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The ECDE Associate of Applied Science curriculum includes planned experiences in the form of courses, practicum experiences, and other learning opportunities in both general and professional studies. The ECDE Plan of Study carefully integrates courses from both areas each semester to ensure that students make effective use of their time and resources while attending Columbus State. Students graduating with their Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Development and Education will have completed 73 semester hours of coursework. 

General and Basic Studies

General and basic studies ensure competency in verbal and written Education, English, Mathematics, Science, History, and Psychology.

Professional Studies

Professional studies include two essential components, knowledge and application, to guide professional practice and practicum experiences to develop competence in working with young children and their families in a variety of settings. Specifically, the professional core provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:

  • Human growth, development and education (birth through age five) with focus on cognitive, language, creative, physical, social and emotional domains
  • Historical, philosophical, psychological and social foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum for young children including:
    Establishing goals and objectives
    Development of educationally appropriate practices
    Methodology for planning, implementing and assessing curriculum plans aligned with the Ohio Early and Development Standards
    Creating a positive learning environment that respects human diversity
    Using concrete materials and play as tools for enhancing development and education and learning to meet the needs of all children
  • Observation and recording of children’s behavior to establish goals and  objectives, provide for individual needs and appropriately guide young children
  • Communication and conference techniques for working with families, staff and other professionals
  • Awareness of issues, legislation and public policy as it affects children, families and programs for young children
  • Ethics and advocacy

Practicum experience

Practicum experience begins once students have completed ECDE 1001, 1002, 1005, 1008, 1009, and PSY 2261 (ECDE 1101, 1102, 1105, 1108, 1109, and PSY 2261 as of AU15) and have been formally admitted to the Early Childhood Development and Education Program by their advisor. A one hour seminar accompanies each practicum experience. The following practicums/seminars must be taken in order:

  • ECDE 2810/2910 - Practicum I: Infants and Toddlers
  • ECDE 2820/2920 - Practicum 2: Preschool
  • ECDE 2830/2930 - Practicum 3: Preschool
    or ECDE 2832/2932 - Practicum 3: Administration
    or ECDE 2833/2933 - Practicum 3: Community Settings

Students must be physically able to work with children to be placed for a practicum experience. This includes, but is not limited to, being able to lift at least 25 pounds.