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Early Childhood Education - 65 credits

Students successfully completing the Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts program will have acquired the requisite skills for obtaining employment or advancement in the field of early childhood care and education. This program includes both an academic base and methods courses to provide a balanced, research-based program to prepare highly-qualified early childhood practitioners. The Head Start classrooms and licensed registered child care facilities serve as lab sites for the student.

Graduates will be able to:

1)Apply knowledge of how children develop and integrate opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and aesthetic development of children from birth through age eight.

2). Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum, instruction and assessment, based on knowledge of individual children, special needs, culture, the importance of play, and Montana's Early Learning Guidelines and content.

3)Integrate individual and group positive child guidance techniques that foster healthy and supportive relationships with and among children, promoting positive strategies that will develop personal self-control and self-esteem in children.

4)Establish and maintain positive family, community and professional relationships by communicating effectively, demonstrating sensitivity to differences, and involving families in planning for their children.

5)Develop an understanding of the early childhood profession based on acquired knowledge of effective administrative skills, professional development, legal issues, resource information, state and national regulations and opportunities that would provide quality programs and services for young children.

Note: If placement test scores indicate refresher (remedial or developmental) classes are needed, the student's program will require more than two years to complete. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors to determine this.

Plan of Study
1st Year Fall Semester
AIS 150/55 Nakoda/ A'ani nin I Lang 3
BIOL 151 General Biology/Lab 4
ECHE 100 Intro to ECHE 3
GS 115 Freshman Seminar 1
WRIT 101 College Writing I 3
Total 14
1st Year Spring Semester
AIS 100 Introduction to AIS 3
LIT 110 Introduction to Literature 3
M 121 College Algebra 4
PSYX 100 General Psychology 3
WRIT 201 College Writing II 3
Total 16
2nd Year Fall Semester
ECHE 120 Preschool Curr/Environ 3
ECHE 125 Guiding Young Child 3
ECHE 110 Early Child Program Mgmt 3
M 130 MET 3
PSYX 230 Developmental Psychology 3
Total 15
2nd Year Spring Semester
AIS 140/141 Nakoda/A'ani nin Hist/Cul 3
ECHE 200 Education Research 3
EDUC 250 Exceptional Children 3
LIT 280 Children's Literature 3
SP 110 Public Speaking 3
Total 15
EPYC 200 Educational Psychology 3
Total 3
Total Credits for Degree: 63

Recommended courses, in addition to program requirements, when planning to transfer to other University systems:

HLPE 235 Prin. Hlth/Subs/Abuse

LIT 289 Amer. Indian Literature

M 205 Math for Pre-School Teachers


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