Total credit hours: 71
The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.
Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with parents and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.
Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and childcare programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school age programs.
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate should possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:
- Promote child development and learning
- Build family and community relationships
- Observe, document and assess to support young children and families
- Use developmentally effective strategies
- Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
- Demonstrate professionalism
- Transfer and work towards an undergraduate teaching licensure degree
The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (opens in new window) NAEYC, 1313 L St. N.W. Suite 500, Washington. DC 20005 202.232.8777 | 800.424.2460, www.naeyc.org
Students must demonstrate English and mathematics “college readiness” levels, via college-level English/math courses or by completion of or waiver credit for specified “transition” or co-requisite courses.
In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of this program. Early Childhood Education Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)
Full-time and part-time schedules are available. See below for an example of a full time pathway.
Note: Students who do not meet acceptable placement scores must complete appropriate preparatory courses.