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Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs

Program Chair

Mary Skinner
253.566.5010 mskinner@tacomacc.edu

TCC’s Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs program is structured as progressive leading to two levels of achievement with a certificate and an Associate in Applied Science degree, for increasing levels of job responsibility. This program is designed to develop skills needed to be a successful early childhood professional and is directed toward students planning to work with young children, birth through eight years of age, including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse. Employment opportunities are in a variety of settings including preschools, childcare centers, family childcare, HeadStart/ECEAP programs, kindergarten through third grade classrooms (as a teacher assistant), and/or other early learning programs. NOTE: The practicum and field experience require a criminal background check prior to enrollment.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the ECE certificate or AAS degree, students will:

  • Use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
  • Create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their child’s development and learning.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child.
  • Implement a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.
  • Use their own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every child.
  • Use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice; demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives on their work and are informed advocates for sound practices and policies.

DEGREE/CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs Certificate

(44 credits)

Note: A grade of C or higher is required in all coursework.

ECE 100

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 101

Early Childhood Environmental Design

3

ECE 102

Math, Science & Technology for Young Children

3

ECE 112

Language, Literacy, and the Arts in Early Childhood Education

3

ECE 130

Cultural Competency and Responsiveness in Early Childhood Education

2

ECE 140

Promoting Positive Behavior

3

or ECE 141, 142, and 143 Guiding Behavior of Young Children I, II, and III

 

ECE 201

Effective Communication with Colleagues and Families

3

ECE 202

Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children

3

ECE 203

Family Systems & Supports

3

ECE 290

Practicum

3

PSYC& 100

General Psychology

5

PSYC& 200

Lifespan Psychology

5

or EDUC& 115

Child Development

 

EDUC& 204

Exceptional Child

5

Associate in Applied Sciences Degree

(52-55 additional credits = total 96-99 credits)

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs certificate, students may enroll in the following courses to obtain the AAS degree in Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs.

  1. Core Requirements (27-30 credits)

BUS 164

Leadership and Human Relations

5

or ECE 211 and ECE 212 and ECE 213 Administration of Early Learning Programs I, II, and III

(3)

CMST& 101

Introduction to Communication

5

CU 105

Word I, Excel I

5

or CU 100 Introduction to Practical Computing and CU 102 Word I

(4)

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

5

ENGL& 102

Composition II: Argument and Persuasion

5

MATH& 107

Math in Society

5

or MATH& 131 Math for Elementary Teachers I or MATH& 132 Math for Elementary Teachers II

 

  1. Humanities Requirements (10 credits)

Choose two from the following 5-credit courses:

10

ART& 101

Art Appreciation

 

or ART 180 Art for Elementary Education

 

HUM& 101

Introduction to Humanities

 

MUSC& 105

Music Appreciation

 

or MUSC 120 Music in the Classroom

 

  1. Social Sciences Requirements (10 credits)

Choose two from the following 5-credit courses:

10

ANTH& 100

Survey of Anthropology

 

HIST& 146 or HIST& 147 or HIST& 148 US History I, II, III

SOC& 101

Introduction to Sociology

 

SOC& 201

Social Problems

 

  1. Natural Sciences Requirements (5 credits)

Choose one from the following 5-credit courses:

5

ASTR& 101

Introduction to Astronomy

 

BIOL& 100

Survey of Biology

 

BIOL& 175

Biology with Lab

 

BOT 101

General Botany

 

CHEM& 110

Chemical Concepts with Lab I

 

ENVS& 101

Introduction to Environmental Science

 

GEOG 205

Physical Geography

 

GEOG 210

Maps, GIS, and the Environment

 

GEOL& 101

Introduction to Physical Geology

 

OCEA& 101

Introduction to Oceanography

 

SCI 105

Introductory Topics in Natural Science

 

SCI 110

Physical Science and Technology

 

Management of Early Learning Program Certificate

(6 credits)

Designed to provide childcare personnel with knowledge to open, operate and manage childcare centers and early learning programs that meet licensing, accreditation and other quality standards, to foster adult relationships within those programs. Certificate completion combined with the Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on children with Special Needs certificate, provides the 45 credits of early childhood education required for Washington state childcare licensing of early learning program supervisors.

  1. Administration of Early Learning Program Requirements (3 credits)

EDP 211

Administration of Early Learning I: Program Administration

1

EDP 212

Administration of Early Learning II: Operation of Children’s Program

1

EDP 213

Administration of Early Learning III: Staffing and Professional Development

1

  1. Child, Family and Community Relationships Requirements (3 credits)

EDP 121

Child, Family, Community I: Creating Community among Adults in Early Care Settings

1

EDP 122

Child, Family, Community II: Building a Caring Community with Children

1

EDP 123

Child, Family, Community III: Building Quality Relationships with Families

1

Child Development Specialist Certificate

(18 credits)

Designed to prepare students for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential examination. Upon successful completion of this three-quarter program students will be prepared for employment in entry-level early childhood education positions. The certificate also provides professional development for those currently working in early childhood settings. Typical jobs include lead teacher in a childcare center, Head Start educational assistant, and preschool teacher. Participants who obtain a CDA’s are qualified to be program supervisors or directors and have the basic skills to open their own childcare center.

Courses completed for this certificate will satisfy 12 credits (EDP 100, 101, 140 and 202) of the Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs certificate or the Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Children with Special Needs AAS degree. The schedule below provides a tentative schedule subject to change depending on enrollment levels.

  1. 1st Quarter (6 credits)

EDP 100

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

EDP 141

Guiding Behavior of Young Children 1

1

EDP 190

Early Childhood Clinical Experience

2

  1. 2nd Quarter (6 credits)

EDP 101

Early Childhood Environmental Design

3

EDP 142

Guiding Behavior of Young Children 2

1

EDP 190

Early Childhood Clinical Experience

2

  1. 3rd Quarter (6 credits)

EDP 202

Family, Health, Nutrition & Safety

3

EDP 143

Guiding Behaviors of Young Children III

1

EDP 190

Early Childhood Clinical Experience

2

INTERNSHIP/WORK EXPERIENCE

Students enrolled in this program are required to participate in 180 hours of internship/work experience over the course of the three program quarters. Placement assistance is available for those not currently working in early childhood environments.

 
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