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Academic Catalog '14-'15 | Early Childhood Education (A.A.)

Early Childhood Education (A.A.)

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Faculty in the School of Education support Trinity’s early childhood education program.

Description

In conjunction with the School of Education, the School of Professional Studies offers an A.A. in Early Childhood Education.

This education degree prepares candidates to meet eligibility requirements as teaching assistants in early childhood education (ages 3-8) programs in the District of Columbia. Graduates of this program can, if they so choose, glide seamlessly into Trinity’s Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education degree program.

Trinity’s education programs are state approved and nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.). Course syllabi and classroom activities reflect the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (I.N.T.A.S.C.).

Program Requirements

Early childhood education students must complete the following set of required courses (22 credits):

  • EDCC 205 Children, Families, Culture and the Community in Early Childhood
  • EDCC 207 Development of Learning Experiences in Early Childhood Education
  • EDCC 211 Development of Early Childhood Oral Language and Literacy Skills
  • EDCC 213 Observation, Description and Measurement of Growth in Early Childhood
  • EDCC 220 Foundations of Education
  • EDCC 292 Early Childhood Education Capstone Seminar
  • EDTE 290 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Learning

Students must meet these requirements as part of their program:

  • A minimum grade of “B” (3.0) or better in all EDCC and EDTE courses.
  • Overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Program Policies

Advanced Placement: Credits earned through Advanced Placement Examinations may fulfill core curriculum course requirements in cases where the student has earned a 4 or 5 on the examination and the credits have been reviewed by education faculty members.

CLEP Policy: Credits earned through C.L.E.P. Examinations may fulfill core curriculum course requirements in cases where the student has earned a score that confers credit following the guidelines of the A.C.E. and the credits have been reviewed by education faculty members.

Attendance Policy: In all 300- and 400-level EDCC/EDTE courses, two late arrivals or early departures of 20 minutes or more constitute a single class absence, and any student with class absences or the equivalent that total more than 2 weeks’ worth of class meetings automatically fail the course. Faculty teaching EDCC/EDTE courses at the 200-level may adopt this policy in their syllabi as well, and faculty teaching EDCC/EDTE courses at any level may adopt a stricter policy in their syllabi.

Grades in Education Courses: Undergraduate students are required to earn a minimum grade of “B” (3.0) or better in all EDCC and EDTE courses.

Pass/No Pass: EDCC and EDTE courses may not be taken Pass/No Pass.

Student Assessment: Assessments of student proficiencies required of students in the program are further described on the School of Education page concerning the Student Assessment System.

Study Abroad: Courses taken through a study abroad program approved by Trinity may count toward general core curriculum course requirements, pending review and approval by education faculty and the faculty of the appropriate academic program. In general, education courses taken abroad will not count toward the degree.

Experiential Credit Policy: Credits earned through experience may count toward core curriculum course requirements, pending review and approval by education faculty and the faculty of the appropriate academic program. In general, experiential credits may not substitute for education courses counted toward the degree.

Transfer Credits: Transfer credits may be awarded only after appropriate program review. EDCC and EDTE courses  must be taken at Trinity.

Course Descriptions

Explanation of Course Prefixes and Numbers
Courses designated “EDCC” are education core and common courses across various programs in the School of Education. Courses designated “EDTE” are largely specific to teacher education programs.

EDCC - Education Core and Common Courses

EDCC 205 Children, Families, Culture and the Community in Early Childhood
EDCC 207 Development of Learning Experiences in Early Childhood Education
EDCC 211 Development of Early Childhood Oral Language and Literacy Skills
EDCC 213 Observation, Description and Measurement of Growth in Early Childhood
EDCC 220 Foundations of Education
EDCC 292 Early Childhood Education Capstone Seminar

EDTE -Teacher Education Courses

EDTE 290 Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Learning


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