Early Childhood Education - AA or Certificate

Wakanheza Oti Infant Room

Early Childhood Education providers serve an important community and cultural role regarding the education and care of our children. Early Childhood is seen as the foundation for education within our contemporary society. Early Childhood Education students who successfully complete the program of study will have acquired the requisite skills for obtaining employment or advancement in the field of early childhood care and education. This program includes both an academic base and methods courses that provide a balanced program for those wishing to pursue a four year program or begin a career as an early childhood care provider. Opportunities are available on campus to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education through Mayville State University.

Program Outcomes:

• Student will create a developmentally appropriate environment.
• Student will provide comprehensive curriculum with appropriate technology use.
• Student will demonstrate their ability to maintain positive relationships.
• Student will demonstrate various assessment strategies.
• Student will incorporate Dakota culture into their teachings.

Program Characteristics

The Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education focuses on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and training required to prepare educators to work with young children. The National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is combined with the Spirit Lake Nation childcare standards to ensure a well-rounded curriculum based in the Dakota culture is provided to all students. The state of the art Wakanheza Oti (Sacred Children’s Place) Childcare facility provides students the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning activities to enhance classroom instruction. Students provide care to children while earning credits to their degree using labs and observation rooms. The result is a foundation based in Early Childhood Education theory and Dakota culture in regard to the care of children.

Faculty

The Early Childhood Education faculty are professionals who have been employed in private and public sectors of education and business. They continue to participate in professional development and scholarly activity to enhance their knowledge and to serve as role models for life long learning.

Jackie Lampert

Jackie Lampert
701-766-1138
jackie.lampert@littlehoop.edu

 

Courses of Essential Studies

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
ENGL 100 Student Success - New Student Orientation FA,SP
1
ENGL 110 College Composition FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 120 College Composition II* FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 161 Dakota Language I FA,SP,SU
3
  ND: ARTS  
6
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking FA,SP
3
DS 110 Dakota Thought, Philosophy, & Culture*** FA,SP,SU
3
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology FA
3
  ND:SS  
3
  ND:SS   3
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers FA,SP
3
MATH 102 Intermediate Algebra or higher FA,SP,SU
3
  ND:LABSC  
4
  HPER101 or HPER210  
1
HPER 217 Personal & Community Health FA,SP
2
  TOTAL  
41
     
  *Prerequisite or Co-requisites exist. See advisor for details.  
  **Some program electives can be used in conjunction for general education requirements.  
  ***Alternate Summer Rotation  

 

Core Classes

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
EC 210 Introduction to Early Childhood Education FA,SP,SU
3
EC 213 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood* SP
3
EC 220 Infants and Toddlers* FA
3
EC 233 Pre-K Methods and Materials*  
3
EC 236 Social and Emotional Development*  
3
EC 297 Early Childhood Student Internship*  
6
  Program Electives (choose from below)  
6-12
  TOTAL  
25-31

 

Program Electives

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
ENGL 162 Dakota Language II* FA,SP,SU
3
DSL 209 Dakota Language III* FA,SP,SU
3
MATH 103 College Algebra FA,SP,SU
3
PSYC 255 Child and Adolescent Psychology*  
3
SOC 110 Sociology FA,SP,SU
3

 

Degree Program Total Credits.....66-72

Early Childhood Education Course Descriptions