Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science Program in Early Childhood Education is designed for students who wish to enter the field of early childhood education or who are already employed in an early childhood education setting and wish to earn a credential and expand their knowledge and competency in working with young children. The program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with children from birth through age eight. Students may be either full-time or part-time.

Graduates of the program will be able to find employment in day care centers, preschool programs, Head Start programs, or similar. Associate degree holders would also be eligible for head teacher status in child care centers or could seek further education in a Connecticut Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification program. It will also allow one to transfer to a four-year institution.

The Early Childhood Education Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005.

 

 

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Promote child development and learning by understanding of what young children are like; understanding what influences their development; and using this understanding to create great environments where all children can thrive.  This knowledge of how children develop and learn will help to provide opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and aesthetic development of all young children from birth through age eight.
  2. Build family and community relationships through understanding and valuing children’s families and communities; create respectful, reciprocal relationships; and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  3. Observe, document, and assess through understanding the purposes of assessment; use effective assessment strategies; and use assessment responsibly, to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  4. Teach and learn through building close relationships with children and families; use developmentally effective teaching and learning strategies; have sound knowledge of academic disciplines or content areas; and be able to combine all of these to give children experiences that promote development and learning.
  5. Become a professional by identifying themselves with the early childhood profession; are guided by ethical and other professional standards; are continuous, collaborative learners; thinks reflectively and critically; and advocate for children, families, and the profession.

 

Graduation Checklist

Early Childhood Education Degree – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.


Early Childhood Education by Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements 24-26 Credits
* ENG*101 College Writing 3
PSY*111 General Psychology I 3
Sociology/Anthropology elective 3
Computer Applications or Multimedia elective 3
Science Elective 3-4
* Math Elective (MAT*104 or higher) 3
One of the following: COM*173 Public Speaking Foreign Language 3-4
Fine Arts Elective 3
Major course requirements 33 Credits
ECE*101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
PSY*204 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3
ECE*103 Creative Art Experiences for Children 3
+ ECE*210 Observation and Participation 3
ECE*106 Music and Movement for Children 3
+ ECE*131 Children’s Literature 3
+ ECE*275 Child, Family, and School Relations 3
+ ECE*295 Student Teaching 6
+ ECE*215 The Exceptional Learner 3
+ ECE*231 Early Literacy Development 3
One of the following: ECE*141 Infant/Toddler Development ECE*176 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
Totals:
60-62 credits

Early Childhood Education (by semester)

Full-time students should follow the four-semester sequence listed below in order to graduate from this program in two years.

First Semester 15 Credits
ECE*101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
+ ENG*101 College Writing 3
PSY*111 General Psychology I 3
ECE*103 Creative Art Experiences for Children 3
One of the following: ECE*141 Infant/Toddler Development ECE*176 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3
Second Semester 15 Credits
PSY*204 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3
ECE*106 Music and Movement for Children 3
+ ECE*131 Children’s Literature 3
Sociology/Anthropology elective 3
Computer Applications or Multimedia elective 3
Third Semester 15-17 Credits
+ ECE*210 Observation and Participation 3
+ ECE*275 Child, Family, and School Relations 3
+ Math Elective (MAT*104 or higher) 3
Science Elective 3-4
One of the following: COM*173 Public Speaking (Recommended) Foreign Language 3-4
Fourth Semester 15 Credits
+ ECE*295 Student Teaching 6
+ ECE*215 The Exceptional Learner 3
+ ECE*231 Early Literacy Development 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Totals:
60-62 credits