Early Childhood Education


Early childhood educators work in child care centers, preschools, and public schools with children through the age of eight. They play an important role in shaping the kind of individual a child will become. In addition to attending to children's basic needs for trust and understanding, they prepare curriculum that stimulates the children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. They help children explore and learn through the development of their interests which enhances independence and builds self esteem.

Early childhood professions are a link between the home and the school communicating with parents and meeting the needs of both children and families. They create a safe, healthy learning environment in which children can grow and develop. They may be classroom teachers, special needs aides, teaching assistants, parent and curriculum coordinators, or center directors. This degree transfers into a four year degree in Early Childhood Education.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education - 2 years: 

Prefix First Year Courses Credits
COL 102 College & Career Readiness 1
ENG 101 English Composition I or 3
ENG 105 Technical English 3
ENG 102 English Composition II (Spring) or 3
Communications Course 3
PSY 101 General Psychology (Fall)  4
PSY 202 Child Development & Psychology (Spring) 4
MTH 100 Basic Math or 4
MTH 103 Introduction to Algebra 3
ECE 195 Practicum I 3
2 Fall semester ECE courses 6

Second Year Courses
Lab Science  4
SOC 101  Intro to Sociology (Fall) or 3
SOC 102  Social Problems (Spring) 3
Humanities Elective 6
Social Science Elective 3
ECE 295 Practicum II 3
2 Fall semester ECE courses 6
2 Spring semester ECE courses 6
Total Program Credits 64-65

*Fall semester, Early Childhood courses
2012/2014/2016 2013/2015/2017
ECE 100 ECE 210
ECE 230 ECE 240
*Spring semester, Early Childhood courses   
2013/2015/2017 2014/2016/2018   
ECE 110 ECE 220
ENG 230 ECE 290

*Depending on enrollment year, students will schedule the courses above accordingly. The Early Childhood program is offered in its entirety at the Copper Country campus

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