AS in Early Childhood Development

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The Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Development requires a minimum of 62 semester hours distributed through the curriculum. The goal of Ohio Christian University’s Early Childhood Development program, leading to an Associate of Science degree, is to graduate competent, caring, and qualified teachers for public and private childcare settings. The program integrates a Christian worldview and constructivist philosophy of education. For those who desire to work with young children to an extent beyond babysitting, and yet do not desire a four-year teacher education degree, this program is an excellent alternative. Preschool teachers play an important role in developing children’s interest in learning. Through various techniques and activities, such as games, group play, artwork and music, preschool teachers instruct reading, writing and basic math concepts. Preschool teachers also encourage creativity and social interaction. These are the dispositions that OCU candidates for AS and Early Childhood Development Certificate.

Pre-service teachers must demonstrate:
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    Ability to meet deadlines and obligations
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    Ability to relate with children and parents
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    Collaboration
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    Communicative skills both oral and written
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    Creativity
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    Patience
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    Positive temperament
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    Preparation
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    Punctuality
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    Respect for all students
Cognitive knowledge that the pre-service teacher should know when they graduate from the program:
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    Knowledge of young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 5.
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    Knowledge of multiple influences on early development and learning
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    Knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children
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    Know and understand effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology
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    Reflect on their practice to promote positive outcomes for each child
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    Understand positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children
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    Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching /learning approaches

In the event that a four-year degree is eventually sought, OCU’s Early Childhood Development program can be applied to an OCU teacher education degree.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE38 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core at the beginning of the Academic Programs section for specific courses that fulfill elective requirements.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT2 HOURS

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.
    Prerequisite: SI096 or ACT Math score of 19 or higher
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    Science Elective4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective 3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT MAJOR 24 HOURS

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    Introduction to the principles and philosophy of education in public, private and Christian pre-schools.
    Offered: Fall
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    Child development as a dynamic, challenging, complex and multifaceted area of inquiry that supports and guides professional practices toward children. Developmental theory and research from pre-birth to the end of childhood, emotional, language and cognitive development, family and environmental influences, and relationships and gender roles. Application of course content to professional roles.
    Offered: Spring, even year Prerequisite: PS102
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    Technologies available for classroom use and their adaptations to the promotion of learning, including the potential and the limitations of computers as tools for teachers.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Background, theory, and practice in literature for young children and its use in early literacy experiences for young readers and writers.
    Offered: Spring
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    Mathematics concepts and procedures for teaching in early childhood, including the NCTM and Common Core State standards, problem solving, numeration systems, number theory, number systems, measurement, data collection, organization, and interpretation.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TE203, Sophomore standing
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    Contemporary philosophies of art education and basic art concepts as they relate to early childhood learners, with experiences in use of materials, processes, and curricula appropriate for early childhood. Field projects may be required.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: None Course Fee: $50
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    Methods for teaching students with exceptional attributes, including giftedness, behavioral difficulties, developmental delays, and English language learners.
    Offered: Fall TE250 Prerequisite: TE203
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    Music learning theory and current methodology. Field projects may be required.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester ECE311 Prerequisites: ECE202

Program Total62 Hours

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