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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Early Care Specialist
Major: 5358
First Term: 2011 Fall    Final Term: Current
Award: CCL
Total Credits: 29
CIPS Code: 19.0708
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Education and Training
Instructional Council: Family & Consumer Sciences (34)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Early Care Specialist program prepares students for entry level position in early childhood programs. The sequence of coursework is designed to increase understanding of education and care of young children.

Consumer Program Costs and Career Information

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

Required Courses
 Credits: 26
 CFS/ECH176Child Development (3) OR 
 EED205The Developing Child: Prenatal to Age Eight (3)3
 ECH128Early Learning: Play and the Arts3
 EED200Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
 EED212Guidance, Management and the Environment3
+EED245Early Learning: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development (3) OR 
 EED220Child, Family, Community and Culture (3) OR 
 EED222Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child: Birth to Age Eight (3)3
 EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness3
 EED255Portfolio Development and Writing for the Profession3
+EED260Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship1
+EED261Early Childhood Preschool Internship1
+EED278Early Learning: Curriculum and Instruction - Birth/Preschool3
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 3
Any 100/200 level CFS or ECH or EED prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.
+CFS+++++Any CFS Child/Family Studies Course3
+ECH+++++Any ECH Early Childhood Education Course3
+EED+++++Any EED Early Education Course3
+ITD+++++Any ITD Infant/Toddler Development Course3

Program Competencies
1.Plan and initiate classroom experiences related to the child's cultural background. (CFS/ECH176, EED220, EED260, EED261)
2.Evaluate classical and modern literature for young children utilizing literary criteria. (CFS/ECH176, EED261)
3.Describe, plan for, and prepare snacks or meals for the nutritional needs of the young child. (EED215, EED260, EED261)
4.Describe the physical, social, language, and cognitive developmental stages from prenatal through adolescence. (CFS/ECH176, EED205)
5.Identify the steps in the decision making process and the effect of values, standards, goals, and resources on the process. (CFS/ECH176)
6.Identify the application of psychological principles to the development and guidance of young children. (CFS/ECH176, EED212, EED260, EED261)
7.Describe and use techniques which encourage young children to get along with others and feel positive about themselves as individuals. (CFS/ECH176, EED212, EED260, EED261)
8.Design flexible room arrangements suitable for a variety of individual and group activities. (EED222, EED260, EED261, EED278)
9.Describe professional ethics concerning the rights of children, their families, and fellow staff members. (EED200, EED260, EED261,)
10.Identify major areas of current state rules and regulations which pertain to child care. (EED200, EED260, EED261)
11.Evaluate appropriate health and safety standards and practices in child care. (EED200, EED215, EED260, EED261)
12.Describe means of communicating with parents which facilitate participation in activities and sharing of goals of their young children. (EED200, EED212, EED260, EED261)
13.Supervise a group of young children during transition time, free play, and whole group activities in accordance with program policy and philosophy. (EED260, EED261)
14.Plan activities and experiences which encourage thinking and problem solving skills appropriate for young children. (EED260, EED261)
15.Organize, maintain, and supervise a balanced schedule of indoor and outdoor activities which will provide activities in a safe and healthy learning environment. (EED215, EED260, EED261)
16.Collaborate with other staff members to create a positive learning environment which encourages orderly routine and respect for others. (EED260, EED261)
17.Plan creative learning activities for young children in each of the curriculum areas: music, art, science, language, and math. (EED260, EED261)
18.Describe the foundations of portfolio development. (EED255)
19.Construct and present a portfolio. (EED255)
20.Demonstrate the ability to use computer software programs and write professional documents with a demonstrated a purpose, logical organization, and inclusion of pertinent information for appropriate audiences. (EED255)
21.Explain the importance of play, creativity and the arts in contemporary early childhood programs, and how they support early learning. (ECH128)
22.Describe how young children develop language, literacy and writing skills and how adults support literacy development. (EED245)

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.