Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education - CCL

Effective term: 
2016 Fall
Final term: 
Total credits required: 

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Early Childhood Education program is designed for individuals interested in working in the field of early childhood education (ECE), particularly in programs serving children birth through 8 years of age. The courses are based on current ECE theory and practice, are offered in a variety of formats, and are scheduled to accommodate those who are already working in the ECE field.

Program notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

CFS/ECH176Child Development (3) OR
CFS235Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight (3) 3
EED111Multimedia and the Early Childhood Education Classroom 3
EED200Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EED210Creative and Cognitive Play 3
EED211Language Acquisition in the Young Child 3
EED212Guidance, Management and the Environment 3
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3
EED220Child, Family, Community and Culture 3
EED222Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight 3
EED250Early Literacy Development 3
EED255Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession 3
EED260Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship (1) OR
EED261Early Childhood Preschool Internship (1) 2
(Two (2) semesters of Internship are required)
EED278Early Learning: Curriculum and Instruction - Birth/Preschool 3
EED280Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth Age Eight 3
  1. Describe basic methods for integrating art, science, literacy, and music into a curriculum appropriate for children birth through 8 years of age. (EED210, EED250, EED278)
  2. Develop a prevention and medical emergency plan for various ECE settings. (EED215)
  3. Identify state regulations that relate to various ECE settings. (EED215, EED280)
  4. Describe the developmental stages of children from conception through the eighth year. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
  5. Use effective methods to motivate self-discipline in young children. (EED220)
  6. Design a learning environment which encourages the intellectual and physical development of young children. (EED212)
  7. Develop a curriculum appropriate to various ECE programs. (EED278)
  8. Describe the nutritional needs of young children and the rules and regulations for ECE programs. (EED215)
  9. Provide guidance and discipline which promote the social and emotional development of young children. (EED212)
  10. Design classroom activities and materials which reflect diversity in the ECE setting. (EED210)
  11. Write learning objectives which address specific teaching goals. (EED255)
  12. Apply concepts of professionalism to individual work experiences. (EED255)
  13. Describe assessment techniques and program design appropriate for exceptional children. (EED222)
  14. Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit per semester. (EED260, EED261)
  15. Describe and explain the relationship of play to learning at the early childhood level of development. (EED210, EED212, CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
  16. Describe basic methods for integrating math into ECE curriculum. EED278)
  17. Develop an early childhood curriculum that encompasses art, music, literature, science, math, and language. (EED200, EED278, EED210, EED211)
  18. Explain why the contrast and complementation of excitement and inhibition are important for an optimal learning environment. (EED278)
  19. Develop a plan for professional growth and development. (EED255, EED260, EED261)
  20. Describe appropriate scheduling, child groupings, and curricula as they relate to the age levels and ECE program. (EED212, EED278)
  21. Identify specific areas of exceptional functioning in young children, including learning and exceptionalities, sensory and communication disorders, social and emotional problems, and physical and health related disorders. (EED222)
  22. Use various computer software and multimedia in various ECE settings. (EED111)