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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 Comp I
Elective - Laboratory Science
MAT 119 - Algebra (or higher)
PSY 101 - General Psychology
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Comp II
Elective - Laboratory Science
PSY 205 - Child Psychology
SOC 102 - Social Problems
Elective - FIA or ENG*

Second Year

First Semester

PSY 211 - Current Issues in Psychology
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication
Elective - PSY, SOC, or EDU
EDU 205 - Educational Psychology
EDU 215 - Field Work in Education*
HIS - 2 Semester Sequence**

Second Semester

PED 107 - Decisions for Wellness
CIS 111 - Integrating Technology in the Curriculum
GEO 201 - World Geography
HIS - 2-semester sequence**
Electives - HIS 105, 106, SOC 206 or SPA (choose one)
PSY 102 - Psychology of Personality
FIA - Elective*
FIA - Diversity Course**

*EDU 215 must be taken after EDU 205 or concurrently with EDU 205.

**HIS 101 & 102 OR HIS 201 & 202

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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