2015-2016 Catalog & Handbook 
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2015-2016 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Associate (A55220AD), Administration Track, AAS

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The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school age programs.

Admission Requirements and Special Conditions

A high school diploma (or equivalent), satisfactory scores on college placement tests (or equivalent) and a minimum GPA in English and mathematics are required. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, RCC offers pre-college courses to prepare students for the Early Childhood Associate curriculum.

Special Accreditation Status

The Early Childhood Associate program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


1313 L St. N.W. Suite 500
Washington DC 20005
http://www.naeyc.org/ecada/ [opens in a new tab]

Program Curriculum

Class Hours 16 | Lab Hours 2 | Credit Hours 17

Class Hours 18 | Credit Hours 18

Fourth Semester (Fall)

Class Hours 17 | Lab Hours 2 | Credit Hours 18

Class Hours 10 | Lab Hours 9 | Credit Hours 13

Total Credit Hours 66

Additional Curriculum Notes

  1. Early Childhood Administration Track–prepares individuals to work in administrative positions in child care to include owner/operator, director or assistant director. Students will complete the following courses in this track: EDU 261  and EDU 262 .
  2. The Humanities/Fine Arts elective can be satisfied by completing one of the following: ART 111 , MUS 110 , MUS 112 , ENG 231 , PHI 215  or PHI 240 .
  3. Criminal Background Check: Students entering the Early Childhood Practicum are required to undergo a criminal background check and/or drug testing prior to participation at the practicum site. Students should be aware that their progress to graduation might be limited by an inability to complete the practicum portion of the program. Additionally, students are responsible for submitting appropriate and required documentation to their practicum site director. The student is responsible for the scheduling and costs associated with completing this requirement and mandatory tests such as TB tests.

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