Program Overview

Taft College offers an Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) in Early Childhood Education.  The program requires at least 60 semester credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.  To be admitted into the program three competency requirements must be fulfilled in Reading, Written Expression and Mathematics.

The coursework includes Required Courses (7 hrs.), the Major Field of Study (18 hrs.), General Education Requirements (18 hrs.) and Electives (18 hrs.).  The required courses are fulfilled taking a Health Education class (Veterans who have completed basic training are exempt), an American History and Institution class (History 17A, 17B or Political Science 1), and an Information Competency credit (completion of INCO 48 or passing an examination for the class).

The Major Field of Study in Early Childhood Education requires that students take 18 credit hours selected from the following courses: ECE Curriculum, Creative Experiences for Children, Planning and Administering an ECE Program, Co-op Education Field Experience, Child in Family/Community Relations, Elementary Nutrition, Movement Activities for Developing Children, Elementary Music, Introduction to  Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Introduction to Infancy Development, Activities for Nutrition in Infants and Toddlers, Infant Massage, Using Infant Cues, Child Health and Safety, Advanced Creative Experience for Children, Advanced Administration- Early Childhood Programs, persity in ECE, Children with Special Needs-Birth-Adolescence, Early Invention and Inclusion, Use of Puppets in Classroom, Indoor/Outdoor Activity Through Dramatic Play, Math for Young Children, Science for Young Children, Family Child Care Management, Problem Solving- Network in Family Child Care, Discipline Techniques for Preschool Children, Discipline Techniques School-Age-Adolescence, Understanding Parenting/Foster Parenting, Child Study and Assessment, Current Topics in Child Development, Adult Supervision: Mentor/Collaboration Learning Setting, School-Age Curriculum/Interpersonal Relations, School-Age Curriculum Before/After School Activities, School-Age Curriculum/Theory, Introduction to Primary Grade Classroom, and Child Growth and Development.

To fulfill the General Education requirements the student must complete three credit hours in each of the following disciplines: Natural Science, Social and Behavioral Science, Humanities, English Composition, and Communication and Analytical Thinking.  Finally, an additional three credit hours must be chosen from any of the above disciplines.

Elective courses must be degree applicable courses to round out the total 60 credit hours for the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

    Requirements

    1. Reading - Placement in English 6 based on placement testing or successful completion of three semester units of English 54 or higher level reading course with a grade of "C" or better. 
    2. Written Expression - Placement in English 1A on the basis of placement testing or successful completion of three semester units of English 50 or higher level writing course with a grade of "C" or better. 
    3. Mathematics - Successful completion of four semester units of Business 50, or four unit of Mathematics 50 or higher level mathematics course with a grade of "C" or better.

    School Overview

    Taft College in Taft, California, is a public community college that focuses on preparing students for career advancement in their current field or to start an educational journey that will eventually lead to a 4-year college for a bachelor’s degree. Taft was founded in 1922 originally as Taft Junior College with classes held in Taft High School. The school was founded to accommodate the growing need for advanced education and training for the population of the city of Taft. In 1954, the school’s name changed to Taft College and established their own campus. Today, Taft is part of the California Community College system.

    Taft offers associate's degrees, as well as a variety of certificates, some of which can be earned online through Distance Education.

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