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This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield - Leffel Lane location.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares individuals for employment in licensed child care centers, nursery schools, hospitals, group homes, children's homes, and other programs concerned with the well-being, development, and education of the infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged child. Graduates of the Early Childhood Education degree program are prepared to work with young children, helping them develop into the whole, productive persons they are meant to be.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education, a graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of child development and learning.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective family and community relations.

  • Demonstrate ability to observe, document and assess young children and families.

  • Demonstrate teaching and learning processes.

  • Exhibit professional behaviors and attitude.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in general education and supportive skills.

  • Practice an appreciation and respect of diversity.

Students receive a total of 300 clock hours of supervised experiences in approved early childhood education settings during Practicum I and II. Curriculum, instruction, and Seminar II provide students the opportunity to observe and complete student teaching with young children in authentic learning environments. Curriculum, instruction, and Seminar II provide students the opportunity to discuss their experiences and share ideas concerning curriculum planning and behavior management. All classes are web enhanced. 

The Early Childhood Education program is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and meets all criteria for preparing individuals for pre-kindergarten associate licensure. Students who choose to obtain Pre-Kindergarten licensure must meet all guidelines listed in the Pre-Kindergarten Associate Licensure orientation packet, which is available from ECE full-time faculty. Additionally, candidates must pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators licensure exam in order to be awarded licensure following successful completion of all required coursework.

T.E.A.C.H Ohio
The Early Childhood Education program is an approved Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Ohio scholarship provider.

Graduation Requirements
A grade of C or better in all ECE and EDU courses is required for graduation. Requests to repeat technical courses more than twice must be approved by the Dean of Health, Human, and Public Services.

Liability Insurance
Students will be billed for liability insurance for appropriate courses while enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program.

Transfer Options
Students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Education degree program are preparing for employment upon graduation. However, many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree in education that would allow them to teach in the primary grades in school. Opportunities for transfer to a variety of 4-year institutions exist for students completing an A.A.S.

Curriculum Plan
The following program schedule is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory requirements, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Download the curriculum sheet for this major. Download this part-time evening curriculum sheet if you desire evening courses.

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Course Title Credits
ECE 1101 Professional Development for Educators 1
ECE 1102 Child Development and Education 3
ECE 1105 Language and Literacy in Education 3
EDU 1110 Introduction to Education 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
ECE 1108 Creative and Motor Development in Early Childhood 3
ECE 1112 Cognitive Development in Early Childhood 3
ECE 1115 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood 3
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
-- Science Elective* 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
ECE 2100 Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood 3
ECE 2130 Practicum Field I 1
ECE 2133 Early Education Curriculum and Instruction 3
PSY 2218 Introduction to Educational Psychology 3
-- Math or Statistics Elective** 3
ECE 2120 Leadership, Management, Mentoring in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 2135 Practicum Field II 2
ECE 2137 Seminar II 2
EDU 2216 Technology for Educators 3
EDU 2217 Individuals with Exceptionalities 3
  Total Credit Hours 61

Suggested courses:

*BIO 1410, Fundamentals of Biology, BIO 1105 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, GLG 1131, Physical Geology, GLG 1129, Survey of Earth Sciences (See list of others under Physical/Natural Sciences in front of catalog)

**MTH 1060, Business Math; MTH 1280, Algebra; MTH 1050, Math and Today's World; STT 2640, Elementary Statistics

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.

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