This program offers students three paths to a career:
An Associate Degree can lay the groundwork for a bachelor's degree in Child Studies. Students who think they may, at some point, want to take their education to the next level should follow the Transfer Track.
Some courses are offered on-line to accommodate those students who need more flexibility in pursuing their education. Guest Speakers, hands-on experiences, the use of the latest classroom technologies and materials prepare our students to meet the needs of diverse populations of young children in a multi-cultural society.
|Leadership Course||3 crs|
|ENG110 College Writing
College Writing - 3 Credits
This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen. This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.
|3 crs||LCS105 Elements of Organizations
Elements of Organization - 3 Credits
Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.
|ENG120 College Writing II
College Writing II - 3 Credits
College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.
|COM107 Intro to Communications
Intro to Communications - 3 credits
This introductory course will focus on the knowledge and skills that students need to become competent communicators. This information and these skills will include speaking, listening, media literacy, computer-mediated communication, cultural sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Students will prepare and present speeches and group projects that utilize media and technology. Emphasis will be place on personal, social and workplace interaction both individually and in group settings.
|3 crs||Major Core||30 crs|
|CIS112 Introduction to Computing
Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits
This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement.
Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived
|3 crs||CHS111 Foundations in ECE
Foundations of Early Childhood Education - 3 Credits
This course provides an overview of the theoretical models that have a significant influence on the development of various early childhood curricula. A historical perspective of early childhood education is provided, leading up to an including present-day practices. Students will learn to apply theory to practice within the classroom setting for children ages' birth through eight, including children with exceptionalities. Ethical issues in the Early Childhood setting will be explored.
|CHS199 Practicum I
Practicum I - 3 credits
TThis course provides students with practical experiences in an early childhood education setting. Students are required to spend 15 hours per semester in seminar sessions and to assist in an early care and education classroom for 100 hours. Students must demonstrate competency in providing a safe and healthy learning environment that enables young children to develop physical, cognitive and communication skills.
Prerequisite: CHS111 or permission from the ECE Academic Program Manager
Prerequisite: CHS111 or permission from the ECE Academic Program Manager
|PSY201 Child Development
Child Development - 3 Credits
This course emphasizes the psychological development of the child from birth to adolescence. Consideration is given to data, theories, and methods of studying child behavior. Emphasis is placed upon the general characteristics of various stages of development and upon general determinants of the developmental process.
|Elective*||3 crs||CHS201 Creative Activities
Creative Activities - 3 Credits
This course covers the development of young children's art. Developmentally appropriate means of facilitating creative abilities for diverse groups through painting, drawing, clay, collage, and construction are examined.
Prerequisite: CHS111 or ECE Academic Program Manager.
Studio fee required.
|Elective*||3 crs||CHS252 Social Studies in the ECE Classroom
Social Studies in the Early Childhood Classroom - 3 Credits
This course introduces teachers of young children to a variety of standards-based social studies themes and strategies that promote social awareness, and interpersonal skills. This course will encourage students to examine the ways in which the classroom environment and the world outside the classroom affect learning. Concepts in ethnicity, family and community, multiculturalism and diversity are explored. Curriculum planning for young children with a wide variety of needs and abilities will be addressed.
Prerequisite: CHS111 and permission from your Academic Advisor or ECE Academic Program ManagerCHS111
Prerequisite: CHS111 or permission from your Academic Advisor or ECE Academic Program Manager CHS111
|CHS203 Children's Literature & Language Arts
Children's Literature and Language Arts - 3 Credits
This course is designed to acquaint students with many literature genres beginning with storytelling and including genre such as folk and multicultural literature, fantasy, poetry, biographies and more. The course explores the use of technology in educational settings and lesson plans for literacy.
