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Early Childhood (ECH)

This program provides students with a background in general education and specific skills necessary to work effectively with young children. The curriculum is designed to prepare students, through class and laboratory experience, to become a teacher (head of group) or assistant in preschool/day care/nursery school settings.

Upon successful completion of a NYSED exam, graduates may become teacher assistants in a public school. This degree, with experience and further coursework, qualifies graduates to become the director of a child care center.

The College conducts an on-campus Laboratory Nursery School where students can gain practical teaching experience under professional supervision. Students also participate in various day care centers, pre-schools and kindergartens in the community.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Upon completion of the ECH program, students will be able to display knowledge and appropriate applications in the following areas:

  • Promote child development and learning by creating a learning environment that addresses the developmental characteristics and needs of young children.

  • Build family and community relationships by demonstrating the learners’ understanding of the impact on children’s development and learning of families and the communities in which they live.

  • Observe, document and assess to support young children and their families by using systematic observations, documentation and other strategies to develop age-appropriate curricula and strategies to positively impact on children’s development and learning and communicate with families and other professionals.

  • Actuate the teaching and learning process by integrating the knowledge of developmentally effective approaches to design, implement and evaluate learning experiences for young children in a variety of curricular areas.

  • Become a professional by illustrating an understanding of the ethical implications and consequences of decisions regarding policies and practices in early childhood.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 101

Composition I

3

PSY 111

Psychological Principles I

3

ECH 101

Introduction to Early Childhood

3

ECH 102

Introductory Seminar: Programs for

Young Children

1

ECH 120

Infant and Toddler Curriculum

3

ECH 121

Infant and Toddler Curriculum Fieldwork (a,b)

1

ECH 111

Curriculum Activities for Young Children

2

TOTAL

 

16


Second Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 102

Composition II

3

ECH 107

Preparing to Teach Young Children

2

ECH 108

Early Childhood Practicum I (a,b)

2

PSY 221

Child Development

3

SPE 101, PSY 134, or THE 120

3

MAT 109 or higher

 

3

TOTAL

 

16


Third Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ECH 254

Diverse Early Childhood/Elementary Classrooms

3

ECH 205

Early Childhood Practicum II (a)

4

BHS 103

Social Problems in Today's World

3

American History (Appendix D)

3

Free Elective (c)

 

3-4

TOTAL

 

16-17


Fourth Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ECH 206

Early Childhood Practicum III (a)

5

ECH 212

Language and Literature in

Early Childhood

3

ECH 214

Dev. Appropriate Practice:

Observation and Assessment

3

BIO 104

Environmental Biology

4

TOTAL

 

15

 

 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

63


NOTE:

a. Transportation to and from fieldwork/observation site(s) is the responsibility of all students in the program, including those in the dorm. If you do not have a car, please be sure that you are able to find alternate means of transportation as placements in on-campus sites are frequently not available.

b. All students are required to submit a completed physical examination form to the Health Office prior to their first day of fieldwork.

c. Read a full discussion of the free elective requirement. The subject area
for Early Childhood includes all courses labeled ECH. Since Early Childhood is a physically demanding profession, WFE 101 is strongly recommended.