Catalog Year 2017/2018
 

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Prepares students to work in child care centers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, and for self employment as family child care providers or nannies. Program courses fulfill the educational requirements for senior staff, group leader, and director and also meet the Maryland child care credential and state requirements. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all ED and ECD courses.

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Early Childhood Development AAS Curriculum Pathway by Catalog Year

Early Childhood Development Certificate Curriculum Pathway by Catalog Year



Two Year Course Rotation


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Delaine Welch
Program Manager
301.846.2559

Nicole Welch
Academic Office Manager
301.846.2507

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Education Programs Overview
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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://artsys.usmd.edu/
 
 
 
Course  Credits
English
 
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics
 
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences
 
PS 101–General Psychology 3
Arts & Humanities
 
ASLS 102–American Sign Language I  or
LS 101–Introductory Spanish
3
Biological & Physical Sciences
 
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
General Education Elective  (Select from GenEd course list) HE 201 or HE 204 recommended 3
CIS 101–Information Systems and Technology 3
PE/Health Requirements (HE 201 or HE 204 satisfies this requirement) 1/3
Departmental Requirements
 
ECD 101–Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECD 104–Activities I for Children 3
ECD 106–Infant/Toddler Development & Care 3
ECD 107–Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ECD 108–Activities for the School Age Child 3
ECD 210–Directed Practicum in Early Childhood  or
INTR 103–Internship
3
ECD 212–Administration of Child Development Centers 3
ECD 213–Understanding & Guiding the Young Child’s Behavior 3
ECD 230–Language & Literacy Development in Early Childhood  or
ED 214–Processes & Acquisitions of Reading (targeted for transfer students)
3
ED 100–Child Development & Behavior 3
ED 203–Foundations of Special Education  3
CMSP 105–Small Group Communication  3
Electives
 
Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting their electives. 3
Total 60
Prepares students to work in child care centers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, or for self employment as family child care providers or nannies by offering specialized courses in early childhood. It also provides core early childhood courses to professionals who are currently working in the early childhood field. Courses fulfill the educational requirements for senior staff, group leader, director of a small center and also meet the Maryland child care credential and state requirements. 
A grade of “C” or better must be earned in all ED and ECD courses.

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Course  Credits
Departmental Requirements
 
ECD 101-Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECD 104-Activities I for Children  3
ECD 106-Infant/Toddler Development & Care 3
ECD 107-Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ECD 108-Activities for the School Age Child  3
ECD 210-Directed Practicum in Early Childhood  or
INTR 103-Internship
3
ECD 212-Administration of Child Development Centers 3
ECD 213-Understanding & Guiding the Young Child’s Behavior 3
ECD 230-Language & Literacy Development in Early Childhood  3
ED 100-Child Development & Behavior  3
ED 203-Introduction to Special Education 3
Total 33
Prepares students to enter the workforce in early childhood development. The certificate targets four courses that are required to meet the educational requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care. The certificate highlights the following positions: child care teacher of preschools, infant/toddler classrooms, and school age (before and after school programs). Students must complete each course with a “C” or better to receive this certificate.
 
 
Course  Credits
Departmental Requirements 
 
ECD 104–Activities I for Children 3
ECD 106–Infant/Toddler Development & Care 3
ECD 108–Activities for the School Age Child 3
ED 100–Child Development & Behavior 3
Total 12
Meets the educational requirements of the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care for the position of child care preschool teacher. In this position, students can teach preschool children in various settings. Students must pass both courses with a “C” or better to receive the LOR.
 
 
Course  Credits
Departmental Requirements 
 
ECD 104–Activities I for Children 3
ED 100–Child Development & Behavior 3
Total 6
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Early Childhood Development A.A.S.

Students will be able to:
  1. Identify, apply and discuss major concepts, principles and theories related to child development by completing one or more papers and projects based on observation of children.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials for infancy to eight years old through creating and presenting lesson plans.
  3. Demonstrate characteristics of future teachers by behaving professionally at events and experiences both on and off campus, utilizing college-level skills in course assignments, etc.
  4. Synthesize their knowledge of the fundamentals and practices of early childhood development through a Directed Practicum/Internship experience.
  5. Communicate appropriate guidance and behavior modification techniques and theories through case studies and observations.
  6. Explain, identify and discuss duties of administrators of child care settings through one or more papers and projects.
  7. Generate resources on appropriate children’s literature based on in depth review.
  8. Explain and identify the major theories, historical roots and theorists in the field of early childhood education by completing one or more projects and papers.
  9. Develop a broader knowledge base by successfully completing coursework in general education courses.


Certificate Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:
  1. Identify, apply and discuss major concepts, principles and theories related to child development by completing one or more papers and projects based on observation of children.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials for infancy to eight years old through creating and presenting lesson plans.
  3. Demonstrate characteristics of future teachers by behaving professionally at events and experiences both on and off campus, utilizing college-level skills in course assignments, etc.
  4. Synthesize knowledge of the fundamentals and practices of early childhood development through a Directed Practicum/Internship experience.
  5. Communicate appropriate guidance and behavior modification techniques and theories through case studies and observations.
  6. Explain, identify and discuss duties of administrators of child care settings through one or more papers and projects.
  7. Generate resources on appropriate children’s literature based on in depth review.
  8. Explain and identify the major theories, historical roots and theorists in the field of early childhood education by completing one or more projects and papers.
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