Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Associates of Applied Science

About the Early Childhood Education Program

Experience both academic theory and hands-on application through a series of practicums to develop an understanding of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children and acquire skill in planning and implementing programs that promote development. The program prepares you to work in a variety of early childhood education settings including child care centers, nursery schools, Head Start programs, school-age child care programs, and family day care homes.

Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1030714800 ECE Foundations of Early Childhood Ed
Description

Introduces the student to the early childhood profession. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, investigate the history of early childhood education, summarize types of early childhood education settings, identify the components of a quality early childhood education program, summarize responsibilities of early childhood education professionals, and explore early childhood curriculum models.

3.00
1030715100 ECE Infant and Toddler Development
Description

Students will study infant and toddler development as it applies to an early childhood education settings. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, analyze development of infants and toddlers (conception to three years), correlate prenatal conditions with development, summarize child development theories, analyze the role of heredity and the environment, examine research-based models, and examine culturally and developmentally appropriate environments for infants and toddlers.

3.00
1030716600 ECE Curriculum Planning
Description

Examines the components of curriculum planning in early childhood education. Integrates strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, examine the critical role of play, establish a developmentally appropriate environment, examine care giving routines as curriculum, develop activity plans that promote child development and learning, develop unit plans that promote child development and learning, and analyze early childhood curriculum models.

3.00
1030716700 ECE Health Safety and Nutrition
Description

Examines the topics of health, safety, and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting. Integrates strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; follow governmental regulations and professional standards as they apply to health, safety, and nutrition; provide a safe early childhood program; provide a healthy early childhood program; provide a nutritionally, sound early childhood program; adhere to child abuse and neglect mandates; apply Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction strategies; incorporate health, safety, and nutrition concepts into the children’s curriculum.

3.00
1080119600 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Description

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects.

3.00
1080919700 Contemporary American Society
Description

Explores the American social and political institutions affecting the individual as a citizen, worker, and participant in various social groups. Topics studied will be flexible and responsive to contemporary issues.

3.00
Semester: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1030717400 ECE Practicum 1
Description

Students will learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual childcare setting. Students will document children's behavior, explore the standards for quality early childhood education, explore strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, implement activities developed by the co-op teacher/instructor, demonstrate professional behaviors, practice caregiving routines as curriculum, practice positive interpersonal skills with children and adults, analyze the guiding principles and the five developmental domains related to the WI Early Learning Standards, integrate the WI Early Learning Standards into the program's teaching cycle (ongoing assessment, planning and curriculum goals, and implementation), and evaluate learning and assessment activities using the early learning standards for each individual child. Prerequisite(s): 1030715100 ECE Infant and Toddler Development (C or better) and 1030716700 ECE Health Safety and Nutrition (C or better).

3.00
1030717800 ECE Art Music and Language Arts
Description

Focuses on beginning-level curriculum development in the specific content areas of arts, music, and language arts. Explores integration strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning; analyze care giving routines as curriculum; create developmentally appropriate language, literature, and literacy activities; create developmentally appropriate art activities; and create developmentally appropriate music and movement activities. Prerequisite(s): 1030716600 ECE Curriculum Planning (C or better).

3.00
1030717900 ECE Child Development
Description

Examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. Students will analyze social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children age three through age eight, summarize the methods and designs of child development research; and analyze the role of heredity and environment.

3.00
1030718800 ECE Guiding Child Behavior
Description

Examines positive strategies to guide children’s behavior in the early childhood education setting. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, summarize early childhood guidance principles, analyze factors that affect the behavior of children, practice positive guidance strategies, develop guidance strategies to meet individual needs, and create a guidance philosophy.

3.00
1030719500 ECE Family and Community Relationships
Description

Examines the role of relationships with family and community in early childhood education. Students will implement strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives when working with families and community; analyze contemporary family patterns, trends, and relationships; utilize effective communication strategies; establish on-going relationships with families; advocate for children and families; and work collaboratively with community resources.

