Degree Programs - 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 Programs - Outcomes

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 Program - 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 Program - Outcomes

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.