Associate in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood students who complete these degree requirements can choose to become Assistant teachers or transfer to a four-year college/university to continue the necessary course work to obtain a Bachelors degree and licensure.


Infant-toddler Credential

Nine college credits in specific Early Childhood areas of study to obtain this credential to become an educated infant-toddler practitioner in a day-care or family child care programs

Required Courses

EDU-101 Introduction to Education [3.00 cr.]
This introductory course is designed to provide the student with detailed exposure to the realities of teaching and the role of education in our society. Issues of social justice and equity are focal points as they are integrated into discussion about diversity, curriculum and testing, the purpose of schools, student life, law and ethics, and teacher effectiveness. Special features of the course include 20 hours of classroom observation in an off campus setting. Lecture [3.00].

EDU-102 Inclusion and the Exceptional Child [3.00 cr.]

This course provides an overview of the foundations, objectives, history, programs, curriculum, practices, and legislation pertaining to education for children with special needs. Cognitive and physical disabilities, including pedagogical techniques, are examined. Lecture [300]

EDU-120 Child Development I [3.00 cr.]
This course provides an overview of the basic principles and concepts of early childhood education and development. The needs and abilities of young children are analyzed, and directed observations are made in early childhood education programs. Students learn about the Child Development Associate credentialing process. Lecture [3.00].

EDU-121 Practicum I [2.00 cr.]

This course aims to provide students seeking the Child Development Associate [CDA] with a foundation to understand teaching and learning approaches and strategies. A CDA instructor will assign students to one of Bergen Community College’s cooperating early childhood settings. Students are expected to attend the assigned school site no fewer than three times per week for the duration of the semester. Lecture [1.00], Laboratory [2.00]. Corequisite[s]: EDU-120.

EDU-130 Infants and Toddlers in Early Childhood [3.00 cr.]

This course surveys the psychological and educational development of infants and toddlers. Program development in the child care setting is explored. Existing program models in infant-toddler education are studied. Lecture [3.00].

EDU-220 Child Development II [3.00 cr.]

This course extends the student’s knowledge of the growth and development of young children. Students learn how to plan curriculum and continue to practice strategies for observing and recording the behaviors of children. Developmentally appropriate practices are stressed. Lecture [3.00]. Prerequisite[s]: EDU-120.

EDU-140 Educational Technology [3.00 cr.]

This course provides students as well as educators from various fields with best practices of utilizing educational technology to enhance the learning experiences of students from preschool to high school. Lecture [1.00], Laboratory [4.00].

Additional program requirements need to be met to obtain an Associates degree.