Academics

Do you find yourself reading stories to younger children or feeling proud when you have explained a difficult math problem to a friend and her face lights up with understanding? If you major in Education, you will develop your talents into the skills every teacher needs.

This program is designed for students who are planning to pursue a career in teaching at either the elementary or secondary level. Students gain the foundation courses and liberal arts background necessary to prepare for further study at a four-year college or university in the field of education.

Year 1
Fall Semester

CS 101  Introduction to Microcomputers (3 cr) or
CS 102  Applications on the Microcomputer (3 cr)
ED 101  Foundations of Education (3 cr)
EN 101  English Composition I (3 cr)
MA 109  Principles of Mathematics (3 cr)
PY 101  General Psychology (3 cr)

Spring Semester
AR 101  Art Appreciation (3 cr)
EN 102  English Composition II (3 cr)
PY 102  Child Psychology (3 cr)
PY 213  Educational Psychology (3 cr)
General Education Science Elective (3 cr)

Year 2
Fall Semester

HI 201  US History I (3 cr) or
HI 202  US History II (3 cr)
SO 201  Introductory Sociology (3 cr)
SP 203  Effective Speech (3 cr)
General Education Literature Elective (3 cr)
General Education Science Elective with Lab (4 cr)

Spring Semester
GE 102  Cultural Geography (3 cr) (Recommended Diversity Elective)
HI 101  Western Civilization I (3 cr) or
HI 102  Western Civilization II (3 cr)
MA 115  Mathematical Structures & Algorithms (Elem. Majors) (3 cr) or
PY 204  Psychology of Adolescence (3 cr) (Middle-Sec. Ed. Majors)
PY 214  Human Exceptionality (3 cr)
General Education Humanities Elective (3 cr)

Total Credits  61

Elementary Ed Program (K-8) Requirements (15 credits)
ED 101  Historical Foundations of Education (3 cr)
PY 102  Child Psychology (3 cr)
PY 213  Educational Psychology (3 cr)
PY 214  Human Exceptionality (3 cr) *
MA 115  Mathematical Structures & Algorithms (3 cr) *

*Please note: If student chooses to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University at CCC, the
 program electives would be two Foreign Language courses.

Secondary Education Program Requirements (15 credits)
ED 101  Historical Foundations of Education (3 cr)
PY 102  Child Psychology (3 cr)
PY 204  Psychology of Adolescence (3 cr)
PY 213  Educational Psychology (3 cr)
PY 214  Human Exceptionality (3 cr)

This program is designed for the rapidly growing preschool field of private and public day care, Head Start, nursery and public preschool centers. Students are introduced to child development, learning theory, language and literacy development, classroom management, and problem-solving through math, science, technology and the arts.

Year 1
Fall Semester

CS 101  Introduction to Microcomputers (3 cr) or
CS 102  Applications on the Microcomputer (3 cr)
ED 106  Principles of Early Childhood Education (3 cr)
EN 101  English Composition I (3 cr)
PY 115  Child Development & Learning (3 cr)
SO 201  Introductory Sociology (3 cr)

Spring Semester
ED 203  Language Development & Emergent Literacy (3 cr)
ED 209  Child Health, Safety & Nutrition (3 cr)
EN 102  EnglishComposition II (3 cr) or
EN 103  Technical Writing (3 cr)
PY 101  General Psychology (3 cr)
General Education Education Elective (3 cr)

Year 2
Fall Semester

ED 201  Math, Science & Technology (3 cr)
ED 205  Preschool Classroom Management (3 cr)
MA 109  Principles of Mathematics (3 cr) or
MA 115  Mathematical Structures & Algorithms (3 cr)
PY 102  Child Psychology (3 cr)
General Education Education Elective (3 cr)

Spring Semester
ED 212  Picture Books & Story Telling (3 cr)
ED 290  The Early Childhood Professional (3 cr)
PI 106  Principles of Science I (3 cr)
General Education Diversity Elective (3 cr)
General Education Humanities Elective (3 cr)

Total Credits  60

Program Electives
ED 103  Infant & Toddler Curriculum & Development (3 cr)
ED 105  Creative Learning Experiences (3 cr)
ED 204  Creative Learning Experiences in ECE (3 cr)
ED 218  Teaching Strategies in Special Education (3 cr)
ED 220  Portfolio Development in ECE (by permission only) (3 cr)

This program is designed to allow students to explore the field of Early Childhood Education before making a commitment to obtaining the A.A.S degree. All courses offered in the Academic Certificate may be applied to the A.A.S degree in Early Childhood Education.

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Fall Semester
CS 101  Introduction to Microcomputers (3 cr) or
CS 102  Applications on the Microcomputer (3 cr)
ED 106  Principles of Early Childhood Education (3 cr)
EN 101 English Composition I (3 cr)
PY 115  Child Development & Learning (3 cr)
SO 201  Introductory Sociology (3 cr)
 

Spring Semester
ED 203  Language Development & Emergent Literacy (3 cr)
ED 204  Creative Learning Experiences (3 cr)       
ED 209  Child Health, Safety & Nutrition (3 cr)
EN 102  English Composition II (3 cr) or
EN 103  Technical Writing (3 cr)
PY 101  General Psychology (3 cr)
 

Total Credits  30

Rev'd October 2015

This career certificate is intended for use by professionals and paraprofessionals working in the field of infant/toddler care in all settings, including center-based care, family child care programs, and in community based programs that support infant, toddlers and their families. By focusing on infant/toddler mental health and social/emotional development as well as adding an intensive supervised field work experience, candidates will increase knowledge and skills in caring for children birth through 36 months of age.

First Semester
ED 103  Infant/toddler Curriculum & Development (3 cr)
ED 106  Principles of ECE (3 cr)
ED 110  Infant/Toddler Mental Health (3 cr)
ED 219  Infant/Toddler Field Experience (3 cr)
PY 115  Child Development & Learning (3 cr)

Total Credits 15

This program is designed to allow students to adjust their course selections to area preschool or local school system requirements. Students learn to relate effectively to others in an early childhood environment and to select language, art, math, science, and musical activities designed to stimulate creativity and growth in young learners. With this certificate, students have the basic competencies needed to begin employment as teacher aides in preschools, child care facilities or Abbott classrooms.

This program is designed to provide directors of early childhood facilities or students who wish to prepare for the position of director with the skills to design developmentally appropriate programs, create management policies and procedures, and assess staff strengths and weaknesses.