Early Childhood Development

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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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Course Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PS 101–General Psychology 3
ECD 101–Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECD 104–Activities I for Children 3
ECD 106–Infant/Toddler Development & Care 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 ‡ or  
ECD 110–Early Childhood Special Education 3
Arts & Humanities  
ASLS 102–American Sign Language I  or  
LS 101–Introductory Spanish 3
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals  or  
CMSP 105–Group Discussion ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing 3
HE 102–Nutrition in a Changing World 3
Other Requirements  
Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Free Elective ‡ 3
Total 60/62
 
‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. This course may satisfy another requirement in your program. If a specific course is not required, choose at least one course from the Cultural Competence list in the academic catalog.
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
ECD 101–Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECD 104–Activities I for Children 3
ECD 106–Infant/Toddler Development & Care 3
ECD 108–Activities for the School Age Child 3
ECD 210–Directed Practicum in Early Childhood  or  
INTR 103–Internship 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  or  
ECD 110–Early Childhood Special Education 3
ECD 212–Administration of Child Development Centers 3
Total 30
 
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
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
ECD 104–Activities I for Children 3
ED 100–Child Development & Behavior 3
Total 6
 

Early Childhood Development Program

 
Frederick Community College’s Early Childhood Development program prepares students to teach and care for children from infancy to 12 years of age in nursery schools, child care centers, before- and after-school programs and home-based childcare settings. Classes are offered in day, evening, online, hybrid and Saturdays.  Some courses are offered in 7-week sessions. Students gain practical experience and a competitive edge in the job market by working in the FCC Children’s Center under the guidance of its professional staff.
 
The Early Childhood Development Program teaches the following skills for child care providers:
  • understanding of child development and behavior,
  • knowledge of developmentally approved practices and materials,
  • familiarity with materials,
  • health, safety and nutrition, and
  • familiarity with appropriate guidance techniques.
 
Students who complete the program are expected to be able to:
  • integrate and implement curriculum areas,
  • develop and implement lesson plans,
  • manage behavior patterns of individuals and groups of children,
  • demonstrate skill in interpreting observed behavior,
  • function effectively in a teaching environment,
  • apply theory and research to classroom practice,
  • assess and respect individual children’s needs, and
  • promote safe and nurturing environments.

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:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials for infancy to eight years old through creating and presenting lesson plans.
  • 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.
  • Synthesize knowledge of the fundamentals and practices of early childhood development through a Directed Practicum/Internship experience.
  • Communicate appropriate guidance and behavior modification techniques and theories through case studies and observations.
  • Explain, identify and discuss duties of administrators of child care settings through one or more papers and projects.
  • Generate resources on appropriate children’s literature based on in depth review.
  • 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.

Q. How long does it take to complete the Associate degree and certificate programs?

A: The Associate program takes four semesters (2-years) full-time, including an internship. The 30 credit Certificate takes 1.5 years. The short term Certificate takes two semesters (1 year) and the Letter of Recognition takes one semester.

Q: When can I start classes at FCC?

A: Courses for the Letter of Recognition and certificates begin in the fall and spring. For courses for the degree program, the enrollment periods are any semester including January and summer.

Q: How many credits and what classes should I register for my first semester?

A: New early childhood students should take a minimum of six  (6) credits by registering for ED 100 Child Development and Behavior (3) and ECD 104 Activities I for Children which are both offered for completion in one semester.

Q. Can I begin working in the field of Early Childhood after I complete my courses?

A. Upon completing the courses students will meet the educational requirements for the state of Maryland Office of Child Care for positions of Lead Teacher for Preschool, School Age, Infant/Toddler and Director depending on what program or certificate they completed.

Q: Can I transfer credit for courses taken from another school?

A. Eligibility will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis during the advisement process.

Q: What does it cost to attend FCC?

A: The Fall 2011 total in-county tuition cost for six (6) credits is approximately $819.10 plus books. More information can be found on the tuition and fees page of our web site. We encourage students to apply for financial aid. Our financial aid representatives can then work with you to determine your aid package, your eligibility for grants, loans, and need- and merit-based scholarships.

Q: What scholarships do you offer?

A: FCC offers a wide variety of need- and merit-based scholarships, and we encourage you to apply for them. In addition, while you are a student here you will periodically receive information on industry-based scholarship opportunities.

Q: How do I apply for financial aid?

A: Contact the Financial Aid office 301.864.2480 and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. FCC’s Federal Code is 002071.