The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education is for individuals who work in childcare facilities as managers, educators and caregivers. This degree in Early Childhood Education provides advanced courses in management, curriculum development and child behavior. It is designed to meet the mandatory competencies for the Birth through Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Credential required by Act 187, passed by the Arkansas Legislature during the 2009 session. This degree will allow graduates to apply for the Birth through Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Credential from the Division of Early Care and Education in the Department of Human Services. It will allow graduates to be the lead teachers in a non-public school early childhood classroom or in a Head Start classroom as they continue to pursue a Bachelor’s degree from another institution of higher education. Students will also be qualified to serve as a paraprofessional in a public school pre-kindergarten classroom. It will NOT allow graduates to be lead teachers in a public school pre-kindergarten classroom. The Certificate of Proficiency allows students to meet the requirements to apply for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) issued by the CDA Council in Washington, DC. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses taken to satisfy the AAS degree in Early Childhood Development. All students are required to have current cleared maltreatment background check, a criminal background check, and a negative TB skin test.

Associate of Science in Education

This degree option includes all of the general education courses required for the Associate of Arts degree plus additional courses from education. This degree option is intended to accommodate students interested in transferring their course work into a baccalaureate program in Teacher Education. Students who meet the graduation requirements of the ASE degree and who apply to one of these institutions may be granted admission to the Teacher Education program as juniors without loss of credits earned at SouthArk.

The degree plan consists of the General Education Core and up to nineteen credits in Education courses. Students should select the university they wish to attend to complete the baccalaureate degree and then enroll in the courses that are specified for that particular university. Students wishing to transfer need to meet with the SouthArk Education Program Director for additional information. Students taking the AS in Education degree program may also be eligible for a Certificate of General Studies by adding as an elective course CSCI 1003 Computer and Information Processing.

Dismissal from the Program

The faculty and director reserve the right to dismiss any student for just cause. Just cause may be defined as excessive absenteeism, inability to pass required courses (core or program specific), unsatisfactory progress in practicum performance, moral and ethical misbehaviors, poor interpersonal skills, and insubordination. Insubordinate behaviors include but are not limited to the following: showing disrespect to the instructor and other students and refusing to comply with the instructor’s directions and policies as outlined in the course syllabus. Students making unsatisfactory progress in any of the areas mentioned above will be subject to a Three-Step Dismissal Process: the first offense results in an oral warning, the second offense a written warning, and the third offense in removal from the program. The offenses occurring in any ECE or EDUC course throughout the students’ time at SouthArk are cumulative.

Unsatisfactory progress is communicated through guidance and intervention forms, warning letters, and academic probation. Conferences can be scheduled as requested.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

The growing field of early childhood education needs additional well-trained professionals to educate and care for children and to support their families in a multitude of settings. Early childhood education professionals may be employed in public and private centers, special needs centers, and Head Start and ABC programs. Under a director’s supervision, the childcare worker provides infants primary care giving while relating to families in a supportive manner. For toddlers and older children, the childcare worker plans and provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum to support independent and group learning. Activities are designed to foster children’s self-esteem, expand their social and problemsolving skills, and engage them in inquisitive thinking while offering security and comfort. The objective of this program is to provide a career ladder for students, beginning with the Certificate of Proficiency, a twelve-credit-hour course of study designed to provide core training in early childhood education and prepare individuals for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA); progressing to a 27-credit-hour Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education for students who wish a more in-depth program of study; and culminating in the Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education for students who need a thorough background in the field with the status of a two-year degree for credentialing purposes. Students must make a “C” or better in all ECE classes and maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to remain in the program.

Ark Birth to Pre-K Credential Cohort
ECTC courses have been developed to include core competencies for the Birth through Prekindergarten Teaching Credential as mandated by AR law 187 passed in March, 2009. The competencies were developed by a statewide early childhood cohort and approved by the Division of Early Care and Education of the Department of Human Services. This cohort consisted of Early Childhood representatives from other two year and four year colleges in the state. A NOCTI exam is required for this credential.

Certificate of Proficiency - Early Childhood Development

Certificate of Proficiency - Early Childhood Development

The Certificate of Proficiency in Early Childhood Development contains the basic courses that lay a solid foundation for a person wishing to pursue a career working with young children, birth through pre-kindergarten.

