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Ammerman - Eastern - Grant
Hegis Code: 5503

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: ECAS-AS

     The Early Childhood Education A.S. program prepares students for the full range of options that are available in the field of early childhood education. Program graduates can transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to NYS certification (see below) in early childhood education (birth to second grade); they are eligible to acquire NYS teaching assistant certification; and they can seek employment that involves working with young children while pursuing their goal. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for certification as teaching assistants in NYS public school pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and special education programs.

The curriculum offers foundations in child development, educational philosophy and methods. It also promotes an understanding and appreciation of diversity and professional ethics. Classroom instruction is supplemented by observations and practicums in programs that serve young children. Students enrolled in the program must achieve a minimum grade of C in each early childhood education (EDU) course in order to continue and to qualify for graduation. EDU courses can only be repeated one time.

Students seeking to transfer to a bachelor degree program leading to NYS teacher certification are advised to consult the intended transfer institution to ensure a successful transfer. The program has articulation agreements with Dowling College and Long Island University, Riverhead Campus. Students may be required to have a 2.80 GPA to guarantee matriculation to transfer institutions. The Early Childhood program offers both day and evening courses. Students should check both day and evening schedules at each campus for courses offered each semester.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

     Admission for entering students requires a Regent's Diploma and a minimum high school average of 80. Continuing students who wish to be admitted to the program must have completed ENG101, PSY101 and a math or laboratory science course with a combined GPA of 2.80 or better.

EDU101 is open to all students and can be taken as an elective. Full-time students enrolled in the EDU101 during the Spring semester should also take EDU102 and EDU103 or they will not be able to complete the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree within a two-year sequence.

Admission to the Program is limited to the number of field placements available. A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses to maintain matriculation. Practicum courses require that students travel to a wide variety of early childhood programs throughout Suffolk County. Students cannot be employed by the program at which they are placed and must be available during the day. Fingerprint, health, and background checks may be required at the studentís expense.

FIRST SEMESTER: 16.5-17.5 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
  COL101: Freshman Seminar 1.5 - 1.5
*♦ EDU101: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 - 3
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3 - 3
  Foreign Language Elective 3 - 3
  Mathematic Elective 3-4 - 3-4
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3 - 3
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
EDU102: Curriculum for the Young Child I 3 - 3
EDU103: Curriculum for the Young Child II 3 - 3
  ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3 - 3
  Foreign Language Elective 3 - 3
  Physical Education - 2 1
  PSY203: Child Psychology 3 - 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
  American History Elective 3 - 3
  Art/Music Elective 3 - 3
EDU211: Early Childhood Seminar & Practicum I 2 3 3
  PSY213: The Exceptional Child 3 - 3
  Unrestricted Elective 3 - 3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
EDU221: Early Childhood Seminar & Practicum II 2 6 4
  Lab Science Elective 3 2-3 4
  Other World Civ 3 - 3
  Physical Education - 2 1
  Social Science Restricted Elective 3 - 3
Total Credits Required 62.5-63.5

*Students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies Curriculum may use this course as unrestricted elective.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
Note: See Transfer Opportunities for articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

Early Childhood Education 16 credits
English 6 credits
Social Science 12 credits
Foreign Language 6 credits
History Elective 3 credits
Other World Civilization Elective 3 credits
Mathematics/Science 7-8 credits
Art/Music 3 credits
Unrestricted Elective 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits
Physical Education 2 credits