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Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science

Interim Dean: Dr. Michael Vitale

Program Coordinator:  Kris Hearn

This program is designed to promote quality early childhood education for all young children, birth through age eight, and to improve professional practice in the early childhood community.

Successful completion of this program will enable you to gain employment in educational and social service settings involving young children and their families. Successfully completing courses in this program will help you gain knowledge and develop basic skills and techniques to assist you in becoming competent in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Students may choose a series of courses that will lead to preparation for the entry level, National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. These courses bridge into the two-year degree.

Students with a CDA, appropriate documentation, and appropriate work experience may earn up to twelve hours of credit toward the two-year degree.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number Course Title Hours
HUDV Requirement
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements
ENGL0101 Composition I*
3
ENGL0102 Composition II
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Mathematics Requirements
MATH0110 Business Math or
  Math Core Elective
3
Total
3
 
Humanities Requirements
ENGL0107 Children's Literature
3
Total
3
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirements
PSYC0101 Psychology*
3
PSYC0202 Child Development*
3
Total
6
Natural and Physical Science Requirements
  Science Core Elective
3
Total
3
 
Total General Education Requirements
25-26
 
Technical Requirements
CHLD0100 Fundamentals of Early Care Education
3
CHLD0114 Infant and Toddler First Aid and CPR
1
CHLD0110 Infant & Toddlers I or
CHLD0112 Preschoolers I or
CHLD0125 School Age Care I
3
CHLD0111 Infants & Toddlers II* or
CHLD0113 Preschoolers II*
3
CHLD0123 Care of Children with Disabilities
3
CHLD0140 Observing Children's Behavior
3
CHLD0142 Child Nutrition*
3
CHLD0143 Creative Experience I
3
CHLD0144 Creative Experience II* or
CHLD0215 Science in Early Childhood or
 
CHLD0242 Developing Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
3
CHLD0146 Child Care Administration*
3
CHLD0150 Multicultural Education of Children: Teaching Children from Around the World*
3
CHLD0165 Parenting & Parental Involvement in Child Care Education
3
CHLD0220 Wellness, Health, and Safety
3
CHLD0240 Curriculum Planning for Young Children
3
CHLD0244 Child Care Internship I
 
CHLD0245 Child Care Internship II
3
Total Early Childhood Education Requirements
46
 
Total hours required for an Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Degree
71-72
 
Early Childhood Education Electives
CHLD0101 Early Childhood Substitute Teacher Training
1
LANG0152 Spanish for Child Care Facility Personnel
3
CHLD0227 Child Development Associate Preparation
2

*See course description for prerequisite.