Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Early Childhood Education

Social Sciences/Career Options

1013 Cedar Hall

319-398-4822

www.kirkwood.edu/careeroptons

Entry time

Fall, Spring or Summer

Award

Associate of Arts degree

2 years (5 semesters)

Associate of Science/Career Option degree, Diploma and Paraeducator Certification are also available. See program coordinator for information.

The Early Childhood Education program provides several options for students interested in the care and education of young children. Students in the program have opportunities to participate in a variety of community early childhood programs, including Head Start centers, kindergarten classrooms, voluntary four-year-old programs and child care centers, including Kirkwood Kids. Whenever possible, experience in inclusive and diverse settings will be encouraged.

After completing the associate degree, students can enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year school. Kirkwood’s Early Childhood Education program articulates to four-year institutions statewide, and we provide advising to help students choose courses that meet transfer institutions’ requirements.

Career opportunities: lead teachers, assistant teachers, early childhood program directors and child care providers in a variety of early childhood programs including child care centers, child development homes, preschools and Head Start programs.

Required Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester (Fall)

ENG-105

Composition I

3

ECE-103

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE-158

Early Childhood Curriculum I

3

ECE-170

Child Growth and Development

3

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Math

3

 

 

15

Second Semester (Spring)

ENG-106

Composition II

3

ECE-159

Early Childhood Curriculum II or

3

ECE-243

Early Childhood Guidance

 

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3

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Humanities core

3

 

 

15

Third Semester (Fall)

ECE-133

Child Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

PSY-121

Developmental Psychology

3

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History/Cultures core

3

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Humanities – Arts & Ideas

3

–––––––

Science core

3

 

 

15

Fourth Semester (Spring)

ECE-243

Early Childhood Guidance or

3

ECE-159

Early Childhood Curriculum II

 

ECE-221

Infant/Toddler Care and Education

3

ECE-262

Early Childhood Field Experience

3

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History/Cultures core

3

–––––––

Science core

3

 

 

15

Fifth Semester (Summer)

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Humanities - Literature

3

–––––––

Social Science core

3

 

 

6

Total program credit hours

66