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Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education


This 2-year program enables you to become employed in the early childhood field and gives the foundation to pursue a Bachelor's in education.

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class size, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and engaging faculty.

The Early Childhood Education degree program at Hocking College provides the preparation required for employment in the early childhood education field.

This degree program offers a wide range of skills that will be helpful when working with children.

Early Childhood Education courses include childhood development, instructional strategies, academic skills, general education, special education, classroom management and application of technology in the classroom.

This program provides the course work to become licensed and become employed in the early childhood field.

If you plan to continue your early childhood education for educator (PreK-3) licensure at a four-year institution, the Early Childhood Education Program provides a solid base of coursework for transfer. If the goal is to teach at the middle school or high school levels, we encourage you to meet with an adviser in the School of Arts and Sciences regarding appropriate course work.

The Early Childhood Education degree program at Hocking College prepares students to work in schools through a variety of courses that are essential to success as an early childhood educator.

*The Associate of Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Education does not meet the requirements of teacher licensure.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education:

  • Demonstrate the basic academic skills required to proficiently assist P-K through third grade students in reading, writing, and mathematics;
  • Demonstrate understanding of and application of  best practices in helping children to learn and develop;
  • Provide assistance that supports the intellectual, social, emotional, and personal development of all learners;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and value of programs for individuals with exceptional learning needs and the role of the paraprofessional in providing services to all children and youth with disabilities;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply effective instructional and assessment strategies to assist in teaching and learning in a variety of settings;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of effective classroom management and individualized behavior interventions;
  • Use a range of strategies to promote positive relationships, cooperation, and purposeful learning in the classroom;
  • Demonstrate understanding of following and using prescribed district and agency policies and procedures, and to ensure the safety, health, and general well-being of learners; 
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist with technology and media by using a variety of media communication tools, including audiovisual aids and computer technology  to enrich learning opportunities; and apply knowledge of adaptive and assistive learning devices for students with disabilities.


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Hocking College

2017 - 2018 Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 57.0
Lab Hours: 30.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 57.0
Lab Hours: 30.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ED-1100 Introduction to Education 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  ED-1121 Emergent Reading & Children's Literature 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
  ED-1125 Early Childhood Practicum I 1.00 7.00 2.00 $145.00
  PSYC-1101 General Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
    Totals 15.00 7.00 16.00 $330.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ED-2201 Math & Science With Young Children 3.00 0.00 3.00 $30.00
  ED-1135 Educational Technology Education 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
  HUM-2203 Introduction to Ethics 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  ED-1115 Community Health/Safety & Nutrition And Communicable Disease 2.00 0.00 2.00 $20.00
  ED-1116 Creative Experiences in Early Childhood 3.00 2.00 4.00 $100.00
    Totals 14.00 2.00 15.00 $185.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ED-2220 Education of The Exceptional Child 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
  ED-2141 Observing and Recording Behavior 2.00 7.00 3.00 $95.00
  ED-2200 Guidance and Classroom Management 3.00 0.00 3.00 $10.00
  PSYC-1115 Educational Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  MATH-1120 Elementary Topics in Mathematics 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
    Totals 14.00 7.00 15.00 $180.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ED-2225 Intro to The Integrated Curriculum 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
  ED-2296 Early Childhood Education Practicum II (Capstone) 2.00 14.00 4.00 $145.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  ED-2216 Family, School & Community SL 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
  PSYC-2170 Child Development 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
    Totals 14.00 14.00 16.00 $240.00
Course Hours: 15.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $330.00

Course Hours: 14.00 Lab Hours: 2.00 Cost: $185.00

Course Hours: 14.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $180.00

Course Hours: 14.00 Lab Hours: 14.00 Cost: $240.00

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As a graduate of the Early Childhood Education, you will possess the degree required to work as an educational paraprofessional (teacher’s aide) in the state school systems.

In addition, completion of this program allows you to work in private child daycare settings and private pre-schools as a lead teacher

*The Early Childhood Education Degree will not make you a
full-time teacher.

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Want to learn more? Check out our easy to read ebook that contains all of the information you need to become an early childhood educator. 

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