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Early Childhood Education
Accredited by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1313 L St. N.W. Suite 500 Washington DC 2000
Telephone: 202-232-8777 or 800-424-2460
Associate in Science
Program Coordinator: Sheila Skahan - 860-215-9475
This 64 credit program is designed to provide education and
experiences as a basis for employment in the field of early
childhood working with children ages 0-8 and/or as a two-year
educational foundation for students wishing to transfer to a
four/five-year teaching certification program. This program prepares
students to work in early care and education settings including
child care, public school paraprofessionals (K-2) and related human
service agencies. Our courses also address the needs of individuals
already employed in the area of early education to enhance their
professional competence and depth of knowledge. The goal of the plan
is to create an "accessible pathway for career mobility for early
childhood educators." The plan will award a minimum of 18 credits in
early childhood education., 3-6 credits in child growth and
development and a minimum of 30 credits in General Education. TRCC
currently has working relationships with the following colleges:
ECSU, SCSU, University of Hartford, Mitchell College, St. Joseph
College, Charter Oak State College and The University of
Connecticut: Human Development and Family Relations major.
NOTE: To meet state articulation requirements, transfer students must take the following courses: Science: must be a laboratory science; Math: must be MAT* K136 or higher; History must be HIS* K201; Open: Computer Science course recommended. Transfer students must have a 2.7 GPA and pass the state mandated skills examination (PRAXIS I) or have an SAT score of 1000, with neither the subtest below 400 points from any test administration on or prior to March 31, 1995, or 1100 or more with no less than 450 on either the verbal or the mathematics subtests from the test administrations on or after April 1, 1995 or higher before they can be admitted into a university education program. Special Education degree students must take ECE* K101 and ECE* K222 to meet transfer requirements.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CURRICULUM
|Course ID||Title of Course||
|Early Childhood Education|
|ECE* K101°||Introduction to Childhood Education||
|ECE* K182°||Child Development|
|PSY* K200°||Child Psychology|
|ECE* K210°||Observation, Participation and Seminar||
|ECE* K215°||The Exceptional Learner||
|ECE* K222°||Methods and Techniques in Childhood Programs||
|ECE* K231°||Early Language and Literacy Development||
|ECE* K295°||Student Teaching Practicum||
|ECE Electives (6 Credits): Please choose any course in ECE*, EDU*, PSY* K204 or PSY* K220.|
|Arts and Humanities|
|IDS K105°||First Year Experience||
|__________||Fine Arts Elective (as identified in Liberal Arts and Sciences)||
|HLT* K155°||Personal Health||
|__________||Science elective with Lab||
|MAT* K123°||Fundamentals of Statistics or higher (MAT* K137 or higher recommended for transfer)||
|BBG* K115°||Business Software Applications|
|CSA* K105||Introduction to Software Applications|
|PSY* K111°||General Psychology I||
|SOC* K101°||Principles of Sociology||
|__________||Any 200 level course in Sociology, Psychology or Ethics||
|Open Elective (3 Credits): Best Choice for Transfer: MAT* K146°, HIS* K201°, HIS* K202, ENG* K102°, PSY* K201°, SSC* K210° and/or any of the following: PSY* K200°, SOC* K220°, COM* K173°, PHL* K111°, LIB* K121°, SSC* K210°.|
°Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description.
Early Childhood Education, Associate in Science
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- promote child development and learning by knowing young children's needs and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
- demonstrate an understanding of a variety of current and historical, philosophical and theoretical approaches to early childhood education.
- build participation of families and communities in the learning and development of children.
- understand the goals, benefits and uses of observing, documenting and assessing to support young children and families.
- know, understand and use supportive interactions to focus on the children's needs and intersts and to build effective environments and routines for children.
- understand the central concepts of content knowledge in early education and academic disciplines.
- build meaningful curriculum using own knowledge and resources to design and implement problem-solving, creative thinking, academic and social competence.
- identify and involve oneself with the
professional early childhood field by upholding ethical
standards and engaging in informed advocacy for children and the
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