Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Recommended basic skills standards are

Early Childhood Education, like all education, demands well-prepared teachers. A growing body of research supports the value of high-quality early childhood programs for children’s later success in school and in life, the most important determinant of which is the teacher.

Pikes Peak Community College and the Early Childhood Education program faculty are committed to providing the optimal course of study that meets the career goals of each student. The Early Childhood Education program is the foundation for a challenging and rewarding career in early childhood care and education as well as other related fields.

All students registered for ECE classes, both lecture-based and practicum-based courses, must submit to a criminal background check the first semester of enrollment. This process is completed online through the PPCC Human Resources Department, with an associated cost for the background check service. Further instructions are available on the ECE home page and will be provided the first day of class.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education program, students will be able to meet the educational qualifications for early childhood teacher and director as defined by the Colorado Department of Human Services for licensed child care centers and preschools.

All students should schedule an appointment with an Early Childhood Education program advisor prior to enrolling in a class. Please call 502-3300 to schedule an appointment.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education program, students should be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge of child development and learning to their teaching practices
  • Develop family and community relationships
  • Observe, document, and assess young children to make informed decisions
  • Apply developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  • Define and demonstrate being an early childhood professional

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

General Education Courses

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

MAT 112

Financial Mathematics

3

PSY 101

General Psychology I: SS3

3

or

 

 

PSY 112

Psychology of Adjustment

(3)

or

 

 

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology I: SS3

(3)

or

 

 

SOC 205

Sociology of Family Dynamics: SS3

(3)

 

 

15

Additional Required Courses (all emphasis areas)

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Techniques

3

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Young Children

3

ECE 111

Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice

3

ECE 112

Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques

3

ECE 191

School Age Theory & Practice

3

ECE 192

School Age Lab Techniques

3

ECE 205

Nutrition, Health & Safety

3

ECE 209

Observing & Utilizing Young Children's Assessment Instruments

1

ECE 220

Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques

3

ECE 226

Creativity & the Young Child

3

ECE 238

ECE Child Growth & Development

3

ECE 240

Administration of Early Childhood Care & Education Programs

3

ECE 241

Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 256

Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems

3

ECE 260

The Exceptional Child

3

ECE 261

Exceptional Child Lab Techniques

3

ECE 289

Capstone: Early Childhood Education

5

 

 

54

Total Credit Hours

69

Certificates

Basic Skills

Patient and compassionate students will learn best practices for teaching children ages 3 through 8 in the classroom, how to cultivate the learning and imagination of youth as well as learning to handle medical emergencies.

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Techniques

3

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Young Children

3

ECE 226

Creativity & the Young Child

3

HWE 103

Community First Aid & CPR

1

Total Credit Hours

13

Director

Gainful Employment Disclosure at https://apps.ppcc.edu/catalog/ge/early-childhood-director

Learn about the policies of preschool administration. Students will learn about the hiring process at Early Childhood institutions as well as learning and discussing learning theory and pedagogy with other PPCC students with similar goals.

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Techniques

3

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Young Children

3

ECE 111

Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice

3

ECE 205

Nutrition, Health & Safety

3

ECE 220

Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques

3

ECE 238

ECE Child Growth & Development

3

ECE 240

Administration of Early Childhood Care & Education Programs

3

ECE 241

Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 260

The Exceptional Child

3

Total Credit Hours

30

ECT DHS Minimum Qualifications

After completing this certificate, students will meet the minimum qualifications for the DHS. This qualification is a requirement for employment at many early childhood institutions.

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

or

 

 

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Young Children

(3)

ECE

Elective Course of Choice

3

Total Credit Hours

6

Infant Toddler

Gainful Employment Disclosure at https://apps.ppcc.edu/catalog/ge/infant-toddler/

Students learn how to care for infants and toddlers (birth to age three) with this certificate. With this certificate, students will be equipped for employment at daycares, preschools, Head Start programs, among other employment opportunities.

ECE 111

Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice

3

ECE 112

Introduction to Infant/Toddler Lab Techniques

3

ECE 205

Nutrition, Health & Safety

3

ECE 238

ECE Child Growth & Development

3

ECE 256

Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems

3

ECE 260

The Exceptional Child

3

Total Credit Hours

18

Preschool

Gainful Employment Disclosure at https://apps.ppcc.edu/catalog/ge/preschool/

Students learn the necessary skills to seek employment at preschool programs in the state of Colorado.

ECE 101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 102

Introduction to Early Childhood Techniques

3

ECE 103

Guidance Strategies for Young Children

3

ECE 209

Observing and Utilizing Young Children's Assessment Instruments

1

ECE 220

Curriculum Development: Methods & Techniques

3

ECE 238

ECE Child Growth & Development

3

ECE 256

Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems

3

ECE 260

The Exceptional Child

3

Total Credit Hours

22

Additional information available on the Early Childhood Education Department website at www.ppcc.edu/ece.