Early Childhood Education, AAS

CDEV.AAS.C10

Childhood development class


Program Overview

The education option in the Early Childhood Education associate degree program is designed to provide individuals with the theoretical background and practical skills necessary to assume various roles and responsibilities in the child care profession. The student, depending on individual interests and career objectives, may pursue a wide variety of options including child care, teaching, program administration, nanny training, family day care home management, Child Development Associate (CDA) training, infant/toddler care, school-aged care, and assistant in a child care or public/private school setting. Students must be at least 19 years of age upon completion of the program to be qualified as a child care worker and 21 years of age to be a child care center director, according to Department of Children and Family Services regulations. (See other program requirements on this page.) KCC also offers a Paraprofessional Educator/Teacher's Aide program. Students should see the Early Childhood Education program coordinator to determine which program best suits their needs. This degree typically is not designed for transfer.

Child Development Program Requirements

Basic laboratory experience is required in many child development courses within the program. Specific tasks performed in the lab setting will vary according to skills, interests, and course requirements. Prior to initiating lab assignments and projects, Early Childhood Education students must meet the requirements for staff in child care facilities as outlined by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Care Facility Regulations: (1) must have a high school diploma or its equivalent; (2) must be able to pass a DCFS criminal background check; (3) must have a completed health form; and (4) must have a signed mandated reporter form on file. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all program requirements are current and on file with the program coordinator.

Program Requirements

Major Courses

ECED 1513Child Growth & Development

3 Credits

ECED 2013History & Philosophy of Early Child Ed

3 Credits

ECED 2163Discipline/Classroom Management

3 Credits

ECED 2223Art/Music Activities

3 Credits

ECED 2233Language Acquisition & Development

3 Credits

ECED 2243Science/Math Activities

3 Credits

ECED 2253Motor Development/Physical Activities

3 Credits

ECED 2403Clinical Experience

3 Credits

ECED 2513Child, Family & Community Relations

3 Credits

ECED 2523Intro to Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

ECED 2533Early Childhood Curriculum Development

3 Credits

ECED 2543Child Study & Observation

3 Credits

ECED 2633Health, Nutrition & Safety

3 Credits

 

COMP 1521Computer Literacy

1 Credit

or

COSC 1152Introduction to Windows

2 Credits

Choose two

ECED 2103School Aged Programming

3 Credits

ECED 2153Infant/Toddler Care

3 Credits

ECED 2263Heads Up Reading

3 Credits

ECED 2363Administration in Child Care Settings

3 Credits

EDUC 1833The Exceptional Learner/Child

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:46-47

General education

COMM 1553Introductory Speech

3 Credits

PSYC 1813Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Psychology Course

3 Credits

Choose two

COMM 1603Business Communication

3 Credits

ENGL 1613English I

3 Credits

ENGL 1623English II

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Elective

Elective

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one humanities, social and behavioral science, science, or mathematics course from the General education courses for Applied Science Degrees.

Total Credit Hours: 64

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall semester

ECED 1513Child Growth & Development

3 Credits

ECED 2533Early Childhood Curriculum Development

3 Credits

ECED 2163Discipline/Classroom Management

3 Credits

 

COMP 1521Computer Literacy

1 Credit

or

COSC 1152Introduction to Windows

2 Credits

 

ENGL 1613English I

3 Credits

PSYC 1813Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Spring semester

ECED 2513Child, Family & Community Relations

3 Credits

ECED 2523Intro to Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

ENGL 1623English II

3 Credits

COMM 1553Introductory Speech

3 Credits

Psychology Course

3 Credits

Fall semester

ECED 2013History & Philosophy of Early Child Ed

3 Credits

ECED 2633Health, Nutrition & Safety

3 Credits

ECED 2223Art/Music Activities

3 Credits

ECED 2233Language Acquisition & Development

3 Credits

ECED 2253Motor Development/Physical Activities

3 Credits

Spring semester

ECED 2543Child Study & Observation

3 Credits

ECED 2243Science/Math Activities

3 Credits

Electives

6 Credits

Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science, Science, or Mathematics Course

3 Credits

Summer term

ECED 2403Clinical Experience

3 Credits

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