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Early Childhood Education

Program of Study

With tighter legislative controls over child care centers and their employees, new laws have dramatically affected the quality of service and the required qualifications of those in Early Childhood Education. Public school systems and Head Start are providing early childhood settings. Teachers are required to have appropriate certification/licensure that follows the Ohio Department of Education guidelines.

Terra’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education is a fully-approved program for the State of Ohio Department of Education’s teaching licensure as a “Pre-Kindergarten Associate.” Specialized admission requirements and performance objectives are detailed by law.

The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:

  • Develop skills in operational procedures based on NAEYC/Ohio’s Early Childhood Core Knowledge & Competency guidelines useful in a variety of early childhood settings
  • Possess a theoretical knowledge of stages of human growth, development, and developmental domains
  • Develop sociological knowledge and skills to work with children and families of diverse economic, cultural, and social background, as well as those dealing with a variety of exceptionalities
  • Demonstrate skills in program planning, assessment, guidance of children both individually and in groups, preparing the environment, and working in collaboration with others
  • Provide proof of Ohio Department of Education guidelines for working with children in the state of Ohio
  • See themselves as a member of a larger professional community, and accept the responsibility of personal professional growth
  • Realize the importance of children’s physical wellbeing as a basic foundation for their growth, development, and learning


  • Early Childhood Director
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Children’s Tutor
  • School-Age Child Care/Administrator and Teacher
  • Child Care Resource Referral
  • Education Coordinator
  • Home Visitor
  • Home Day Care Provider

Associate of Applied Science

Technical Concentration

Course  Course Name  Credit Hours 
ECE  1000 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECE  1100 Child Development
ECE  1200 Observation, Documentation, and Assessment in ECE 3
ECE  1210 Infant and Toddler Curriculum 3
ECE  1420 Creative Experiences in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE  2030 Family, School, and Community 3
ECE  2130 Nutrition, Health, and Safety 3
ECE  2300 Cognitive Curriculum for Early Childhood Education 3
ECE  2400 Behavior Guidance for Young Children 3
ECE  2500 Emergent Language Literacy
ECE  2630 Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE  2680 Educational Practicum 3

Total Technical Credit Hours: 36

General Education and Related Courses

Course  Course Name  Credit Hours 
GEN 1000 First-Year Seminar 1
EDU  1010 Introduction to Educational Technology 3
EDU  1020 Introduction to Education 3
EDU  1100 Educational Psychology
EDU  1320 Children with Exceptionalities 3
Choose One: ENG 1050/ENG 1020 College Composition I 3/5
ENG  1060 College Composition II
PSY 1210 General Psychology 3
SPE  2010 Effective Speaking 3

*Humanities Elective 3   
† Mathematics Elective 4

Total General Education and Related Credit Hours: 32/34

Total Credit Hours: 68/70

† Mathematics Elective: Students should choose either MTH 1310, Intermediate Algebra or MTH 1110, Business Math. MTH classes below 2000 do not meet transfer module requirements.

See your advisor for appropriate course selection.

To be licensed by the ODJFS, ECE graduates must also complete training in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse. It is recommended that this training be completed during the second year of the degree.

All students graduating from Terra State Community College with an Associate degree of any kind will be functionally proficient in common computer operations and applications. Please see your academic advisor or academic division office for further details.

To determine when courses are scheduled, see program curriculum sheet which is available from the Enrollment Services office in Building A/Room 100, from the Allied Health, Nursing, Physical and Social Sciences Division, Building D/Room 219 or on the web at www.terra.edu.

Terra State Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Terra State will be closed Wednesday, November 25-Sunday, November 29, 2015, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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