B.S. in Early Childhood Studies and Infant/Toddler Mental Health

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies and Infant/Toddler Mental Health can lead to an Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) and the CT-Infant/Toddler Mental Health Endorsement. Graduates will be prepared to work in publicly funded and private pre-school programs.

PROGRAM GOALS

To produce new professionals who have the requisite knowledge, competencies, and dispositions to become a credentialed Early Childhood professional and a Quality Staff Member (QSM) in Infant/Toddler Mental Health. Specifically, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies and Infant/Toddler Mental Health will be:

 

1.     Knowledgeable and competent in promoting child development and learning, especially infant/toddler, preschool, and children with exceptionalities;                                                                                                                                                                

2.     Knowledgeable and competent in building family and community relationships;

3.     Knowledgeable and competent in assessing and supporting families and young children, especially infant/toddler, preschool, and children with exceptionalities;

4.     Knowledgeable and competent in using developmentally effective approaches to advance the learning of infant/toddler, preschool, and children with exceptionalities;

5.     Knowledgeable and competent in using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum that is appropriate for young children, especially for infant/toddler, preschool, and children with exceptionalities; and

6.     Reflective, ethical, and committed professionals, who continue to engage in ongoing professional learning, and use evidence to continually evaluate their practice to better meet the needs of each learner, and to advance the profession.

Requirements (62 credits)

Major Courses (62 credits)

EDEC 303Arts and Aesthetics in Early Childhood Education

3

SPED 301Assessment, Instruction & Curriculum Adaptations for Early Childhood

3

SPED 321Establishing the Classroom Environment for Early Childhood Programs

3

EDEC 101Introduction to Early Childhood Studies

3

EDEC 102Fieldwork in Early Childhood I

1

EDEC 103Health, Safety & Nutrition for Young Children

3

EDEC 104Fieldwork in Early Childhood II

1

EDEC 105Arts and Aesthetics in Early Childhood Education

3

EDEC 201Language & Literacy for Early Childhood

3

EDEC 202Child, Family, and the Community I

3

EDEC 203Fieldwork in Early Childhood III

1

SPED 301Assessment, Instruction & Curriculum Adaptations for Early Childhood

3

EDEC 204Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and their Families

3

EDEC 206Fieldwork in Early Childhood IV

1

EDEC 306Design and Management of Infant/Toddler and Preschool Programs

3

EDEC 300Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood for Diverse Learners

3

EDEC 304Pre Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood I

3

EDEC 307Current Trends and Issues in Child Development and Community-Based Partnerships

3

SPED 321Establishing the Classroom Environment for Early Childhood Programs

3

EDT 101Basic Instructional Design & Production

1

EDT 201Intermediate Instructional Design & Production

1

EDEC 205Child, Family, and the Community II

3

EDEC 305STEM for Young Children

3

EDEC 308Pre Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood II

3

EDEC 309Literature for Young Children

3

EDT 302Advanced Instructional Design & Production

1

EDT 402Designing Instruction for the Professional

1

EDEC 403Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood I

3

EDEC 404Student Teaching Practicum in Early Childhood II

3

Total Credit Hours:62

 

 

Related Requirement (3 credits)

PSY 236Life-Span Development

3

Instructional Technology Modules

Instructional Technology Modules (0 credits)

Module 1 (prereq to EDT 101). Basic Instructional Design & Production

Prereq.: Pass the IT Skills Test 

Module 2 (prereq to EDT 201). Intermediate Instructional Design & Production

Prereq.: Module 1

Module 3 (prereq to EDT 302). Advanced Instructional Design & Production

Prereq.: Modules 1 & 2

Infant/Toddler Mental Health Modules (0 credits)

Modules 1 and 2 are completed concurrently with EDEC 304 and Module 3 with EDEC 308.

Module 1.

Theoretical Foundations

Law, Regulation & Agency Policy

Module 2.

Infant/Toddler Development, Screening, and Assessment

Assessment and Intervention Guidance for Service Providers and Families of Young Children, Birth to Five

Module 3.

      Systems Expertise

      Direct Service Skills

      Working with Others

 

Total Credit Hours: 120