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Graduates of Rhodes State College’s Early Childhood Education Program are qualified for certification as preschool teachers, assistant teachers, directors, or staff members of child-care programs. They may also work as paraprofessionals in public schools and as teachers or assistant teachers in several federal programs, such as Head Start and Early Head Start.  A degree in Early Childhood Education prepares you with the skills necessary to help cultivate healthy growth in children by shaping their lives and the communities that they live in for the better.

The course of study includes: theories of child growth and development, theoretical coursework, integrated curriculum, and programming for children with emphasis on ages birth through 5 years. 

Based on guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, coursework is sensitive to the special needs and diversity of today’s children and families and emphasizes developmentally appropriate curriculum design and instructional skill.  The program is accredited by The Ohio Department of Higher Education.  

“C” Grade Policy

Education students must attain a grade of “C” or higher in all courses carrying the specific program prefix of  EDU. Any education core course in which a grade below “C” is received must be repeated.

Prekindergarten Associate Licensure

The Prekindergarten Associate Certificate is a State License that is awarded from the Ohio Department of Education to graduates who have received the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and who have fulfilled all eligibility requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 325 hours of supervised practicum and field based experiences in conjunction with Rhodes State course work.
  2. Completion of all Education courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. Completion of the degree with not less than 2.5 in the technology and not less than 2.5 overall GPA.
  4. Completion of EDU 2991 Practicum with satisfactory evaluations.
  5. Written entries for the electronic portfolio be completed during EDU 1000 Introduction to Education, EDU 2130 Families, Communities and Schools and EDU 2992 Practicum Seminar.
  6. Final interview by Education faculty.
  7. Completion of additional electronic portfolio and graduation requirements from General Education courses.
  8. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the state licensure examination, Pre-Kindergarten Ohio Assessments for Educators Series. Students who score a minimum of 220 or higher will be awarded the Associate Pre-Kindergarten licensure through The Ohio Department of Education.

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Non-Traditional Students

Non-traditional students may also obtain an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education by attending classes in the evenings and weekends. General Studies and all Early Childhood Education classes are offered on a rotation basis in the evenings and alternate Saturdays during each term. Many summer classes are held.

Articulation (2+2/3)

The associate degree program from Rhodes State College provides a solid foundation for further college education and degrees. The Department Chair or advisor can provide specific information on this opportunity.

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Early Childhood Education Major

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
COM 1110 English Composition 3
EDU 1000 Introduction to Education 3
EDU 1080Classroom Management and Guidance 3
EDU 2040Administration and Health Management 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours16
Second Semester
CPT 2070Educational Technology 3
EDU 1040Phonics-Foundation of Literacy 3
EDU 1050Introductory Child Development 3
EDU 1114Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 1300Curriculum, Observation, and Assessment 3
MTH 1100
   or MTH 1151
Math of Business 1
   or Quantitative Reasoning
 Term Hours18
Second Year
First Semester
EDU 2010Emergent Literacy-Learning 3
EDU 2020Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
EDU 2030Individuals with Exceptionalities 3
EDU 2210Infant and Toddler Environments 3
SOC 1010 Sociology 3
 Term Hours15
Second Semester
EDU 2130 Families, Communities and Schools 3
EDU 2991   Practicum 2
EDU 2992Practicum Seminar 2
HST 1620American History Since 1877 3
PSY 2301Educational Psychology 3
Technical or General/Basic Elective (see list)  3
 Term Hours16
 Total Hours 65

Portfolio course

Capstone course


If planning to pursue a bachelor degree, choose from one of the TAG approved Math courses. See MTH courses in Course Description section of this catalog.

Students should check course prerequisites before registering. Prerequisites are listed in the Course tab.

Early Childhood Education Electives

Technical Electives

EDU 2200Special Topics in Education3

General/Basic Electives

BIO 1090Concepts in Biology4
EDU 2000Psychology of Childhood3
LIT 2210Introduction to Literature3
LIT 2250The American Short Story3
LIT 2260Fantasy Literature3
LIT 2310Literature and the Holocaust3
SPN 1010Beginning Spanish Language I3
COM 2213Verbal Judo3

EDU 1000 — Introduction to Education
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the profession of teaching in today's society. More than ever before, teaching is a complex and challenging profession which requires the candidates to develop and use their skills and abilities and to foster a disposition and character of reflections. Candidates will utilize readings, explore themes, participate in field experiences and produce carefully considered reflections in order to broadly explore the purposes of schools in society and what knowledge, dispositions, and performances are required to be an effective teacher today.
Transfer: TAG.

