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					  Early Childhood Development
  Early Childhood Development Option • Teaching Option

Program Summary                                      Observe, document and assess support            Responsible learner, good reading skills
The Early Childhood Development (ECD)                  for young children and families for             Open to child sensitive curriculum
Program is designed to prepare students to             positive child development;                       models
enter rewarding careers working directly with        Design, implement and evaluate                  Warm, caring and altruistic in nature
children, birth through the school age years           teaching and learning experiences that          Open to reflective teaching and self
or in programs for families and children. The          promote positive best practices for all           evaluation
curriculum prepares students to:                       young children;                                 Ability to participate in practicum
 Apply for Pre-K Associate Licensure               Utilize and support an integrated                 placement in a variety of settings
      through the Ohio Department of                   curriculum that promotes inquiry based
      Education                                        teaching and learning;                       Transferability
 Assume preschool teaching positions               Build upon a professional place in the       An increasing number of COTC graduates
 Prepare to transfer to a four-year                  early childhood community through            transfer to a bachelor’s degree teacher
      institution                                      collaboration, advocacy and informed         education program after completing their
 Obtain recertification for ODE Licensure            resources.                                   associate degree at COTC. The Early
                                                                                                    Childhood Development Program prepares
There are two options offered to Early            Career Opportunities                              students with a solid foundation in children’s
Childhood Development majors: Teaching            Graduates become professional lead and            development and care, which has proven to
Option which leads to the licensure               assistant teachers of young children birth        be valuable in programs such as early
described above, and Child Development            through the preschool years, in before and        education, family social work, or health
Option which permits focus of study with          after school age care programs, and               related programs with a pediatric focus.
electives.                                        paraprofessionals as assistant teachers in
                                                  the public school system. They have               Local teacher education programs that work
Courses are also available in Early               secured positions as program and center-          with COTC for ease of transfer credit
Intervention, birth to three years, by approval   based administrators, owners or managers.         applicability include Muskingum College,
from the Ohio Department of MR/DD for             Graduates work in public and private              Ashland University and The Ohio State
Early Intervention Assisting Certification or     programs, securing higher wages in the early      University. Also, the University of Cincinnati
with an approved bachelor’s degree, Early         childhood field. Early Childhood                  offers an online bachelor’s program in child
Intervention Specialist Certification.            Development associate degree graduates            development.
                                                  are eligible to become assistant teachers in      Initial Program Requirements
Many courses meet the Child Development           public schools. Coursework in the
                                                                                                    Students entering this program must have
Associate (CDA) area contact hours for CDA        fundamentals of reading, writing, math and
                                                                                                    obtained either a high school diploma or
certification.                                    science, and behavior management meet the
                                                                                                    G.E.D. to be eligible. Also, because the
                                                  paraprofessional requirements for public
Learning Outcomes                                                                                   program involves direct contact with young
                                                  school employment.
At the completion of the plan of study the                                                          children, students must complete a screening
student will be able to:                          Important Student Characteristics                 process before enrolling in any of the core
 Evaluate, demonstrate and promote                 Capable verbal and written                   practicum courses. Prior to entry into the
     child development and learning through            communicator                                 first practicum course (usually by the second
                                                                                                    quarter of the first year), students will
     healthy and appropriate environments            Positive disposition as a lifelong learner
     for all children;                                                                              complete a Student Practicum File and
                                                     Desire to collaborate with peers and
                                                                                                    arrange for an interview with the program
 Support family and community                        faculty
                                                                                                    director for admission to the ECD program.
     relationship-building involvement in            Acceptance of diverse families and           The Student Practicum File must include
     children’s development;                           children                                     references, record of a current medical

