Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts Degree

You can earn an associate of arts degree with a concentration in early childhood education. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 32.5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECED 1050 Expressive Arts
This course focuses on the selection, construction, and use of materials, activities and experiences that encourage the young child's (3-8 year olds) creativity and aesthetic appreciation through the visual arts, music, body movement, and dramatic play.
3
ECED 1060 Observation, Assessment, and Guidance
This course introduces a variety of observation and guidance techniques used in early childhood education settings birth to age eight.
3
ECED 1110 Infant and Toddler Development
An overview of education in the United States viewed in terms of history, philosophy, finance and governance. Encourages critical thought regarding the role of education in our ever-changing diverse society, the role of the teacher, and educational practices in schools. The course is designed to help students explore education as a prospective career.
3
ECED 1120 Preschool Child Development
This course focuses on typical-atypical development of the child ages 3 through 5 years, in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social-emotional development.
2
ECED 1150 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
An overview of early childhood education, history, trends and the philosophies of various programs, diversity, inclusion, licensing standards, current legislation, professionalism, and advocacy are examined.
3
ECED 1220 Pre-Practicum
This course is designed to provide an orientation to practicum experiences in the early childhood education program. Students will review the process for setting up a practicum, forms used during practicum, understand child care licensing requirements for their state, and have their names cleared through appropriate background checks. Students will understand practicum expectations and responsibilities, methods of evaluation, and the importance of professionalism in the work place
1
ECED 1221 Infant and Toddler Practicum
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children six weeks through 36 months-of-age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected child care settings. Students will develop an awareness of appropriate adult-child interaction while developing positive employee skills. Basic skills in planning and implementing a daily routine and curriculum activities for infants and toddlers are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 90 clock hours of practical work experience.
2
ECED 1230 School Age Child Development and Programming
This course focuses on typical-atypical development of the children ages 5 through 8 years. The course will examine program design in out of school care that addresses the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition, and language, and social/emotional development.
2
ECED 1240 Preschool and School-Age Practicum
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children from three to eight years of age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected early care and education settings. Students will develop an awareness of appropriate adult-child interaction while developing positive employee skills. Basic skills in planning and implementing a daily routine and curriculum activities for children from three to eight years of age are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 90 clock hours of practical work experience.
2
ECED 2050 Children with Exceptionalities
This course focuses on the theory, development and philosophy of early childhood education programs serving children (from birth to age 8) with exceptionalities. Topics include working with families, legislation, role of the interventionist, interdisciplinary teams and inclusion of children with special needs in natural environments. Observation of inclusionary practices and exceptional children are required. Strongly suggest prior knowledge of child growth and development.
3
ECED 2060 Early Childhood Education Curriculum Planning
This course prepares students to plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for children ages 3-8 years of age. Topics include writing goals and objectives, lesson plans, daily schedules, working with parents, and inclusionary practices.
3
ECED 2070 Family and Community Relationships
This course focuses on the development of skills, techniques and attitudes needed to form successful collaboration with diverse family systems and communities. Ten hours of community service learning required.
3
ECED 2500 Early Childhood Administration
Analysis of procedures for managing child care operations with emphasis on types in Nebraska. This is intended as a capstone course for this major. Student must have earned a minimum of 19 credit hours of early childhood education course work.
2.5

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre
An introduction to the forms and functions of the dramatic arts within a historical perspective. Includes an introduction to basic theatre skills as well as an introduction to a range of dramatic literature.
3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
ENGL 2030 Creating Poetry I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Includes feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2040 Creating Poetry II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2050 Creating Stories I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2060 Creating Stories II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2070 Technical Communications
Covers both written and oral technical communications including, but not limited to, technical library research and semi technical or technical explanations of scientific and engineering topics.
3
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, drama and memoir. By employing critical reading and thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
3
ENGL 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
THEA 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
ENGL 2150 American Literature to 1865
Critical reading and evaluation of writers of prose and poetry from the colonial period to 1865. Emphasizes such writers as Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau, and Native American writing.
3
ENGL 2160 American Literature after 1865
Covers American writers from 1865 to the present, such as Whitman, Twain, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Eliot.
3
ENGL 2200 British Literature to 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from 700-1800 following its development from Beowulf to the Romantic period with emphasis on poetry and essay forms.
3
ENGL 2210 British Literature after 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from the Romantic movement to the present day, including poetry and the essay with works by representative novelists.
3
ENGL 2730 The Novel and the Movie
Readings in fiction and viewing of films based on or elaborating on that fiction with class discussions on the relationships between the fiction and the film. Written response to reading and viewing is expected.
3

Fine Arts & Language 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3
ARTS 1050 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the 14th Century. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 1060 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
A survey of major works of art in all media from the 14th Century to the present. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
HUMS 1100 Introduction to Humanities
This is a survey course focusing on art, music, theatre, film, dance, literature, architecture, and philosophy. It examines the unfolding of global humanistic traditions in order to reawaken our sense of wonder and curiosity about the meaning of life. The course gives the students criteria from which to evaluate their own times and situation an in addition, enriches students’ historical perspectives. It shows how the various arts intersect, influence and are influenced by their times.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
FREN 1200 Elementary French I
Introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of French.
4

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

select one
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 1030 European Civilization I
Study of history that interprets and evaluates the contribution of civilizations from ancient times to 1600.
3
HIST 1040 European Civilization II
The development of European civilization since 1600, concluding with the peace settlements and national tensions that followed World War II.
3
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1060 World History II
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from 1715 to the present day.
3
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American History from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War era to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1010 Math for Elementary Teachers
Designed for the elementary education major. Covers general development of the real number system, number systems other than base ten, set theory, introductory algebra, and elementary probability and statistics.
3

Natural Science 4-5 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4
CHEM 1090 General Chemistry I
This is the first course of comprehensive chemistry sequence. Topics include nomenclature, atomic structure, chemical reactions, essentials of bonding, periodic properties, Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory (VSEPR) theory, modern bonding theories, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and the chemistry of solids, liquids, and gases.
4
PHYS 1100 Physical Science
Survey of chemistry, physics, and earth science. Designed to meet the requirements for general science with laboratory experiences.
4
PHYS 1410 Elementary General Physics I with Algebra and Trigonometry
Detailed algebra and trigonometry study of one and two dimensional motion. Topics will include kinematics, Newton's Laws, energy, momentum, and rotational motion. Additional topics from the areas of oscillations and waves, fluids, and thermal physics may also be covered.
5

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will enable students to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace and society. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will also enhance the students' listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POLS 1000 American Government
A study of the functioning of the American political system through an analysis and application of its underlying theories.
3
GEOG 1020 World Regional Geography
Regional survey of world's political units and theoretical framework for understanding geographical phenomena and problems with emphasis on relationship of human activities and physical environment.
3
POLS 1600 International Relations
A survey of the actors, institutions, processes, and theories of international relations including a study of contemporary global issues.
3
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

Suggested Elective Courses

See advisor and confirm with transfer institution for recommended electives.


Note! Note to Current Students

We strongly recommend that you review your course schedule with your advisor and consult the college catalog for specific program requirements.