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Early Childhood Education Program Curriculum

The Early Childhood Education program curriculum provides a comprehensive education that combines a core set of general education courses. Each course is developed with the input of early childhood education professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance. The program imparts real-world knowledge for use on the job.

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in early childhood education. The program lays the foundation for a broad base of knowledge with general education courses in a variety of subject areas. In addition, courses within the program discipline, such as Child Development, Guidance and Discipline, and Early Childhood Literacy focus on preparing students for careers within the early childhood education field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline current theories in early childhood development and discuss physical and psychosocial factors that lead to cognitive, language, and literacy development according to a child’s age.
  2. Develop and implement appropriate curriculum for young children, fostering creativity and emotional, social, and verbal competence within the curriculum.
  3. Apply the guidance and discipline concepts applicable to children’s behavior in preschool and primary school classrooms.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the partnerships with parents and others that teachers must create in order to achieve the best results for children in their classroom.
  5. Apply an understanding of how to teach young children to read and write during the preschool years.
  6. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of public speaking, speech criticism, audience analysis, and effective delivery techniques.
  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of computer applications, and the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with English composition, including the ability to develop essays, revise and edit one's work, and conduct academic research.
  9. Demonstrate basic mathematical skill by describing mathematical reasoning and logic as the basis for data analysis, and by applying the major concepts of college-level algebra.
  10. Be prepared to enter Ashworth College’s bachelor’s degree programs without any additional academic preparation.

Or, consider our...
Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Degree

The curriculum is more occupation-oriented, combining a broad general education with core skill-based courses to prepare you for the workplace. This program is ideal for those who don’t intend to attain a further degree. Call 1-800-957-5412 to enroll in our Associate of Applied Science degree program. (For all Applied Science programs, enroll by phone only)

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Semester 1

C01 - Introduction to Business  

This course offers a broad overview of the business world for both business and non-business majors. It is an introduction to the business environment, business ownership, management, marketing, technology and information, and finance.
Credit Hours: 3

C02 - Business English  

This course presents the basic principles of communication that are particularly applicable in business and industry, providing a foundation for more effective communication skills. It focuses on the proper use of English grammar in business settings.
Credit Hours: 3

E01 - Careers in Early Childhood Education  

This course introduces the student to the field of early childhood education by describing at a fundamental level how children learn, the stages of early childhood development, how teachers work with children and their parents, what is taught, how to create and evaluate an early childhood environment, and issues and trends in the field.
Credit Hours: 3

C04 - Introduction to Psychology  

This is a survey of the field of psychology, including the development of behavior, physiological mechanisms of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion, consciousness, learning, memory, personality and mental health.
Credit Hours: 3

E02 - Child Development  

This course examines childhood development by observing physical and psychosocial factors that lead to cognitive, language, and literacy development according to a child's age. Child development theories, studies and assessments will also be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

C05 - Business Communication  

This course presents the basics of written communication in business. It also explores differences in approach and format for various business documents, and covers techniques for planning, researching, organizing and writing reports.
Credit Hours: 3

E03 - Curriculum Development  

This course discusses how to develop and implement appropriate curriculum for young children. Topics include the use of play, cooking, and physical activity, and techniques for fostering creativity and emotional, social, and verbal competence within the curriculum.
Credit Hours: 3

E04 - Guidance and Discipline  

This course presents guidance and discipline concepts applicable to children’s behavior in preschool and primary school classrooms. By applying the concepts taught in this course, the student will be able to help children become responsible and productive, and will themselves become a much more patient and understanding disciplinarian.
Credit Hours: 3

C08 - American Government  

This course provides an overview of the structure and operations of the federal government, including constitutional principles, rights and liberties, the political process and the relationships among the three branches of the federal government.
Credit Hours: 3

E05 - Children's Literature  

Literature is a core component of an early childhood curriculum. This course will teach students how to evaluate appropriate resources and how to use these resources in a classroom to meet specific educational objectives.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

C17 - College Mathematics  

This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

E06 - Creative Expression and Play  

Play is a core component of an early childhood curriculum. This course reinforces the importance of play and teaches students how to integrate play into the art, music, movement, and drama curricula. This course also analyzes the connection between play and creativity, and demonstrates techniques for fostering creativity.
Credit Hours: 3

E07 - Art and Creative Development  

This course teaches the student why art activities are important to young children and how to provide those art activities in the classroom. Topics include child development, art, and cultural diversity, aesthetics, the senses, and art programs, teaching, planning and evaluating art, and roles, strategies, responses and assessment.
Credit Hours: 3

E08 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition  

The optimal physical and cognitive development of a young child depends on proper nutrition, a safe but challenging learning environment, and care sensitive to the child’s individual health status. In this course, the student will learn how the topics of health, safety, and nutrition are interrelated, how to assess children’s health, how to plan for safety and attend to children’s injuries, and how to foster nutritious eating habits.
Credit Hours: 3

E09 - Home, School, and Community  

This course provides an introduction to the partnerships that teachers must create with parents and others, in order to achieve the best results for children in their classroom. Topics covered include home visits with parents and children, meetings with parents, and parental visits to the child’s classroom. Issues of separation and communication are addressed, along with resolving troublesome behaviors.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

E10 - Exceptional Children  

This is an introduction to the special needs of children with developmental disabilities, and how to implement programs that include these children in an early childhood classroom. Topics include exceptional development, physical impairments and learning and behavior problems, and encouraging social, language and thinking skills.

E11 - Movement and Music  

Movement and music are believed to provide equally valued benefits in the areas of cognitive development, physiological development, physical health, school success, and reading and math achievement. This is a broad-based course in physical education for children, which emphasizes the development of fundamental motor skills through child-centered activities that involve the use of music.
Credit Hours: 3

E13 - Early Childhood Literacy  

This course provides an introduction to teaching young children how to read and write during the preschool years. This course covers the progression of communication, language, literacy, and listening, and the uses of children’s literature to facilitate the development of literacy in early childhood.
Credit Hours: 3

E12 - Cultural Diversity  

A sociological overview of the ways in which cultural diversity influences children’s social skills and behavior, communication, learning styles, literacy development and professional development, plus suggestions for teachers in working with children from diverse backgrounds.
Credit Hours: 3

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The Ashworth College Early Childhood Education program includes self-paced lessons, instructor guidance and online exams that make learning a pleasure. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.