If a student wishes to acquire the Child Development Associate credential (CDA) from the Council for Professional
Recognition from Washington, D.C., these courses may be used as the required 120 hours of training. Students must show proof of 480 hours of hands-on experiencewith children between the ages of birth to five years

COURSE SEM. HR.
ECE 1003 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 2033 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE 1023 Environments for Young Children 3
ECE 1033 Technical Practicum I 3
TOTAL HOURS 12

Technical Certificate - Early Childhood Development

Technical Certificate - Early Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Development Technical Certificate contains courses in curriculum development and child behavior. These courses are designed to meet the mandatory competencies for the Birth through Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Credential required by Act 187 passed by the Arkansas Legislature during the 2009 session.

Basic Studies

  • BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II
  • BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II

Mathematics Three hours from the following:

  • BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH 1023 College Algebra

English Requirements Six hours

  • ENGL 1113 Composition I
  • ENGL 1123 Composition II

Computer Technology Three hours

  • CSCI 1003 Computer Information Processing
  • EDUC 2313 Introduction to Educational Technology

Psychology Three hours

  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology

Early Childhood Education 15 hours

  • ECE 1033 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 2033 Child Growth and Development
  • ECE 1023 Environments for Young Children
  • ECE 1033 Technical Practicum I
  • ECTC 2503 Child Guidance

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading -ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

Those students whose Basic Studies scores are below minimum levels must enroll in Basic Studies courses and may concurrently enroll in program courses with the instructor’s permission. Minimum levels of basic skills must be attained prior to completion of the program.

Associates of Applied Science - Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science - Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide early childhood educators with the knowledge and skills to meet the developmental needs of young children. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for employment as childcare early childhood center directors, teachers, teacher’s aides and caregivers, and kindergarten or elementary classroom paraprofessionals.

Basic Studies

  • BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II
  • BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II
  • BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra

English Six hours

  • ENGL 1113 Composition I
  • ENGL 1123 Composition II

Mathematics Three hours from the following

  • MATH 1023 College Algebra*
  • EDUC 2113 Math I for Teachers
  • EDUC 2223 Math II for Teachers
  • *College Algebra is recommended for students planning to complete a Bachelor’s degree

Computer Science Three hours from the following

  • CSCI 1003 Computer Information Processing
  • EDUC 2313 Introduction to Educational Technology

Natural Science Four hours from the following:

  • BIOL 1004/L Fundamentals of Biology
  • CHEM 1024/L Chemistry I for Science Majors/L
  • PHYS 2024/L The Physical Sciences

Geography Three hours

  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography

Psychology Three hours

  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology

Sociology Three hours from the following:

  • SOC 2003 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 2033 Marriage and the Family

Early Childhood Education 36 hours

  • ECE 1003 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 2033 Child Growth and Development
  • ECE 1023 Environments for Young Children
  • ECE 1033 Technical Practicum I
  • ECTC 2703 Pre-school Curriculum
  • ECTC 2303 Literacy and Language Arts for Pre-School
  • ECTC 2803 Infant and Toddler Curriculum
  • EDUC 2023 Survey of Exceptional Children
  • ECTC 2503 Child Guidance
  • ECTC 2403 Math and Science for Pre-School
  • ECE 2053 Administration of Pre-School Programs
  • ECTC 2903 Future Perspectives of Early Childhood Education

Associate of Science in Education

Associate of Science in Education

 

This degree option includes all of the general education courses required for the Associate of Arts degree plus additional courses from education. This degree option is intended to accommodate students interested in transferring their course work into a baccalaureate program in Teacher Education. Students who meet the graduation requirements of the ASE degree and who apply to one of these institutions may be granted admission to the Teacher Education program as juniors without loss of credits earned at SouthArk.

The degree plan consists of the General Education Core and up to nineteen credits in Education courses. Students should select the university they wish to attend to complete the baccalaureate degree and then enroll in the courses that are specified for that particular university. Students wishing to transfer need to meet with the SouthArk Education Program Director for additional information. Students taking the AS in Education degree program may also be eligible for a Certificate of General Studies by adding as an elective course CSCI 1003 Computer and Information Processing.

