CHILD CARE PRACTITIONER

A.A.S. DEGREE

Description
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.

Program Learning Outcomes
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.


Distribution Requirements Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours

ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced English Composition
3
ECE 150 Exploring Early Care and Education
3
ECE 151 Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Young Children
3
EDU 100 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
1
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics OR higher
3
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
3
Total
16
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

ENG 215 Children’s Literature
3
ECE 130 Field Work Child Care Practitioner I
3
ECE 200 Developing Early Literacy
3
HIS 111 History of the United States to 1865 OR
HIS 112 History of the United States Since 1865
3
PSY 201 Developmental Psychology - Child
3
Total
15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours

ECE 152 Early Childhood Quality Practices for Professionals
3
ECE 250 Infant and Toddler Development
3
EDU 150 Performance and Presentation Skills for Educators
3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE*
3-4
ELECTIVE **
3
Total
15-16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

ECE 230 Field Work Child Care Practitioner II
3
ECE 251 Family and Culture
3
HED 116 Issues in Child Development and Health
3
PSY 261 The Psychology of Learning and Behavior Disorders
3
ELECTIVE **
3
Total
15
TOTAL CREDITS
61-62

*Recommended: BIO 117: SCI.


**Recommended: ART; HED 118; MUS 119; SPC 141; THE.