Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Program includes a liberal arts core in addition to specialized courses in teacher education. This two-year program is designed to equip the student with the theoretical knowledge, practical experience and skills needed to work with children under the age of eight. The education courses require field placement and observation hours to be completed outside of class meetings. In addition, a student teaching practicum is required for all pre-service teachers (see additional details below).

Graduates of the Capital Community College Early Childhood Education Program from 2008 on, are eligible to apply for the State of Connecticut ECTC. The Capital Community College ECE Program is an approved degree program for both the Infant/Toddler and Preschool credential.

The ECE program at Capital Community College is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Teaching is a dynamic profession that incorporates evidence-based theory, practical experiences and skills. A graduate is prepared to function as an entry-level professional in educational settings.

Students completing the requirements for the Associate Degree in Early Childhood will be able to:

1. Identify a variety of current and historical theoretical approaches.
2. Identify and assess the elements that determine quality in early childhood settings.
3. Articulate the beginnings of a personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education.
4. Identify and evaluate ethical issues that may be encountered in the field.
5. Plan, implement and evaluate age appropriate and individually appropriate activities. Also, plan curriculum that is based on best practices, theory, child development knowledge, observations and assessments of typical and atypical children from culturally diverse backgrounds.
6. Create and evaluate a learning environment that supports children’s physical, social, emotional, creative, language and cognitive development.
7. Identify and apply positive approaches to discipline and behavior management that encourage children to develop self-control and selfesteem.
8. Create strategies that will support and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families.
9. Recognize and evaluate current issues, trends and policies that affect young children and their families.
10. Identify and communicate effectively with colleagues and other professionals concerned with supporting children’s development and well being.
11. Identify sources and participate in opportunities available for professional growth.
12. Demonstrate competence in integrating theory and best practices.
13. Meet the needs of diverse populations of children and their families.
14. Reflect, analyze and evaluate their teaching practices in order to strengthen their skills, knowledge and competencies.

FIRST SEMESTER (15 Credits)
CREDITS
† ECE* 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE* 176 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
† ENG* 101 Composition 3
PSY* 111 General Psychology I 3
___ ___ Fine Arts Elective 3
SECOND SEMESTER (15 Credits)
CREDITS
† ECE* 275
† ECE* 190
Child, Family and School Relations OR
Behavior Management
3
† ENG* 102 Composition and Literature 3
† MAT* Math Elective 3
† PSY* 204 Child & Adolescent Development 3
† ECE* 210 Observation, Participation and Seminar 3
THIRD SEMESTER (15 Credits)
CREDITS
† ECE* 222 Methods & Techniques¹ 3
† ECE* 231 Early Language & Literacy Development 3
† ECE* ___ Early Childhood Elective 3
† SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology 3
SCI* ___ Science Elective+ 3
FOURTH SEMESTER (15-16 Credits)
CREDITS
† ECE* 295 Student Teaching Practicum 6
† ECE* 215 The Exceptional Learner 3
HIS* ___ History Elective + 3
___ ___ Humanities Elective++ 3
TOTAL CREDITS
60
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met
ENG 095 or higher is a prerequisite for ECE 101.
ECE 101 is a prerequisite for all ECE courses except ECE 106 and 176.
++ ECE 131/ENG 114 (preferred) Humanities Elective.
ECE 181 CDA Credential Preparation II may be substituted for ECE 222
ECE 109 Science & Math for Children may not be substituted for a Science Elective or
a Math Elective.
+ A science elective with a lab may be required as part of a bachelor’s degree
program.
Pauline Kirby-Rodgers and the students at Saint Cyril and Methodius School run a pizzeria

Pauline Kirby-Rodgers and the students at Saint Cyril and Methodius School run a pizzeria

Joanna Rueda teaches dental hygiene to students at CRT-Locust Street

Joanna Rueda teaches dental hygiene to students at CRT-Locust Street

Mr. Fabian Arroyo, Capital CC graduate and recently retired teacher after 28 years in the city of Hartford, visited the college and met with ECE major Joel Erzo.  Mr. Arroyo is mentoring Mr. Erzo.

CCC Student Marieliz Ginel and preschool students at Trinity College Child Development Center learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

CCC students Maria A. teaches preschoolers at CRT- Locust Street about importance of fruits and vegetables.

Student teacher Emily Gonzales at Moylan Elementary School in Hartford reading Little Red Riding Hood to Kindergarteners.Emily G @ Moylan-1 Emily G @ Moylan-2
Student teacher Shauntay Hill at Knight Hall Preschool in West Hartford on Dr. Suess’ birthday eating
green eggs and ham.

Student teacher Shauntay Hill at Knight Hall Preschool in West Hartford on Dr. Suess' birthday eating green eggs and ham. 1 Student teacher Shauntay Hill at Knight Hall Preschool in West Hartford on Dr. Suess' birthday eating green eggs and ham.-2 Student teacher Shauntay Hill at Knight Hall Preschool in West Hartford on Dr. Suess' birthday eating green eggs and ham.-3

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CERTIFICATE

Courses Credits
†ECE* 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
†PSY* 111 General Psychology I 3
†PSY* 204 Child & Adolescent Development 3
†ECE* 222 Methods & Techniques in Early Childhood Education 3
†ECE* 210 Observation, Participation and Seminar 3
†ECE*215 The Exceptional Learner 3
†ECE* 231 Early Language & Literacy Development 3
†ECE* 275
†ECE* 190
Children, Families and Schools OR
Early Childhood Education Behavior Management
3
†ECE ___ Early Childhood Education Elective 3
Total Credits 30

The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met.

ENG 095 or higher is a co-requisite for ECE 101.

ECE 101 is a prerequisite for all ECE courses except ECE 176.

Prerequisites are required for PSY 111 and PSY 204.

This program prepares students for the most basic entry positions in the profession. The program also provides training for individuals already employed who desire to improve their knowledge and competency in working with children. Graduates of the certificate may also transfer into the Early Childhood Education Program Associate in Science degree.

CONTACT


Dr. Marsha Bryant
Program Coordinator
Early Childhood Education
Room TS01D
mbryant@capitalcc.edu
(860) 906-5236

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