Associate Degree Course Sequence
SSC101 Student Success Seminar
EDU131 Introduction to Child Development
EDU132 Observation, Assessment, and Group Management
EDU126 Educational Technology
PSY121 General Psychology
ENG124 College Composition
EDU122 Curriculum Design and Instruction
EDU123 Health & Nutrition
EDU225 The Exceptional Child
MTH108 Explorations in Modern Mathematics or MTH124 Statistics
COM121 Effective Speaking
EDU130 Intro to the Teaching Profession
EDU221 Language Arts
EDU223 Community & Family-based Program
SOC225 Cultural Diversity
EDU124 Infant-Toddler Curriculum
EDU224 Early Childhood Program Administration
EDU227 ECE Practicum and Seminar
EDU229 Educational Psychology
BIO126 Science, Energy, & the Environment (lab) or BIO127 Human Biology (lab)
TOTAL CREDITS 61
The early childhood education program prepares students for professional careers as teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators in a variety of childcare/education settings. Graduates may seek employment in public and private preschool, Montessori, Head Start, school-age and other programs. The associate degree program features a holistic, child-centered approach to educating children that promotes the appreciation of the diversity and special needs of today’s children and families.
Stark State College provides early childhood education graduates with a solid basis for pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education and related fields. Teacher training emphasizes developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instruction based on guidelines set by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The qualified candidate for the associate degree in early childhood education will demonstrate professional knowledge, abilities, dispositions, values, and attitudes regarding child development and learning, curriculum development and implementation, family and community relationships, assessment and evaluation, professionalism, and practice during field experiences.
Students are required to complete an early childhood education (EDU) application packet. The EDU application packets are distributed to students when enrolled in Introduction to Child Development (EDU131) or Introduction to the Teaching Profession (EDU130).
Upon successful completion of the early childhood education program and with the recommendation of early childhood education department chair, graduates may apply for their pre-kindergarten associate license from the Ohio Department of Education.
All students interested in the EDU program are required to undergo a criminal background check prior to applying to the EDU program. Criminal background checks may prevent placements, program completion/graduation, and potential employment in the field.