Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Early Childhood Education, like all education, demands well-prepared teachers. A growing body of research supports the value of high-quality early childhood programs for children’s later success in school and in life, the most important determinant of which is the teacher.

Pikes Peak Community College and the Early Childhood Education program faculty are committed to providing the optimal course of study that meets the career goals of each student. The Early Childhood Education program is the foundation for a challenging and rewarding career in early childhood care and education as well as other related fields.

All students registered for ECE classes, both lecture-based and practicum-based courses, must submit to a criminal background check the first semester of enrollment. This process is completed online through the PPCC Human Resources Department, with an associated cost for the background check service. Further instructions are available on the ECE home page and will be provided the first day of class.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to meet the educational qualifications for early childhood teacher and director as defined by the Colorado Department of Human Services for licensed child care centers and preschools.

All students should schedule an appointment with an Early Childhood Education program advisor prior to enrolling in a class. Please call 719-502-3300 to schedule an appointment.

General Education Courses

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

MAT 112

Financial Mathematics

3

PSY 101

General Psychology I: SS3

3

or

 

 

PSY 112

Psychology of Adjustment

(3)

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology I: SS3

3

or

 

 

SOC 205

Sociology of Family Dynamics: SS3

(3)

 

 

15

Courses required for all emphasis areas

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Lab Techniques

3

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Children

3

ECE 111

Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice

3

ECE 112

Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques

3

ECE 191

School Age Theory & Practice

3

ECE 205

Nutrition, Health & Safety

3

ECE 209

Observing and Utilizing Young Children's Assessment Instruments

1

ECE 220

Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques

3

ECE 226

Creativity & the Young Child

3

ECE 238

Child Growth & Development

3

ECE 240

Administration of Early Childhood Care & Education Programs

3

ECE 241

Admin: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 256

Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems

3

ECE 260

The Exceptional Child

3

ECE 289

Capstone: Early Childhood Education

5

 

 

48

Additional Requirements

Six (6) credit hours. Choose 2 of the following 3 courses

ECE 113

Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques II

3

ECE 192

School Age Lab Techniques

3

ECE 261

Exceptional Child Lab Techniques

3

 

 

6

Total Credit Hours

69

Certificates

Basic Skills

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Lab Techniques

3

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Children

3

ECE 226

Creativity & the Young Child

3

HWE 103

Community First Aid & CPR

1

Total Credit Hours

13

Developmental Intervention Assistant

ECE 120

Introduction to Early Intervention for Infants & Toddlers

4

ECE 121

Promoting Infant & Toddler Development in Natural Environments

3

ECE 122

Interventions for Infants' & Toddlers' Health, Communication & Behavioral Needs

3

ECE 123

Critical Topics in Early Intervention: Autism, Assistive Technology & Transition

3

ECE 124

Professional Growth & Development: Theory & Practice (with Lab)

4

Total Credit Hours

17

Director

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/early-childhood-education/director-gedt.

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Lab Techniques

3

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Children

3

ECE 111

Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice

3

ECE 205

Nutrition, Health & Safety

3

ECE 220

Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques

3

ECE 238

Child Growth & Development

3

ECE 240

Administration of Early Childhood Care & Education Programs

3

ECE 241

Admin: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 260

The Exceptional Child

3

Total Credit Hours

30

ECT DHS Minimum Qualifications

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

or

 

 

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Children

(3)

ECE

Elective Course of Choice

3

Total Credit Hours

6

Infant Toddler

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/early-childhood-education/infant-toddler-gedt.

ECE 111

Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice

3

ECE 112

Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques

3

ECE 113

Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques II

3

ECE 238

Child Growth & Development

3

ECE 256

Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems

3

ECE 260

The Exceptional Child

3

Total Credit Hours

18

Preschool

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/early-childhood-education/preschool-gedt.

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Lab Techniques

3

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Children

3

ECE 209

Observing and Utilizing Young Children's Assessment Instruments

1

ECE 220

Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques

3

ECE 238

Child Growth & Development

3

ECE 256

Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems

3

ECE 260

The Exceptional Child

3

Total Credit Hours

22