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7/21/2021 10:59:13 AM

Early Childhood Career Pathway, Gateways to Opportunity Level IV Credential, Associate in Applied Science

(formerly Early Childhood Credential Transfer Pathway Level IV)

Curriculum EDU.ECE.AAS (C220A)

(Total Program Credits: 60.5)

The Early Childhood Associates in Applied Science Career Pathway degree is designed for students interested in entering the Early Childhood Education Field or students currently employed within the field seeking to be Lead Teacher qualified. Students will be introduced to foundational concepts and best practices in the areas of: child development, curriculum and instruction, health, safety and nutrition, guidance and classroom management, diversity and inclusion, and observation, documentation and assessment. Students enrolled in this more advanced pathway have the opportunity to develop and refine their skills through multiple opportunities for hands-on experience and implementation throughout their coursework. This degree will lead to a Gateways to Opportunity Level IV Early Childhood Credential. This pathway is designed with stackable course offerings so students can progress within the credentialing system and obtain more advanced certificates and degrees.

Field experiences/observation hours are a requirement for all ECE courses. Field experiences in this degree progress from basic observation to supervised implementation and student teaching within an early childhood classroom setting.

All program courses may not transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Career Pathway, Gateways to Opportunity Level IV Credential, the graduate will be able to:

   apply Developmentally Appropriate Practice in all aspects of curriculum and instruction;

   demonstrate a strong understanding of the developmental characteristics and needs of children birth through age eight;

   utilize observation, documentation, and assessment to inform their practices with young children;

   establish respectful and reciprocal relationship with children and their families;

   create classroom environments that promote respect and acceptance for human diversity; and

•   exhibit professional practices that are aligned with NAEYC Professional Standards and Code of Ethical Conduct.

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor or Transfer Specialist (if transferring), before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

    (Fall 2021)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 110Early Child Development

3 credits

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

ECE 153Guiding Children and Managing the Classroom

1 credit

HTH 281First Aid CPR AED

1 credit

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 118Health, Nutrition & Safety #

3 credits

ECE 142Students With Disabilities in School #

3 credits

ECE 146Child, Family & Community

2 credits

MAT 116Math for Elementary School Teachers I #

3 credits

 

ART 110Looking at Art

3 credits

OR

MUS 110Listening to Music

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 121Language Development & Activities #

3 credits

ECE 138Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children #

3.5 credits

ECE 231Science and Math for Children #

3 credits

ECE 233Creative Activities for the Young Child #

3 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15.5

Note: Students must complete RHT 101, with SPE 101, or RHT 101 with RHT 102. Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101, RHT 102 and SPE 101 to meet university requirements.

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 115Infant Toddler Development

3 credits

OR

ECE 250Administration & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs #

3 credits

 

ECE 251Practicum #

5 credits

LIT 170Introduction to Children's Literature #

3 credits

MAT 117Math for Elementary School Teachers II #

3 credits

Electives

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Graduation Requirements:

Course NumberTitleCredits

General education

AAS degree

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:15

Total semester hours for program required courses program specific electives and other electives toward the AAS Degree in Early Childhood Pathway, Gateways to Opportunity Level IV Credential

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:45

General education Associate in Applied Science requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Two courses (six semester hours). Department choice of RHT 101 and RHT 102 or RHT 101 with SPE 101. If transferring, it is suggested to take all three courses.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities or Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours are required for graduation; department choice whether courses are taken from each discipline or two courses from same discipline, to include one approved Human Diversity course.
  • Mathematics or Physical or Life Science: One course (three semester hours); review specific program requirements for your selected curriculum.
Course NumberTitleCredits

See ECE course descriptions.

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

Chairperson: Ayelet Miller, Email: ayeletmiller@triton.edu, Ext. 3989