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2015-16 College Catalog

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Early Childhood Development - A.A.S. Degree (Career)

Application Code 89

For curriculum information, contact the Social Sciences and Teacher Education Division—Room ST-149—443-518-1620.

In our society where often both parents are working full-time outside the home, the need for qualified child care providers is growing rapidly. This curriculum is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded background in early childhood development. As part of their career education, many courses assign students to off-campus child care settings where they will interact with young children under the supervision of professionals in the field. Graduates of this area of study, under current State of Maryland regulations, will have the skills necessary to become a Director of a Child Care Center licensed for more than forty children provided that they have two years of experience in an early childhood program and are at least 21 years of age.

General Education Requirements

English Composition

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3

Arts & Humanities

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPCH-105Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
-Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group A

3

-Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group B

3

Biological & Physical Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
-Science Core Course (must include lab)

4

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH-128Concepts of Mathematics II

4

Required Courses Related to Major

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDUC-111Child Growth and Development

3

EDUC-112Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education

3

EDUC-113Working With Infants and Toddlers

3

EDUC-130Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

EDUC-140Child Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

EDUC-151Practicum in Early Childhood Development

5

EDUC-160School Age Child Care

3

EDUC-200Introduction to Special Education

3

EDUC-201Processes and Acquisition of Reading

3

EDUC-212Advanced Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education

3

EDUC-230Child Care Center Administration and Management

3

EDUC-251Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Development

5

Total Credit Hours: 60

A graduate should be able to

1. Explain the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the development of children and young adolescents to construct learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.

2. Execute the fundamental daily skills and routines of high-quality child care.

3. Demonstrate familiarity with the regulations governing child care, and the various quality evaluation systems in place under the Maryland State Department of Education.

4. Demonstrate understanding of ethical and professional behavior in the field of child care and the impact of teachers’ and directors’ behavior on children and families; seek continued opportunities to grow professionally.

5. Use knowledge and understanding of effective verbal, non-verbal, and exploratory techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the child care classroom.

6. Understand the use of formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate, and strengthen instruction that promotes continued cognitive, physical, and emotional-social development for each child.

7. Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining positive collaborative relationships with families to promote the physical, cognitive, and emotional-social growth of children.