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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ECED: Early Childhood Education, AS (ECED-AS)

Location(s): Asnuntuck, Capital, Gateway, Housatonic, Manchester, Middlesex, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern Connecticut, Norwalk, Quinebaug Valley, Three Rivers, Tunxis

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.
The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary for effective teachers of all young children from birth through age eight in the 21st century. The curriculum provides a comprehensive general education core, pedagogical practice through field experiences, and a solid theoretical foundation in primary education as well as prepares graduates for transfer (course by course) to a baccalaureate program and prepares students for immediate employment in inclusive, diverse, and culturally responsive early care and education settings. For individuals currently employed in the field, this degree program strengthens and enhances professional competencies, skills, knowledge, and employability.

Field work is a principal instructional method and a requirement in specific program courses. Additional fees for field work such as background checks, fingerprinting, and other related costs are associated with this program of study. Education majors are expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours of observation and/or field work prior to student teaching and at minimum of 200 hours of student teaching.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:

  • Know and promote child development by understanding young children’s characteristics; the multiple influences development; and recognize and create appropriate and inclusive learning environments where all young children thrive.
  • Facilitate meaningful opportunities to foster physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and aesthetic development for all children including those with special needs from birth through age eight.
  • Build, support, and engage family and community relationships through understanding and valuing diversity and all families and knowledge of the community; and create respectful, reciprocal relationships that involve families in their children’s education and development.
  • Develop knowledge of and use observation, documentation, and assessment including assistive technology positively and responsibly to describe, discuss, and promote positive outcomes for a child’s learning and development.
  • Design and deliver a challenging, high-quality, twenty-first century curriculum.
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of the academic disciplines, content areas, and concepts and a broad inventory of appropriate teaching approaches and methods.
  • Use developmentally appropriate pedagogical strategies and tools including the responsible and effective use of technology.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by identification of oneself as an educator; practicing the ethical and legal responsibilities outlined in professional standards; and committing themselves to reflection and evaluation, continuous professional development, self-advocacy, and advocacy for children, families, and the profession.

Areas of study in this degree program include the 21st century learning skills, language education (including bilingual), reading, writing, literature for a young audience, multiliteracies, anti-bias and multicultural education, communication written and oral, creativity and innovation, global awareness, cultural competency, self-directed learning, digital literacies, critical media literacy, STEM, multimodality, special education, teamwork/collaboration, professional growth, curricula, problem-solving, advocacy, the 21st century learning skills, and leadership. In the interaction and interplay of these areas, our students and faculty seek to broaden the scope to meet the needs of all learners in a diverse society.

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours of observation and/or field placement prior to student teaching and at minimum of 200 hours of student teaching.

The degree program and ECED courses are aligned with the following standards: CT State Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKC), Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC), Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

The following programs are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children:

A.S. Early Childhood Education, Asnuntuck Community College - Current term 3/1/2018-3/31/2025
A.S. Early Childhood Education and A.A. CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Early Childhood Teacher Credentialing Studies ECTC Level A, Capital Community College - Current term 3/1/2020-12/31/2022
A.S. Early Childhood Education, Gateway Community College - Current term 7/1/2017-7/31/2024
A.S. Early Childhood Inclusive Education, Housatonic Community College - Current term 7/1/2018-7/31/2025
A.S. Early Childhood Education, Manchester Community College - Current term 7/1/2021-12/31/2023
A.S. Early Childhood Education, Middlesex Community College - Current term 3/1/2021-3/31/2024
A.S. Early Childhood Education, Naugatuck Valley Community College - Current term 3/1/2019-3/31/2026
A.S. Early Childhood Education, Northwestern Connecticut Community College - Current term 3/1/2020-3/31/2023
A.S. Early Childhood Education Career and A.A. Early Childhood Teacher Credential Studies (CSCU Transfer), Norwalk Community College - Current term 7/1/2019-7/31/202
A.S. Early Childhood Education, Quinebaug Valley Community College - Current term 3/1/2020-3/31/2027
A.S. Early Childhood Education, Three Rivers Community College - Current term 3/1/2020-12/31/2022
A.S. Early Childhood Education, Tunxis Community College - Current term 3/1/2019-3/31/2026

Graduates are eligible for transfer and admission to four-year colleges and universities. Please consult with a guided pathways counselor for the specific requirements for the transfer institution(s) of your choice.

Students planning to transfer to Central, Eastern, Southern, or Western Connecticut State University should follow the course selection guide found here:
ECED: Early Childhood Education: Transfer Track, AS (ECED-AS-TRS)  

General Education Courses (21-24 credits)

Total Credits: 60-63

*Program Updates

Updates to this program were approved by Curriculum Congress on 4/28/2023 but not included in the published 2023-24 catalog. The curriculum above was updated on 11/8/2023. For reference, the previously published courses are listed below.

1 Elective ARHX Arts & Humanities Course
2 Elective HISX Historical Knowledge Course
3 ENG 1020 Composition II and Literature
     OR ENG 1080 Composition II: Technical Writing & Presentations
     OR COMM 1302 Interpersonal Communication
     OR COMM 1301 Public Speaking
     OR COMM 1303 Group Communication
4 ECED 1303 Creative Arts & Experiences
     OR ECED 1306 Music and Movement for Students
     OR ECED 2307 The Natural Sciences & Young Children
     OR ECED 2309 STEM for Young Children
     OR for transfer choose an OPEN elective

students should consult an advisor if accomodations are needed for courses chosen from this outline between May 2023 and November 2023