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Associate in Science Degree Program

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program includes a liberal arts core in addition to all the specialized education courses. This two-year program is designed to equip the student with the experiences and skills needed to work with children ages 0 to 8. Student teaching is required.

Early Childhood Program Mission
The mission of the Early Childhood Education Program at Capital Community College is to provide accessible, high quality professional preparation in the field of early childhood education to the diverse students in the greater Hartford region. Graduates are knowledgeable, responsive, and innovative educators who accomplish positive change in the lives of children, families and communities in the region we serve.
Vision Statement
The Early Childhood Education Program at Capital Community College envisions the preparation of teachers who are committed to and value the importance of meaningful, research-based and effective curriculum for young children. The program will develop educators who are knowledgeable about the early education field, critical thinkers, advocates of social justice, and who work effective in providing learning opportunities for young children by acknowledging individuality, ethnicity, and culture.
Course of Study¹
First Semester (15 credits) - First Year
Intro to Early Childhood Education
Health, Safety and Nutrition
General Psychology
Math Elective
Second Semester (15 credits) - First Year
Creative Experiences for Young Children or Music & Movement for Children
Principles of Sociology
Composition & Literature
Child & Adolescent Development
History Elective
Third Semester (15 Credits) - Second Year
Early Childhood Education Behavior Management
Observation, Participation and Seminar
Methods & Techniques in Early Chilhood Education
Sociology or Early Childhood Elective
Early Language & Literacy Development in Early Childhood Education
Fourth Semester (15 credits) - Second Year
The Exceptional Learner
Student Teaching Practicum
Science Elective
Art, English or Music Elective

Student Teaching Practicum

All ECE course requirements must be completed prior to student teaching, other than those courses requiring concurrent enrollment with student teaching. A grade of "C" or higher in all ECE required courses. The requirement for the student teaching practicum is that all enrolled students must complete 200 hours of student teachings and the grading option for this course is pass/fail. Authorization of the program coordinator is required for admission into ECE 295.

The symbol ( * ) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met

ENG 043 or higher is a prerequisite for ECE 101.

ECE 101 is a prerequisite for all ECE courses except ECE 176.

ECE 109 Science & Math for Children may not be substituted for a Science Elective or a Math Elective.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify a variety of current and historical theoretical approaches to Early Childhood Education
  2. Identify and assess the elements that determine quality in early childhood settings
  3. Articulate the beginnings of a personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education
  4. Identify and evaluate ethical issues that may be encountered in the field of Early Childhood Education
  5. Plan, implement and evaluate age appropriate and individually appropriate activities. Also, plan curriculum that is based on child development knowledge, observations and assessments of typical and atypical children from culturally diverse backgrounds
  6. Create and evaluate a learning environment that supports children's physical, social, emotional, creative, language and cognitive development
  7. Identify and apply positive approaches to discipline that encourage children to develop self-control and self-esteem
  8. Create strategies that will support and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families
  9. Recognize current issues and policies that affect young children and their families
  10. Identify and communicate effectively with other professionals concerned with supporting children's development and well-being
  11. Identify sources and participate in opportunities available for professional growth
  12. Demonstrate competence in integrating theory and practice in early childhood programs serving diverse populations of children and their families
  13. Reflect, analyze and evaluate their teaching practices in order to strengthen their work with young children
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