EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

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 interests and to build effective environments and routines for children.
  6. Understand the central concepts of content knowledge in early education and academic disciplines while using a variety of developmentally appropriate teaching strategies.
  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 childhood field by upholding ethical standards and engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession.
  9. Embracing skills to self-assess and self-advocate; master and apply general education concepts; strong skills in written and verbal communication skills; making connections between prior knowledge and new skills; identify and use professional resources.