EDU 1040 — Phonics-Foundation of Literacy
3 Credit hours  

Introduces students to the reading process, including the nature and acquisition of language, current and historical perspectives about reading instruction, the interrelationship among the language arts, and the relation of prior knowledge, meaning, and context to the reading process. Included are the importance of reading aloud; the relationship of the phonemic, morphemic, semantic, and syntactic systems of language to the reading process; techniques to create literate environments and support emergent literacy; phonetic principles; oral and written grammar; and dialects and language patterns. Field hours in an early childhood, middle childhood, or adolescent/young adult classroom will be needed for assignment completion.

EDU 1050 — Introductory Child Development
3 Credit hours  

Covers human development that embraces academic theory, scientific discoveries, and practical applications. The course presents developmental processes from conception through adolescence in three distinct categories or domains- biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial. Content will examine how the interplay of nature and nurture affects development across the life span, including developmental variations of typical and atypical developing children. The course will investigate appropriate expectations of the physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth and development of the child and adolescent. Fifteen (15) field hours required in early childhood, middle childhood, or adolescent/young adult classroom.
Transfer: TAG.

EDU 1080 — Classroom Management and Guidance
3 Credit hours  

Presents classroom management techniques teachers can employ to develop self-control, positive self-concepts, independence and pro-social behaviors in students. Introduction of practical applications of guidance and motivation techniques: problem-solving, prevention of potential problems for group settings, negotiation skills, setting limits, arrangement of the environment, positive affirmations and logical consequences. Guidance and motivation are presented within a framework of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and constructivist educational philosophy.

EDU 1114 — Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
3 Credit hours  

Focuses on the development of the young child and promotes developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood environments and curriculum. The aim of the classroom is to help children acquire the skills and behaviors that will promote their optimal growth. Candidates will learn to navigate between state standards and assessments and developmentally appropriate principles and practices. Constructive approach is emphasized as candidates study topics placed appropriately within curriculum content curriculum areas, such as math, science, music, movement, and creative art experiences.

EDU 1300 — Curriculum, Observation, and Assessment
3 Credit hours  

Provides design and delivery techniques for children birth to eight years of age. Curriculum development, lesson planning and instructional methods based on NAEYC guidelines. Emphasis is placed on learning environments representing the philosophies of Piaget, Vygotsky, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Gardner and others. Skill development in the areas of observation, evaluation and assessment of young children and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on developmentally appropriate practice, project-approach, and integrated instruction for the ECE and primary classroom. Fifteen (15) field hours required in a preschool or early childhood classroom.

EDU 2000 — Psychology of Childhood
3 Credit hours  

Covers the developmental, adjustment and psychological problems of the child from birth through adolescence. The relationship of scientific psychological findings to practical methods of guidance and training of children by parents and teachers will be emphasized.

EDU 2010 — Emergent Literacy-Learning
3 Credit hours  

Provides information about developmental patterns in early language and literacy learning and research-based ways of teaching reading and writing during the early years (birth through 8 years). Research proves that language and speech are learned through meaningful experiences, not in isolated skill and drill activities. Research shows that language and literacy begins at birth. All children need a print rich language and literacy environment at home, in child care settings, and at school; a wide variety of experience in order to develop the concepts and vocabulary they will need in order to understand what they read; see adults read and write and try to write for themselves in order to understand that print is a way to share information; and to have good books available and enjoy being read to. Topics include basic strategies of teaching reading and writing, literacy to play environments, utilizing technology, collaborative home-school partnerships, cultural and developmental differences (diversity), assessment as an ongoing and indispensable part of reflective teaching and learning, and moral and ethical dimensions of teaching reading in early childhood. Students will explore instructional materials and assessments used in early childhood reading programs and their relationship to the Ohio P-12 Language Arts Standards (content standards). Fifteen (15) hours of field work in a preschool and early childhood classroom.

