Early Childhood Education - Early Intervention A.A.S. (ECI)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

The Early Childhood Education - Early Intervention Associate Degree program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Early Learning Center Lab School is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAECP) a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Prepares graduates for careers in early childhood/child care settings with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Graduates will be prepared in early intervention to work with children aged birth-five years who are developing typically as well as with young children with developmental delays/disabilities.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • know patterns of child growth and development and theories of learning.
  • use knowledge of family culture and different family structures to work in the collaborative relationships.
  • plan, adapt, and implement curriculum experiences based on developmentally appropriate practices.
  • plan, adapt, and implement a healthy and safe environment that supports children’s growth and development.
  • know and use ethical professional behaviors and regulations to advocate for children, families, and colleagues.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ECE 110 Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 120* 
or ECE 125*
Children’s Growth and Development
Education and Care of Infants and Toddlers
EDU 105
or ECE 200
Introduction to Special Education
Young Children With Special Needs
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester Total 15
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ECE 130* Integrating the Arts and Play in Early Childhood 3
ECE 140* Observation and Recording Techniques 3
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature 3
SED 205 Assistive Technology for Children with Exceptionalities 3
Elective Mathematics/Science 3-5
Semester Total 15-17
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ECE 210* Integrating Curriculum in Early Childhood 3
ECE 215* Language and Literacy 3
ECI 240 Strategies for Teaching Infants and Toddlers with 
Special Needs
PSY 242 Child Development 3
Elective Mathematics/Science 3-5
ECI 115 Family-Centered Early Intervention Field Experience 1
Semester Total 16-18
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ECE 220+ Internship 6
EDU 210 Behavior Management and Guidance Practices 3
ECI 230 Principles of Family-Centered Early Intervention 3
Elective General Education 3
Semester Total 15
Credit Total 61-65

*Child Care Lab (30 hours per designated course)—Field
Experience (40 hours)—field experiences and observations in urban, rural, and high poverty areas at a variety of inclusive child care centers, intermediate units, early intervention agency-based facilities, and other settings serving infants, toddlers, and preschool children with developmental delays/disabilities. PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, physical exam, and TB screening test required for Child Care Lab courses.
+Student Teaching (280 practicum hours) in a classroom setting with young children.
All students must complete or test out of MAT 090 or MAT 100 since neither fulfills a Mathematics requirement.
General Education: ASL 101; ENG 111; SPN 101.
Mathematics/Science: BIO 101, 124; PHY 101; MAT 105, 118.
Students interested in Teacher Certification should consult with an advisor and select their electives carefully in accordance with the general education and/or pre-professional requirements at the four-year college or university to which they intend to transfer.