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Early Childhood Education AS

Early Childhood Education Overview (AS 2358)

Type of Award

AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-education.aspx

Program Description

This degree program provides the student with a thorough background in all aspects of child development, as well as expanding his or her classroom knowledge into practical hands-on teaching experience.

The program also provides the student with the training and information they need to pursue a career working with infants through school age children.

Program Learning Outcomes

For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes

Admission Requirements

Completion Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length

The program can be finished in two years if you attend full time or three years if you attend part time.

Location

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information

Professor Cassandra Wilbanks, wilbankc@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-3214

Employment Opportunities

Students who complete this program can seek educator, caregiver or manager positions within licensed childcare centers, in private and public school settings and in afterschool/mentoring programs, such as Head Start. Head Start is a federal program that requires its teachers to have earned at least an A.S. or A.A. degree.

Career Path Notes

Students who have earned either a Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) from Palm Beach State or the School District of Palm Beach County, or a National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential can articulate the credential towards an Associate in Science degree (A.S.) in Early Childhood Education (2358) for the following 9 college credit hours: EEC2271 - Teaching Children with Special Needs, EEC2734 - Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child, and CHD1220 - Child Development infancy/Preschool.

The articulation will be processed upon request once students have completed 15 college credits toward the A.S. degree (2358). For more information call (561) 868-3807.

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/Bachelors

In addition, the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree will articulate to Florida Atlantic University’s Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (BECE) degree and to Lynn University’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Grade K-6.

Career Center

www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career

For more information about employment opportunities, including job outlook and salary information, visit: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh

O-Net Online: www.onetonline.org

Required courses:

General Education (Credits: 15)

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

ESC1000Earth Science (AA)

3 Credits

Or

Any course from Natural Sciences - Area IV, Tier 1 & 2

3 credits

ARH1000Art Appreciation (AA)

3 Credits

Or

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

Required Courses (Credits: 33)

EDG1314Education Practicum 1 (AS)

3 Credits

ENC1102College Composition 2 (AA)

3 Credits

EEC1601Observation and Assessment In Early Childhood (AS)

3 Credits

EEC2710Conflict Resolution In Early Childhood (AS)

3 Credits

EEC2271Teaching Children With Special Needs (AS)

3 Credits

EDF2085Introduction to Diversity for Educators (AA)

3 Credits

EEC2734Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child (AS)

3 Credits

CHD1220Child Development, Infancy/Preschool (AS)

3 Credits

EDF1030Behavior Management In the Classroom (AA)

3 Credits

DEP2102Child Growth and Development (AA)

3 Credits

MTB1103Business Mathematics (AS)

3 Credits

Or

Any course from Mathematics-Area III

Or

Any credit math approved by department

3 credits

EDG1315 Education Practicum 2 may be taken instead of ENC1102 only by students not planning to transfer to a university.

MTB1103: Or higher. Students planning to transfer to a university should see an advisor.

Required College Credit Certificate (CCC) Courses (Credits: 12)

Complete one of the following Certificates to complete this AS program:

Child Care Center Management CCC 6366

EEC1523Overview of Child Care Center Management (AS)

3 Credits

EEC2002Child Care and Education Organization Leadership Management (AS)

3 Credits

EEC2202Child Care and Education Programming (AS)

3 Credits

EEC2521Child Care and Education Financial and Legal Issues (AS)

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Or

Infant/Toddler CCC 6367

EEC1001Introduction to Early Childhood Education (AA)

3 Credits

EEC1522Infant/toddler Environments (AS)

3 Credits

EEC2201Developing Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers (AS)

3 Credits

EEC2407Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization In Infants and Toddlers (AS)

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Or

Pre-School CCC 6368

EEC1001Introduction to Early Childhood Education (AA)

3 Credits

EEC1300Early Childhood Language Arts (AS)

3 Credits

EEC1311Early Childhood Science, Social Studies and Math (AS)

3 Credits

EEC1312Early Childhood Fine Arts and Movement (AS)

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 60

Course Sequence

Term One - Fall (Year One) (Credits: 9)

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

EDF1030Behavior Management In the Classroom (AA)

3 Credits

One course from selected CCC

3 credits

Term Two - Spring (Year One) (Credits: 9)

CHD1220Child Development, Infancy/Preschool (AS)

3 Credits

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

One course from selected CCC

3 credits

Term Three - Summer (Year One) (Credits: 3)

One course from selected CCC

3 credits

Term One - Fall (Year Two) (Credits: 9)

ENC1102College Composition 2 (AA)

3 Credits

DEP2102Child Growth and Development (AA)

3 Credits

One course from selected CCC

3 credits

EDG1315  Education Practicum 2 may be taken instead of ENC1102 only by students not planning to transfer to a university.

Term Two - Spring (Year Two) (Credits: 9)

EEC1601Observation and Assessment In Early Childhood (AS)

3 Credits

EEC2710Conflict Resolution In Early Childhood (AS)

3 Credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

Term Three - Summer (Year Two) (Credits: 3)

EEC2271Teaching Children With Special Needs (AS)

3 Credits

Term One - Fall (Year Three) (Credits: 9)

EDF2085Introduction to Diversity for Educators (AA)

3 Credits

EEC2734Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child (AS)

3 Credits

ESC1000Earth Science (AA)

3 Credits

Or

Any course from Natural Sciences - Area IV, Tier 1 & 2

3 credits

Term Two - Spring (Year Three) (Credits: 9)

EDG1314Education Practicum 1 (AS)

3 Credits

ARH1000Art Appreciation (AA)

3 Credits

Or

Any course from Humanities - Area II

3 credits

MTB1103Business Mathematics (AS)

3 Credits

Or

Any course from Mathematics-Area III

Or

Any credit math approved by department

3 credits

MTB1103: Or higher. Students planning to transfer to a university should see an advisor.

Total Credit Hours: 60