An examination of the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs and environments, emphasizing the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, creative and intellectual development for all children. Includes review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity. (CSU)
College of Marin's Early Childhood Education Program
Early childhood education (ECE) is the study of child development and developmentally appropriate practices for young children. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in ECE commonly include infant/toddler or preschool teachers and administrators. Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include administrators of government funded programs like Head Start and state preschools. Even students who choose not to major in ECE find that coursework in the field improves their parenting skills.
College of Marin's ECE curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as well as teaching strategies that are developmentally appropriate for young children. Students earning ECE certificates may also choose to continue their study toward an associate, baccalaureate or advanced degree in the field. Students earning an associate's degree in ECE may pursue entry-level positions as preschool teachers or may choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor's or graduate degree. COM has transfer agreements with CSUSB, in this discipline/program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.
Students who want to enroll in ECE classes are urged to see a counselor at College of Marin before enrolling – or at least within the first semester of enrollment. College of Marin Counselors help students develop an education plan that takes into account individual circumstances and creates an effective and efficient path toward achieving a student’s goals while at College of Marin.
ECE Full-Time Faculty:
Peggy Dodge, firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-485-7369
Shaquam Edwards, email@example.com or 415-485-9613
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