exam, and a BCI&I fingerprint check.             Sample Curriculum                                 Seventh Quarter
Specific forms are available through                                                      Credit   Mentoring and Supervision Seminar       2.00
appointment with the ECD program director.       Course Title                             Hours    ECD Student Teaching Practicum*         3.00
                                                                                                   Trends and Issues in Early Child-       2.00
Promotion through the Program                    First Quarter
                                                                                                   hood Education
Students must receive a grade of “C” (2.0) or    Composition I                             4.00
                                                                                                   Administration in ECD                   4.00
better in ECD courses numbered 5600-5800         Observation & Assessment of               3.00
                                                                                                   Non-Technical Elective - Humanities     3.00
in order to continue in the ECD Program and      Young Children
                                                                                                                      Total Credit Hours: 14.00
meet graduation requirements. In order to        Introduction to Early Childhood           3.00
                                                 Education                                                 Program Total Credit Hours: 101.00
be eligible for Student Teaching and the Ohio
Department of Education Pre-kindergarten         Family Child and Community                3.00    *Required for Teaching Option
Associate Licensure a “B” (3.0) or better is     Health and Safety
required in all co-requisite field/methods       Non-Technical Elective - Computer         2.00    How do I Start?
courses. The instructor and the ECD                                 Total Credit Hours:   15.00
Program Director reserve the right to                                                              If you are a new student, you may apply
                                                 Second Quarter
exercise professional judgment as the            Composition II                            4.00    online at www.cotc.edu. You may also
deciding factor in borderline cases.             Managing Children in Groups               2.50    contact the Gateway - Office of
Observation and Practicum                        ECD Instructional Technology              3.00    Admissions for more information:
During the first quarter students will obtain    Theory and Practice of Children's         3.00    E-mail: cotcadmissions@cotc.edu
indirect contact with young children by          Play                                              Newark Campus                 740.366.9494
observing in various early childhood             Infant and Toddler Development            3.00                         800.963.9275 Ext. 494
programs. The second quarter involves                               Total Credit Hours:   15.50
                                                                                                   Coshocton Campus              740.622.1408
direct contact with children. Three quarters     Third Quarter
of practicum follow, which require the student   General Psychology                        5.00    Knox Campus                   740.392.2526
to plan and implement activities related to a    Public Speaking                           3.00    Pataskala Campus              740.964.7090
content area, such as children’s literature.     Curriculum Planning                       3.00
The final quarter of student teaching requires   Parenting and Parent Education            3.00    Returning COTC students should contact the
the student to plan, implement and assess        Child Development                         3.00    Gateway- Office of Academic Advising at
effective teaching strategies. A trained and                        Total Credit Hours:   17.00    740.366.9422 or 800.963.9275 Ext. 422.
experienced teacher will evaluate and guide
                                                 Fourth Quarter
the student during practicum sessions.
                                                 Nutrition                                 3.00    For specific questions regarding Early
Students will complete practicum
experiences in a variety of settings which       ECD Field Practicum                       1.50    Childhood Development contact:
include children with a diverse range of         Math and Science for                      3.00     Gateway - Academic Advising:
abilities as well as socioeconomic and family    Early Childhood Education                              cotcadvising@cotc.edu, or
backgrounds. Some practicum may be               Technical Elective                        3.00     Regina Williams, Program Director at
completed at the student’s site of                                  Total Credit Hours:   10.50         rwilliam@cotc.edu, or
employment, provided the early childhood         Fifth Quarter                                      Visit our Early Childhood Development
program meets practicum site standards.          Sociology                                 3.00         Associate Degree website at
                                                 ECD Field Practicum                       1.50         www.cotc.edu/ecd
Non-traditional Options                          Creative Arts Across the Curriculum       3.00
Students may apply for completion of course      Fundamentals of Reading                   3.00    Accreditation/Membership
work through credit equivalency for training     and Writing                                       Central Ohio Technical College is accredited by
or by portfolio review. Students may receive     Family Development                        3.00    The Higher Learning Commission and is a
credit for work experience in meeting elective                                                     member of the North Central Association.
                                                                    Total Credit Hours:   13.50    Phone: 312.263.0456
                                                 Sixth Quarter                                     www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org
School to College Programs                       Cultural Diversity                        3.00
Graduates of the Early Childhood                                                                   COTC is also a member of the American
Development programs at eligible Career          ECD Field Practicum                       1.50    Association for Higher Education, the American
                                                 Children's Literature                     3.00    Association of Community Colleges, the American
and Technical Education Centers may
                                                                                                   Council on Education, the American Technical
articulate high school courses for college       Exceptional Children                      3.00    Education Association, Inc., the Ohio Association
credit. Applications must be submitted within                                                      of Two-Year Colleges and the Ohio College
                                                 Non-Technical Elective -                  5.00
18 months of graduating from high school.                                                          Association.
                                                                   Total Credit Hours: 15.50

                                                                                                                                            July 2008