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Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education
Degree Program

Curriculum

General Education 24 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

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
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

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.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

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
 
Liberal Arts* 6 crs
Humanities Elective 3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
 
Math 3 crs
MAT105 Quantitative Methods

MAT105

Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. 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.

OR
MAT120 College Algebra

MAT120

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. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.

3 crs
 
Science** 3 crs
Science Elective
3 crs
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

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.

3 crs
 
Major Core 30 crs
CHS111 Foundations in ECE

CHS111

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.

3 crs
CHS199 Practicum I

CHS199

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
3 crs
CHS201 Creative Activities

CHS201

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.


    Prerequisites: CHS111 or ECE Academic Program Manager
OR
CHS252 Social Studies in the Early Childhood Education

CHS252

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
3 crs
CHS203 Children's Literature and Language Arts

CHS203

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.

Prerequisite:  CHS111


    Prerequisite: CHS111
3 crs
CHS208 Teaching the Exceptional Child

CHS208

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.

Prerequisite:  CHS111


    Prerequisite: CHS111
3 crs
CHS250 Science, Math and Technology

CHS250

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.

Prerequisite: CHS111


    Prerequisite: CHS111
3 crs
CHS254 Health, Safety and Nutrition

CHS254

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. 

Prerequisite:  CHS111


    Prerequisite: CHS111
3 crs
CHS298 Practicum II

CHS298

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
3 crs
CHS299 Practicum III

CHS299

Practicum III - 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
3 crs
PSY201 Child Development

PSY201

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.

Prerequisite: PSY101


    Prerequisite: PSY101
3 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 3 crs
CSS101 College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan

CSS101

College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

This course 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. Students will analyze their own learning abilities and styles and develop effective practices for learning throughout their lifetime. Students will explore their motivations and the external determinants that affect their educational, personal, and career success. Students will learn the role of active learning in a successful life.

3 crs
 
Grand Total 60 crs



* Strongly Recommended - SOC101 Principles of Sociology, PSY101 Fundamentals of Psychology
** Strongly Recommended - BIO120 Concepts of Biology, ENV110 Introduction to Environmental Science

Please Note: Eighteen (18) credits of the courses in any major in any Associates Degree must be at the 200 level or higher and courses above 200 level can only be electives..


The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.