Program Overview

The Early Childhood Education concentration prepares Psychology students to integrate developmental theories that address the needs of diverse learners into teaching and classroom management in preschool and child development settings. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge of early childhood development to create, implement, and assess age-appropriate learning experiences.

Program Highlights

Our FlexCourse℠ on-demand online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Early Childhood Education Concentration Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours of study. Students in this program must complete 54 units of core General Education courses, 42 units within their chosen major, and 24 units of courses from an academic concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study at JFKU Online powered by FlexCourse℠. The Below listed curriculum covers the 24 semester units from the academic concentration.

Early Childhood Education
Units
EDU 325 Infant and Toddler Growth and Development
3
This course will examine prenatal, infant, and toddler development and the influence of physical development, including the early development of the human organism, brain development, physiological and social influences, emotional regulation, and attachment.
EDU 335 Introduction to Children with Special Needs
3
This course will examine the developing child with special needs and the influence of family, community, laws that support the continued development of a child.
EDU 345 Observation and Assessment
3
In this course, students will evaluate the appropriate use of assessment through objective and subjective observation to document development and make learning visible for families and professionals.
EDU 355 Curriculum and Intervention Strategies for Young Children
3
This course will evaluate the use of observation and assessment in creating inclusive learning environments. This will include curriculum, and intervention strategies for working with all young children, including those with special needs, and working in partnership with families and other support systems.
Early Childhood Education
Units
EDU 365 Teaching Children in a Diverse Society
3
This course will examine the development of social identities in diverse societies and discuss the role of inclusive practices in creating a dynamic classroom environment that is developmentally appropriate.
EDU 425 Administration I: Program Management
3
This course provides an introduction and framework for early childhood education program management to include regulatory and policy issues, budget and financing, project management, and assessment skills.
EDU 435 Administration II: Leadership and Supervision
3
This course emphasizes the practical application of leadership principles and supervision techniques and the role these play in the development of the effective supervisor.
EDU 445 Advancing the Profession
3
This course provides an application of strategic management practices and key leadership skills needed to advance the education profession. Emphasis also is placed on developing and mentoring staff, fostering leadership, and modeling reflective practices.
Early Childhood Education
Units
EDU 365 Teaching Children in a Diverse Society
3
This course will examine the development of social identities in diverse societies and discuss the role of inclusive practices in creating a dynamic classroom environment that is developmentally appropriate.
EDU 425 Administration I: Program Management
3
This course provides an introduction and framework for early childhood education program management to include regulatory and policy issues, budget and financing, project management, and assessment skills.
EDU 435 Administration II: Leadership and Supervision
3
This course emphasizes the practical application of leadership principles and supervision techniques and the role these play in the development of the effective supervisor.
EDU 445 Advancing the Profession
3
This course provides an application of strategic management practices and key leadership skills needed to advance the education profession. Emphasis also is placed on developing and mentoring staff, fostering leadership, and modeling reflective practices.

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