Early Childhood Assistant Credential

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The Early Childhood Assistant Credential aligns with our Early Childhood AAS degree, prepares students for employment as an Early Childhood Assistant, and meets the training and education requirements of Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Early Childhood Assistant Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of four courses.
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ECHD 125 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
3 credits

ECHD 110 Children and the Arts
3 credits

ECHD 206 Infant/Toddler Environments and Curriculum
3 credits

ECHD 225 Early Childhood Curriculum Development
3 credits

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course focuses on the functioning of the total child, stressing the importance of early childhood education in a diverse society. Emphasis is placed upon the need to understand child growth and development, developmentally appropriate practices, positive guidance, and the importance of working with families. The students use observational worksheets in natural settings. Educational philosophy, legislation, public policy concerning the young child, and an overview of child care services are also discussed. The NYS (New York State) Common Core standards will be discussed. Students will be required to spend 20 hours of observation and participation in an early childhood setting throughout the semester.

Children and the Arts

This course is a study of the creative arts processes in visual art, drama, literature, music, and movement for students preparing to work with young children. Opportunities are given to identify and develop programs, lessons and activities to meet young children's needs in the area of creative arts. The value of the arts in early childhood, both as an important end and as tools for success in other areas is discussed (NAEYC).

Infant/Toddler Environments and Curriculum

Focuses on the education and care of infants and toddlers. The course examines the principles of planning a developmentally appropriate, safe, and healthy environment for children younger than three years old, and takes an in-depth look at the impact of cultures on the learning environment. The relationship between the infant/toddler learning environment and the curriculum is thoroughly investigated. The intent of the course is to develop a curriculum for infants and toddlers, that evolves around care-giving tasks and play (with the resulting adult-child interactions) that create meaningful growth-producing learning experiences for young children. Students spend 45 hours throughout the semester in an infant/toddler field placement.

Early Childhood Curriculum Development

Introduces and examines recent research in the field of early childhood development and uses it to develop curriculum for young children. Emergent, developmentally appropriate, anti-bias, and creative curriculum are discussed and integrated. Students demonstrate situations and analyze possible effects of methods discussed in class. Readings on methods and materials in the early childhood classroom are required.