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Early Childhood Education

10-307-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 60 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Also Offered in Accelerated Format Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Love being around children? 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. Throughout the program, you will apply what you're learning in actual early childhood settings. 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 (42 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: explore the concepts of diversity, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias as it relates to early childhood education, investigate the history of early childhood education, examine regulatory requirements for early childhood education programs in Wisconsin, summarize types of early childhood education settings, identify the components of a quality early childhood education program, summarize responsibilities of early childhood education professionals, explore early childhood curriculum models and examine the critical role of play as it relates to developmentally appropriate practice.
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, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; examine governmental regulations and professional standards as they apply to health, safety, and nutrition; plan a safe early childhood environment; plan a healthy early childhood environment; plan nutritionally sound menus; examine child abuse and neglect issues and mandates; describe Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction strategies, describe strategies to prevent the occurrence of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS); incorporate health, safety, and nutrition concepts into the children's curriculum.
ECE: Introductory Practicum
10-307-174
3Credit
144
36
144 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual early childhood setting. Explore the standards for quality early childhood education, demonstrate professional behaviors, and meet the requirements for training in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards.
Coreqs: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103; ECE: Art Music & Language Arts 10307178 OR ECE: Math, Science & Social Studies 10307194
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: integrate strategies that support diversity, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; analyze social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children ages three through five; analyze development of children ages five through eight; relate child development research findings to teaching practice; analyze the role of heredity and the environment; examine the role of brain development in early learning (ages three through eight) examine developmental and environmental assessment strategies for children ages three through eight.
ECE: Early Language & Literacy
10-307-108
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Explore strategies to encourage the development of early language and literacy knowledge and skill building in children birth to 8 years of age. Learners will investigate the components of literacy including; literacy as a source of enjoyment, vocabulary and oral language, phonological awareness, knowledge of print, letters and words, comprehension and an understanding of books and other texts. Theories and philosophies regarding children's language and literacy development will be addressed. Dual language learning will be examined within the context of developmentally appropriate practices. Assessment tools for early language and literacy acquisition will be reviewed.
ECE: Infant & Toddler Dev
10-307-151
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches infant and toddler development as it applies to an early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; analyze development of infants and toddlers (conception to thirty-six months); correlate prenatal and postnatal conditions with development; summarize child development theories; analyze the role of heredity and the environment; examine culturally and developmentally appropriate environments for infants and toddlers, examine the role of brain development in early learning (conception through thirty-six months); examine caregiving routines as curriculum; and examine developmental and environmental assessment strategies for infants and toddlers.
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, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; analyze techniques for and effects of strong relationship-building with children and families; identify positive and proactive guidance principles and techniques to support children; analyze environmental influences on child behavior; identify strategies that support children’s active engagement in the learning environment; identify strategies that proactively teach emotional literacy and regulation techniques; identify strategies that proactively teach friendship skills; identify strategies that proactively teach children calming, relaxation, and problem-solving techniques; utilize observation and assessment techniques to assess and interpret behavior; create a behavior support plan based on a functional behavior assessment; create a guidance philosophy. This course meets the requirements of the "24 hour Wisconsin" Pyramid Model training.
ECE: Social Studies, Art, & Music
10-307-110
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Focuses on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of Social Studies, Art, Music, & Movement (SSAMM).
ECE: Preschool Practicum
10-307-175
3Credit
144
36
144 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Serves as the capstone course in The Registry Preschool Credential. Students will be placed or will be working in an early childhood setting with 3 year-old to 5 year-old children and create a portfolio that prepares students for The Registry commission. In this course, students will be implementing regulations and standards for quality early childhood education, applying knowledge of child development and positive guidance, utilizing observation and assessment techniques, and assessing developmentally appropriate environments for preschoolers.
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, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; promote inclusive programs for young children; apply legal and ethical requirements including, but not limited to, ADA and IDEA; examine the consultation process to embed intervention in natural based settings; differentiate between typical and exceptional development; analyze the differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional disorders; identify community and professional resources; interpret an individual educational plan (IEP/IFSP) for children with developmental differences; adapt curriculum to meet the needs of children with developmental differences; examine strategies for cultivating partnerships with families who have children with developmental differences.
ECE: STEM
10-307-112
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
ECE: Intermediate Practicum
10-307-177
3Credit
144
36
144 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Implement regulations and standards for quality early childhood education, applying knowledge of child development and positive guidance, utilizing observation and assessment techniques, and assessing developmentally appropriate environments for children.
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, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives when working with families and community; analyze contemporary family patterns and trends; identify strategies to strengthen and support families; explore effective communication strategies; discover strategies for developing respectful and reciprocal relationships with families; analyze strategies to promote family engagement in early childhood education programs; explore a variety of formats for meeting with families in their contexts; advocate for children and families; and explore community resources that provide a range of services for children and families.
ECE: Advanced Practicum
10-307-199
3Credit
144
36
144 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Demonstrate competence in supporting child development through observation, assessment and implementation of teaching strategies as students work in and learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual early childhood setting. Demonstrate a high level of skill in fostering relationships with children, families and early childhood professionals, and use skills learned in a lead teacher role to develop a career plan to transition from student to early childhood education professional.
Prereq: ECE: Practicum 3 (10307197)

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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 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: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
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.
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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