EDU 2020 — Literature for Children and Adolescents
3 Credit hours  

Studies literature for children and adolescents, age birth through the primary grades. Curriculum includes criteria for selection and evaluation of literature, different types of literature (genre), literature's portrayal of diversity, outstanding authors and illustrators, the integration of literature into all areas of the curriculum, the techniques of reading and storytelling to promote literary appreciation.

EDU 2030 — Individuals with Exceptionalities
3 Credit hours  

Provides students with an overview of special education programs with an opportunity to plan and implement activities in educational settings. Topics include: early intervention, practical strategies to integrate children with special needs, legislation and public policy (with a historical perspective of ADA, IDEA, 504 plans etc. and an awareness of the legal rights of children with exceptional learning needs and their families), recognizing risk factors that may impede typical development with an emphasis on the awareness of and respect for the ability differences in students and their families and the effects of those factors on development and learning community agencies/resources and adaptations to the environment.
Transfer: TAG.

EDU 2040 — Administration and Health Management
3 Credit hours  

Provides an overview of major administrative principles, legislative mandates, policies and procedures, physical facilities, purchasing, budgeting, recordkeeping, and professional public relations. Includes legal requirements and responsibilities of Ohio licensing procedures. Staff development, support, and management including conflict resolution. Course will also examine the components that contribute to the concept of wellness in children, including a process of moving toward optimal health and vitality. Components within the course include the completion of first-aid training, CPR, child abuse awareness and reporting identification and treatment of communicable diseases for preschools and public school settings. These trainings are an additional cost to the student. Students may produce proof of previous training to be excused from this component of the course.

EDU 2130 — Families, Communities and Schools
3 Credit hours  

Addresses the significant steps for improving children's education in schools by direct collaboration with families and communities. Curriculum surrounds children and much of their learning comes from the world outside the classroom. Students recognize that all citizens are educators and ideas are presented for developing effective partnerships between schools, families, and communities at large. Instruction introduces education majors to an environment that values diversity and portrays it positively. The course will focus on the belief that educators can deliver an equitable education for all students. Educators have the responsibility to help students contribute to and benefit from our democratic society. The curriculum will introduce the concept that effective instructional strategies should be drawn primarily from the cultures of students in the classroom and the community, not the teacher. This is a portfolio designated course which requires a writing sample submission to the electronic portfolio database. Satisfying this requires is a part of earning a grade for this course. Submitting the paper as instructed will ensure a grade commensurate with the work in the course.
Transfer: TAG.

EDU 2200 — Special Topics in Education
3 Credit hours  

Provides an in-depth study of a current topic with special emphasis on changing needs in Early Childhood Education.

EDU 2210 — Infant and Toddler Environments
3 Credit hours  

Provides a comprehensive framework for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program for the care of infants and toddlers. Course includes current brain research in the field of infant and toddler years of development. An overview of best practices for infant and toddler care will be presented as well as curriculum to stimulate growth and learning. Licensing procedures and regulations will be presented for the supervision of this age child. Fifteen (15) field hours required in infant/toddler settings.

EDU 2991 — Practicum
2 Credit hours  

Enables students to demonstrate their proficiency by integrating technical knowledge with core skills and abilities. This capstone builds upon the experiences from previous course work. Students will demonstrate growth in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning. Students will develop and implement an integrated curriculum that supports children's interest, needs, and intellectual integrity with curriculum outcomes. The student becomes responsible for classroom activities, teaching, and demonstrating positive guidance strategies, effective communications and collaborations. This practicum will take place in an approved educational setting of early childhood centers or classrooms, including the campus and YMCA child care centers within the last two semesters of the program. This course is a minimum of fourteen (14) hours per week (for a total of 210 hours during the semester) working under the supervision of a specifically trained teacher/mentor and college supervisor. A lab fee is assessed for this course. The course will include an e-portfolio self- growth/awareness writing assignment, and an exit evaluation of critical thinking and writing.
Prerequisites: MTH 1100, EDU 1114.
Corequisites: EDU 2992.

