Early Childhood Education

WELCOME TO THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM AT KAUA'I COMMUNITY COLLEGE! 

This program prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work collaboratively with young children and families in various professional capacities. The training that students receive blends theory and practice through coursework and hands-on experiences in the real world of a preschool program preparing them to become preschool teachers, assistant teachers and/or to pursue a Bachelor's degree. 

There are several pathways that students graduating with the AS can follow within the State of Hawaiʻi. Students may continue to UH West Oʻahu Bachelor in Social Science in Early Childhood Education, or UH Manoa Bachelor of Education in Elementary and Early Childhood Education or in Early Childhood and Special Education. Students who plan to transfer are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising upon admission to Kauaʻi Community College.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to the Early Childhood Education Program students must:

  • Be qualified for ENG 100

By the beginning of the second semester, students must:

  • Pass the fingerprinting and background check required by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human
    Services for individuals working with young children (fee required)

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Apply knowledge of child development to create healthy, challenging learning environments and
    experiences.
  • Build respectful partnerships with colleagues, children, their families, and the community.
  • Observe, “document,” and assess children’s development and learning.
  • Build positive relationships and guide children through supportive interactions.
  • Plan, implement, and assess learning experiences using appropriate content, concepts, and methods.
  • Demonstrate the ability to execute decision making and carry out actions ethically and/or according to
    professional standards.
  • Demonstrate collaboration, critical thinking, and reflection skills.
  • Recognize the importance of advocacy for children and their families.

GUIDED PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION

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Early Childhood Education Associate in Science Degree (AS), 60 credits

Fall Semester 1
  • ECED 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • ECED 110 - Developmentally Appropriate Practices (3 credits)
  • ECED 131 - Child Development: Theory Into Practice (3 credits)
  • ENG 100 - Composition I (3 credits)
  • Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues (HAP) or Pacific Cultures (PC): Any HAP or PC course (3 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • ECED 140 - Guidance of Young Children in a Group Setting (3 credits)
  • ECED 191 - Field Experience in Early Childhood Education I (4 credits)
  • ECED 245 - Child, Family, and Community (3 credits)
  • Diversification (DH): Any DH course (3 credits)
  • Mathematics: MATH 100 or higher (3 credits)
Fall Semester 3
  • ECED 115 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child (3 credits)
  • ECED 263 - Language and Creative Expression Curriculum (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Arts (DA): Three credits of any DA course/courses (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Biological Sciences (DB) or Physical Sciences (DP): Any DB or DP course (3 credits)
  • Diversification: Laboratory (science) (DY): Any DY course (1 credit)
  • Diversification: Social Sciences (DS): Any DS course (3 credits)
Spring Semester 4
  • ECED 170 - Introduction to Working with Infants and Toddlers (3 credits)
  • ECED 264 - Inquiry and Physical Curriculum (3 credits)
  • ECED 291 - Field Experience in Early Childhood Education II (4 credits)
  • SP 151 - Personal and Public Speaking (3 credits)
Total credits: 60

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Early Childhood Education Certificate of Achievement (CA), 25 credits

Fall Semester 1
  • ECED 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • ECED 110 - Developmentally Appropriate Practices (3 credits)
  • ECED 115 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child (3 credits)
  • ECED 131 - Child Development: Theory Into Practice (3 credits)
Spring Semester 2
  • ECED 140 - Guidance of Young Children in a Group Setting (3 credits)
  • ECED 191 - Field Experience in Early Childhood Education I (4 credits)
  • ECED 245 - Child, Family, and Community (3 credits)
  • ECED 264 - Language and Creative Expression Curriculum (3 credits)
Total credits: 25

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Early Childhood Education Certificate of Competence (CO), 9 credits

Fall Semester 1
  • ECED 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • ECED 110 - Developmentally Appropriate Practices (3 credits)
  • ECED 131 - Child Development: Theory Into Practice (3 credits)
Total credits: 9

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