Associate of Applied Science Degree - Early Childhood Education - Infant/Toddler Emphasis

Location: SIER 202
Phone: 775-673-7185
Fax: 775-673-4274
Website: http://www.tmcc.edu/ece

The Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education prepares the graduate for a career working with young children and their families. The program has three degree emphases: administration of early care and education programs, preschool, and infant/toddler. Students select an emphasis based on their specific interests in one area of concentration.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Demonstrate competence in the knowledge and skills defined in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) Standards for Initial and Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs.
  1. Promoting Child Development and Learning
  2. Building Family and Community Relationships 
  3. Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
  4. Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
  5. Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
  6. Becoming a Professional 

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency as an infant and toddler teacher in an early childhood program. 

Accreditation

The AAS Degree - Early Childhood Education - Infant/Toddler Emphasis is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA).

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Field Experience and Practicum Experience:

All ECE degrees require courses with field experience and practicum experience in early childhood classrooms with young children (birth to age five). Field experiences and practicum experiences are focused student teaching experiences that require the student to demonstrate specific skills in an early childhood classroom with young children. 

  • Students must complete the practicum experience through TMCC.
  • Students are required to have fingerprints, an approved background check, and a clear TB test prior to enrolling in courses with field experience or practicum experience. If a student fails to meet these requirements, or if the background check is not approved, the student will not be permitted to participate in courses with field experience or practicum experience.
  • Students must meet all of the prerequisite/corequisite requirements, as well as have the practicum instructor’s approval prior to enrolling in a practicum course.
  • Two semesters of practicum are required. Students must complete the practicum courses in two, consecutive fall and spring semesters, during the final year of the ECE program of study.
  •  Students must work with the practicum instructor to arrange a practicum schedule and placement site.

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
 
General Education Requirements
Diversity3
Required:
Diversity in Children
Communications/English6
Required:
Composition I
Composition I for International Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Recommended:
Principles of Sociology
General Psychology
Human Relations3
Required:
Leadership and Human Relations
Mathematics3
Science3
Required:
Human Nutrition
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements 1
Required for all ECE emphases
ECE 130Infancy3
ECE 190Professionalism in Early Care and Education3
ECE 200The Exceptional Child3
ECE 204Principles of Child Guidance3
ECE 210Observation, Documentation and Assessment of Young Children3
ECE 250Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
HDFS 201Lifespan Human Development3
HDFS 202Introduction to Families3
Emphasis Requirements 1
ECE 121Parent Caregiver Relationships1
ECE 127Role of Play for Infants and Toddlers1
ECE 128Self Help Skills for Infants and Toddlers1
ECE 129Environments for Infant and Toddler2
ECE 232
232
Practicum: Infant and Toddler
and Practicum: Infant and Toddler (repeated fall and spring) 2
4
ECE 245Practicum Seminar 22
ECE 252Infant-Toddler Curriculum3
Total Units62
1

A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better and a minimum grade of “C” must be earned in each of the degree and emphasis requirements.

2

Students must complete the practicum experience through TMCC. 

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ECE 121 Parent Caregiver Relationships 1
ECE 190 Professionalism in Early Care and Education 3
ECE 250 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
Mathematics 3 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
3
HDFS 201 Lifespan Human Development 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
ECE 127 Role of Play for Infants and Toddlers 1
ECE 128 Self Help Skills for Infants and Toddlers 1
ECE 129 Environments for Infant and Toddler 2
ECE 130 Infancy 3
ECE 204 Principles of Child Guidance 3
ECE 210 Observation, Documentation and Assessment of Young Children 3
English/Communications 3 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
ECE 200 The Exceptional Child 3
ECE 232 Practicum: Infant and Toddler 2
ECE 252 Infant-Toddler Curriculum 3
HDFS 202 Introduction to Families 3
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
 Semester Total14
4th semester
ECE 232 Practicum: Infant and Toddler 2
ECE 245 Practicum Seminar 2
HDFS 232 Diversity in Children 3
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 3 3
MGT 212 Leadership and Human Relations 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total16
 Total Units62