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Early Childhood Care and Management - Program Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Early Childhood Care and Management combines theory and practice for students seeking careers in the childcare field; working specifically with children from infancy – 5 years of age. The degree program prepares students for work in childcare centers; private preschool, nursery, and university early childhood lab schools, family childcare settings, Head Start and government-sponsored programs, and various early childhood based businesses and organizations within the early childhood and childcare industry.

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The program will assist students with defining their role in the field as professionals. The degree will offer course content related to child development, individual and program assessment, family relationships, curriculum planning, primary teaching methods, quality caregiving, program administration, and leadership. It will provide a combination of educational foundation, theory, professional reflective practice, and direct application of these skills. Early Childhood upper-level program electives will offer subject matter relevant to the professional development and growth of the early childhood educator and early childhood director. Additional courses will provide a strong business-focused foundation. Additional courses will include content related to organizational leadership, human resources and fiscal management, small business management and ownership, and leadership.

Career Opportunities:

The employment opportunities cover a broad range, including major employers and also entrepreneurships. Graduates are working in:

  • Child Care Center Owner
  • Child Care Center Director [private, corporate, college lab-based]
  • Child Care Center Assistant Director
  • Child Care Center Lead Teacher
  • Self Employed Family Child Care Center Provider
  • Early Childhood Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Early Childhood Trainer or Consultant
  • Head Start Program Administration
  • Children’s Museum Educator / Trainer

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Transfers cannot be admitted until Fall 2018.
  • Transfer students must meet re-registration requirements to be considered for admission.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Semester I Credits

ECHD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (GER 3) 3
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
History Elective 3
Science Elective w/lab (GER 2)** 4
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Semester II Credits

BSAD 100 Introduction to Business 3
ECHD 121 Wellness in Young Children 3
PSYC 220 Child Development 3
Humanities Elective 3
Math Elective (GER 1) 3-4
TOTAL CREDITS 15-16

Semester III Credits

ACCT 101 Foundations of Financial Accounting 4
ECHD 125 Curriculum Development 3
ECHD 131 Infants and Toddlers 3
ECHD 250 Children with Special Needs 3
  Arts Elective or Foreign Language (GER 8 or 9) 3-4
TOTAL CREDITS 16-17

Semester IV Credits

ACCT 104 Survey of Accounting 4
ECHD 201 Student Teaching Experience I w/ Seminar 4
ECHD 204 Early Childhood Observation 6
ECHD 285 Issues & Policies in Early Care & Education* 3
General Elective (GER 1-9) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Semester V Credits

ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BSAD 215 Small Business Management 3
ECHD 340 Policies and Regulations in EC Settings 3
ECHD 404 Positive Child Guidance 3
  General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VI Credits

BSAD 310 Human Resource Management 3
BSAD 319 Professional Ethics 3
ECHD 301 Fostering Relationships in EC Programs 3
ECHD 401 DAP: Learning Environments Birth-5 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VII Credits

BSAD 340 Management Communications 3
BSAD 420 Applied Organizational Management 3
ECHD 409 Orientation to Culminating Experience 1
ECHD 420 EC Program Dev. & Management 3
HLTH 330 Grant Writing Strategies 2
  U/L Program Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VIII Credits

ECHD 410 Internship AND/OR
U/L Program Elective(s)
3-12
ECHD 411 Capstone Project 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

U/L = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement

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Early Childhood and Management
Dr. Maureen Powers-Maiocco
Director
maiocco@canton.edu
315-386-7604