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Early Childhood Education Degree

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You Deserve to Have a Career You Love While Making An Impact on the World.

Not every career allows you to wake up every day excited about the work you get to do in the world. For many students, it can be overwhelming to choose the right degree program but if you want to not only love your time in the classroom and your career afterward, then you’re in the right place.

The Early Childhood Program, through a combination of classroom time and hands-on practicum, is designed to develop the skills, competencies, and knowledge necessary to provide quality care and education for typical and atypical children from ages 0-8. This program also prepares individuals for assessment for the nationally recognized Child Development Associate credential.

The Associate of Arts degree articulates into Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education/Special Education programs at Idaho’s four-year universities for those students desiring to teach children in kindergarten through grade 3.

Degrees and Certificates

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, INTERMEDIATE TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:

  • Understand developmentally appropriate theories, models and practices for young children and families.
  • Apply early childhood concepts and knowledge to planning environments, curriculum, family interactions and program management.
  • Demonstrate ability to respond to the holistic needs of diverse children and families in a variety of settings.
  • Interact professionally and ethically with diverse children, families and coworkers.
  • Utilize professional and community resources to promote developmentally appropriate care and education of children and families.

MAJOR CODE: 4680T

**Alternative plans of study available by contacting your advisor

FALL SEMESTER FRESHMAN YEAR

EARC 109 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 Credits
EARC 207 Infant & Toddler Care & Education 3 Credits
EARC 111 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 Credits
ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I 3 Credits
MATH GE Any Gen. Ed. Math Course 3 Credits
Total: 15

SPRING SEMESTER FRESHMAN YEAR

EARC 105 Early Childhood Environments 3 Credits
EARC 203 Child Development 3 Credits
EARC 209 Inclusive Practices for Infants & Toddlers* 3 Credits
EDUC 204 Families Communities & Culture 3 Credits
EARC 222 Introduction to Teaching Children’s Literature 3 Credits
Total: 15

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, INTERMEDIATE TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:

  • Understand developmentally appropriate theories, models and practices for young children and families.
  • Apply early childhood concepts and knowledge to planning environments, curriculum, family interactions and program management.
  • Demonstrate ability to respond to the holistic needs of diverse children and families in a variety of settings.
  • Interact professionally and ethically with diverse children, families and coworkers.
  • Utilize professional and community resources to promote developmentally appropriate care and education of children and families.

MAJOR CODE: 4680T

**Alternative plans of study available by contacting your advisor

FALL SEMESTER FRESHMAN YEAR

EARC 109 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 Credits
EARC 207 Infant & Toddler Care & Education 3 Credits
EARC 111 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3 Credits
ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I 3 Credits
MATH GE Any Gen. Ed. Math Course 3 Credits
Total: 15

SPRING SEMESTER FRESHMAN YEAR

EARC 105 Early Childhood Environments 3 Credits
EARC 203 Child Development 3 Credits
EARC 209 Inclusive Practices for Infants & Toddlers* 3 Credits
EDUC 204 Families Communities & Culture 3 Credits
EARC 222 Introduction to Teaching Children’s Literature 3 Credits
Total: 15

 

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