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Why Choose Early Childhood Education?

The social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children is critical to their overall development and will shape the adults they will become. Be a part of caring for and developing children, and shape tomorrow's society.

Mandatory Background Check

All ECE students are required to complete a PPCC background check. Non-PPCC administered background checks will not be accepted.

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What will I study?

As a PPCC Early Childhood Education student, you will learn about a wide array of topics from childhood development to teaching techniques. As part of your studies, you will:

  • Guidance strategies for young children
  • Assessing young children's development
  • Explore methods of fostering creativity
  • Learn techniques to promote healthy development
  • Developing strategies for teaching children of various ages

Example Classes I Might Take

Explores guidance theories, applications, goals, techniques, and factors that influence expectations, classroom management issues, and prosocial skills. Addresses ages birth through age 8.
Provides an overview of early childhood curriculum development. Includes processes for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate environments, materials and experiences, and quality in early childhood programs.
Presents an overview of critical elements related to educating young children with disabilities in the early childhood setting. Topics include the following: typical and atypical development, legal requirements, research based practices related to inclusion, teaming and collaboration, and accommodations and adaptations, Student will learn how a disability will impact a young child's learning process. Focus of the course is on birth through age 8.

ECE Mission, Vision, and Conceptual Framework

Early Childhood Education faculty at PPCC are dedicated to student success. Our mission, vision, and conceptual framework allow us to promote student success and better our community.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Field Experiences

The Early Childhood Education Practicum Handbook is a resource for students and instructors related to practicum courses and instruction on and off campus.

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