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Program Contacts

Instructional Specialist Holly Molina (928) 776-2295
Program Director Leanne Lawhead (928) 776-2306
Instructional Specialist Mitzi Martin (928) 776-2157
Dean Jill Fitzgerald (928) 776-2277

Quick Facts


About the Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate

The Basic Certificate in Early Childhood Education is a point of entry or a continuation of professional development in the field of Early Care and Education. The Basic ECE certificate includes competencies that will prepare a student to apply for the national CDA credential.

Twelve credits earned apply to the ECE Advanced Certificate.

Note: A current Arizona fingerprint clearance card is required for students working in the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center. A current card in Pediatric First Aid and Safety will be required for graduation.

This certificate is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To explore other financial aid opportunities, please visit the YC Answer Center.

 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Education - Basic Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Build strong relationships with families through understanding, respect and valuing the characteristics of both the families and their communities. (ECE 240)
  2. Articulate historical perspectives, as well as current trends, in the field of Early Childhood Education. (ECE 200)
  3. Apply relationship-based proactive strategies to promote pro-social development of young children, aged birth through 8 years. (ECE 260)
  4. Identify strategies to plan and implement instructional practices to promote literacy in children birth- age eight. (ECE 230)
  5. Apply for a credential from the Council of Professional Recognition (applicable only to students applying for the national CDA credential). (ECE 190)
 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
ECE200 Intro Early Childhood Ed

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ECE 200. Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3). History, perspectives and current trends in the field of early care and education. Exploration of career options within the field of working with children from birth to age eight. Includes child development theorists and their relation to program philosophies and curricula. Observation and participation hours in early childhood settings required. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. History and philosophies of early childhood education
2. Current trends, and state and national initiatives in early childhood
3. Observation of programs in the community
4. Professional opportunities in the field of early childhood education

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify major milestones and philosophies in the history of early childhood education. (1)
2. Explain how child development theories are observable through various curriculum and program models. (1,3)
3. Discuss current issues of professionalism and advocacy in early childhood education. (2,4)
4. Evaluate professional opportunities and establish career goals related to serving children ages birth to age eight. (4)

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ECE230 Language & Literacy Experience

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ECE 230. Language and Literacy Experiences (3). Language and literacy processes and the way in which literature enriches a child's development. Review of children's literature and methods of enhancing literacy experiences. This course is cross-listed with EDU 230. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Language and literacy processes
2. Bibliographies
3. Reviewing and evaluating children's literature
4. Artistic content
5. Lesson plans utilizing children's literature
6. Story-telling and reading aloud

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe language development leading to literacy. (1)
2. Define and use common literary genres to develop literacy skills. (1-3, 6)
3. Identify criteria for selecting quality children's literature. (2-4)
4. Plan lessons to promote language and literacy learning. (1,5,6).
5. Identify literature for use in biblio-therapeutic contexts (2,3)
6. Create a bibliography of literature for children. (2)

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OR EDU230 Language & Literacy Experience

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
EDU 230. Language and Literacy Experiences (3). Language and literacy processes and the way in which literature enriches a child's development. Review of children's literature and methods of enhancing literacy experiences. This course is cross-listed with ECE 230. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Language and literacy processes
2. Biblographies
3. Reviewing and evaluating children's literature
4. Artistic content
5. Lesson plans utilizing children's literature
6. Storytelling and reading aloud

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe language development leading to literacy. (1)
2. Define and use the common literary genres to develop literacy skills. (1-3,6)
3. Identify criteria for selecting quality children's literature. (2-4)
4. Plan developmentally appropriate lessons to promote language and literacy learning (1,5,6)
5. Identify literature for use in biblio-therapeutic contexts. (2,3)
6. Create a bibliography of literature for children. (2)

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ECE240 Family & Comm Partnerships

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ECE 240. Family and Community Partnerships (3). School and family relationships with a focus on communication, ethics, professionalism and problem-solving. Impact of the community, its resources and referral systems. Emphasis on families, diversity, multicultural issues and parent involvement. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Communication and listening skills
2. Diversity in parenting and family structures
3. Family and school relationships in multicultural settings
4. Teacher roles
5. Parent-teacher converences
6. Professionalism and ethics
7. Community resources

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Apply techniques of active listening and communicating. (1)
2. Define teacher and prent roles in communication. (1-6)
3. Identify familial differences and parenting styles. (2,3)
4. Describe issues of professionalism and ethics in the early childhood field. (4,6)
5. Identify resources and referral systems in the community. (7)
6. Conduct parent/teacher conferences. (5)

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ECE260 Guidance of Young Children

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ECE 260. Guidance of Young Children (3). Relationship-based proactive strategies to promote pro-social development of young children, aged birth through 8 years. Exploration of theoretical foundations related to child development and implementation of methods to foster self-control, an organized classroom environment, development of pro-social skills, and to address persistent and challenging behaviors. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Proactive guidance strategies and models for young children
2. Theoretical foundations of child social-emotional development
3. Behavior management strategies
4. Relationship-based parenting

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe the impact of social environment on child development. (1,4)
2. Identify issues of individual differences and diversity in child development, with implications for child behavior and guidance. (2)
3. Compare and contrast major theories of child guidance. (1,2)
4. Analyze effective proactive guidance practices and strategies. (1,3,4)
5. Devise guidance plans for specific problems/issues of child development. (1,3)
6. Develop a personal theory of guidance based on positive guidance principles and the development of young children. (1,4)

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Optional Course for CDA National Credential
ECE190 CDA Portfolio Preparation  1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ECE 190. Child Development Associate (CDA) Portfolio Preparation (3) (Spring). Preparation for application to the Council of Professional Recognition to receive the Child Development Associate (CDA). Development of a professional resource file that includes evidence of competencies achieved through the Early Childhood Education Basic Core certificate. Prerequisite: ECE 200 and ECE 230 and ECE 240 and ECE 260 (all may be taken concurrently). Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Professional resource file
2. Parent questionnaires
3. CDA competencies

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Create and present a professional resource file. (1)
2. Develop, distribute and collect parent questionnaires. (2)
3. Compose and defend the six CDA competencies: establish safe, healthy learning environment; advance physical and intellectual competence; support social and emotional development; establish positive family relationships; ensure a well-run, purposeful program; maintain professionalism. (3)

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1 - For students who are interested in receiving the CDA National Credential through the Council of Professional Recognition (required for all entry-level Head Start employees)

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