Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Early Childhood Education

Social Sciences

1008 Cedar Hall

319-398-1241

www.kirkwood.edu/socialsciences

Entry time
Fall, Spring, Summer

Award

Associate of Applied Science (4 terms)
Associate of Arts Liberal Arts (transfer degree)

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. Whenever possible, experience in inclusive and diverse settings will be encouraged.

Students planning to pursue an Early Childhood Education degree at a four-year institution follow the Liberal Arts program requirements while at Kirkwood, completing general education and elective courses that prepare them for transfer. Students hoping to start their careers without transferring should work with the Early Childhood Education advisor to choose from the Associate of Applied Science degree, diploma and certificate options.

Kirkwood has articulation agreements with a number of institutions offering degrees in early childhood. By working with your advisor in Early Childhood Education, you can select courses that will meet the requirements of your transfer institution such as foreign language, laboratory science, diversity and grade point average.

Early Childhood Education (Diploma)
Students in the Early Childhood Education A.A.S. program may elect to receive this diploma after completing the courses below. Please consult with the Social Sciences Department for more information regarding this option.

Early Childhood Paraeducator (Certificate)
Students in the Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science program may elect to receive an Early Childhood Paraeducator certificate after completing the A.A.S. degree requirements. This certificate complements the Early Childhood Education program by offering additional classes for those students pursuing a career as an early childhood teacher or provider. The Early Childhood Paraeducator certificate also fulfills the educational requirement for those working toward an infant/toddler or preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) administrated by the Council for Professional recognition in Washington D.C. and meets the requirements for clock hours of formal child care education required for the CDA credential. Please consult with the Social Sciences department for more information regarding this option.

Career opportunities: lead teachers; assistant teachers; paraeducators; 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

A.A.S. Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

ECE-103

Introduction to Early Childhood Education+

3

ECE-105

Technology in Early Childhood

1

ECE-158

Early Childhood Curriculum I

3

ECE-170

Child Growth & Development

3

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

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Math/Science Course (from approved list)

3

 

 

16

Term 2

ECE-159

Early Childhood Curriculum II

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR

3

SPC-112

Public Speaking

 

ENG-106

Composition II*

3

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Program Elective

3

 

 

15

Term 3

ECE-133

Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition

3

PSY-121

Developmental Psychology

3

EDU-248

Exceptional Persons

3

ECE-290

Early Childhood Program Administration

3

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Program Elective

3

 

 

15

Term 4

ECE-221

Infant/Toddler Care & Education

3

ECE-243

Early Childhood Guidance

3

ECE-262

Early Childhood Field Experience

3

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Program Electives

9

 

 

18

Optional

ECE-924

Honors Project

1

Total program credit hours

64

Early Childhood Recommended Program Electives

EDU-110

Exploring Teaching+

3

EDU-119

Behavior Management+

3

EDU-129

Inclusion and Adaption+

3

EDU-212

Educational Foundations

3

EDU-240

Educational Psychology

3

EDU-249

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity+

3

EDU-258

Autism Spectrum Disorder Support

3

ASL-141

American Sign Language I

4

ASL-171

American Sign Language II

4

ECE-928

Independent Study

1

FLS-141

Elementary Spanish I

4

FLS-142

Elementary Spanish II

4

LIT-105

Children's Literature

3

HSV-109

Introduction to Human Services

3

SOC-110

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC-120

Marriage and Family

3

Diploma Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

ECE-103

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE-105

Technology in Early Childhood

1

ECE-158

Early Childhood Curriculum I

3

ECE-133

Child Health, Safety & Nutrition

3

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

ECE-170

Child Growth & Development

3

 

 

16

Term 2

ECE-159

Early Childhood Curriculum II

3

ECE-221

Infant/Toddler Care & Education

3

ECE-243

Early Childhood Guidance

3

ECE-262

Early Childhood Field Experience

3

 

 

12

Term 3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR

3

SPC-112

Public Speaking

 

 

 

6

Optional Courses

EDU-110

Exploring Teaching

3

EDU-119

Behavior Management

3

Total program credit hours

34

Early Childhood Paraeducator Certificate Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

ECE-103

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE-133

Child Health, Safety & Nutrition

3

ECE-158

Early Childhood Curriculum I

3

 

 

9

Term 2

ECE-243

Early Childhood Guidance

3

EDU-110

Exploring Teaching

3

EDU-119

Behavior Management

3

 

 

9

Total program credit hours

18


*Your writing placement score may require prerequisite courses.
+Leads to certification as a paraeducator.

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