Early Childhood Education

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.

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 Programs
SOC225
Cultural Diversity
EDU124
Infant-Toddler Curriculum
EDU229
Educational Psychology
EDU224
Early Childhood Program Administration
EDU227
ECE Practicum and Seminar
EDU228
Phonics for Young Children
PHL122
Ethics
BIO126
Science, Energy, & the Environment (lab) or
 
BIO127 Human Biology (lab)

TOTAL CREDITS 64

Associate of applied science in early childhood education

  • Ashland University
  • Kent State University (Tusc. Branch)
  • Walsh University
  • ODJFS licensed child care settings
  • public/private preschools
  • Head Start programs
  • Montessori schools
  • family child care
  • assistant teacher
  • teacher

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.

Education Club
Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society)