Early Learning and Development

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The Early Learning and Development (ELD) program is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to work with young children, ages birth through nine, and their families. The program is based on national recognized standards and is for individuals who wish to work in the field of early childhood education but do not want to pursue public school teacher certification. Students will learn to work with young children in a variety of settings such as childcare, preschools, Head Start and Early Start programs, family home childcare facilities, early intervention programs, and various other locations. Graduation will qualify the student for assistant teaching positions, and childcare and therapeutic staff support positions. With experience, the graduate may be considered for supervisory positions such as group supervisor, lead teacher or director. After graduation, students may consider opening their own childcare facility, family home daycare business or transfer to a four-year university to earn a baccalaureate degree in such fields as: child development, family studies, consumer science, child life specialist, home visitors, museum work, children's librarian, and art therapy. 

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Use knowledge of young children's needs, characteristics, development, and influences to create supportive, respectful, culturally relevant and challenging learning environments.
  2. Identify and assess family and community characteristics and support families by involving them in their children's learning and development.
  3. Practice and apply effective assessment strategies to positively influence the development of young children.
  4. Design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children, using a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families.
  5. Utilize knowledge and resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.
  6. Identify and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice and develop a commitment to professional development through lifelong learning.
  7. Develop the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood and in a variety of settings that offer early education.


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Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
ERCH 100Introduction to Early Childhood 3.00
ERCH 105Childrens Developement Health Safet 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 15 Credits

ERCH 101Observation and Guidance 3.00
ERCH 103Creative Content in Early Childhood 3.00
HIST 101Western Civilization I 3.00
HIST 102Western Civilization II 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
SOCI 115Marriage and Family 3.00

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15/16 Credits

BIOL 110Human Ecology & Heredity 3.00
PHYS 110Introduction to Astronomy 3.00
 TAOC Category Four 
EDUC 220Teaching English Language Learners 3.00
ERCH 205Language and Literature 3.00
ERCH 212Caring for Infants and Toddlers 3.00
 TAOC Category Five - 3 credits 

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
EDUC 230Introduction to Special Education 3.00
ERCH 200Diversity and Inclusion in Early Ch 3.00
ERCH 250Early Childhood Practicum 3.00
 TAOC Category Five - 3 credits 

Course Descriptions

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

ERCH 100 - Introduction to Early Childhood

This course introduces students to early childhood education – the basic knowledge and skills, the attitudes, and the philosophies. Students also examine early childhood education in light of its history, pioneers, curriculum, programs, and new trends. Students learn basic child development theories and milestones from birth through age eight. Introduction to assessment, observation, inclusion, environments that are universally designed, ethical guidelines, professionalism, curriculum models, and partnerships with families are incorporated as foundational skills. Observation visits to early childhood settings ae required. 3-0-3

ERCH 105 - Childrens Developement Health Safet

This course studies the physical development of young children with respect to nutritional needs, safety considerations, general health requirements, and appropriate classroom experiences to enhance that development. Topics concerning educating children with special needs (educational adaptations) are included. 2-1-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

ERCH 101 - Observation and Guidance

Students will learn about and practice methods of observation, recording information, and interpreting the develoment of children based on a progression of skill development in emotional, social, large and small motor, cognitive, language arts and creative areas. Positive, developmentally appropriate strategies and a respectful approach to guiding children are also included. Observation visits to early childhood settings are required. 3-0-3

ERCH 103 - Creative Content in Early Childhood

This course emphasizes creativity in children, teachers and curriculum. Students will learn how to incorporate creativity into all curriculum areas and how to encourage and cherish creativity in every child. Students survey science, math and social studies concepts as well as the materials and activities used in a preschool classroom. Emphasis is placed on developing teaching skills that maintain curiosity and emply experimentation. Students will also study art in relation to the development of the young child and how to construct a developmentally appropriate early childhood art program. Observations and field experiences at early childhood settings are required. 2-1-3

HIST 101 - Western Civilization I

This is a survey course of the civilization of the West, focusing on the development from Paleolithic man to 1500. Political and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3

HIST 102 - Western Civilization II

This is a survey course of the civilization of the West concerned with the development from 1500 to present. Political and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

SOCI 115 - Marriage and Family

This course examines the family as a basic institution of society; the interactions and functions of the family; and cultural traditions. Student will engage in sociological analysis of marriage in past and present societies. Current stresses and changes within the family and marriage will be evaluated. 3-0-3

BIOL 110 - Human Ecology & Heredity

This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3

PHYS 110 - Introduction to Astronomy

This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

EDUC 220 - Teaching English Language Learners

Course Catalog Description. As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) continues to grow in our public schools there is an increased need for highly qualified teachers to instruct them. This course will be an introduction into the varied theories and practicies of teaching English Language Learners. This course will look at some prominent research in the field of second language acquisition and apply it to strategies and best practices used in Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of the country. This course will give students an overview to support effective instruction of students who have a first language other than English. Prerequisite: EDUC108, ERCH100, EDUC105

ERCH 205 - Language and Literature

Students are introduced to concepts of language development and developemental language arts activities. Language acquisition, growth milestones and early communicative capacities from infancy through preschool are explored. This course introduces students to concepts of speaking, listening, writing, reading and visual literacy. Students also address diversity in the preschool classroom as well as the importance of adult and parental attitudes about young children's communicative abilities from birth onward. Observation visits to early childhool settings are required. 3-0-3

ERCH 212 - Caring for Infants and Toddlers

This course will explore the stages of development in very young children and their nurture and education in child care settings. Included will be the design and implementation of age appropriate toys, activities, and routines. Students will consider health, safety, play and daily care schedules. 2-1-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3

EDUC 230 - Introduction to Special Education

Students are introduced to a wide range of subject matter, from the history of special educaton to challenges facing special education. Students will apply research to create active classroom strategies that illustrate an awareness of the concerns of special education. Prerequisite: EDUC108, EDUC105, ERCH100

ERCH 200 - Diversity and Inclusion in Early Ch

This course surveys the great diversity that children represent in their ethnic, linguistic, social, and economic backgrounds as well as their overall development. Students ae introduced to environmental influences on the child such as home, family, culture, society and media. Students also consider the importance of family partnerships, the education of children with special needs and the need to address stereotypes and prejudices that children experience are included. Observation visits to early childhood settings are required.

ERCH 250 - Early Childhood Practicum

This internship requires supervised work with young children in an early childhood setting as appropriate for the associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Students will be involved as assistant teachers. 1-6-3 Prerequisite: Consent of the department and approval of application.