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2016-2017 College Catalog

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Early Childhood Education - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

A Teacher Education Area of Study

Application Code 130

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

Early Childhood Education is defined as grades Pre-K through three in the state of Maryland. This curriculum is designed for students who are interested in transferring to an Early Childhood Education program at a four-year college or university outside of Maryland as well as students who are not eligible to complete the requirements of the Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree. While this curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue a bachelor’s degree program at the college or university level, students are advised to check the requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer.

Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3

EDUC-111Child Growth and Development

3

EDUC-112Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education

3

PSYC-101General Psychology

3

-Arts & Humanities Core Group A

3

Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDUC-130Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

MATH-127Concepts of Mathematics I

4

-Physical Science with lab (CHEM, PHYS, GEOL, ASTR)

4

-Social Sciences Elective

3

Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDUC-200Introduction to Special Education

3

MATH-128Concepts of Mathematics II

4

-Arts & Humanities Core Group B

3

-Biological Science with lab (BIOL)

4

-Any General Education Core Course

2

Suggested Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDUC-201Processes and Acquisition of Reading

3

HIST-111American History to 1877

3

-OR

HIST-112American History Since 1877

3

MATH-138Statistics

4

-Any General Education Core Course

2

-Social Sciences Elective

3

Total Credit Hours: 60

Education requirements vary among transfer institutions and are currently being evaluated. It is essential to meet with your advisor regularly to be aware of program and certification changes.

A graduate should be able to

  1. 1. Describe the theories and principles of child development and learning, and apply the theories and principles to classroom teaching.
  2. 2. Identify the policies, issues, trends, and historical events in the field of early childhood education.
  3. 3. Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way.
  4. 4. Demonstrate knowledge of supporting and empowering families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
  5. 5. Demonstrate understanding of content areas and apply developmentally appropriate approaches to enhance children’s learning and development.
  6. 6. Identify and explain the models of classroom and behavior management.
  7. 7. Identify and conduct themselves as early childhood professionals who use ethical guidelines and National Association for the Education of Young Children standards related to early childhood practice, and who are advocates for sound educational practices and policies.