May 15, 2021  
2018-19 Academic Catalog 
2018-19 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education - CHLD.AS

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This course of study prepares students to become competent Early Education and Care professionals. Graduates of this program will be qualified to work in infant/toddler centers, family day care centers, and preschool centers. Additional options include a variety of child care settings. The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Early Childhood Education courses will provide students with a strong foundation in child development and exposure to the many facets of early education. Hands-on work in the field is a requirement of several courses and the program culminates with a two semester practicum experience where theory will meet practical application.


Visit for more information on the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship.

All accepted students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information check. The results could impact the student’s ability to continue in the ECE program.

Minimum Grade Requirement: Students must achieve a “C” as the minimum passing grade in all ‘ECE’ courses.

Upon the successful completion of requirements of this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education will be awarded.

Program Goals

Successful completion of the STCC Early Childhood Education Program will enable students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding all areas of Early Childhood development: cognitive, physical, and affective.
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum, with the goal of meeting the needs of all learners.
  • Establish and maintain a safe, healthy, and nurturing learning environment.
  • Recognize and appreciate the role that family and community play in the lives of young children.
  • Understand the importance of observation, documentation, and assessment and the part they play in the development of young children.


(CHLD.AS) Curriculum

Total: 15 credits

Total: 17 credits

Total: 15-16 credits

Total (CHLD.AS) Curriculum Program Credits: 64-65


Fieldwork, Practicum, and employment applicants will be required to pass a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Record Information) check.

A current Red Cross ChildCare First Aid/CPR Certificate is required for graduation. Please forward a copy of the Certificate to Health Services for placement in your academic file.

Department Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Sandra Garvey Early Childhood Program Coordinator 13/339 413-755-4310


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