Professional Studies AS – Early Childhood Education Option

Code: AS.PS.EARLY.CHILD

The AS.PS.EARLY.CHILD program prepares students for careers in Education, working with diverse student populations, from birth through third grade. Students will learn research-based, developmentally appropriate practices for teaching observe in various classroom settings and have the opportunity to practice instructional and classroom management strategies in early childhood classrooms, under the supervision of certified teachers. Students who wish to pursue careers as certified public school teachers are fully prepared for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Upon graduation, students are fully prepared to enter the workforce as teachers’ assistants, teachers’ aides, and paraprofessionals in public and private schools.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe traditional educational philosophies and develop a personal teaching philosophy that reflects current, evidence-based practices.
  • Create engaging and effective lessons and activities that incorporate children’s literature, high quality educational materials and instructional technology in order to address students’ learning styles, preferences and developmental levels.
  • Evaluate and apply effective teaching and classroom management strategies and developmentally appropriate practices that address the academic, physical and social and emotional needs of young learners.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity toward diverse student populations with a strong focus on students with special needs, English Language Learners and their families.
  • Describe and evaluate the impact of societal influences on early childhood education.
  • Develop professional and academic behaviors that include strong writing and oral presentation skills, the ability to collaborate with peers and positive interpersonal skills.

Career Pathways

Assistant Teacher  Paraprofessional  Teacher’s Aide 
Family Child Care Provider  Early Childhood Education Consultant  Parent Educator 
Staff Trainer  Safety or Licensing Specialist
 

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective* 3-4
  Humanities Elective* 3
EDU-101Introduction to Education

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

           
General Education Elective*†  
  or  
  Free Elective** 3
EDU-120Early Child Development

3

EDU-110Foundations of Multicultural Education

3

-or

EDU-130Infants and Toddlers Development

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* 6
EDU-220Teaching & Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom

3

PSY-201Child Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Electives* 6
  Free Elective** 3
EDU-102Inclusion and the Exceptional Child

3

EDU-226Supervised Field Work Experience

3

Total Credit Hours:19

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN)

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); and Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT)

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:11-12

Additional General Education Elective

If needed to reach the Foundation minimum of 30-32 credits, take one course from the BCC General Education course list. If an additional course is not needed for that purpose, then the student may take a 3-credit free elective or no additional credit in this category.

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Total Credit Hours: 30-32

Program Support Requirements

  Three general education courses (9 cr.) selected from the  following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN) 9
  One general education course (3 cr.) to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT) 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Program Requirements

EDU-101Introduction to Education

3

EDU-102Inclusion and the Exceptional Child

3

EDU-130Infants and Toddlers Development

3

-or

EDU-140Educational Technology

3

EDU-120Early Child Development

3

EDU-220Teaching & Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom

3

EDU-226Supervised Field Work Experience

3

Total Credit Hours: 18

Free Electives**

Total Credit Hours: 3-6

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators is an exam that measures basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Along with other criteria such as an earned GPA of 3.0 or higher, a passing grade on this initial Praxis exam is often used to determine entry into teacher education programs at four year colleges and universities in New Jersey. AS.PS.EARLY.CHILD Program and General Education course requirements help to prepare students to take this exam.

 

Students who have a current CDA credential can articulate this accomplishment as 9 EDU credits, which will take the place of the following courses: EDU120 Early Childhood Development, EDU130 Infant and Toddler Development; EDU220 Teaching and Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom