Early Childhood Education (485)

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Nature of Profession

Early childhood professionals are responsible for planning daily programs, providing caring and nurturing environments and utilizing community resources to enrich programs and to support the needs of young children and their families.

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Transfer Agreements

Southern State has articulation/transfer agreements with many four-year institutions. Find the transfer agreements for Early Childhood Education below.

  • Shawnee State University
  • Wilmington College

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Create an inviting and supportive environment that promotes children's optimal growth and development within the context of a group setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the characteristics, identification and needs of exceptional individuals and how to adapt instruction to meet their needs.
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum though the utilization of respectful, responsive, teaching strategies.
  • Take responsibility for professional behavior and professional involvement with young children and their families.
  • Successfully complete onsite observations and practicum experiences with typical, exceptional, and diverse learners to gain experience developing and implementing instructional plans while working effectively with all students and staff.


Fall Semester | First Year

Course # Course Title Credits
EDUC 1101 Introduction to Education 3
EDUC 1140 Introduction to Early Childhood Development & Education 3
EDUC 1145 Observation / Assessment of Children 2
EDUC 2234 Technology in Education 3
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3

Spring Semester | First Year

Course # Course Title Credits
EDUC 1118 Guiding Children’s Behavior & Learning 3
EDUC 2219 Infant / Toddler Care & Education 3
EDUC 2230 Children’s Literature with Reading Approaches 3
EDUC 2243 Individuals With Exceptionalities 3
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
PSYC 2241 Educational Psychology 3

Fall Semester | Second Year

Course # Course Title Credits
EDUC 1110 Art / Music for the Young Child 3
EDUC 1163 Social Studies for the Young Child 2
EDUC 2210 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2
EDUC 2215 Health / Physical Education for Children 2
EDUC 2217 Science & Math Experiences for the Young Child 2
– – – – – – FNAR 1104 or THEA 1121 or FLNG 1120 3

Spring Semester | Second Year

Course # Course Title Credits
COMM 1115 Fundamentals of Effective Speech 3
EDUC 2228 Families, Communities & Schools 3
EDUC 2240 Early Childhood Practicum 2
EDUC 2241 Early Childhood Seminar 2
MATH 1115 Math for the Business & Social Sciences 3
Program Total: 62

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