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Early Childhood Elementary Education


SUGGESTED GRADES PRE-K-3 Option offered through Liberal Arts

For students who wish to prepare themselves for an Associate degree or wish to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education. 

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of psychological concepts to the learning behavior of children from Pre-K to Grade 3
  • Analyze the characteristics of effective teaching behaviors and “best practices” in the teaching profession
  • Describe the organization and funding of school systems
  • Describe the roles of teachers, students, parents, administrators, and teacher associations in the U.S.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education
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First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Composition I
Laboratory Science Gen Ed Requirement
MAT 119 - Algebra 
PSY 101 - General Psychology

Second Semester

SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology
ENG 102 - English Composition II
Laboratory Science Gen Ed Requirement
PSY 205 - Child Psychology
Fine Arts Gen Ed Requirement

Second Year

First Semester

ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication
Fine Arts Gen Ed Requirement
EDU 205 - Educational Psychology
HIS 201 - U.S. History to 1865
CIS 111 - Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Second Semester

EDU 215 - Field Work in Education
HIS 202 - U.S. History since 1865
GEO 201 - World Geography
Humanities Gen Ed Requirement
ENG 209 - World Literature I

Teacher Education majors must periodically consult with the Coordinator of Teacher Education to review the latest federal and state requirements for Teacher Certification (Teacher License).

Career Options

Graduates of this program will transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree to work with students in early childhood education.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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