Early Childhood Education

Demand is up for child care professionals.

 

Early Childhood Education - AAS

1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 2000 level Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified

Estimated Costs for this Major

Tuition/Fees:$12,873
Tools:N/A
Books/Supplies:$2,400
Total:$15,273
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2000 level 3 credit English or Communications course.
3 cr
Humanities requirement
Choose one 2000 level 3 credit Humanities course.
3 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 3 credit Math course.
3 cr
Social Science requirement
Choose one 3 credit Social Science course.
3 cr
 
15 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
8 cr
ECED1207
Fundamentals of Child Development
This course provides an overview of child development from prenatal through school age, including physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and identity/individual development. It integrates developmental theory with appropriate practices in a variety of early childhood care and education settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the needs of the whole child and applying best practice. (Prerequisite: None) (4 Credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
ECED1215
Infants and Toddlers
Through this course the student will become knowledgeable about the well-being, competence, good developmental outcomes and quality of life of infants, toddlers and their families. Students will be required to participate in a practicum experience working with young children for a portion of the semester/credit hours. Students will be required to observe multiple infant and toddler caregivers. (Prerequisites: ECED1207, ECED1220) (2 credits: 1 lecture, 1 lab)

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2 cr
ECED1220
Health, Safety, and Nutrition
This course teaches the student how to establish and maintain a physically and psychologically safe and healthy learning environment for young children. Topics include preventing illness and accidents; handling emergencies; providing health, safety, and nutrition educational experiences; meeting children's basic nutritional needs; child abuse and current health-related issues. This course does not include CPR or first aid certification. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ECED1225
Inspiring Play and Active Inquiry
This course provides an overview of mixed-age theory and development in early childhood settings. Students will integrate knowledge of developmental needs, developmentally appropriate environments, effective care giving and teaching strategies, and observation methods. Curriculum projects will be designed to incorporate activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children in large and small groups. Emphasis will integrate the unique abilities of the child while inspiring learning through play, curiosity, and active inquiry. Students will be required to participate in a practicum experience working with young children for a portion of the semester/credit hours. (Prerequisites: ECED 1207, ECED1220) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
ECED1232
Child Guidance
This course helps students explore physical and social environments that promote learning and development for young children. It includes an introduction to basic child guidance techniques for individual and group situations. Emphasis is on problem-prevention and positive guidance strategies including recognition, communication, limit-setting, problem-solving, and behavior modification. (Prerequisite: None) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
ECED1235
Language and Literacy
This course explores language development from birth to adolescence. This course examines the integration of reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing competencies in a unified literacy curriculum. The course explores the process of language development and appropriate strategies to stimulate and encourage the continuation of language growth. Instructional emphasis is placed upon assessment, fluency, active construction of meaning, and matching learner capabilities with appropriate instructional strategies. Students will complete 32 hours field experience. Students will complete a mock assessment test. Students will be required to participate in a practicum experience working with young children, birth through age eight, for a portion of the semester/credit hours. (Prerequisite: ECED1225) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
ECED2310
Child Abuse & Neglect
Community members are fundamental in identifying and reporting suspected cases of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological maltreatment. Early childhood staff including nannies and family childcare providers are involved in responding to child abuse and neglect and supplementing needed services. In addition, community-based agency staff, substance abuse treatment providers, domestic violence victim advocates, clergy, extended family members, and concerned citizens also play important roles in supporting families and keeping children safe. As a family childcare provider or nanny, your role as a mandated reporter will necessitate continuous observation, documentation, and support to all families in the care setting and in the community. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ECED2320
Exceptional Children
This course examines the development of children with special needs and emphasizes the inclusive classroom. Course content includes early intervention and public policy, comparisons of typical and exceptional development, planning for inclusion, and implementing inclusive early childhood programs. Students will be required to participate in a practicum experience working with young children for a portion of the semester/credit hours. (Prerequisite: ECED2375) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
ECED2370
Observing & Assessing Children's Development
This course presents students with a systematic plan for week-by-week documentation of each child's development in an early childhood setting. It presents instruction in the most common and useful recording techniques as well as a review of basic child development principles. Students will be required to work in a child care setting for at least four hours per week with a minimum of four preschool aged children in order to complete weekly observations. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
ECED2375
Early Childhood Learning
This course provides the learner experience in application and developing curriculum while utilizing effective instructional methods. The course will identify how children develop and learn as well as establish the roles of the family and teacher. Emphasis will be placed on supporting diverse learners and enhancing the learning environment for all learners while supporting active inquiry. Curriculum design and implementation will include math, science, literacy, blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, computers, and outdoors. Students will be required to participate in a practicum experience working with young children, birth through age eight, for a portion of the semester/credit hours. (Prerequisite: ECED1225) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
ECED2620
Family Dynamics in a Multicultural Society
This course focuses on the role of early childhood staff in developing positive relationships with parents that enhance children's healthy growth and development. Working with children and families of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds is emphasized. Students compare child rearing practices and family structure of different cultures, explore parenting styles, family stress, building relationships between family, community, and schools, and identify methods of parent education. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
ECED2675
Ethics, Issues, and Professionalism
This course is a culminating course for the Early Childhood Education program; further exploration of the field and professional leadership is encompassed. The course reiterates the training requirements, licensing regulations, characteristics of quality programs, types of early childhood and school-age programs, use of technology with children, multiculturalism, educating children with special needs, parent and community involvement, and other issues facing the field of early childhood education. Special emphasis is placed on preparing the student practitioner for being proactive in an ever-changing field as well as effectively responding to ethical and professional issues. This course will be a culmination of portfolio requirements with a final presentation and mock interview. This course also requires students to complete a state mandated technical skills assessment. (Prerequisite: ECED2375) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
 
45 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 60



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