Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The goal of the Associate of Science in Early Childhood Development is to graduate competent, caring, and qualified teachers for public and private childcare settings. An excellent alternative for students who desire to work with young children beyond babysitting, but do not desire a four-year education degree, the program integrates a Christian worldview and constructivist philosophy of education. Coursework from this program can be applied toward other OCU education programs. Preschool teachers play an important role in developing children’s interest in learning. Through activities like games, group play, artwork and music, preschool teachers instruct reading, writing, and basic math concepts, and encourage creativity and social interaction. Pre-service teachers and candidates for the AS in Early Childhood Development Certificate must demonstrate these dispositions:

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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

Objectives:

Upon graduation the pre-service teacher should possess:
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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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    The ability to reflect on their practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
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    An understanding of positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children.
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    The ability to use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches.
This degree program is available in the following format:

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MAJOR27 Hours

*Students may count this course as a Mathematics elective in the General Education Core.