Early Childhood Education

Curriculum EDU.ECE.AAS (C220A)

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) professional will provide developmentally appropriate care to children in Early Childhood Care and Education programs. The field of Early Childhood covers birth through eight years of age.

Daytime morning, field experiences are requirements in all ECE classes, progressing from basic observations to a supervised observation/participation class which precedes student teaching in program approved and licensed Early Childhood Care and Education programs. Experiences include working with children and families, curriculum development, team teaching responsibilities, classroom management, guidance techniques and portfolio development. Communication skills and collaborative behaviors are emphasized.

College and state medical assessments and background inquiry checks are required of all individuals working with young children.

The Triton College Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education leads to a level 4 Gateways Illinois ECE Credential.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours

 

ECE 110

Early Childhood Development

3

 

ECE 111

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

 

PSY 100

Introduction to Psychology

3

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3

 

 

General education/Humanities/Fine Arts

3

 

 

 

15

Semester Two

#

ECE 118

Health, Nutrition and Safety

3

#

ECE 121

Language Development & Activities

3

#

ECE 146

Child, Family & Community

2

 

HTH 281

First Aid & CPR

2

 

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking

3

 

 

General education/Mathematics or

 

 

 

General education/Physical & Life Science

3-4

 

 

 

16-17

Semester Three

#

ECE 138

Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children

 

4

 

 

 

4

Semester Four

#

ECE 142

Students with Disabilities in School

3

#

ECE 231

Science & Math for Children

3

#

ECE 233

Creative Activities for the Young Child

3

 

 

General education/Social & Behavioral Science

 

3

 

 

Electives

4

 

 

 

16

Semester Five

#

ECE 251

Practicum

4

#

ECE 252

Seminar

3

 

 

Program electives

7

 

 

 

14

 

 

Total credits required for graduation

65-66

See ECE course descriptions.

See Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science General Education requirements.

See Associate in Arts degree requirements for Physical and Life Sciences and Mathematics General Education.

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is a requirement for each ECE course in all ECE programs.

Program electives (7): ECE 122◊, ECE 136◊, ECE 151◊, ECE 152◊, ECE 153◊, ECE 154◊, ECE 155◊, ECE 156◊, ECE 230◊, ECE 250◊, ECE 296

Suggested electives (4): PSY 234◊, Refer to the Associate of Arts Teaching degree in Early Childhood Education for elective choices if you plan on transferring for a teaching degree.

Chairperson: Mary Rinchiuso, Ext. 3022