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A.A. in Early Childhood Education

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

The youngest students need your full attention. Meet their needs for early learning and become a better early childhood professional by earning an A.A. in Early Childhood Education. New and practicing educators will gain essential skills and knowledge to meet the current standards for advanced degrees in the field of early childhood education.

What you’ll study
Learn to apply best practices in child observation, assessment, and guidance. You'll investigate disabilities, motor development, and other areas of specialization to enhance your teaching and professional practice in childcare. Motivated students may also explore school administration and community involvement.

If you want to do more, consider topical areas such as: exploring child care for children with special needs, conducting observations, record keeping, and fostering emergent language and literacy skills for pre-K students.

How you’ll learn more
The A.A. in Early Childhood Education at NSU’s Fischler College of Education is based on the competencies and guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Your degree program exposes you to best practices in the field and the newest research available. You'll be fascinated by how quickly the brain grows in this formative period of childhood. You’ll learn to practice your professional expertise with confidence—whether you choose to work in schools or in daycare settings.

Where it can take you
You'll have many choices for employment. Although the degree does not lead to licensure or certification, successful graduates may find jobs at childcare centers, pre-K programs, Head Start programs, or in schools as teachers’ assistants in a classroom setting.

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GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (30 CREDITS)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (3 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDUC 2500 Education Pre-enrollment Seminar
This seminar provides an orientation to technology and program skills necessary for successful participation in the undergraduate programs. Students will be introduced to university systems designed to provide support and services to the undergraduate student during the formal program of study. An overview of all facets of the undergraduate programs will be provided, including how to locate course schedules online, how to contact academic advising, and how to access resources. Students will learn interactive technology skills, such as using e-mail and sending attachments, navigating the Internet, accessing the electronic library, using APA format, locating and using the undergraduate website and using Blackboard for online classes.
Pre-Requisites: None
0
ESOL 2903 Cross Cultural Studies
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide. This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings. In addition to class meetings, a 10 hour virtual field experience is required for this course.
Prerequisite/s: None
3

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION COURSES (24 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 203 Foundations of Early Care and Education
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide. This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings. In addition to class meetings, a 10 hour virtual field experience is required for this course.
Prerequisite/s: None
3
EDEC 2405 Children with Special Needs
This course provides an overview of disabilities and their impact on young children. Students examine the nature of disabilities and how they impact development during the early years. Legislation, history of programs and services available for children with special needs and their families are discussed.
Prerequisite: None
3
ECA 218 Child Observation, Record Keeping, and Assessment
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
3
ECA 241 Child Guidance
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3
ECA 242 Foundations of Literacy Development
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3
ECA 252 Managing Literacy Environments
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3
OR
ECA 227 Developmental Curriculum: Language, Literature, and Social Studies
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3
ECA 267 Literacy Development in Multilingual Communities
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3
ECA 285 Professional Behavior in Early Childhood
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3

OPTIONAL COURSES

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education Professionalism, Safety, Health, and Learning Environment (CDA I)
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ECA 112 Introduction to Early Childhood Education Physical, Cognitive, Communication, and Creative Development (CDA II)
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3
ECA 114 Introduction to Early Childhood Education Families, Schools, and Communities (CDA III)
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3
ECA 270 Administration of Child Care and Education Programs
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3

TOTAL CREDITS: 60

Coursework for the associate's degree in early childhood education is available entirely online. This delivery option allows students to receive and submit coursework, as well as interact with participants and professors, via the Internet. Working professionals can conveniently complete their associate’s degree without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.