Early Childhood Education (ECE)

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UAM College of Technology-McGehee would like to welcome you to an exciting career in the field of Early Childcare Education. 

  1. ECE Certificate of Proficiency, listed below
  2. ECE Technical Certificate, courses listed below
  3. Associate of Applied Science Degree in General Technology

The need for trained early childhood caregivers will continue to increase as statewide Child Care and Early Childhood Education programs expand.

This program is designed to prepare students for occupations in early care and education programs such as Child Care Centers, Preschools, Head Start Programs, Early Head Start Programs and Arkansas Better Chance Programs.  Positions such as assistant teacher, lead teacher, program coordinator, service coordinator, home visitor, parent educator, director, and others.  Instruction includes child growth and development; nutrition; program planning and management; health and safety; behavior guidance; inclusion of children with special needs; adult-child interactions; appropriate assessment; curriculum development; and laws, regulations, and policies relating to early care education; and designing positive childcare environments.  A child maltreatment check is required. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete one of the options in Early Childhood Education will:

  • 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.
  • Maintaining 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.

Early Childhood Education Certificate of Proficiency

This Certificate of Proficiency provides students with the basic knowledge needed for entry-level employment in early care and education businesses. 

Certificate of Proficiency Requirements

Dept Course
Number
Course Title Credit
Hours
FALL SEMESTER      
ECED 1043 Development and Curriculum in Early Childhood 3
ECED 1053 Environments in Early Childhood 3
ECED 1063 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
ECED 1071 Introduction to Practicum 1
ECED 1082 Practicum I 2
       
    Total Hours for Certificate of Proficiency:  12

Technical Certificate

Dept Course
Number
Course Title Credit
Hours
    FALL SEMESTER  
ECED 1082 Practicum I 2
ECED 1071 Introduction to Practicum 1
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 & Toddlers 3
    SPRING SEMESTER  
HOEC 2073 Tech Child Guidance 3
HOEC 2033 Tech Child Care Practicum II 3
ECED 1043 Development and Curriculum in Early Childhood 3
HOEC 2013 Tech Literacy/Language Arts ECE 3
HOEC 2023 Tech Math/Science for ECE 3
    SUMMER SEMESTER  
HOEC 2143 Tech Childcare Program Planning 3
HOEC 2173 Tech Children with Special Needs 3
    REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION*  
CFA 1103 Tech Computer Fundamentals or higher-level computer course* 3
COM 1203 Tech Communication or higher-level composition course* 3
MAT 1203 Tech Mathematics or higher-level mathematics course* 3
       
    Total Hours for Technical Certificate: 45

*This course may be scheduled during any semester or summer term and must be completed before a technical certificate can be awarded.

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