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Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science

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Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a two-year AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education and enter the workforce. Students explore all facets of early childhood education techniques and strategies, child care, growth and development. This AAS degree provides training for a career involving the care and education of young children from birth through age eight. Courses in theory and internship are combined to provide a comprehensive base of growth and development. Early intervention, high-risk, gifted, and developmentally delayed issues are included. As part of this degree, students will earn three certificates - Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, and Early Childhood Director. The program meets or exceeds all Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Early Childhood licensing requirements.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 238ECE Child Growth and Development

3

ECE 103Guidance Strategies for Young Children

3

ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

PSY 101General Psychology I: GT-SS3

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Note: Upon completion of ECE 101 and ECE 103, you should apply for the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Certificate.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 102Intro to ECE Techniques

3

ECE 220Curriculum Methods/Techniques

3

ECE 256Working w/Families & Communities

3

LIT 255Children's Literature: GT-AH2

3

MATH MAT 107 or Higher, MAT 120

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Note: Upon completion of ECE 101, ECE 103, ECE 238, ECE 102, ECE 220, and ECE 256, you should apply for the Early Childhood Teacher Education Certificate.

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 111Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice

3

ECE 205ECE Nutrition, Health and Safety

3

ECE 240Admin of ECE Programs

3

ECE 241Admin: Human Relations ECE

3

ECE 188Practicum

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 260The Exceptional Child

3

ECE 288Practicum: Early Childhood Education

4

ECE 289Capstone

1

GT- HI1HIS 121/122

3

ELECTIVE Any Early Childhood Education (ECE) Course

3

Total Credit Hours:14
Semester Note: Upon completion of ECE 101, ECE 103, ECE 238, ECE 102, ECE 220, ECE 111, ECE 205, ECE 240, ECE 241, and ECE 260, you should apply for the Early Childhood Director Certificate.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes:

If you are enrolling in ECE 102ECE 112ECE 188, and ECE 288, you must pass a criminal background check before you are allowed to start your practicum hours with childrenContact your home campus ECE Program Director if you are enrolling in an on-campus section of a practicum course or the FRCC-ECE Online Lead if you are enrolling in an online section of a practicum course for information on how to complete the background check process.