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Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
EDU131  Introduction to Child Development
EDU132  Observation, Assessment, and Group Management
EDU126  Educational Technology
PSY121  General Psychology
ENG124  College Composition
EDU122  Curriculum Design and Instruction
EDU123  Health & Nutrition
EDU225  The Exceptional Child
MTH108  Explorations in Modern Mathematics or MTH124 Statistics
COM121  Effective Speaking
EDU130  Intro to the Teaching Profession
EDU221  Language Arts
EDU223  Community & Family-based Program
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
EDU124  Infant-Toddler Curriculum
EDU224  Early Childhood Program Administration
EDU227  ECE Practicum and Seminar
EDU229  Educational Psychology
PHL122  Ethics
BIO126  Science, Energy, & the Environment (lab) or BIO127 Human Biology (lab)

TOTAL CREDITS 61

 

Students are required to complete an early childhood education (EDU) application packet. The EDU application packets are distributed to students when enrolled in Introduction to Child Development (EDU131) or Introduction to the Teaching Profession (EDU130).

Upon successful completion of the early childhood education program and with the recommendation of early childhood education department chair, graduates may apply for their pre-kindergarten associate license from the Ohio Department of Education.

All students interested in the EDU program are required to undergo a criminal background check prior to applying to the EDU program. Criminal background checks may prevent placements, program completion/graduation and potential employment in the field.

You’ll learn a holistic, child-centered approach to educating children that promotes the appreciation of diversity and individual needs of today's children and families. Your training will emphasize developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instruction based on guidelines set by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and will include extensive field observations and a 210-hour practicum in an approved early childhood setting. Students also receive an affordable, solid foundation for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field.

Two additional majors are available under this degree: infant and toddler or intervention specialist.

Qualified degree candidates will demonstrate professional knowledge, abilities, dispositions, values and attitudes regarding child development and learning, curriculum development and implementation, family and community relationships, assessment and evaluation, professionalism and practice during field experiences.

DEGREE EARNED
Associate of applied science in early childhood education

CERTIFICATE OPTIONS
Early Childhood Administrator Career Enhancement Certificate
Infant/Toddler Career Enhancement Certificate

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS WITH 
Ashland University
Kent State University (Tusc. Branch)
Walsh University

WORK IN MANY AREAS, INCLUDING
• ODJFS licensed child care settings
• public/private preschools
• Head Start programs
• Montessori schools
• family child care

PREPARE FOR TRANSFER OR FOR A CAREER AS A(N) 
• assistant teacher
• teacher

ADDITIONAL FEES 
All education students are required to complete a background check through the Stark State College Security Office. Fees are $30 for state and $30 for federal.

PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS 
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Ohio

JOIN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS 
Education Club
Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society)

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT 
Danette Lund
Department Chair, Education
330-494-6170, Ext. 4501
dlund@startkstate.edu