Early Childhood Education
Participants in the Early Childhood Education program receive adequate instruction and training in curriculum planning and implementation. Experiences in the coordination of activities in art, music, language arts, and other avenues of learning prepare students for job placement in a variety of careers working with young children. Students receive hands-on experience as they complete the required number of practicum hours in the ECCC Daycare Center on campus. All students enrolled in the program must have up-to-date immunizations on file at the College and must participate in a criminal background check and fingerprinting.
Advanced education is available at multiples levels in early childhood education, including programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Early childhood educators are required to hold licensure or certification whether they work in childcare centers or schools; however, private childcare providers working with small numbers of children are not always required to be certified. Requirements for certification vary widely by age level and state. Typically, certification requires a criminal background check, proof immunizations, and a traning component.
Courses taught in the Early Childhood Education program...
Early Childhood Profession
Infant and Toddler Development
Language and Literacy Development for Young Children
Guiding Social and Emotional Behavior
Social Studies, Math, & Science for Young Children
Administration of Programs for Young Children
Creative Arts for Young Children
Child Health, Safety & Nutrition
Development of the Exceptional Child
Methods, Materials & Measurements
Advanced Practicum Experience
Family Dynamics and Community Involvement
For a complete listing of courses required to complete the Early Childhood Education program, please see the ECCC Catalog.
Careers in Early Childhood Education...
Private Childcare Provider
Preschool Teacher's Assistant
Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant
Childcare Center Manager
Head Start Teacher