RECOMMENDED COURSE SCHEDULE (for full time students)


ECE* K101 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education °

ECE* K182 – Child Development °

ENG* K101 – Composition °

IDS K105 – The First Year Experience °

PSY* K111 – General Psychology I


ECE* K210 – Observation Participation & Seminar °

ECE* K231 – Early Language & Literacy Development °

___________ ECE Elective 3 CREDIT HOURS

MAT* K123 – Elementary Statistics ° or higher (MAT* K137 or higher recommended for transfer)

SOC* K101 – Principles of Sociology


ECE* K215 – The Exceptional Learner °

ECE* K222 – Methods and Techniques in Early Childhood Education °

___________ ECE Elective 3 CREDIT HOURS

HIS* K201 – U.S. History I ° or HIS* K202 – U.S. History II °

___________ Science Elective (4 credit Science with lab recommended for transfer) 3-4


ECE* K295 – Student Teaching Practicum °

___________ Fine Arts Elective 3 CREDIT HOURS (as identified in Liberal Arts and Sciences, A.A.)

ENG* K102 – Literature & Composition °

___________ Any 200 level course in Sociology or Psychology 3 CREDIT HOURS


° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description.

* Indicates common course numbering within Connecticut Community College system.

Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding the minimum number of credits to be taken at TRCC and limits on non-traditional credits.  25% of TRCC degree requirements must be completed with TRCC coursework.  Up to 50% of degree requirements can be fulfilled with non-traditional credit.  Non-traditional credit includes CLEP/DSST exams, Credit by Exam, APL credit, and Military credit.

Early Childhood Education, Associate in Science Degree Program Outcomes

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

  1. promote child development and learning by knowing young children’s needs and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of a variety of current and historical, philosophical and theoretical approaches to early childhood education.
  3. build participation of families and communities in the learning and development of children.
  4. understand the goals, benefits and uses of observing, documenting and assessing to support young children and families.
  5. know, understand and use supportive interactions to focus on the children’s needs and intersts and to build effective environments and routines for children.
  6. understand the central concepts of content knowledge in early education and academic disciplines.
  7. build meaningful curriculum using own knowledge and resources to design and implement problem-solving, creative thinking, academic and social competence.
  8. identify and involve oneself with the professional early child hood field by upholding ethical standards and engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession.