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Early Childhood Leadership on Saturdays

Associate of Science in Early Childhood Leadership

In our One Day A Week Saturday Program, you can earn your Associate's degree in Early Childhood Leadership on Saturdays at our Longmeadow and Sturbridge campuses.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO109 Biology I 4

This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $35)

COM111 Computer Applic. I 3

Computer Applications I This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speakers notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internets search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

EDU110 Intro to Early Child Ed 3

This course presents an introduction to the field of early childhood education through an examination of the history and philosophy of early childhood education programs and educational theorists. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the development of early childhood programs and environments in relation to the changing needs of modern society. Required observations made at local early childhood facilities, and public elementary schools will augment classroom activities.

EDU211 Meth/Appr. Teach I 3

This early childhood course studies the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and caring for young children. Topics include: philosophical constructs, program development, curriculum design and delivery, planning and organization, and instructional and classroom management techniques. Students will be introduced to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Students will participate in early childhood setting observations. Prerequisite: EDU 110 Offered in the fall semester

EDU212 Meth/Appr. Teach II 3

This course continues the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and caring for young children. Topics include: creative arts, mathematics, science and technology, history, early literacy and literature for young children. The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks are used to plan and design instruction. Students will participate in a 20-hour field experience at the preschool or kindergarten level. Prerequisite: EDU 211

EDU250 Intro/Special Education 3

This course deals with the implications of disabling conditions on optimal learning potential and daily well being of children. Emphasis is on identification of disabling conditions and techniques used to promote successful integration of children with and without special needs in education settings. Topics covered include familiarity with individualized education plans, intervention and instructional strategies for diverse learners, and collaborative partnerships with families and community resources. Observations are required. Offered in the fall semester

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research/Writing in Discipline 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

MAT161 Number & Operations 3

This course is designed for students who plan to teach. It involves a study of Number & Operations with the depth required for successful mathematics instruction. Topics include, but are not limited to, mathematical processes; operations and properties of integers, whole numbers and rational numbers; computation algorithms; and basic number theory. Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

MAT162 Functions & Algebra 3

This course is designed for students who plan to teach. It involves a study of Number & Operations and Functions & Algebra with the depth required for successful mathematics instruction. Topics include, but are not limited to, proportional reasoning; number systems, signed numbers, and the real number line; variables, algebraic expressions and functions; solving equations; exploring graphs of equations; and connecting algebra and geometry. Prerequisite: MAT 161

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

PSY205 Child Development 3

This course is a study of developmental changes from birth through 12 years old. Prenatal and neonatal issues are also discussed. Physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth are explored at each age. The dominant theories of development are examined, as well as contemporary issues relating to childhood and parenting. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the spring semester only

WEL220 WomenEmpoweredasLearnersLeader 3

Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all students entering the One-Day Program a common experience and foundation for their education. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, academic requirements, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success in the One-Day undergraduate experience and beyond.