Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education program prepares students educationally to immediately become assistant teachers, teachers, or site directors in early childhood settings such as early learning (child care) centers and preschool programs (Professional Track). It also prepares students to transfer to bachelor degree programs in early childhood education, child development, or elementary education (Transfer Track).
The curriculum balances general education courses with courses specifically designed to develop an understanding of the learning needs of young children. Many opportunities for “hands-on” experiences with children give students a firm foundation for immediately entering the workforce or continuing their formal education.
After completing the Associate in Science of Early Childhood Education degree at Lackawanna College, students will be able to:
- Explain the history, foundational theory, governance, and persistent issues in education, as well as the responsibilities and behaviors of a well-organized and responsible educator
- Define, analyze, differentiate, and create effective assessments that align with objectives appropriate for children from Birth to Grade Four, considering student strengths and weaknesses
- Self-assess and reflect on teaching effectiveness in light of student’s learning styles, development, and ability levels and use that reflection to contribute to current debates in early learning curricular and assessment reform
- Identify and apply knowledge of all developmental domains as well as the implications of that development for effective teaching and learning
- Demonstrate application of models, theories, and laws of inclusive education in curriculum and lesson planning and identify and demonstrate application of assistive technology and other strategies to implement IFSP goals
- Explain and demonstrate how educational theory informs best practice through the creation and application of developmentally appropriate, standards-based learning environments and materials
- Differentiate, discuss, and create classroom management plans with consideration of teacher behavior in time management and organization in space, methods, and materials adaptations; and expectations for student behavior with age-appropriate, educationally-focused accountability
- Describe and evaluate the process and progress of children’s literacy acquisition, including the role of literature in cross-curricular activities
- Establish and implement respectful, collaborative relationships among family, school, peers, community, and media, while identifying laws that govern the release if student information
- Carry out play-based lessons and assessments
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, ethics, and experience sufficient to be “work ready” as well as “transfer ready”
- Participate in level I and II field observation to analyze and apply program level objectives