Early Childhood Education Specialization

Reach the pinnacle of your career in education when you include the Early Childhood Education specialization in your degree program. If you choose to specialize in Early Childhood Education, you will look specifically at topics such as physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of babies and preschool-aged children. These courses are taught online as part of your degree program. Ashford University offers an Early Childhood Education specialization for select degrees such as the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies and the Master of Arts in Education. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Program Disclosures

Early Childhood Education Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees

Begin your studies to become an expert in child development when you select the Early Childhood Education specialization for your Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies degree. Strengthen your skills as an educator for young people. This undergraduate degree specialization consists of four (4), three (3) credit courses.

Degrees Offering the Early Childhood Education Specialization

Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Specialization Courses

ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education including history, philosophy, advocacy, public policy, issues, trends, and careers. 

ECE 311 Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods

3 Credits

This course focuses on curriculum development in early childhood and teaching strategies with a developmentally appropriate approach. Students will prepare curriculum and practice teaching strategies which illustrate the characteristics of play and creativity. The guidance of young children to include behavior management and creating positive learning environments will also be emphasized.

ECE 315 Language Development in Young Children

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the developmental stages of language acquisition in young children from birth to the age of 6. The focus of the course is on the facilitation of language acquisition in young children. 

ECE 335 Children’s Literature

Students learn how to select and use children’s books and other media relating to physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of babies and preschool-aged children.

Early Childhood Education Specialization for Graduate Degrees

Refine your knowledge of child development further when you select the Early Childhood Education specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree. The Early Childhood Education specialization covers language acquisition, classroom management, and the impact of families and communities on schools. You will learn to design primary-school curricula, deliver differentiated instruction to children, and collaborate with parents and communities. This graduate degree specialization consists of four (4), three (3) credit courses.

 

Degrees Offering the Early Childhood Education Specialization

Graduate Early Childhood Education Specialization Courses

ECE 624 Advanced Topics in Child Development, Learning, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices

3 Credits

This course examines current issues, trends, theories, and research related to child development and developmentally appropriate practices in the early childhood classroom. Students generate ethical solutions to relevant issues in the field of early childhood education and social justice. Further, students will examine how various leadership models foster professional knowledge and skills within their chosen field of study. Using this information, students design a classroom environment that incorporates evidence-based and developmentally appropriate strategies that promote optimal learning and development in young children. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650

ECE 631 Building Family and Community Partnerships

3 Credits

This course provides opportunities for students to examine partnerships among early childhood professionals, families, and the communities in which they work. Throughout the course, students evaluate how their daily instructional practices promote positive outcomes for young children. Students explore the various partnerships necessary in early childhood education and discover how these partnerships can support curriculum, learners’ development, and the learning environment. Course requirements provide several opportunities for students to examine and discuss the effectiveness of ethical communication and collaboration strategies. Approaching course topics as reflective practitioners, students are able to determine how these specific partnerships fit into their future roles. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650

ECE 642 Quality Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

In this course, students examine the relationship between theory, research, and practice in creating quality curriculum for the early childhood classroom. In addition, students evaluate a wide array of approaches, instructional strategies, and tools utilized to positively influence each child’s learning and development. Students also analyze their roles as leaders in evaluating curriculum materials and models that align with state and national standards. Utilizing this information, students design challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive development and learning outcomes for all young children and across all domains of development. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650

ECE 671 Management and Administration of Early Childhood Programs

3 Credits

This course provides students with an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and administrate an early childhood facility. Students will create a personal definition of leadership and evaluate high-quality early childhood programs that meet the needs of diverse children, families, and communities. In addition, students will develop a strategic plan that meets high-quality and developmentally appropriate aspects of early childhood programs. Students will also examine how early childhood administrators evaluate faculty and staff. Prerequisite: ECE 600 or EDU 650