2016-2017 Catalog 
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2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Program, Early Childhood Education Option, A.A. - EDEC

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This option prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions to pursue preschool through third grade P-3 teaching certification. In addition, many courses prove relevant to the needs of parents and professionals from other fields. Students in this option take courses in education with required field experiences, coupled with general education studies required for successful transfer. Students are introduced to: the variety of early childhood education programs and constructs, inclusion education, teaching the exceptional child, emergent literacies, diversity in early childhood education, play based instruction, and professional opportunities in early childhood education. Students explore early childhood professional opportunities in business and industry. The courses offered in this option need to be taken in consultation with a College counselor.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Recognize, analyze and evaluate the roles and characteristics of the successful classroom teacher including:
    • skill in classroom management
    • sensitivity to diversity and special needs of young children
    • use of appropriate teaching and learning strategies in play-based and academic-based settings
    • promotion of integrated literacy
    • mastery of subject matter
    • knowledge of child growth and development as applied to a variety of theoretical and philosophical perspectives
    • appreciation of ongoing professional development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essential components of teaching and learning processes as they are articulated in diverse early childhood educational settings
  • Think critically to analyze and evaluate cultural, societal and historical influences that affect early childhood education today.


General Education - 45-48 credits

As described in General Education .

The following general education courses are required for students choosing this program.

Career Studies - 6 credits from among the following:

Elective - 0-3 credits

Total credits required for degree: 60


* EDEC 199 - Students who have completed EDEC 105 Foundations of Early Childhood Education, with a grade of B or better are required to complete 60 hours of observation in an approved academic setting to ensure transferability of EDEC 105 to a four-year institution.

It is strongly recommended that no more than six Education credits be taken in the first two years for transfer.

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Suggested Sequence - Education Program A.A. Early Childhood Education Option

The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Foundational Studies requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date. An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs. See a counselor for other options and to monitor your progress.

Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 2 - Spring Term

Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 3 - Fall Term

Total Credits: 16-17

Semester 4 - Spring Term

Total Credits: 12-15

Sequence Notes:

(1) One course is required from the Cultural and Global Awareness  knowledge area. Students may meet the requirements while simultaneously fulfilling the General Education  requirement for another knowledge area.

(2) A minimum of 12 credits is required from the Mathematics , Sciences  or Technological Competency  knowledge areas.

Bachelor’s Degree Through Brookdale

This is a preferred Associate degree for students planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. For information see Dual Admissions or University Partnerships.

Transfer Information

For-additional information on transfer visit the Transfer Resources website at https://www.brookdalecc.edu/transfer-resources/ and University Partnerships.

Degree Audit Information

Access your Degree Audit Academic Evaluation through WebAdvisor.  Once you log into WebAdvisor, click on the Students menu, then click Degree Audit - Progress Toward My Degree under Academic Profile.

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