Early Childhood Education Technology - A.A.S.

Regional College
Dean's Office
384 Library
Kent Campus
330-672-2279
rcdean@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/regional-college


Description

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education Technology prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to implement developmentally appropriate practices as they relate to each child's development. Students who wish to pursue this degree program must possess a commitment to valuing all children, regardless of ability or background. In addition, they must have the ability to work with the child's home and community.

In addition to course requirements for the major, students must complete training in ALICE, Child Safety and CPR/AED before student teaching. Graduates of the degree program are eligible to apply for pre-kindergarten licensure through the State of Ohio. Graduates will be qualified for job positions as teachers, teacher assistants, child caregivers and family child-care providers in a variety of settings, including child-care centers, early intervention programs, hospitals, Head Start programs, home-based early childhood programs, private schools and public preschool and special needs programs.

In addition, the coursework for the program is fully applicable to the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree in Early Childhood Education, from which graduates are eligible to apply for Ohio licensure to teach children in preschool to grade three. Completion of the associate degree does not guarantee admission to the bachelor's degree. Admission to the B.S.E. degree is selective.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Salem Campus
  • Tuscarawas Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, and the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in self-assessment, reflection and self-advocacy; mastery and application of foundational concepts from general education; written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrate the ability to make connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning. Identify and use professional resources.
  2. Integrate reflective and critical self-assessment with one’s own practice in early education.
  3. Develop an awareness of and engage in informed advocacy for children and families.
  4. Understand and value family and community characteristics in order to enhance curriculum and family partnerships. Support self-advocacy of the families in their communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
  5. Understand young children’s typical and atypical developmental characteristics and needs. Understand the multiple influences on child development and learning. Use knowledge of child development to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
  6. Understand and develop positive relationships and supportive interactions with children and their families. Understand and practice positive interpersonal communication with all constituencies involved in the education, development and care of young children.
  7. Understand the goals, benefits and appropriate uses of various informal and formal assessment tools and approaches. Understand and practice responsible assessment.
  8. Understand the importance of core knowledge in the academic disciplines and how this relates to the education, development and care of young children.
  9. Demonstrate professionalism by becoming knowledgeable about opportunities and resources for professional growth and development and by becoming actively involved in the profession. Understand and uphold confidentiality, ethical standards and other professional and regulatory guidelines. Engage in ongoing, collaborative relationships to enhance one’s own learning and practice.
  10. Use own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum to promote positive learning outcomes for all children of varying abilities.
 

University Requirements

All students in an applied or technical associate degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE: University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements, please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Kent Core (see table below)15
Total Credit Hour Requirement60
Some associate degrees require students to complete more than 60 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 3
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 3
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CULT 29535EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY (min C grade)3
ECED 10120INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES (min C grade)2
ECED 20163UNDERSTANDING YOUNG CHILDREN:TYPICAL AND ATYPICAL PATHWAYS (min C grade)3
ECED 40145MUSIC AND RHYTHMS IN PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION (min C grade)3
ECET 21005PARTNERSHIPS IN CHILD GUIDANCE (min C grade)3
ECET 21010INFANT/TODDLER CURRICULUM AND SERVICES (min C grade)3
ECET 22000PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM (min C grade)3
ECET 22130EMERGING LITERACY (min C grade)3
ECET 22140STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR (ELR) (min C grade)3
ECET 22192STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 4
EPSY 29525EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (min C grade)3
SPED 23000INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) (min C grade)3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
MATH 14001BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS I (KMCR) 14
MATH 14002BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS II (KMCR) 14
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition 1,26
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts3
Kent Core Social Sciences3
Kent Core Basic Sciences 13
Minimum Total Credit Hours:63
1

Although not required for graduation with the associate degree, a minimum C grade is required in these courses for the B.S.E. degree in Early Childhood Education.

2

3 credit hours are required for Kent Core (University Requirements). This program requires a total of 6 credit hours to earn the associate degree. 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  •  A minimum grade of  C grade is required in most courses; view the program requirements to see specific courses.

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!CULT 29535 EDUCATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY 3
!ECED 10120 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES 2
MATH 14001 BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS I (KMCR) 4
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
!ECED 20163 UNDERSTANDING YOUNG CHILDREN:TYPICAL AND ATYPICAL PATHWAYS 3
MATH 14002 BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS II (KMCR) 4
SPED 23000 INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
!ECED 40145 MUSIC AND RHYTHMS IN PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION 3
!ECET 21005 PARTNERSHIPS IN CHILD GUIDANCE 3
!ECET 22000 PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM 3
!ECET 22130 EMERGING LITERACY 3
EPSY 29525 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ECET 21010 INFANT/TODDLER CURRICULUM AND SERVICES 3
!ECET 22140 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR (ELR) 3
!ECET 22192 STUDENT TEACHING (ELR) 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:63