Early Childhood Education Associate in Science

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Early Childhood Education Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : CHLDD-AS
CIP: 1413121004
Educational Plan: CHLDD-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Early Childhood Education explores the field’s historical, philosophical, political and theoretical best practices. Students gain the skills and techniques required to support the emotional, physical, language and cognitive development of children from newborn to 8 years of age. To comply with Florida State Law, Chapter 402.305.2(a), each prospective student will be fingerprinted and undergo an FDLE Level II background screening before they can enroll in the capstone course, EEC 1941.

Profession

Early education professionals play a critical role in the growth and development of the children they serve. In this challenging, yet rewarding role, they ensure children enjoy age-appropriate academic programs and quality enrichment in a caring, nurturing and safe learning environment.

Job Outlook

Due to state-mandated adjustments in student-teacher ratios and increases in enrollment, employment in this field is expected to grow by 25 percent (faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

College Credit Certificates

Students pursuing this degree also may obtain the following college credit certificates:

  • Child Care Center Management Specialization
  • Early Childhood Education—Early Intervention Specialist Certificate
  • Early Childhood Education Infant/Toddler Specialization
  • Early Childhood Education Preschool Specialization
  • Educational Assisting Certificate

 

Degree Transfer

Graduates of the A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education have these transfer options:

  • Transfer to the B.S. degree (online) in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 3rd grade teacher certification) at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) for B.S. level courses with the final student teaching course to be done at an approved elementary or preschool in Orlando. Link onto our website for more information https://www.seminolestate.edu/early-childhood/
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education with a concentration in Child Development at Nova Southeastern University.

Program Note

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field and/or transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to a college or university should consult with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all entry requirements for the baccalaureate program of their choice.

Placement and Salary Information

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Available Courses
Required Courses
33
This course provides a study of the techniques used in art, music, storytelling and dramatic activities with young children, birth through age eight, with emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. Students plan, implement and evaluate experiences that will contribute to the creative, motor, affective, perceptual, cognitive and aesthetic development of the young child.
This course examines child development from conception to age eight by considering the complex interaction between heredity and environmental factors. Children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are discussed as well as the implications for developmentally appropriate practice. It includes the theories of Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky. Students will be required to participate in field experience assignments in a child care setting for up to 10 hours.
This course provides child guidance and group management techniques to foster the development of self-esteem, self-control and social skills in young children. Positive reinforcement and problem resolution will be emphasized when discussing child play problems. Students will be required to participate in field experience assignments in an early childhood setting.
This course provides students with the opportunity to observe children, to gain experience working with children and to discuss what they see and learn with someone qualified to interpret behavior and to expose students to current knowledge about child development. This is a capstone course intended for the student to take the final semester. The field experience is composed of 40 clock hours conducted in an early childhood setting. To comply with Florida State Law, Chapter 402.305 2 (a), each prospective student must be fingerprinted and undergo a FDLE Level II background screening. The cost of these procedures is the responsibility of the student. Information received is confidential and is required to determine the eligibility of the prospective student to work with children. Department Consent is required prior to registering for this course. Contact the Early Childhood Education Department for additional information about this requirement. Phone: 407 708-2413 or email: childdevelopment@seminolestate.edu.
This course will explore developmentally appropriate practices for inclusive preschool settings. Participants will develop a framework for planning, implementation, organization and evaluation of activities in content areas such as art, math, science, music, language arts and play. The course will emphasize high-quality, developmentally appropriate practices aligned with state and national standards and guidelines. Students will be required to participate in field experience assignments in a child care setting for up to 10 hours.
In this course, guided readings, culturally diverse group activities and guest speakers from a variety of community resource agencies will broaden students' horizons regarding the diverse characteristics that make up a family. Students will explore how a child's development and learning is influenced by the family and the community where they live. The student will design and implement family involvement activities following research-based best practices. Community field experiences are integrated into the course (up to 10 hours).
This course will serve as a vehicle to deepen student knowledge of infant/toddler development by becoming familiar with play-based curriculum designed to provide caregivers with explicit ideas for creating loving, playful and stimulating experiences for young children from birth through age three. Students will be required to participate in field experience assignments in an infant toddler setting for up to 10 hours.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the nutrition, health and safety needs of young children. It is designed to give future and current teachers practical and easy-to-understand information that will prepare them to serve diverse young children and their families in the preschool or early elementary school setting.
This course presents developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences for young children. Students will be involved in singing, creating, listening to and learning about making music and encouraging children to move to music. Students will develop an understanding of the importance music plays in the early childhood curriculum and how to incorporate it into the daily routine to accomplish a variety of curriculum goals.
This course will focus on children with special needs in early childhood settings. Based on a developmental perspective, course content includes the various areas of exceptionality in terms of causes, characteristics and general intervention, strategies for adapting the learning environment, modifying instruction and making curriculum accessible to all children through inclusion of those with special needs. Attention will be given to state and federal legislation, the referral process, community resources and effective ways to work with families. Note: This course was formerly listed as EEX 2010 and is the required course for Early Childhood Education students. This course is not intended for students pursuing K-12.

