Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

A.A.S. Certification

Expected Hours for A.A.S. Certification Degree

61

What is Early Childhood Education?

WHAT is an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education? An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Early Childhood Education is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited two-year-degree program that guides students who plan to work with children ages birth to third grade, in or out of the classroom, and their families. This degree articulates with area colleges and universities for students that desire to seek a bachelor’s degree or higher.

WHAT is an Early Childhood Technical Certificate? The Early Childhood Technical Certificate is embedded in the two-year degree and enables the student to obtain developmentally appropriate educational coursework that prepares them to work successfully with young children.

What will I learn?

The Early Childhood Education Program supports the professional development of the student through a comprehensive curriculum offering the student both the theoretical and practical experiences concerning young children and families.

Program Learning Outcome #1:  Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, students using their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and the multiple influences on developmental learning will be able to create appropriate learning environments for children birth through age 8.

Program Learning Outcome #2:  Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, students will be able to develop strategies that promote appropriate partnerships between students, teachers, families, and their diverse communities.

Program Learning Outcome #3:  Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, students will be able to create appropriate goals, curriculum, teaching strategies, and assessment plans based on observable student learning outcomes.

Program Learning Outcome #4: Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, students will be able to choose developmentally effective approaches/strategies to connect with young children.

Program Learning Outcome #5:  Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, students will be able to use content knowledge to create, implement, and evaluate a challenging curriculum that is developmentally appropriate to young children’s characteristics and needs.

Program Learning Outcome #6:  Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, students will be able to conduct themselves as early childhood professionals.

What is the cost?

  • State residents: $152 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State residents: $475 per credit hour
  • Registration fees vary but are applied to your tuition costs for summary. You can check the updated page for fees, tuition, and expenses.

What are my options to pay for this degree?

  • Apply for financial aid at www.FAFSA.gov
  • A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid. He/she must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Program Schedule


Fall Semester

* ECED 1310

Introduction to Early Childhood

3

*ECED 2310

Safe, Healthy, Learning Environments


   3

*ECED 2335

Initial Practicum

3

ENGL 1010

English Composition I

3

GEN 1010

First Year Seminar

3

Fall Semester Milestones

  • Complete any learning support coursework that is required. Check with the Math Department to see if  MATH 1000 Math Essentials is required before taking MATH 1130 College Algebra or MATH 1410 Math for Elementary School Teachers. MATH 1510 Intro to Statistics does not require MATH 1000 as a prerequisite.
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  • FINANCIAL AID ALERT-If you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is July 1. Please consult  a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.
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  • Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration when contacted. Remember, advising is key to success!
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  • A grade of C or higher is required in all ECED courses.
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  • Successful completion of ECED 1310, ECED 2310, and ECED 2335 required for progression to ECED 2365 and ECED 2370.

Spring Semester

*ECED 2315

Early Childhood Curriculum

3

ECED 2320

Infant Toddler Child Development

3

*ECED 2340

Family Dynamics

3

ART 1030 or MUS 1030

Art Appreciation

or

Music Appreciation

3

MATH 1130 or

MATH 1410 or

MATH 1510

College Algebra

or

Math for Elementary Teachers

or

Intro to Statistics

3

 

Spring Semester Milestones

  • Successful completion of learning support required or two years of high school algebra for MATH 1130, MATH 1530, or MATH 1410.
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  • A grade of C or better is required in all ECED courses.
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  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Please consult  a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.

If this is your first term of enrollment and you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is December 1.

  • Work with your advisor to discuss Fall registration when contacted. Remember, advising is key to success!
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  • Successful completion of ECED 2315, ECED 2320, and ECED 2340 is required for progression to ECED 2365 and ECED 2370.

 

Fall Semester

ECED 2360

Exceptional Child

3

*ECED 2385

Math and Science for Early Childhood

3

PSYC 1030

General Psychology

    3

ENGL 2510

or

INFS 1100

Children’s Literature

or

Technology for Teachers

3

ASTR 1020 or BIOL 1010

Astronomy  

or

Survey of Biology

4

  • Fall Semester Milestones
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  • FINANCIAL ALERT-If you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is July 1. Please consult  a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.

  • A grade of C or better is required in all ECED courses.
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  • Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration when contacted. Remember, advising is key to success!
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  • Complete an Intent to Graduate form on Cougar Net  for Spring.
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  • Upon completion of English and Math courses, students that plan to transfer for their bachelor degree should apply and take the Praxis Academic Core Exam. Students that have an ACT score of 22 or higher are exempt from the Praxis Academic Core Exam.
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  • Successful completion of ECED 2385 and ECED 2360 recommended for progression to ECED 2365 and ECED 2370.
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  • If you are transferring to another college you need to apply early in the Fall Semester.

Spring Semester

ECED 2365

Final Practicum

3

ECED 2370

Developmental Assessment

3

*ECED 2380

Language and Literature

3

SPCH 1010

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

3

*ECED

2390

or

EDU 2000

Creative Development

or

Introduction to the Teaching Profession

3

Spring Semester Milestones

  • Complete Early Childhood Exit Exam in ECED 2365 Final Practicum.
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  • A grade of C or better is required for all ECED courses.
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  • Congratulations!  After you complete this semester’s courses and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA, you will be a Cleveland State graduate.
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  • Apply to graduate by completing the online Intent to Graduate form under the Graduation Tab within Registration Tools & Forms on Cougarnet.
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  • Complete program test and exit exam in the Testing Center. Schedule to take your exams by going to mycs.cc/testing.
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FINANCIAL ALERT-Please consult  a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.

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