A.S. in Early Childhood Education

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education degree program is a hands-on program that builds students' understanding of early childhood learning and pedagogy. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation

This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

Curriculum

The following four-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in two years.


Course Credits
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
HIS 101 OR 102  U.S. History 3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 3
PSY 216  Child Psychology Birth-Age 4 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Any Natural Science Course with Lab 3
   
Second Semester 15
CHD 200  Intro to PreK-Grade 8 Education 3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment in PreK 3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
   
Third Semester 15
CHD 350  Family and Community Collab. and Partnerships 3
ELE 300  Emergent Literacy 3
ELE 310  Teaching PreK Math/Science 3
ELE 410  PreK-4 Field Experience 3
Any Approved American/British Literature Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
CHD 250  Health and PE for PreK-4 3
CHD 312  Instruction: Leadership in Child. Ed. 3
EDU 333  Technology for Teach. and Learn. 3
ESP 311  Assmt. Positive Behavior Intervention 3
PSY 217  Child Psychology Age 5-9 3
Total 61

Program Notes

  • Course titles in bold are scheduled together and must be taken at the same time.
  • CHD 200 and ELE 220 require current clearances and minimum 2.0 GPA to register for courses.
  • All other EDU, ELE, ESP and CHD courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register for courses.
  • Pre-requisites for all CHD and ELE 300 level courses are ELE 200 and ELE 220.
  • Current clearances are required prior to enrolling in program courses. 

Approved British or American Literature Courses

  • ENG 107  Introduction to Fiction
  • ENG 125  The American West
  • ENG 127  Woman as Hero
  • ENG 148  Horror in Literature
  • ENG 150  Baseball in Literature
  • ENG 155  Black Literature
  • ENG 160  Introduction to British and American Literature
  • ENG 203  Great Books
  • ENG 301  English Literature I (prerequisites ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 302  English Literature II (prerequisites ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 337  Survey of American Literature I (prerequisites ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 338  Survey of American Literature II (prerequisites ENG 101, 102)
  • HON 250  Honors Composition II (prerequisite HON 150)