CHILD CARE PRACTITIONER
This degree provides comprehensive course work for individuals who work with or plan to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early school age children up to age 8. Students will acquire a thorough understanding of principles of early care education, growth and development. They will receive specific instruction on all aspects of developmental domains including cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Focus areas will be on writing and implementing curriculum and lesson planning, early literacy in addition to properly observing and assessing young children. Students who complete this degree will be prepared to enter the early care work environment, including infant, toddler, preschool and pre-kindergarten settings. In addition, possible employment opportunities include Program Coordinators as well as positions which require an understanding of child development and effective learning environments for young children. Careers could include developing methods and materials for children cared for in child care centers and similar care institutions.
1. Summarize specific Early Childhood developmental theories paying special attention to young childhood birth-age 8.
2. Explain the fundamental needs of young children.
3. Identify strategies that will enable Early Childhood professionals to successfully provide developmentally appropriate support and guidance.
4. Explain the developmental milestones for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early school age children birth to age 8.
5. Analyze the role of family and culture in a child's life.
6. Connect the family and child relationship to early childhood classroom experiences.
7. Apply subject matter knowledge of early childhood (birth-age 8) concepts in work with diverse children through a field work experience in a group child care setting.
8. Create a lesson plan suitable for implementation in an early childhood classroom (age birth-age 5).
9. Articulate the importance of the Early Childhood profession.
Requirements for Program Entrance
All college placement tests must be completed prior to full admission to the program.
ENG 101 College Composition
ENG 200 Advanced English Composition
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics
ECE 150 Exploring Early Care and Education
ECE 151 Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Young Children
EDU 100 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychological Science
First Semester Total:
ENG 215 Children’s Literature
ECE 130 Field Work Child Care Practitioner I
ECE 200 Developing Early Literacy
HIS 111 United States History I - to 1865
HIS 112 United States History II - since 1865
PSY 201 Developmental Psychology - Child
Second Semester Total:
ECE 152 Early Childhood Quality Practices for Professionals
ECE 250 Infant and Toddler Development
EDU 125 Technology in Education
EDU 150 Performance and Presentation Skills for Educators
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - SCIENTIFIC REASONING (MCC-SCI) ELECTIVE*
Third Semester Total:
ECE 230 Field Work Child Care Practitioner II
ECE 251 Family and Culture
HED 116 Issues in Child Development and Health
PSY 261 The Psychology of Learning and Behavior Disorders
OPEN ELECTIVE **
Fourth Semester Total:
*Recommended: BIO 117; alternatively, any course with an SCI prefix.
**Recommended: HED 118, MUS 119, SPC 141, or any courses with ART or THE prefix
# Selected course must satisfy MCC-QL