AS Education

Basic Studies Requirements

Reading — ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 43 or above (or) COMPASS 83 or above (or) complete BSTD 0613 English II.
Writing — ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 45 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) complete BSTD 0613 English II.
Math — ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

Those students whose Basic Studies scores are below minimum levels must enroll in Basic Studies courses and may concurrently enroll in program courses with the instructor’s permission. Minimum levels of basic skills must be attained prior to completion of the program.

Student requirements to be awarded the ASE degree
Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher. (Please note that some four-year institutions require a higher GPA for acceptance into Teacher Education Programs).

Associate of Arts in Education

Basic Studies
BSTD 0603 English I BSTD 0613 English II
BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra

English Nine hours
ENGL 1113 Composition I
ENGL 1123 Composition II
SPCH 1113 Principles of Speech

Mathematics Three hours
MATH 1023 College Algebra

Natural Sciences Eight hours
BIOL 1004 Fundamentals of Biology
PHYS 2024 The Physical Sciences

Fine Arts/Humanities Nine hours
Three hours from the following: 
ARTI 2003 Art Appreciation 
MUSI 2003 Music Appreciation 
THEA 2003 Theatre Appreciation
PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy
                Foreign Language (3 hours)
Three hours from the following:
ENGL 2213 Literature I
ENGLE 2223 Literature II
Social Sciences Eighteen hours
Three hours from the following:
HIST 2013 History of the U.S. to 1876
HIST 2023 History of the U.S. since 1876
PSCI 2003 American Government: National
Three hours from the following:
HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700
Twelve hours
PSCY 2003 American Government: National
PSYC 2003 General Psychology
GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography
SOCI 2003 Sociology
ECON 2003 Macroeconomic Principles

Directed Elective four hours
HIST 2033 Arkansas History
PHED 1001 Physical Activity One hour or
HPER 1403 Personal and Community Health

Education Courses Fifteen Hours
EDUC 2003 Introduction to Education
EDUC 2313 Introduction to Educational Technology
EDUC 2033 Child Growth and Development
EDUC 2113 Math for Teachers I
EDUC 2223 Math for Teachers II

Education Elective Three hours
EDUC 2103 Child and Adolescent Literature
ECED 2503 Child Guidance
EDUC 2023 Survey of Exceptional Children

Suggested Course of Study for AS – Education
(All Basic Studies Class Completed)

FALL—SEMESTER I

COURSE #

COURSE NAME

CREDIT HOUR

ENGL 1110

Composition I

3

EDUC 2033

Child Growth & Development or EDUC 2053 Development & Learning

3

MATH 1023

College Algebra

3

HIST 2013

History of the US to 1876 or HIST 2023 or PSCI 2003

3

ARTI 2003

Art Appreciation or other Humanities choice

3

 

Semester Credit Hour Total

15

SPRING—SEMESTER II

COURSE #

COURSE NAME

CREDIT HOUR

ENGL 1123

Composition II

3

EDUC 2003

Introduction to Education

3

BIOL 1004

Fundamentals of Biology/Lab

4

HIST 1003

History of Civilization to 1700 or HIST

3

MUSI 2003

Music Appreciation or other Humanities choice

3

 

Semester Credit Hour Total

16

FALL—SEMESTER III

COURSE #

COURSE NAME

CREDIT HOUR

SPCH 1113

Principles of Speech

3

EDUC 2313

Introduction to Educational Technology

3

EDUC 2113

Math for Teachers I

3

PHYS 2024

Physical Science/Lab or Physical Science choice

4

ENGL 2213

Literature I or Literature II

3

 

Semester Credit Hour Total

16

SPRING—SEMESTER IV

COURSE #

COURSE NAME

CREDIT HOUR

EDUC 2223

Math for Teachers II

3

PSYC 2003

General Psychology or other Social Science choice

3

HIST 2003

History of Arkansas

3

EDUC 2103

Child and Adolescent Literature or Education Elective

3

PHED 1001

Any PHED Elective or HPER 1403

1

 

Semester Credit Hour Total

13

 

PROGRAM CREDIT HOUR TOTAL

61

Students must also maintain a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA.

Education majors may obtain more information regarding the PRAXIS CORE Exam by going to www.ets.org or by speaking to the Education Program Director.

The courses offered in the ASE degree program are also appropriate for students seeking licensure in a variety of Middle School and High School teaching fields as well as other K-12 licensures. Students should check with advisors at the four-year institution they plan to attend and the SouthArk Education

Program Director to tailor courses to meet specific licensure and degree requirements. Educator licensure for the State of Arkansas may be found at: http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit.

