Education - Liberal Arts - Early Childhood Education Concentration

Education - Liberal Arts - Early Childhood Education Concentration

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

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The Early Childhood Education concentration meets the Massachusetts Transfer Compact and provides a sound liberal arts foundation for students continuing on to a bachelor's degree. For students who are already working in the Early Childhood field and who are enrolled or planning to enroll in the Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education at BCC, funding is available -- click here for information on ECE Scholarships. In addition to courses specific to the field, this degree aims to promote a broad vision of the world and human development from historical,scientific, artistic, environmental, and social science perspectives. This is a MassTransfer eligible program. EXPECTED OUTCOMES Graduates of this program should be able to: understand current and historical philosophical and theoretical aproaches to early childhood education; develop a philosophy of early childhood education; demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in the field; possess knowledge of child development, birth through age 8; plan and implement developmentally appropriate acivities and curriculum, reflecting children with special needs, and diverse backgrounds; describe the role of the early childhood teacher; observe, record and assess young children from diverse cultural backgrounds across different developmental areas; understand current issues and trends that affect young children and their families, including legal issues and public policies; value the importance of maintaining positive, collaborative relationships with families; be familiar with community resources that serve children; demonstrate knowledge of opportunities for professional growth; apply teaching techniques and demonstrate effectiveness as a teacher as evaluated by supervising teachers and through self-evaluation.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    624

    per Year

  • Books & Supplies

    Books & Supplies

    823

    per Year

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    N/A

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Curriculum

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.



Program



26 Credits

ECE 101

Early Childhood Growth/Development

3

ECE 104

Intro to Early Childhood Ed

3

ECE 122

Special Needs in Early Childhood Ed.

3

ECE 123

Early Childhood Ed. Practicum I

3

ECE 124

Early Childhood Ed. Seminar I

1

ECE 223

Early Childhood Ed. Practicum II

3

ECE 224

Early Childhood Ed. Seminar II

1

ECE 241

Creativity - A Child's Perspective

3

ENG

Literature (see footnote 1)

3



Humanities and Fine Arts
(see footnote 2)

3







General Education



36 Credits

COM

Communication

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing

6

ENG

Literature

3

HIS 113

Western Civilization I OR



HIS 114

Western Civilization II

3

HIS 117

United States History I

3

MAT Mathematics 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
SOC Sociology (see footnote 4) 3
Environmental Studies(see footnote 3) 1
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 8


Additional

As Shown

Core Competencies Portfolio

6 items

Forum

12 units

Health/Fitness

30 Hours

Minimum Cumulative Averages



Overall
Area of Specialization: All Required ECE Courses
2.000
2.000

SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in three years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.



First Semester



6-14 Credits



Pre-College courses as needed

0-8

ECE 104

Introduction to Early Childhood Ed.

3

HIS 113

Western Civilization I OR



HIS 114

Western Civilization II

3







Second Semester



12 Credits

ECE 101

Early Childhood Growth/Development

3

ECE 241

Creativity - A Child's Perspective

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing

3

PSY 107

Introductory Psychology

3







Third Semester



10 Credits

ECE 123

Early Childhood Ed. Practicum I

3

ECE 124

Early Childhood Ed. Seminar I

1

ENG

English Composition/Writing

3

HIS 117

United States History I

3







Fourth Semester



12 Credits

ECE 122

Special Needs in Early Childhood Ed.

3

COM

Communication

3

ENG

Literature (see footnote 1)

3

MAT

Mathematics

3



Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3)

4







Fifth Semester



10 Credits

ENG

Literature

3

SOC

Sociology (see footnote 4)

3







Sixth Semester



12 Credits

ECE 223

Early Childhood Education Practicum II

3

ECE 224

Early Childhood Education Seminar II

1



Humanities and Fine Arts (see footnote 2)

3



Environmental Studies (see footnote 3)

1



Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3)

4

FOOTNOTES: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION • A.A. DEGREE

1. ENG 205, Children's Literature, recommended. Fulfills 3 credit hours of a Literature requirement ONLY for students in this concentration.

2. For students who need the course for their work setting, ECE 220, Infant and Toddler Care, may be substituted.

3. The Natural or Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled by two 4 credit laboratory sciences. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science, such as BIO 110, ENV 101, ENV 102, fulfills both the Life and Physical Science and Environmental Studies requirements.

4. Sociology course chosen from SOC 105 or SOC 136

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