|CHS208 Teaching the Exceptional Child
Teaching the Exceptional Child - 3 Credits
This course provides information about the exceptional learner. Topics include: history / philosophy/ laws of educating exceptional learners (including English Language Learners), characteristics of the exceptional child, assessment tools, instructional planning and teaching using individualized strategies with complementary techniques and technologies, home / school /community resources and inclusion.
|Elective**||3 crs||CHS250 Math, Science & Technology in the ECE Classroom
Math, Science & Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom - 3 Credits
This course introduces students to curriculum strategies to be used with young children to promote their mathematical and scientific abilities. Additionally, it will provide instruction on how to incorporate technology into the early childhood classroom. Attention is given to the developmental needs of the children and the developmental appropriateness of the lessons.
|CHS254 Health, Safety & Nutrition
Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 Credits
This course explores the issues of health, safety and nutrition in relation to the normal growth and development of young children. Emphasis is placed on the recognition and measurement of normal growth patterns, principles of good nutrition, hygiene, health maintenance and illness prevention. Understanding cultural issues and special needs of individual children are addressed as aspects of health and safety.
|CHS298 Practicum II
Practicum II - 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of CHS 199 and provides students with practical experiences in early childhood education. Students are required to spend 15 hours per semester in seminar sessions and to assist in an early care and education classroom for 100 hours. Students must demonstrate mastery of the core competency areas of creative development, self, social, guidance, families and professionalism when planning activities for young children.
Prerequisite: CHS 111 and CHS 199 and permission from your Academic Advisor and the ECE Academic Program Manager
Prerequisite: CHS111 and CHS199 and permission from your Academic Advisor and the ECE Academic Program Manager
|MAT105 Quantitative Methods
Quantitative Methods (course intended for non-business majors) - 3 Credits
This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics and is integrated with an online homework and tutorial program designed to assist students in achieving their goals of high level performance in and out of the classroom. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.
|3 crs||CHS299 Practicum III
Practicum - 3 Credits
This course provides students with practical experiences in early childhood education. Students participate each week in seminars and assist in their professional area (in infant/toddler or K-3 inclusive settings – if Practicum I & Practicum II were in preschool settings) for 100 hours. Students must demonstrate competencies in planning and carrying out appropriate lessons to promote young children’s cognitive, creative, language, andliteracy, social and emotional development. Students will use local, state and national standards as the basis of their work..
Prerequisite: CHS111, CHS199, CHS298 and Permission of their Academic Advisor and ECE Academic Program Manager.
Prerequisite: CHS111, CHS199, CHS298 and permission of their Academic Advisor and ECE Academic Program Manager
|MAT120 College Algebra
College Algebra - 3 Credits
This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. This course is integrated with an online program designed to assist students in achieving their goals of high level performance in and out of the classroom. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.
Prerequisite: C or better in MAT102 or Department Permission.
Prerequisite: C or better in MAT102 or Department permission
|Career and Self-Awareness||
|CSS199 Child Studies Seminar
Child Studies Seminar - 3 credits
This course is the introductory course for students in the Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and/or the Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Studies. It provides theoretical bases and practical strategies for lifelong learning. Students will become aware of university resources, as well as the policies and procedures critical to success at Post. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, study skills, analytical reading, effective writing, reasoning, problem-solving, time management and strategies for college success necessary to support learning in a university environment. (Under limited circumstances, CSS101 and CSS199 may be interchanged; however, credit cannot be earned for both courses).
Principles of Sociology - 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in Sociology and an analysis of culture, socialization, stratification, social organization, class, social interaction, social change, and conflict.
Fundamentals of Psychology I - 3 Credits
This course examines the nature of psychology as a social and behavioral science. It surveys fundamental areas in behavior including research in psychology, the brain and behavior, learning, human development and socialization, intelligence, personality, health psychology, and social psychology.
Concepts of Biology - 3 Credits
This survey course assists students in understanding the basic and unifying principles of life. Students focus on a wide variety of topics including structure and function, organization, diversity, biochemistry, evolution, behavior, ecology, and population dynamics.