Early Childhood Education, Associate of Applied Science

Curriculum Code #5159

Effective May 2017

Division Social Sciences and Human Services

An early childhood education graduate could expect to find career opportunities in the following environments: pre-kindergarten program, Head Start, parent cooperative, public or private nursery school, exceptional child programs, in-home child care aide, and service agencies/referral program. Lorain County Community College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ECED 111 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 3
ECED 164 CHILD GUIDANCE AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT 1 3
ECED 171 HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION 1 2
ENGL 161 COLLEGE COMPOSITION I 3
PSYH 151 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SDEV 101 COLLEGE 101 2 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ECED 162 EMERGING LITERACY AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 3 3
ECED 253 INTRODUCTION TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3 3
EDCT 181 INTRODUCTION TO THE EDUCATION PROFESSION 3
EDCT 264 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
ENGL 162 COLLEGE COMPOSITION II 3 3
MTHM 161 MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS I 3
 Hours18
Second Year
Fall Semester
ECED 256 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT 3 4
ECED 273 FAMILIES, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES 3
ECED 283 ECED STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR I 3 3
EDCT 254 INDIVIDUALS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES 3
Arts and Humanities Elective 4 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ECED 255 CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE YOUNG CHILD 4
ECED 272 INFANT AND TODDLER DEVELOPMENT 3 2
ECED 284 ECED STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR II 3 3
EDCT 252 PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING & LEARNING 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours61
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Indicates that this course has a prerequisite or may be taken concurrently.

2

A student must register for the orientation course when enrolling for more than six credit hours per semester or any course that would result in an accumulation of 13 or more credit hours.

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Indicates that this course has a prerequisite.

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Arts and humanities: choose from any arts and humanities course form the state transfer module.

Program Contact(s):

Kathleen Head
440-366-7167
khead@lorainccc.edu

For information about admissions, enrollment, transfer, graduation and other general questions, please contact your Advising and Counseling Team.


Placement assessment, current physical and background check required.

A grade of B or better is required in ECED Student Teaching Seminar I and I.

Requirement for ODE pre-kindergarten associate certificate includes completion of all required ECED, EDCT, and ENGL courses with at least a C in each course and an overall GPA of 2.5 in these courses.

Upon the completion of all LCCC AAS degree requirements for graduation and the satisfactory completion of all ECED pre-kindergarten associate certificate program requirements, the social sciences and human services division ECED coordinator may recommend to the ODE, Division of Teacher Education and Certification for the pre-kindergarten associate certificate.

Program Prerequisites for Early Childhood Education

A high school diploma or GED (on file in the LCCC Records office) is REQUIRED of all those entering the early childhood education (ECE) program. Prior to entering the program, students must provide evidence of a current physical, TB test and must make all immunizations current. Students must have three letters of reference.

A signed non-conviction statement is required. Students will be REQUIRED to sign a liability waiver statement and a confidentiality statement. In addition, in accordance with state law, students are REQUIRED to be fingerprinted. Students previously convicted of a felony must schedule an appointment with the division dean or program coordinator prior to enrollment in the program.

After admission into the ECE program, students are REQUIRED to prepare career goals statement. This statement is an assignment in the ECED 111 course. Initial admission into the program is conditional. (Full admission requires the completion of 12 semester hours of coursework, exclusive of college preparatory, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, including completion of ECED 111 and one ECED course with a grade of C or higher).

Pre-Kindergarten Certification (Licensure)

Graduates of the associate of applied science in teacher education (AAS) degree program may be recommended for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) pre-kindergarten associate certificate subject to the following: 

  1. Completion of all requirements of the AAS degree in early childhood education. 
  2. Completion of all required EDCT, ECED and ENGL courses with at least a C in each course and an overall grade point average of 2.5 in these courses. 
  3. A grade of B or higher is REQUIRED in ECED 283, Student Teaching Seminar I and ECED 284, Student Teaching Seminar II. 
  4. Cengage test.

Effective August 2010, all students entering the early childhood education program will have one year after graduation to apply for teacher licensure. Failure to apply within one year results in the student having to take a minimum of three credits in ECED coursework.

Upon completion of all associate of applied science in teacher education degree requirements for graduation and the satisfactory completion of all early childhood education pre-K associate certificate program requirements, the early childhood education coordinator may recommend to the ODE, Division of Teacher Education and Certification, for pre-kindergarten associate certification.

The associate degree program for those completing the transfer area of concentration will permit transfer with junior-year standing to a four-year college or university with an approved program in teacher education. Subsequent satisfactory completion of the transfer school’s requirements will lead to a bachelor’s degree and to contingent recommendation from that school for one of the State of Ohio Department of Education provisional licenses to teach in the K-12 system. Students pursuing mathematics/science licensure must take a mathematics/science course wherever elective courses are listed and seek the advice of an advisor.