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Family needs and increased focus on appropriate early education for all young children continue to drive the demand for qualified professionals in early childhood education. Early childhood educators are responsible for planning daily routines and curriculum, utilizing community resources to enrich programs and support the needs of children and their families. The ECDE graduate is employed as a pre-kindergarten teacher, Head Start teacher, preschool/childcare administrator, nanny, infant/toddler caregiver, or family childcare provider.

The Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) program is approved by the Ohio Department of Education to offer the Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teaching license. This license qualifies holders for pre-kindergarten positions in a variety of early childhood settings, including Head Start, public school preschool, inclusive settings for children with special needs, as well as part-day and full-day childcare programs. The ECDE course of study exceeds the requirements for staff as outlined in the revised Ohio Child Day Care Licensing Rules. The ECDE program is also NAEYC accredited.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and Education, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories of human growth, development, and learning related to children, birth to age eight
  • Plan appropriate learning experiences for individuals, as well as groups of young children, in inclusive settings
  • Demonstrate a competent, respectful, nurturing teaching style to meet children’s needs
  • Develop appropriate educational practices for young children that foster the growth of skills in problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking, communication, and emerging literacy
  • Use appropriate teaching strategies to address individual differences in developmental levels, culture, and learning styles
  • Recognize and respect unique characteristics of families and demonstrate appropriate strategies to support and address family needs
  • Demonstrate a variety of strategies to evaluate children’s growth and development in cooperation with parents and related professionals
  • Design a physically safe environment to facilitate children’s independence and competence through constructive experiences
  • Demonstrate knowledge of content areas and familiarity with Ohio Department of Education pre-kindergarten standards
  • Reflect and evaluate one’s professional, interdisciplinary role as teacher, team member, lifelong learner, and advocate for children and families.

Specific Program Admissions Information

Listed below are additional requirements for formal admission to Early Childhood Development and Education (Pre-ECD student requirements):

  • High school graduate or GED equivalency
  • Placement into ENGL 1100 Composition I or completion of ENGL 1099 Composition Workshop
  • Completion of the following 6 courses with grade of “C” or above:
    ECDE 1001 Early Childhood Guidance & Curriculum
    ECDE 1002 Observing, Recording, and Assessment
    ECDE 1005 Social Emotional Development & Curriculum
    ECDE 1008 Creative Curriculum
    ECDE 1009 Language & Literacy
    PSY 2261 Child Development

Early Childhood Development and Education Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ECDE 1001 Early Childhood Guidance & Curriculum  3
ECDE 1002 Observing, Recording & Assessment  2
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
EDUC 2210 Introduction to Education  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 2 . .
ECDE 1005 Social Emotional Development & Curriculum  3
ECDE 1008 Creative Curriculum  3
ECDE 1009 Language & Literacy Experiences  3
ENGL 2367 Composition II – American Identity  3
PSY 2261 Child Development  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Summer Semester . .
ECDE 2910 Practicum I Infants & Toddlers  1
ECDE 2810 Seminar I: Infants & Toddlers  1
ECDE 2010 Infant Toddler Curriculum  3
ECDE 2014 Cognitive Curriculum  3
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I  4
ECDE XXXX Technical Elective  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 3 . .
ECDE 2920 Practicum II  1
ECDE 2820 Seminar II  1
ECDE 2012 Families, Communities, & Schools  3
PSY 2245 Children with Exceptionalities  3
PSY 2200 Educational Psychology  3
MATH XXXX 1010, 1020, or 1050  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 4 . .
ECDE 2930* Practicum III or ECDE 2931 or ECDE 2932  1 - 2
ECDE 2830* Seminar III or ECDE 2831 or ECDE 2832  1 - 2
ECDE 2018 Health, Safety, & Nutrition  3
ECDE 2021 Administration & Staff Dynamics  3
ECDE 2099 ECDE Capstone  1
EDUC 2220 Educational Technology  3
HIST XXXX 1111, 1112, 1151, or 1152  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16 - 18
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 73

*Students choosing ECDE 2931/2831 (Student Teaching) instead of ECDE 2930/2803 (Practicum 3) are NOT required to complete ECDE 2021

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

ECDE 2101 Experiences with Infants  1
ECDE 2103 Experiences with Toddlers  1
ECDE 2105 Best Practice Inclusive Early Childhood  1
ECDE 2107 Media Resources  1
ECDE 2109 Phonics & the Structure of Language  4
ECDE 2200 Contemporary Issues  1 - 5

Basic Early Childhood Administrators Certificate*

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ECDE 1001 Early Childhood Guidance & Curriculum  3
ECDE 1002 Observing, Recording, & Assessment  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 5
Semester 2 . .
ECDE 1005 Social Emotional Development Curriculum  3
ECDE 1008 Creative Curriculum  3
ECDE 2021 Administration & Staff Dynamics  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9
Total Certificate Credit Hours . 14

*NOTE: With completion of 12 credit hours in ECDE, minimum qualifications to be a childcare administrator by Ohio Child Day Care Licensing Standards will have been met, provided the candidate has two years work experience in group care of young children.

Infant Toddler Education Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ECDE 1001 Early Childhood Guidance & Curriculum  3
ECDE 1002 Observing, Recording, & Assessment  2
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9
Semester 2 . .
ECDE 1005 Social Emotional Development & Curriculum  3
PSY 2261 Child Development  3
ECDE 2012 Families, Communities, & Schools  3
ECDE 1009 Language & Literacy Experiences  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Summer Semester . .
ECDE 2910 Practicum I: Infants & Toddlers  1
ECDE 2810 Seminar I: Infants and Toddlers  1
ECDE 2010 Infant Toddler Curriculum  3
ECDE 2101 Experiences with Infants  1
ECDE 2103 Experience with Toddlers  1
ECDE 2105 Best Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
Total Certificate Credit Hours . 29