Early Childhood & Youth Development

Early Childhood & Youth Development - A.S. Degree

Recommended Course Sequence

This program prepares students for employment in a variety of early childhood and youth settings. Courses meet Minnesota Department of Human Services educational requirements for assistant teachers and teachers in a child care setting. Students learn about child development, guidance, professional relationships, nutrition, health and safety, cultural sensitivity and techniques for promoting learning in young children. This program is available in the classroom and many courses are also available online. Additionally, it links with a selection of four-year colleges for completion of advanced degrees.

The following outcome requires a clear MN Criminal Background Study.

This degree is designed for students wishing to transfer to a four-year insitution to obtain an advanced degree.

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
ECYD 1100 Introduction to Early Childhood Careers
Description
ECYD 1100 This course provides an overview of the early childhood field, including theories, philosophies, missions, and regulations. It examines the roles and responsibilities of professionals in a variety of career settings, including child life.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 11/22/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1100

3
ECYD 1210 Child Growth and Development
Description
ECYD 1210 This course examines the major developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development. Also emphasizes interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methods, students will observe children and analyze characteristic of development at various stages. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/23/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1210

3
ECYD 1220 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Description
ECYD 1220 An introduction to the regulations, standards, policies, and procedures, prevention techniques, and early childhood curriculum related to health, safety, and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health, and safety for both children and staff will be identified, as well as the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. A focus will be on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 11/10/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1220

3
ECYD 1230 Guiding Children's Behaviors
Description
ECYD 1230 This course examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood setting. It also examines ways to establish supportive relationships with children and guide them in order to enhance learning. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 11/10/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1230

3
ECYD 1240 Learning Environment and Curriculum
Description
ECYD 1240 Presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children. Examines the role of the teacher in providing learning experiences to meet each child's needs, capabilities, and interests, and ways to implement the principles of developmentally appropriate practices. Will provide and overview of content areas including (but not limited to): Language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, math and science. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1240

3
ECYD 1325 Observation and Assessment
Description
ECYD 1325 This course focuses on the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children's success. Recording strategies, rating systems, multiple assessment tools and portfolios are explored. There will be a focus on increasing objectivity in observing and interpreting children's behavior, observing developmental characteristics and increasing the awareness of normal patterns of behavior. Prerequisite: ECYD 1210 or Instructor Permission Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1325

3
ECYD 1340 Curriculum Planning
Description
ECYD 1340 Provides an advanced level of curriculum planning. Emphasis is on organizing, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate curricula. Prerequisite: ECYD1240 Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1340

3
ECYD 1510 Practicum I
Description
ECYD 1510 In this course students will demonstrate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision to make connections between theory and practice and developing professional behaviors. Students apply comprehensive understanding of children and families; developmentally appropriate, child-centered, play-orientated approaches to teaching and learning and knowledge of curriculum content areas. They design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. PREREQUISITES: ECYD1100, ECYD1210, ECYD1220, ECYD1230, and ECYD1240 Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 11/22/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1510

3
ECYD 2320 Children with Differing Abilities
Description
ECYD 2320 Examines the child with differing abilities in an early childhood setting. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, provide inclusive programs for young children, apply legal and ethical requirements including, but not limited to ADA and IDEA, differentiate between typical and exceptional development, analyze the differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional disorders, work collaboratively with community and professional resources, utilize an individual education plan, adapt curriculum to meet the needs of children with developmental differences, cultivate partnerships with families who have children with developmental differences. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD2320

3
ECYD 2600 Organizational Leadership and Management
Description
ECYD 2600 In this course the students will discuss the personal and professional reasons for becoming a teacher, ways to advocate in this profession and will develop a plan for continuous education and professional development. Students will be able to improve their skills in working with other by learning strategies for team building, coping with stress, and problem-solving. Students will also study professional ethics and procedures for evaluating self and staff. Opportunities for professional membership and conferences will also be provided. Prerequisites: Diploma Courses Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD2600

3
Total Core Credits: 30

General Education Courses

Course Title Credits
ENGL 1150 Composition I
Description
ENGL 1150 This course emphasizes the process of writing expository and persuasive essays using effective writing skills and a variety of research techniques. Also included in the course content are critical reading and logical reasoning. Meets MnTC Goal 1 - PREREQUISITES: Student must score an 86 or above on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills assessment OR complete developmental courses through English Essentials AND score a 78 or higher on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Assessment OR complete College Reading I or II.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/24/2009 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 1

Course Outline: ENGL1150

3
SPEE 1020 Interpersonal Communication
Description
SPEE 1020 This course focuses on the practical and theoretical concepts of human communications and the styles used in personal, social and professional environments. Students will also acquire skills in critical thinking, perception, listening, emotional communication, verbal and non-verbal expressions and conflict resolution. Meets MnTC Goal 7

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 03/26/1999 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 7

Course Outline: SPEE1020

3
General Education Elective(s)** 15
General Education Elective(s) (MnTC Goal 3 ) *** 3
General Education Elective(s) (MnTC Goal 4 ) *** 3
General Education Elective(s) (MnTC Goal 5 ) *** 3
Total General Education Credits: 30
Total Program Credits: 60
** Select General Education electives from any MnTC goal area.
*** Select General Education electives from MnTC goal area.