This program will enable students to meet the entry level requirements for employment in an early childhood care and education setting. Students will gain basic knowledge of child development and acquire the fundamental skills necessary to effectively educate and care for young children. The program provides professional training through a combination of coursework and applied experiences working with children.

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Odd Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
EDEC 1020 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 2000 – Engaging Families in Early Childhood Settings 3
EDEC 1100 – Observation and Guidance of Young Children 2
EDEC 1105 – Observation and Guidance of Young Children Lab 1
LIBS 2280 – Literature for Children 3
Total Credit Hours: 12

Even Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
FCSC 2121 – Child Development* 4
EDEC 1200 – Administration in Early Childhood Programs 3
EDEC 1300 – Curriculum Planning and Development for Young Children 2
EDEC 1305 – Curriculum Planning and Development for Young Children Lab 1
HLED 1221 – Standard First Aid & Safety (Infant/Child CPR)(This course can be waived for students with a current Infant/Child & Adult CPR card) 2
Total Credit Hours: 12

*Child Development course will include development of portfolio.

**Students seeking Child Development Associate (CDA) completion should note that FCSC 2121, EDEC 1100 & 1105, and EDEC 1300 & 1305 include a combined total of 90 hours of early childhood classroom experience as partial fulfillment to meet the CDA credential. (Child Development Associate credential is recognized nationwide for entry-level employment into the childcare profession.)