Early Childhood Education (AS)
This program is designed for students to develop the knowledge and skills required for working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The focus of this program is to prepare students to work in positions dealing with the development and educational needs of children from birth through second grade.
This program is structured such that students may continue their education and acquire a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Students will be required to complete a background check.
Careers options include private or public nursery schools, preschools such as Head Start, home or center-based day care, primary grade paraprofessional, nanny positions, and recreational programs.
- The candidate will demonstrate discipline content knowledge, pedagogical and professional knowledge, and skills/dispositions needed to educate all learners through field and practicum experiences.
- The candidate will demonstrate and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous development of the diverse learner.
- The candidate will be a reflective thinker who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others and who seeks opportunities to serve the community and grow professionally.
- The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity of global cultures/ethnicities, and an awareness of diverse learning styles, with a focus on Ochethi Sakowin culture and language.
- The candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate tools of instructional and assistive technology into teaching and professional practice.
|General Education Requirements|
|ENGL 110||Composition I||3|
|ENGL 120||Composition II||3|
|COMM 110||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|MATH 102||Intermediate Algebra||4|
|PSYC 100||First Year Learning Experience||3|
|SOC 120||Transitions-Graduation & Beyond||2|
|NAS 101||Ochethi Sakowin Language for Beginners||3|
|or NAS 103||Introduction to Ochethi Sakowin Language, Culture & History|
|CSCI 101||Introduction to Computers||3|
|Select two one-hour courses or any one two-hour course||2|
|Humanities/Social & Behavioral Science Elective|
|Select any courses from Native American Studies or Lakhotiyapi/Dakhotiyapi (100/200 level) but any humanities or social & behavioral science course is allowed||3|
|Select one four-hour laboratory science course||4|
|ECE 210||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||2|
|ECE 211||Introduction to Assessment||1|
|ECE 213||Language & Literacy Development inEarly Childhood Education||3|
|ECE 228||Developing Learning Environments||2|
|ECE 233||Pre-K Methods & Materials||3|
|ECE 236||Social/Emotional Development & Guidance in ECE||2|
|ECE 238||Child, Family & Community Relations||3|
|ECE 252||Stages of Child Development||3|
|ECE 254||Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods||2|
|ECE 297||Early Childhood Education Internship||3|
|ENGL 238||Childrens Literature||3|
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|SPD 200||Exceptional Child||3|