Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

The Early Childhood Education program at Cincinnati State prepares graduates for employment in a variety of early childhood settings. Students who complete the program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, and are eligible to apply for the Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teacher License offered by the Ohio Department of Education. 

The William L. Mallory Early Learning Center on the Cincinnati State Clifton Campus provides outstanding childcare and also serves as a learning lab for students earning the Early Childhood Education degree.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are prepared to move directly into related employment opportunities or to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a related field.

For more information, please contact the Humanities and Sciences Division at (513) 569-1700.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit our Admissions Page

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
MAT XXX Math Elective (G)  303
EDU 105Introduction to Education ( B) 303
ECE 145The Developing Child ( B) 303
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
Semester 2  
ECE 160Assessment and Observation in Early Childhood Education ( B) 303
ECE 180Infant and Toddler Environments ( T) 334
ECE 155Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Childhood ( B) 303
ECE 175Family, Community, and Schools ( B) 303
EDU 110Educational Technology ( T) 223
Semester 3  
ECE 185Creative Learning Environments ( T) 404
ECE 215Classroom Management and Guidance ( T) 303
ECE 220Preschool and School Age Environments ( T) 334
ECE 165Emergent Literacy ( T) 303
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
Semester 4  
EDU 210Learning in Childhood ( T) 303
ECE 230Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education ( T) 303
ECE 290Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education ( T) 1143
EDU 200Individuals with Exceptionalities ( T) 303
XXX XXX Science Elective (G)  324
Total Credits:  592465

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
Math Elective
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning3
MAT 111Business Mathematics3
Science Elective
BIO 111Biology: Unity of Life4
EVS 110Environmental Science: Conservation and Cleanup4
EVS 120Environmental Geology4
EVS 130Environmental Science: Ecology and Ecosystems4
PSC 105Astronomy4
PSC 110Earth Science4

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum. 

G = General Education course in this curriculum

B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum

T = Technical course in this curriculum

Courses

ECE 111 Child Development Associate 1
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

This course provides 60 of the 120 clock-hours of training required by the Council for Early Childhood Professionals Recognition/CDA National Credential Program. Topics include: six competency standards and 13 functional areas required for the credential program, focusing on the competency areas safe and healthy environments, physical and intellectual competence, and social and emotional development.
Prerequisites: None
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ECE 112 Child Development Associate 2
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A continuation of ECE 111 that provides 60 clock-hours of additional training. Topics include: six competency standards and 13 functional areas, focusing on relationships with families, program organization, and professionalism, as well as preparing for the competency test and portfolio review.
Prerequisites: ECE 111
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ECE 145 The Developing Child
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on growth and development of children from birth through age eight. Topics include: characteristics and needs of children for physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development; and theories of early childhood education.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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Ohio Transfer Assurance Guide Approved

ECE 155 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Childhood
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on concepts and techniques for managing health, safety, and nutrition in child care settings serving infants through school age children. Topics include: childhood communicable diseases, licensing requirements, and nutritional needs of young children.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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ECE 160 Assessment and Observation in Early Childhood Education
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on strategic and purposeful techniques for observing, recording, and assessing the progress of children from infants to school age.
Prerequisites: EDU 105 and ECE 145
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ECE 165 Emergent Literacy
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on growth and development of oral language from birth to school age, which meets the Ohio Early Learning Standards for reading and writing for young children. Topics include: the study of reading and writing, the teacher's role in promoting early literacy, and phonemic awareness.
Prerequisites: EDU 105 and ECE 145
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ECE 175 Family, Community, and Schools
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on concepts and techniques for parent/teacher collaboration. Topics include: effective communication among parents, teachers, and other professionals for enhancing child development; maintaining positive relationships; and working with diverse family units.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 or appropriate placement test score
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Ohio Transfer Assurance Guide Approved

ECE 180 Infant and Toddler Environments
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on concepts and techniques for care and nurturing of infants and toddlers. Topics include: promoting growth and development, classroom management, and developmentally appropriate practice. Students spend three hours per week in an early childhood care setting.
Prerequisites: ECE 145 and EDU 105
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ECE 185 Creative Learning Environments
4 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on creating learning experiences for young children. Topics include: art, music, social studies, math, and science curricula; indoor and outdoor play; and selecting developmentally appropriate materials and equipment.
Prerequisites: EDU 105 and ECE 145
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ECE 198 First Year Special Topics in Early Child Care Education
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Early Child Care Education, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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ECE 199 First Year Independent Project in Early Child Care Education
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Early Child Care Education that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Early Child Care Education faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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ECE 215 Classroom Management and Guidance
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on concepts, techniques, and management of early educational classrooms, and implementation of developmentally appropriate practice and guidance for children from birth to age eight.
Prerequisites: ECE 145 and EDU 105
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ECE 220 Preschool and School Age Environments
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on concepts, techniques, and educational theories for teaching preschool and school age children. Topics include: learning through play, promoting growth and development, classroom management, and developmentally-appropriate practice. Students spend three hours per week in a preschool setting.
Prerequisites: ECE 180
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ECE 230 Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on organizing, operating, and managing child care facilities and family child care homes. Topics include: licensing requirements, record keeping, budgeting, working with staff and parents, team building, resolving conflicts, and other leadership skills.
Prerequisites: ECE 220
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ECE 290 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education
3 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 14 Lab Hours.

Students spend a minimum of 14 hours per week in a supervised student teaching experience in an approved early childhood care/education setting. Students must prepare a professional portfolio. Placement settings should be accredited or meet requirements for Ohio Step Up To Quality Level 3, and serve culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse student populations.
Prerequisites: ECE 220 and ECE Program Chair consent
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ECE 298 Second Year Special Topics in Early Child Care Education
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Early Child Care Education, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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ECE 299 Second Year Independent Project in Early Child Care Education
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Early Child Care Education that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Early Child Care Education faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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Faculty

Program Chair/ Advisor

Professor Sandra Owen, M.Ed.
sandra.owen@cincinnatistate.edu