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Early Childhood Education

10-307-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 63 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Also Offered in Accelerated Format Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Love being around kids? This degree program provides you with skills specific to developing and supervising young children. You’ll learn about child development, relationships, behavior and diversity. You’ll also learn how to create curriculum and give children positive guidance. Gain skills in observation and assessment, health, safety and nutrition--everything you need to play a role in a variety of early childhood education settings. Throughout the program, you will apply what you’re learning in an actual child care setting. Your career in early childhood education is just a hop, skip and jump away.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Technical Studies (45 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood
10-307-148
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Introduces students to the early childhood profession. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; investigate the history of early childhood education; summarize types of early childhood education settings; identify the components of a quality early childhood education program; summarize responsibilities of early childhood education professionals; and explore early childhood curriculum models.
ECE: Hlth Safety & Nutrition
10-307-167
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Examines the topics of health, safety and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; follow governmental regulations and professional standards as they apply to health, safety and nutrition; provide a safe early childhood program and more.
ECE: Practicum 1
10-307-174
3Credit
126
36
126 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Applies the learned course competencies in an actual child care setting. The course competencies include: document children's behavior; explore the standards for quality early childhood education; explore strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; implement activities developed by the co-op teacher/instructor; demonstrate professional behaviors; practice caregiving routines as curriculum and more.
Coreqs: ACCPL Reading >= 54 OR ACT Read >= 18 OR Program Prep, ECE: Art Music & Language Arts 10307178 or ECE: Math, Science & Social Studies 10307194
ECE: Art Music & Lang Arts
10-307-178
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on beginning level curriculum development in the specific content areas of art, music and language arts. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning and more.
Coreq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 OR ACT Read >= 18 OR admitted into Preschool Credential Certificate OR Program Prep
ECE: Child Development
10-307-179
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: analyze social, cultural and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children ages three through eight; summarize the methods and designs of child development research and more.
ECE: Infant & Toddler Dev
10-307-151
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches infant toddler development as it applies to an early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; analyze development of infants and toddlers (conception to three years); correlate prenatal conditions with development; summarize child development theories; analyze the role of heredity and the environment and more.
ECE: Guiding Child Behavior
10-307-188
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; summarize early childhood guidance principles; analyze factors that affect the behavior of children; practice positive guidance strategies; develop guidance strategies to meet individual needs; and create a guidance philosophy.
ECE: Practicum 2
10-307-192
3Credit
126
36
126 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Applies the learned course competencies in an actual child care setting. The course competencies include: identify children's growth and development; maintain the standards for quality early childhood education; practice strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; implement student teacher-developed activity plans; identify the elements of a developmentally appropriate environment and more.
Prereq: ECE: Practicum 1 (10307174); Coreq ECE: Math Science & Social Studies (10307194) or prior completion AND ECE: Art Music and Language Arts (10307178) or prior completion
ECE: Math Science & Soc St
10-307-194
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on beginning level curriculum development in the specific content areas of math, science and social studies. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning; create developmentally appropriate science activities and more.
Coreq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 OR ACT Read >= 18 OR Program Prep
ECE: Curriculum Planning
10-307-166
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Examines the components of curriculum planning in early childhood education. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment; examine caregiving routines as curriculum; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning and more.
Prereq: ECE: Art Music & Lang Arts (10307178); ECE: Math Science & Soc St (10307194)
ECE: Children w Diff Abilities
10-307-187
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the child with differing abilities in an early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; provide inclusive programs for young children; apply legal and ethical requirements including, but not limited to, ADA and IDEA and more.
ECE: Practicum 3
10-307-197
3Credit
126
36
126 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Applies the learned course competencies in an actual child care setting. The course competencies include: assess children's growth and development; implement the standards for quality early childhood education; integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; build meaningful curriculum; provide a developmentally appropriate environment; facilitate positive guidance strategies and more.
Prereq: ECE: Practicum 2 (10307192); Coreq: ECE: Curriculum Planning (10307166)
ECE: Family & Community Rel
10-307-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Examines the role of relationships with family and community in early childhood education. Course competencies include implement strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives when working with families and community; analyze contemporary family patterns, trends and relationships; utilize effective communication strategies; establish ongoing relationships with families and more.
ECE: Practicum 4
10-307-199
3Credit
189
18
189 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Applies the learned course competencies in an actual child care setting. Course competencies include: analyze children's growth and development based on assessment; integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; promote professional behaviors and practices; implement meaningful curriculum; create respectful, reciprocal relationships; evaluate early childhood education programs for quality and more.
Prereq: ECE: Practicum 3 (10307197)
ECE: Admin an ECE Program
10-307-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the administration of an early childhood education program. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; analyze the components of an ECE facility; design an ECE program; analyze the aspects of personnel supervision; outline financial components of an ECE program; apply laws and regulations related to an ECE facility; and advocate for the early childhood profession.

General Studies (15 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Written Communication
10-801-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Speech
10-801-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Covers the fundamentals of oral presentation, topic selection, audience analysis, speech organization, research, evidence and support, delivery, evaluation, listening and group problem solving.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Principles of Sustainability
10-806-112
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy; analyze interconnections between physical and biological science, and environmental systems; summarize the effects of sustainability; analyze connections among social, economic and environmental systems; employ energy conservation strategies to reduce use of fossil fuels; investigate alternative energy option; evaluate options for waste disposal and recycling; and analyze approaches used to promote and implement sustainability.
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Movement and Music for Children
10-307-111
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Presents movement activities to help children develop sensory awareness, songs and rhythms to use in developing skills and concepts, and ways to help children have fun and learn through movement and music.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Introduction
10-307-130
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and information to support individuals of the ASD. Focuses on ASD and how individuals and families may be impacted, and differentiates between typical development and atypical development associated with ASD.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Integration
10-307-131
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Identifies social skill issues; facilitate play skills; monitor behaviors; and create supportive learning and play environments for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is recommended that course 10-307-130 ASD, Introduction be taken prior to taking this course.
ECE: Admin an ECE Program
10-307-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the administration of an early childhood education program. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; analyze the components of an ECE facility; design an ECE program; analyze the aspects of personnel supervision; outline financial components of an ECE program; apply laws and regulations related to an ECE facility; and advocate for the early childhood profession.
Introduction to Family Child Care
10-307-301
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Introduces family child care topics such as quality standards, health and wellness, child development, curriculum planning, guiding children’s behavior, program wellness, and provider health and wellness. This course fulfills requirements for Department of Children and Families entry-level courses Fundamentals of Family Child Care and Introduction to the Child Care Profession.

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