE*H101. This course is designed to have students acquire skills in order to plan and implement creative music and movement education experiences for young children. Areas of exploration will include singing, listening to music, rhythmic activities, chants, creating music, using instruments with children, multi-cultural music, creative dance and movement, musical games, music for children with special needs, and using music spontaneously in the classroom. The main goals of the course are to develop an understanding of the importance of music and movement education experiences in an early childhood environment, the role that music plays in the growth and development of young children, and how these experiences can be creatively planned, implemented, and integrated throughout the daily curriculum.

ECE*H109
Science and Math for Children
3 Credits

This course is designed to help students explore a variety of math and science experiences suitable for use with young children. Math and science concepts are presented in relationship to everyday objects and experiences. Students will consider how math and science concepts are embedded in classroom, family, and familiar experiences as well as how to support development of related concepts and skills.

ECE*H118
Dance Pedagogy for Early Childhood (also listed as DAN*H118)
1 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques and methodology for teaching dance to children, ages 2-5. Using the standards established by the State of Connecticut and the National Dance Education Organization, appropriate content for dance classes will be examined. We will view the dance class from a developmental perspective, identifying appropriate movement activities and strategies for teaching. There is no prerequisite for this class.

ECE*H141
Infant/Toddler Growth and Development
3 Credits

Prerequisites: ECE*H101 a physical examination is required. An introduction to the care and teaching of infants and toddlers, which emphasizes the interrelationship between social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language development. Age appropriate curriculum strategies will be based on developmental theories. Components of a high quality program will be explored. Students will be required to fulfill 8 weeks (4 hours per week) of field placement work with toddlers as well as complete three, 4-hour observations of infants child care setting. Placement is determined by the coordinator.

ECE*H176
Health, Safety and Nutrition
3 Credits

The relationship between health, safety, nutrition, and child development will be explored. Emphasis will be on the strategies needed to implement a safe, healthy, and nutritionally sound program. Integration of these areas into the total curriculum will be examined.

ECE*H206
Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs
3 Credits

Prerequisites: ECE*H101 or permission of the Early Childhood Education Coordinator. An examination of the multi-dimensional role of the early childhood program director/administrator. Administrative styles, management tools, and interpersonal skills that contribute to effective leadership will be explored. Topics such as CT State licensing regulations, NAEYC accreditation, director certification, public policies, and professionalism will be discussed. (spring)

ECE*H210
Observation, Participation and Seminar
3 Credits

This course is designed to help students to observe, interpret, and assess children’s behavior and developmental characteristics and to increase awareness of typical and atypical patterns of behavior, as well as to develop learning plans. Observation and participation placements are provided for the study of young children at the discretion of the coordinator. The students will observe and participate in an accredited center to gain experience in working with young children. In weekly seminars, students will focus on issues related to observing and understanding children’s development. Students will spend a total of 60 hours, (4 hours per week) observing, documenting, and interacting with young children in the classroom.

ECE*H215
The Exceptional Learner
3 Credits

Prerequisites: ECE*H101, PSY 203 or permission of the Early Childhood Education Coordinator. The study of the “exceptional child” with emphasis on the history, laws, concepts, practices, and terminology used by professionals in the field. Accommodations and techniques used by teachers in an inclusive classroom will be covered. An observation of a preschool special education class is required.

ECE*H222
Methods and Techniques in Early Childhood Education
3 Credits

Prerequisites: ECE*H101, 103, 106, 176, and 231, ENG*H101, Psy*H111, Soc*H101, should be taken concurrently with ECE-H291. The study of the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate a developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum. Experiences will focus on the design of the learning environment, the interaction between teacher, child and family, classroom management, and the fostering of opportunities to enhance the development of the whole child. Guidance of children’s behavior will be explored. Written permission is required before enrollment. (spring)

ECE*H231
Early Language and Literacy Development
3 Credits

Prerequisites: ECE*H101. An introduction to language and literacy development in the young child. Exploration of the early childhood language arts curriculum which includes speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills will be examined. Emphasis on the influence of a child’s cultural background and experiences on emerging literacy development will be explored. Creation of a literacy-rich environment that engages children in developmentally appropriate language arts experiences will be included. Field trips are required. (spring)

ECE*H290
Student Teaching I
3 Credits

Prerequisites: ECE*H101, 103, 106, 176, and 231, ENG*H101, Psy*H111, Soc*H101. A physical examination by a doctor and a criminal background check are required before starting ECE*H290. This course is designed to develop specific skills needed by the student in order to assume the responsibilities in a classroom. Through guided supervision in the classroom and seminars, the student will gain the needed experience by putting theory into practice. The coordinator will place students in the College’s Child Development Center. Written permission is required before enrollment. Topics to be explored will include classroom management, daily schedules, curriculum and developmentally appropriate planning. The student is required to fulfill 120 hours of work experience during the semester. (8 hours per week minimum) (fall)

ECE*H291
Student Teaching II
3 Credits

Prerequisites: ECE*H101, 103, 106, 176, 231, and 290, ENG*H101, PSY*H111, 204, SOC*H101. This is a continuation of ECE*H290. During this phase of the work experience, the student will concentrate on working directly with young children. The overall objectives are for the student to be able to manage a classroom independently, plan, organize, execute, and evaluate classroom activities on a weekly basis, and be able to critique effectively one’s role in the classroom. The student will be under the supervision of an on-site supervisor and the College instructor. Individual placements are under the direction of the Coordinator which includes eight hours in the Child Development Center and four hours in another setting. Written permission is required before enrollment. The student is required to fulfill 192 hours of work experience for the semester. (12 hours per week minimum) (spring)

Program Coordinator
Cynthia Meo
203-596-2107 (p)
203-596-8755 (f)
Room: K702b