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Associate of Applied Science


The Early Childhood Education program prepares individuals to care for and educate young children in settings such as public schools, preschools, pre-kindergarten, child care centers, and Head Start programs.  The early childhood teacher plans and implements activities involving art, science, literature, music, language arts, dramatic play, social studies, and motor skills.  Early childhood teachers work closely with families, assisting parents in understanding stages of development and meeting each child's individual needs.

The person who selects a career with young children should be patient, creative, alert, flexible, decisive, health, responsible, empathetic, and people-oriented.  Coursework includes understanding the growth and development of children, planning the early childhood curriculum, guidance and discipline, nutrition, understanding and working with families, working with diverse learners, and administering child care programs.

The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education.  Upon satisfactory completion of the coursework including the directed practice (student teaching), graduates are eligible to apply for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services requirements for administrator of licensed programs.

This is a limited enrollment program.  Copies of the entrance requirements are available in the Admissions Office.  The Early Childhood Education Department publishes a student handbook which delineates specific department/program policies that are not explained in the general catalog.  The specific policies as described in the department's student handbook take precedence over any general policy outlined in the College catalog.  All ECED courses must have a "C" or higher grade to continue in the program.  Directed Practice (Student Teaching) requires a “B” or higher in order to apply for Ohio Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teaching License.

An acceptable Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) and Federal Bureau of Investigation reports are required in order to begin the practicum sequence. Various practicum sites have specific background check requirements. Individuals with a felony and/or domestic violence conviction may not be permitted to complete the practicums. Please contact the Education Program Director for more information. The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for the completion of this program.



National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards for Associate Degree Programs

Standard 1 Promoting Child Development and Learning
1a Knowing and understanding young children's characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
1b Knowing and understanding the multiple influences in early development and learning.
1c Using development knowledge to create health, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
Standard 2 Building Family and Community Relationships
2a Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics.
2b Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
2c Involving families and comminutes in young children's development and learning.
Standard 3 Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families

Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment - including its use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children.

3b Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment, and data collections.
3c Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including the assistive technology for children with disabilities.
3d Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues to build effective learning environments.
Standard 4 Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
4a Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children.
4b Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
4c Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches.
4d Reflecting on own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
Standard 5 Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
5a Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines: language and literacy; the arts - music, creative movement, dance, drama, visual arts; mathematics; science; physical education; health and safety; and social studies.
5b Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
5c Using own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.
Standard 6 Becoming a Professional
6a Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field.
6b Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and early childhood professional guidelines.
6c Engaging in continuous collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
6d Integrating knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives on early education.
6e Engaging in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood professional.
Standard 7 Early Childhood Field Experience
7a Opportunities to observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups (birth-age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
7b Opportunities to observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (early school graders, child care centers and homes, Head Start programs).



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