Preschool-Grade 3 Education

Associate in Arts

This degree prepares students to work with children in early childhood centers and social service agencies. It provides the student with approved academic training for group teacher positions in state-licensed child care facilities. The degree also provides a foundation of courses suitable for students interested in certification in early childhood education at a bachelor’s degree level.

For further information about this degree, contact faculty advisor, Lisa Stein, at (609) 343-4960 or lstein@atlantic.edu, or contact area coordinator, Heather Boone, at (609) 343-4934/hboone@atlantic.edu.

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Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Analyze major theories of child development with emphasis on similarities and differences and the interaction of the four learning domains and models from infancy through age eight;
  • Evaluate family and community characteristics in relation to their role in the economic, political and cultural institutions of society;
  • Apply the goals, benefits and uses of assessment using observation, documentation and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches;
  • Recognize and apply effective approaches, strategies and tools to positively influence children’s development and learning;
  • Articulate and uphold ethical standards and other professional guidelines and engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession;
  • Document children’s development and apply the documentation to curriculum development.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 46 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (9 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
    COMM110 or COMM120
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (12 credits)  
    MATH220-Statistical Methods
4
    General Education Science course (life science, BIOL course)
4
    General Education Science course (physical science, CHEM, ESCI or PHYS)
4
Social Science (7 credits)  
    PSYC/EDUC110-Child Development: Theory and Practice
4
    SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Humanities (9 credits)  
    Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100, SPAN111, or THEA110. (Select SPAN111 if you plan to transfer to Rutgers)
3

    General Education Humanities course

   (Select SPAN112 if you plan to transfer to Rutgers)

3
    Choose ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213 or ENGL214
3
History (6 credits)  
    Choose two: HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104
6
Diversity (3 credits)  
    Choose GEOG102 or GEOG110
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
46
PROGRAM COURSES - 14 credits  
    EDUC101-Historical Foundations of American Education
3
    EDUC103-Roles of the Early Childhood Professional
2
    EDUC115-Planning the Preschool Curriculum
3
    EDUC252-Early Childhood Practicum
3
    PSYC/EDUC226-Psychology of Exceptionality
3
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS REQUIRED
14
Technological Competency: 0-3 Credits
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
60
(EDUP) EFFECTIVE FALL 2019  

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester (16 credits)

 

EDUC/PSYC110

Child Development: Theory & Practive

4

EDUC/CDCC103

Roles of the Child Care Professional

2

ENGL101 

Composition I

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100, SPAN111 or THEA110

3

Gen Ed

Science course

4

Second Semester (13 credits)

 

MATH220

Statistical Methods

4

EDUC115

Planning the Preschool Curriculum

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

SOCL101

Introduction to Sociology

3

Third Semester (16 credits)

 

PSYC226

Psychology of Exceptionality

3

Gen Ed

Science course

4

Choose

ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213 or ENGL214

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104

3

Choose

COMM110 or COMM120

3

Fourth Semester (15 credits)

 

EDUC101

Historical Foundations of American Education

3

EDUC252

Early Childhood Practicum

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104

3

Gen Ed

Humanities course

3

Choose

GEOG102 or GEOG110

3