EDU 2992 — Practicum Seminar
2 Credit hours  

Allows students to discuss practicum experiences of their individual school settings and serves as an opportunity for the acquisition of further knowledge. The seminar will focus on self-understanding and reflection, necessary observation and assessment skills and required abilities, teaching strategies, curriculum development, and collaboration in group settings with students, peers, supervisors, and families. Offered concurrently with Practicum capstone experience.
Prerequisites: MTH 1100, EDU 1050, EDU 1114.
Corequisites: EDU 2991.

Admission Requirements

  1. General college requirements (See the General Admissions Procedures in the General Information section of the College catalog).
  2. A minimum 2.0 grade point average for previous college course work from all colleges including courses taken at Rhodes State College. Students below a 2.0 GPA may apply to the Pre-Early Childhood Education program. (See your academic advisor for information on Pre-ECE).
  3. Applicants are required to complete Rhodes State College placement testing prior to admissions.
  4. Applicants who complete testing and need developmental course support will be placed in Pre-ECE coursework. Students must meet all developmental course requirements.
  5. Provide ECE faculty with the following:
    • Completed medical statement (O.D.J.F.S. form 1296), completed and signed by a licensed physician (includes the results of a Mantoux skin test).
    • Completed background checks for teacher licensure with Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and a FBI check is also required
    • Completed Good Moral Character form
    • Copy of high school diploma, GED, or equivalency
      (All necessary forms can be obtained from ECE faculty.)

Students are encouraged to meet with the ECE academic advisor prior to registration each term.

Joy Macke, MA, BS, AAS, ODE/Pre K
Phone: 419-995-8031
Office: TL 106

Courtenay Painter, AAS
Co-Director/Lead Teacher
Phone: 419-995-8031
Office: TL 145

The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the:
Ohio Department of Higher Education
University System of Ohio
30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Administrator Certificate

The Administrator Concentration Award has been designed to meet the needs of persons interested in the administration of child care centers. Five ECE courses provide basic information relative to the development of young children, developmentally appropriate curriculum planning, administrative issues, positive guidance and classroom management. The five courses are a part of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education:

EDU 1050Introductory Child Development3
EDU 1080Classroom Management and Guidance3
EDU 1300Curriculum, Observation, and Assessment3
EDU 2130 Families, Communities and Schools3
EDU 2040Administration and Health Management3
Total Hours15

The Administrator Certificate is in compliance with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Licensing Rules 2003.

Requirements for educational training of Early Childhood Administrators can be found in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Licensing Rules. These regulations state that in Ohio an administrator of a child care center must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • A high school verification and two years of college, including the completion of at least four courses (12 semester hours) in child development or early childhood education from an accredited college,
  • A high school diploma and two years of experience working as a child care staff member in a center and four courses (12 semester hours) in child development or early childhood education from an accredited college, university, or technical college,
  • A currently valid child development associate credential issued by the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Commission and two years of experience. The CDA must be renewed as needed,
  • An associate or higher degree in child development or early childhood education from an accredited college, university or technical college or a pre-kindergarten associate certificate that is issued by the State Board of Education,
  • An administrator credential as approved by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)

CDA Certificate

With the completion of the following three courses, your CDA (Child Development Associate) required course work will be completed, and you will be prepared for the National assessment:


EDU 1080Classroom Management and Guidance3
EDU 1300Curriculum, Observation, and Assessment3
EDU 2040Administration and Health Management3
Total Hours9


EDU 1300Curriculum, Observation, and Assessment3
EDU 2210Infant and Toddler Environments3
EDU 2040Administration and Health Management3
Total Hours9

Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Early Childhood Education certificate is designed for those who are working in childcare facilities and for other individuals interested in upgrading their child development skills.

EDU 1000 Introduction to Education3
EDU 1114Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood Education3
EDU 1040Phonics-Foundation of Literacy3
EDU 1050Introductory Child Development3
EDU 1080Classroom Management and Guidance3
EDU 1300Curriculum, Observation, and Assessment3
EDU 2010Emergent Literacy-Learning3
EDU 2020Literature for Children and Adolescents3
EDU 2030Individuals with Exceptionalities3
EDU 2040Administration and Health Management3
EDU 2130 Families, Communities and Schools3
EDU 2210Infant and Toddler Environments3
EDU 2991   Practicum2
EDU 2992Practicum Seminar2
Total Hours40

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