Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program prepares individuals for entering occupations in the childcare field. Successful graduates of this one-year Technical Certificate program will be prepared to take advantage of opportunities such as the following: a classroom assistant in a private childcare center or nursery school; a classroom assistant in a Head Start or public school preschool classroom; a paraprofessional working with children with special needs; or as preparation for continuation of an early childhood education in a four-year institution.

The program combines classroom study and lab experience with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Through this curriculum individuals gain an understanding of the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth and development of young children. Students will learn to use materials, supplies, and equipment found in childcare situations through their classroom and laboratory experiences. The one-year Technical Certificate program also includes two Practicum classes which require students to work in the childcare field for credit.

We offer three levels of certification in the Early Childhood Education program:

Student Learning Outcomes

Successful completers of this program will be able to:

  • Plan a safe, healthy learning environment.
  • Advance children’s physical and intellectual development.
  • Implement positive strategies to support children’s social and emotional development.
  • Establish productive relationships with families.
  • Implement strategies to manage an effective program operation.
  • Maintain a commitment to professionalism.
  • Be familiar with a variety of observing and recording techniques to document children’s development.
  • Understand and apply principles of child growth and development

Graduation Requirements (Suggested Schedule)

Dept Course
Course Title Credit Hours
Summer II Term
MAT 1203 Technical Mathematics (or higher-level math course) 3
Fall Semester
ECED 1071 *Introduction to Practicum 1
ECED 1082 *Practicum I 2
ECED 1053 *Environments in Early Childhood 3
ECED 1063 *Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
HOEC 2153 Tech Child Development 3
HOEC 1113 Tech Curriculum Development for Infants and Toddlers 3
CFA 1103 Tech Computer Fundamentals (or higher-level computer course) 3
Spring Semester
HOEC 2013 Tech Literary & Language for Early Childhood Education 3
HOEC 2073 Tech Child Guidance 3
HOEC 2033 Tech Child Care Practicum II 3
HOEC 2023 Tech Math and Science In Early Childhood 3
COM 1203 Technical Communications (or higher-level composition course) 3
ECED 1043 *Development and Curriculum in Early Childhood 3
* Denotes courses required for Certificate of Proficiency - Childhood
Development Associate  (12 credit hours total)
Summer I Term
HOEC 2143 Tech Childcare Program Planning 3
HOEC 2173 Tech Children with Special Needs 3
EXIT: Technical Certificate – Early Childhood Education 45

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