Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree

2013-2014 academic year

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in early childhood education. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 42 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECED 1050 Expressive Arts
This course focuses on the selection, construction, and use of materials, activities and experiences that encourage the young child's creativity and aesthetic appreciation through the visual arts, music, body movement, and dramatic play. Curriculum is designed for 3-8 year olds.
3
ECED 1060 Observation, Assessment, and Guidance
This course introduces a variety of observation and guidance techniques used in early childhood education settings birth to age eight.
3
ECED 1110 Infant and Toddler Development
This course focuses on typical-atypical development of children in the prenatal period of development through 36 months. Planning curriculum in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social-emotional development are examined.
3
ECED 1120 Preschool Child Development
This course focuses on typical-atypical development of the child ages 3 to 5 years in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social-emotional development.
2
ECED 1150 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
An overview of early childhood education, history, trends and the philosophies of various programs, diversity, inclusion, licensing standards, current legislation, professionalism, and advocacy are examined.
3
ECED 1160 Early Language and Literacy
This course will focus on the development of literacy and language skills from birth to age eight. The student will plan and prepare developmentally appropriate language and literacy activities.
3
ECED 1220 Pre-Practicum
This course is designed to provide an orientation to practicum experiences in the early childhood education program. Students will review the process for setting up a practicum, forms used during practicum, understand the child care licensing requirements for their state, obtain a current health report, and have their names cleared through appropriate background checks. Students will understand practicum expectations and responsibilities, methods of evaluation, and the importance of professionalism in the work place.
1
ECED 1221 Infant and Toddler Practicum
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children six weeks through 36 months-of-age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected child care settings. Students will develop an awareness of appropriate adult-child interaction while developing positive employee skills. Basic skills in planning and implementing a daily routine and curriculum activities for infants and toddlers are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 90 clock hours of practical work experience.
2
ECED 1230 School Age Child Development
This course focuses on typical-atypical development of the child ages 5-12 years in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social-emotional development.
2
ECED 1240 Preschool and School-Age Practicum
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children from three to eight years of age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected early care and education settings. Students will develop an awareness of appropriate adult-child interaction while developing positive employee skills. Basic skills in planning and implementing a daily routine and curriculum activities for children from three to eight years of age are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 90 clock hours of practical work experience.
2
ECED 1260 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
This course addresses the interrelatedness of health, safety, and nutrition in the life of a young child, birth through age eight. Practices that assess and promotes good health are introduced. Effective control of communicable diseases and acute illnesses found in the early childhood years and early education settings is addressed. Safety management and the handling of child abuse and neglect are examined. Students learn appropriate nutritional guidelines and practices for planning meals and snacks in the classroom.
3
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3
HLTH 1730 Pediatric Basic Life Support and First Aid
Designed to prepare students to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on infants and children, relieve a foreign body airway obstruction from infants and children as well as basic first aid. The training meets the requirements of the American Heart Association for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.
0.5
ECED 2050 Children with Exceptionalities
This course focuses on the theory, development and philosophy of early childhood education programs serving children with exceptionalities. Topics include working with families, legislation, role of the interventionist, interdisciplinary teams and inclusion of children with special needs in natural environments. Strongly suggest prior knowledge of child growth and development.
3
ECED 2060 Early Childhood Education Curriculum Planning
This course prepares students to plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for children ages 3-8 years of age. Topics include writing goals and objectives, lesson plans, daily schedules, working with parents, and inclusionary practices.
3
ECED 2070 Family and Community Relationships
This course focuses on the development of skills, techniques and attitudes needed to form successful collaboration with diverse family systems and communities. Ten hours of community service learning required.
3
ECED 2500 Early Childhood Administration
Analysis of procedures for managing child care operations with emphasis on types in Nebraska. This is intended as a capstone course for this major. Student must have earned a minimum of 19 credit hours of early childhood education course work.
2.5

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Sci. & Social Sci. 4-6 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BSAD 1000 Human Relations and Ethics
Study of modern methods and procedures used in effective human relations and ethics including information on the following: definition and history of human relations, ethics, diversity, self-esteem, motivation, communication and personality styles, conflict management and resolution, and team building and rapport as well as self expression and effective listening skills.
3
BSAD 1040 Personal Finance
This course will cover the basic principles needed for effective personal financial management, including the practical applications of money management, budgeting, taxes, credit, insurance, housing, investments, and retirement planning.
3

Combination of Oral and Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BSAD 2050 Business Communications
Development of both oral and written communicative skills. Students will be able to organize and present effective presentations gaining audience rapport and sending appropriate nonverbal messages as well as formulate effective letters, memos, and reports for business and industry.
3

Mathematics 3-6 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1010 Math for Elementary Teachers
Designed for the elementary education major. Covers general development of the real number system, number systems other than base ten, set theory, introductory algebra, and elementary probability and statistics.
3

Science or Technology 2-6 Credit Hours

select from list or any Natural Science course
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
OFFT 1500 Microsoft Office
This course will give the student practical experience in operating the word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics portions of the Microsoft Office suite.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 3-4 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
INFO 1710 Web Page Development
The Web Page Development course is intended to show students what the basic HTML code is behind a web page and how to use HTML to construct a site. Topics covered include finding and using images, linking pages, making tables, frames, javascript, navigation, backgrounds, and design elements of a website.
1
LEAD 1010 Introduction to Community Leadership
The course provides an overview of core competencies for community leadership. Students will be introduced to a variety of topics and speakers thus enhancing their understanding of effective leadership, cultural dynamics, and the resources necessary to sustain and revitalize a community. Students will study effective techniques for framing ideas, how to build and use social capital, and how to mobilize resources. This course challenges each student to select a community and design a community engagement strategy.
3
SIGN 1000 Conversational Sign Language
An introduction to sign language, including elements of ASL and SEE II. This course emphasizes the development of receptive and expressive skills in the use of the manual alphabet, numbers, and basic signs.
1-2
SOCI 2150 Issues of Unity and Diversity
This course will help students increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, commonalities and differences among people and acquire knowledge of minority group issues and challenges. The course will prepare students to more critically, actively, and effectively participate in an increasingly diverse and global society.
3
SPAN 1000 Essential Conversational Spanish
An introduction to the conversational study of the Spanish language for various professional groups.
1-2
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
SPAN 1210 Elementary Spanish II
A continuation of the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on reading Spanish at a literary level.
4

Suggested Elective Courses

See advisor and confirm with transfer institution for recommended electives.


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