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 601 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 611 Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods

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 612 Administration of Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development and implementation of early childhood programs for a variety of age groups and purposes. Specifically, curriculum development, materials, teaching strategies, evaluation, budgets, hiring procedures and state guidelines/regulations are addressed as are the skills and competencies to implement the above. 

ECE 625 Family & Community Engagement

3 Credits

This course focuses on factors that promote effective engagement with families of infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children, and the impact of this relationship on young children’s development, learning and behavior. Integration of concepts with best practice in early care and education, as well as family context and community resources are considered in this course.