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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Early Learning and Development
Major: 3124
First Term: 2011 Spring    Final Term: 2014 Summer
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 63-68
CIPS Code: 19.0706
Initiating College: Scottsdale Community College
Program Availability: Shared by: CG, MC, RS, SC
Occupational Area: Education and Training / Early Childhood Education
Instructional Council: Early Childhood Education (62)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Early Learning and Development program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Early Childhood Professionals and to assist individuals employed in the field to upgrade and expand their skills. The program emphasizes the roles of early care and education professionals, families and the wider society as they together meet the contemporary needs of young children. Course work includes the principles of developmental science, professionalism in early childhood work, philosophies and methods of early learning, and the impact of standards on practice. To apply planning, management and evaluation skills, students will observe, participate, and intern in state licensed early childhood programs.

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates any module.

Required Courses
 Credits: 32
 ECH128Early Learning: Play and the Arts3
 EED200Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
 EED212Guidance, Management and the Environment3
 EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness3
 EED220Child, Family, Community and Culture3
 EED222Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight3
 EED245Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development3
+EED255Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession3
+EED260Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship1
+EED261Early Childhood Preschool Internship1
+EED278Early Learning: Curriculum and Instruction - Birth/Preschool3
+EED280Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical/Atypical Behaviors of Young Children Birth to Age Eight3
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 9
Students must complete one of the following Blocks:
Block One: Infant and Toddler Development:
 ITD200The Physical Child: Birth to Age Three3
 ITD210Early Attachments, Relationships and Families: Birth to Age Three3
 ITD220Cognition and Communication: Birth to Age Three3
Block Two: Family Child Care Management:
 CFS163Family Child Care: Introduction to Business Management3
 CFS164Family Child Care: Curriculum and Environment3
 CFS207Organization and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations3
Block Three: Early Childhood Business Management:
 CFS206Child and Family Organizations: Management and Administration3
 CFS207Organization and Community Leadership in Child and Family Organizations3
 CFS208Child and Family Organizations: Fiscal Management and Grant Writing3
Block Four: Any CFS, ECH, EED, ITD or FCS prefixed courses not listed in the Required Courses Area
 CFS+++++Any CFS Child/Family Studies course(s)1-9
 ECH+++++Any ECH Early Childhood Education course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.1-9
 EED+++++Any EED Early Education course(s) except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.1-9
 ITD+++++Any ITD Infant/Toddler Development course(s)1-9
 FCS+++++Any FCS Family and Consumer Science course(s)1-9
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
+ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR 
+ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND 
+ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR 
+ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 Any approved General Education course from the Oral Communication area.3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
+CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment.0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
 Any approved General Education course from the Mathematics area.3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 CFS/ECH176Child Development (3) OR 
 EED205The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight (3) OR 
 CFS235Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8 (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
 Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area.4

Program Competencies
1.Explain the importance of play, creativity and the arts in contemporary early childhood programs, and how they support early learning. (ECH128)
2.Demonstrate planning, management and evaluation skills related to developmentally appropriate play, arts, and learning activities. (ECH128, EED261)
3.Review the emerging professionalism of the field of early childhood education, including a code of ethical conduct. (EED200)
4.Identify theories, standards, and public policy within the field and describe how these influence early childhood programs. (EED200)
5.Describe how developmental characteristics, individual needs, adult expectations and cultural contexts influence the behavior of children from birth through age eight. (EED212)
6Describe policies, practices and regulations which ensure the health and safety of young children in group settings. (EED215)
7.Describe the nutritional needs of young children from birth on and explain how these needs are met with food selection, food preparation, and daily eating/feeding routines. (EED215)
8.Explain how community diversity and demographics influence early childhood programs, professionals, and the young children and families served. (EED220)
9.Identify appropriate professional responses that ensure the social and emotional well-being of young children including identification of child maltreatment. (EED220)
10.Describe the process of identification, referral and assessment of young children whose development differs from the average. (EED222)
11.Identify strategies for inclusion, instruction, and support for the exceptional young child within the contexts of family, community and early childhood programs. (EED222)
12.Describe how young children develop language, literacy and writing skills and how adults support literacy development. (EED245)
13Construct a portfolio which demonstrates professional development over time in a variety of dimensions, including professional writing samples. (EED255)
14.Contrast current approaches to curriculum for young learners and explain how state standards relate to curriculum and instruction. (EED278)
15.Identify multiple assessment procedures, their strengths, weaknesses and relationship to early learning standards. (ECH128, EED278, EED280)
16.Apply professional knowledge, skills and ethics of the early childhood profession to early learning settings in the community. (EED200, EED260, EED261)
17.Explain how Arizona Learning Standards are applied within programs serving children three to five and five to eight years of age. (EED280)

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.