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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.

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 College English I 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 College English II 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.