Associate of Arts - General Transfer

Associate of Arts - General Transfer

This 60-hour sequence of courses is designed to fulfill the general requirements of the first two years of study for a four-year degree. Of the courses listed below, 46 hours are required, but students may choose 14 additional hours from the same list as electives to complete the 60 hours required for the degree. Students wishing to transfer should ask for a transfer guide from the college where they plan to pursue their baccalaureate.  Students may earn certificates and degrees from more than one program in an academic year, but only the highest certificate or degree in any program will be awarded.

English/Communications
Nine hours from the following:

  • ENGL 1113 Composition I 
    (“C” or better)
  • ENGL 1123 Composition II
  • SPCH 1113 Principles of Speech

Mathematics
Three hours from the following:

  • MATH 1023 College Algebra
  • MATH 1033 Plane Trigonometry
  • MATH 1213 Quantitative Literacy/Mathematical Reasoning
  • MATH 2015 Calculus I

Social Science –Minimum of fifteen hours total*

History (six credit minimum) **

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700
  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876
  • HIST 2023 History of the United States since 1876

Social Science (minimum of six hours in two different fields)

  • ECON 2003 Macroeconomic Principles
  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography
  • PSCI 2003 American Government:  National
  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology
  • SOC 2003 Introduction to Sociology

Natural Science-Eight hours total

Biological Science-Four hours from the following:

  • BIOL 1004/L Fundamentals of Biology/Lab
  • BIOL 1024/LZoology/Lab
  • BIOL 1034/LGeneral Botany/Lab
  • BIOL 2064/L Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
  • BIOL 2074/L Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab

Physical Science-Four hours from the following:

  • CHEM1024/LChemistry I for Science Majors/L
  • GEOL 1004/LPhysical Geology
  • GEOL 1014/LHistorical Geology
  • PHYS 2024/LThe Physical Sciences/Lab

Fine Arts and Humanities-Nine total;
must include three hours of World Literature:

  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II
  • ENGL 2653 American Literature I
  • ENGL 2663 American Literature II
  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation
  • THEA 2003 Theatre Appreciation
  • PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy

Health and Physical Education
Two hours from the following:

  • P E 1001 P. E. Activity

                      Or

Three hours from the following:

  • HPER 1403 Personal and Community Health

Technical Certificate - General Studies

Technical Certificate - General Studies

The Certificate of General Studies is designed to recognize the completion of a general education core of 34 credits. This program allows students to earn an award after approximately one year of college education. The program is transferable to four year colleges in Arkansas and should have good transferability to colleges in other states.  Students should always contact the university to which they wish to transfer for more information.

English/Communications
Nine hours from the following:

  • ENGL 1113 Composition I 
    (“C” or better)
  • ENGL 1123 Composition II
  • SPCH 1113 Principles of Speech

Mathematics
Three hours from the following:

  • MATH 1023 College Algebra
  • MATH 1213 Quantitative Literacy/Mathematical Reasoning

Social Science
Total of nine hours from the following:
U.S. History or American Government-
Three hours taken from the following:

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700
  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876
  • HIST 2023 History of the United States since 1876
  • PSCI 2003 American Government:  National

Social Science Courses-Ssix hours from the following:

  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology
  • SOC 2003 Introduction to Sociology
  • ECON 2003 Macroeconomic Principles
  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography

Natural Science
Total of four to eight hours from the following (with lab):

Biological Science

  • BIOL 1004/L Fundamentals of Biology/Lab
  • BIOL 1024/LZoology/Lab
  • BIOL 1034/LGeneral Botany/Lab
  • BIOL 2064/L Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
  • BIOL 2074/L Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab

Physical Science-Four hours from the following:

  • CHEM1024/LChemistry I for Science Majors/L
  • GEOL 1004/LPhysical Geology
  • GEOL 1014/LHistorical Geology
  • PHYS 2024/LThe Physical Sciences/Lab

Technology
Three hours from the following:

  • CSCS 1003 Computers and Information Processing OR Technology Elective

Fine Arts and Humanities
Six hours taken from the following:

  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II
  • ENGL 2653 American Literature I
  • ENGL 2663 American Literature II
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation
  • THEA 2003 Theatre Appreciation
  • PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy

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