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