Early Childhood/Preschool Education - Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum Code: 240

Program Information
The rapidly growing preschool field of private and public day care, Head Start, nursery and public preschool centers has created numerous positions in a variety of settings for graduates of this program. Graduates are employed as group teachers in private child care facilities, paraprofessionals in public schools, and as directors of private preschools and home day cares. Others move into bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to become fully certified early childhood teachers. Students are introduced to child development, learning theory, language and literacy development, classroom management, and problem-solving through math, science, technology and the arts.

When You Graduate
When You Graduate AAS programs are designed for students who want to enter a career directly after graduating. Upon completion of the AAS program, however, students may choose to transfer to Thomas Edison State College to complete a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. An agreement with Montclair State University enables students to obtain Teacher Certification in Preschool through Third Grade with one year of post baccalaureate study. With an additional year in P-3 studies, students obtain a master’s degree through a collaborative agreement between MSU and CCC.

Upon completion of this program, student should be able to:
•Understand how children learn and develop and provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development. •Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills. •Understand individual and group motivation and behavior and use this understanding to create learning environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation. •Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.


Employment Opportunities:
Group teachers in private child care facilities, paraprofessionals in public schools, and as owners of home day care centers

Program Requirements (42)
Credits
ED
106
Principles of ECE
3
ED
201
Math, Science and Technology in ECE
3
ED
203
Language Development & Emergent Literacy
3
ED
205
Preschool Classroom Management
3
ED
209
Child Health, Safety & Nutrition
3
ED
212
Books & Storytelling in ECE
3
ED
290
The Early Childhood Professional
3
PY
102
Child Psychology
3
PY
115
Child Development & Learning
3
SP
203
Effective Speech
3
SO
201
Introductory Sociology
3

General Education Requirements (21)
Credits
Diversity Elective
3
Humanities Elective
3
CS
101
Introduction to Microcomputers
3
EN
101
English Composition I
3
EN
102
English Composition II or
EN
103
Technical Writing
3
MA
109
Principles of Mathematics
3
MA
115
Mathematical Structures & Algorithms or
PY
101
General Psychology
3
Elective Requirements
Credits
ED
103
Infant & Toddler Curriculum & Development
ED
105
Creative Learning Experiences
3
ED
204
Creative Learning Experiences in ECE
3
ED
218
Teaching Strategies in Special Education
3
ED
220
Portfolio Development in ECE (by permission only)

Total Credits: (63)