Course Number & Name:  ECE 101 Early Care in Education I

Credit Hours:  4.0             Contact Hours:  4.0          Lecture:  4.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description: This course introduces the paraprofessional in early childhood education to the Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing process and provides comprehensive instruction in early childhood education. The first three CDA competency goals and functional areas are discussed.  Students begin to develop a professional resource file. Students who enroll in this course must have (within the past five years) at least 480 hours of experience working with children from infancy through children five years old in a group setting.  Strategies learned in this course will be practiced in the student’s childcare center.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe the components involved in maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment;
  2. discuss how to advance young children’s physical and intellectual skills;
  3. identify and discuss activities that promote social and emotional development of young children; and
  4. develop the first part of a professional resource file.


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