Choose one:

This course describes how children acquire language and literacy and how teachers can design classrooms to promote oral and written language development. The course will stress planning for individual children, including children with special needs and English language learners as well as understanding the importance of the child's family in language and literacy development. Up to 10 hours of field observation is required.
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Upon completion of this course, students will understand how to guide and encourage learning by ensuring that the environment is rich with materials and equipment that invite active exploration. Various curriculum approaches will be reviewed with a concentration in creating lesson plans and activities that are appropriate for children under the age of eight years of age. Students will develop a framework for planning, implementation, organization and evaluation for activities in content areas such as art, math, science, music, language arts and active play. The course will emphasize intentionality in teaching using high-quality, developmentally appropriate practices aligned with state school readiness standards. Up to 10 hours of observation in a group care setting is required.
Elective Courses
12

Choose 12 credits from the following list:

12
This course describes how children acquire language and literacy and how teachers can design classrooms to promote oral and written language development. The course will stress planning for individual children, including children with special needs and English language learners as well as understanding the importance of the child's family in language and literacy development. Up to 10 hours of field observation is required.
This is a survey course that covers the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of education, governance and finance of education, educational policies, legal, moral and ethical issues and the professionalism of teaching. Students will be provided information on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and Common Core State Standards. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of field-based experience with children and youth in schools or similar settings and not via virtual modes of film or Internet.
EEC
1002
Professional Techniques in Early Childhood Education
1
Credits
This course serves as articulation credit for the DCF 40 clock-hour state mandated training for all childcare providers. The course covers guidance and discipline of the young child, play as learning, computers and young children, child growth and development and rules and regulations of state requirements.
Students will be introduced to the theory of the Montessori method including evolution, relationship to Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Vygotsky and others, Montessori's definition of sensitive periods of development, the role of teacher as directress, the importance of the prepared environment and the process of normalization will be discussed so that the student will gain an appreciation of the Montessori philosophy and method of teaching.
This course provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the profession of early childhood education. Students will gain more understanding of the Code of Ethical Conduct and demonstrate the use of this code through their writings and reflections. While in the course, the student will develop a teaching portfolio, participate in mock interviews and be observed in a childcare or public school setting for the Florida Staff Credential. Student must have departmental approval before registering.
This course will explore administrative issues relating to leadership in early childhood education, including management styles, staff development and supervision, teacher training, staff collegiality, retention and evaluation as well as collaboration with parents and community. This course meets the director credential requirements for the foundational level.
This course is designed for the early childhood professional to develop basic knowledge, skills and positive dispositions needed to work in partnership with families and other professionals in order to gather data that documents the developmental progression, individual needs and progress toward learning within the classroom. An understanding of goals, benefits of documentation and other effective assessment strategies will be discussed. Up to 10 hours of observation in a childcare or VPK center is required.
This course is a choice of two courses required at the Florida Childcare Director's Credential advanced level. Topics include developmentally and culturally appropriate environment and curriculum professional standards, child observation, assessment, documentation and referral, health, safety and nutrition practices and alliances and families. This course may be taken for renewal of the Florida Director’s Credential.
This course introduces the teacher candidate to principles of math and science that are necessary for early childhood instruction. Students examine the content necessary to teach mathematical principles such as cardinality and counting, classification and sorting, balance, shapes, and numerical representations. An introduction to the process skills of science are included, enabling students to think scientifically in environmental science, life science and physical science areas. This course may be used as a renewal for Florida Staff Credential.
Upon completion of this course, students will understand how to guide and encourage learning by ensuring that the environment is rich with materials and equipment that invite active exploration. Various curriculum approaches will be reviewed with a concentration in creating lesson plans and activities that are appropriate for children under the age of eight years of age. Students will develop a framework for planning, implementation, organization and evaluation for activities in content areas such as art, math, science, music, language arts and active play. The course will emphasize intentionality in teaching using high-quality, developmentally appropriate practices aligned with state school readiness standards. Up to 10 hours of observation in a group care setting is required.
This course is designed to provide current and future child care administrators the opportunity of satisfying one of the educational requirements for the Advanced Level Child Care and Education Administrator Credential as defined by the state of Florida. It is intended to present the needed skills and information in the following areas: organizational structure and dynamics, ethics and professionalism, leadership personnel policies and relationships and the evaluation and retention involved in staff development.
This three-credit course is designed to satisfy one of the educational requirements for the Advanced Level Child Care and the Educational Administrator Credential as defined by the state of Florida. The goal of this course is to develop and enhance skills in legal and financial planning and on-going monitoring, budgeting and accounting, compensation and benefits, facilities and equipment, financial resources and marketing, technology and record-keeping, legal obligations, tax law, insurance and licensure, regulatory requirements and personnel law.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course will serve as a vehicle to either deepen student knowledge of subjects addressed in Early Childhood Education introductory courses or explore issues outside the traditional curriculum. May be repeated for credit.
General Education Courses
15
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is an introductory course which surveys the field of psychology and basic principles and concepts utilized to understand human behavior. The major areas of study include development, learning, perception, motivation, emotions, personality, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy and testing measurements. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Some sections of PSY 2012 have service-learning components. Please refer to class notes in schedule of classes for details. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for AA degree seeking students.
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension. The course addresses communication in the personal, career and global spheres.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Mathematics or Science General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
60
Note:

The course selection includes the four courses that are required for the completion of the College Credit National CDA. They are: EEC 1000, EEC 2732, EEC 2200 and EEC 1601 or EEC 1603.

Students entering the A.S. program with a current National Preschool CDA Credential or a DCF Staff Credntial (training by a Department of Education program) may receive credit for EEC1011, EEC2930 and EEC 2949 after completing 12 credit hours with Seminole State. Contact the Program Manager for details.

Note:

If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college developmental mathematics course(s) if you are non-exempt and if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.

Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Note:

Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate in arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,480$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,220$10,666$10,010
Books and Supplies$1,000$850$1,000$1,200
Total$4,131$17,450$18,146$17,589

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

Profession

Early education professionals play a critical role in the growth and development of the children they serve. In this challenging, yet rewarding role, they ensure children enjoy age-appropriate academic programs and quality enrichment in a caring, nurturing and safe learning environment.

Job Outlook

Due to state-mandated adjustments in student-teacher ratios and increases in enrollment, employment in this field is expected to grow by 25 percent (faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Program Note

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field and/or transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to a college or university should consult with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all entry requirements for the baccalaureate program of their choice.

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