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).

A graduate of the early childhood education program is awarded an Associate in Science degree and is eligible for the State of Connecticut Early Childhood Education Credential (see additional details below). Graduates can apply for the credential through the Connecticut Department of Education.

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.

† 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
† ECE* 275
† ECE* 190
Child, Family and School Relations OR
Behavior Management
† ENG* 102 Composition and Literature 3
† MAT* Math Elective 3
† PSY* 204 Child & Adolescent Development 3
† ECE* 210 Observation, Participation and Seminar 3
† 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)
† ECE* 295 Student Teaching Practicum 6
† ECE* 215 The Exceptional Learner 3
HIS* ___ History Elective + 3
___ ___ Humanities Elective++ 3
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
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


Dr. Marsha Guillory Bryant
Program Coordinator
Early Childhood Education
Room TS01D
(860) 906-5236


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