Early Childhood Education Program Requirements

Early Childhood Education Program candidates must:

  • before taking any ECE course, students must have Accuplacer scores high enough to qualify for College Composition; OR have taken College Composition with a passing grade; OR have met with and obtained permission of the ECE Lead Instructor.
  • have command of the English language
  • have the ability to stand for sustained periods of time, walking, running, bending, sitting on the floor and on child-size furniture to meet the child’s needs and accomplish tasks
  • have sufficient strength, stamina and motor coordination to perform frequent lifting, moving and transferring children, especially infants and toddlers
  • have sufficient visual and hearing acuity to ensure a safe environment and the ability to respond quickly in the event of an emergency
  • have sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas as well as to interpret important instructions to children, fellow students, and supervising teachers
  • have the ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels
  • have the ability to secure transportation to Practicum and field observation sites
  • uphold the ethical codes relevant to his or her discipline (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills, time management and professional respect and conduct as an early childhood education student, either at a practicum site, or in the community

Upon completion of this program the successful student will be able to:

  • communicate skillfully, both orally and in writing
  • demonstrate empathy with children and their families
  • perform accurate development assessments
  • devise imaginative developmentally appropriate learning experiences