3.00
1080119500 Written Communication
Description

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

3.00
Semester: 3
Course # Course Title Credits
1030718700 ECE Children with Differing Abilities
Description

Focuses on the child with differing abilities in an early childhood setting. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; provide inclusive programs for young children; apply legal and ethical requirements including, but not limited to ADA and IDEA; differentiate between typical and exceptional development; analyze the differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional disorders; work collaboratively with community and professional resources; utilize an individual education plan (IEP/IFSP) for children with developmental differences; adapt curriculum to meet the needs of children with developmental differences; and cultivate partnerships with families who have children with developmental differences.

3.00
1030719200 ECE Practicum 2
Description

Students will learn to identify children’s growth and development, maintain the standards for quality early childhood education, practice strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, implement student teacher-developed activity plans, identify the elements of a developmentally appropriate environment, implement positive guidance strategies, demonstrate professional behaviors, utilize care giving routines as curriculum, and utilize positive interpersonal skills with children and adults. Prerequisite(s): 1030717400 ECE Practicum 1 (C or better) and 1030717800 ECE Art Music and Language Arts (C or better) and 1030718800 ECE Guiding Child Behavior (C or better).

3.00
1030719400 ECE Math, Science, & Social Studies
Description

Focuses on beginning-level curriculum development in the specific content areas of math, science and social studies. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, examine the critical role of play, establish a developmentally appropriate environment, develop activity plans that promote child development and learning, create developmentally appropriate science activities, create developmentally appropriate math activities, and create developmentally appropriate social studies activities. Prerequisite(s): 1030716600 ECE Curriculum Planning (C or better).

3.00
1080119700 Technical Reporting
Description

Teaches preparation and presentation of written, oral, and multi-media technical reports. Prerequisite(s): 1080119500 Written Communication (C or better) or 2080121900 English Composition I (C or better).

3.00
1080917200 Introduction to Diversity Studies
Description

Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relations in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and religion are explored.

3.00
1080918800 Developmental Psychology
Description

Study of human development throughout the lifespan. Explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Application activities and critical thinking skills will enable students to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others.

3.00
Semester: 4
Course # Course Title Credits
1030719700 ECE Practicum 3
Description

Learn about and apply the ability to assess children’s growth and development, implement the standards for quality and early childhood education, integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, build meaningful curriculum, provide a developmentally appropriate environment, facilitate positive guidance strategies, evaluate one’s own professional behaviors and practices, lead care giving routines as curriculum, utilize positive interpersonal skills with children, and utilize positive interpersonal skills with adults. Prerequisite(s): 1030719200 ECE Practicum 2 (C or better) and 1030719400 ECE Math Science and Soc St (C or better). Corequisite(s): 10-307-199-00 ECE Practicum 4.

3.00
1030719800 ECE Administering an ECE Program
Description

Focuses on the administration of an early childhood education program. Students learn to integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, analyze the components of an ECE facility, design an ECE program, analyze the aspects of personnel supervision, outline financial components of an ECE program, apply laws and regulations related to an ECE facility, and advocate for the early childhood profession.

3.00
1030719900 ECE Practicum 4
Description

Learn about and apply the ability to analyze children’s growth and development based on assessment integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, promote professional behaviors and practices, implement meaningful curriculum, create respectful reciprocal relationships, evaluate early childhood education programs for quality, and explore professional options in early childhood education. Corequisite(s): 10-307-197-00 ECE Practicum 3.

3.00
1080412300 Math with Business Applications
Description

Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percent, simple interest, compound interest, annuity, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying/selling processes, and basic statistics with business and consumer applications. Accuplacer Algebra score >= 35 or ACT Math score >= 18

3.00
Elective Elective
Description
3.00

At A Glance

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Approximate Cost

$8,857*

Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Apply child development theory to practice.
  • Cultivate relationships with children, family, and the community.
  • Assess child growth and development.
  • Use best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices.

Your Potential Careers

  • Family Day Care Provider
  • Infant/Toddler/Preschool Child Care Teacher
  • Head Start Teacher or Home Visitor
  • Child Care Center Program Director or owner
  • School Age Child Care Teacher/Director
  • Child Care Center Administrator or Owner
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist
  • Child and Family Center Specialist

Median Annual Salary

$22,339 $24,690 $29,661
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