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Applied Science in Early Childhood Development

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 Arts in Teaching

All students are required to have a current cleared maltreatment background check and a criminal background check. In order to assure quality and equality with students who begin education majors at the four-year institutions, this degree has similar requirements:

1. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in courses taken to satisfy the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree;

2. Students must have a final grade-point average of at least 2.65;

3. Students must pass Praxis I, an academic skills assessment that measures reading, writing, and mathematical skills designed to be taken prior to the junior year. Scores must be sent to the Registrar prior to verification of graduation.

4. Students may be requested to take the MAAP test.

2+2 Track

The final track is the 2+2 Program. Education students can complete their Bachelor’s degree at SouthArk via online courses, adjunct instruction, and CIV. SouthArk currently has an articulation agreement with the University of Arkansas-Monticello for P-4 and Middle School math and science certification.

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

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

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

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.

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 Arts in Teaching

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 AAT Degree and who apply to one of these institutions will 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 AAT Program Director for detailed transfer information.

The guidelines for the Associate of Arts in Teaching program are subject to change based on new requirements from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.  Student requirements to be awarded the AAT Degree

  • Successfully pass the PRAXIS I Exam
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.65

 

 

 

P-4 ADHE Requirements

Basic Studies

  • BSTD 0113 Reading II
  • BSTD 0213 Writing II
  • BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra

 

 

EnglishNine 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 Six hours

Three hours from the following:

  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation
  • THEA 2003 Theatre Appreciation

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II

 

 

Social Sciences Eighteen hours

Three hours from the following:

  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876
  • HIST 2023 History of the United States since 1876

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700

 

 

Twelve hours

  • PSCI 2003 American Government: National
  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology
  • HIST 2033 Arkansas History
  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography

 

 

Physical Activity One hour

Directed Elective Three hours

  • SOC 2003 Sociology

 

 

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

 

 

Students must also pass the PRAXIS I: Reading, Writing, and Math Test.

AAT Middle School Generalist ADHE Requirements

  • Basic Studies Requirements
  • BSTD 0113 Reading II
  • BSTD 0213 Writing 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 Six hours

Three hours from the following:

  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation
  • THEA 2003 Theatre Appreciation

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II

 

 

Social Sciences Fifteen hours

Three hours from the following:

  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876
  • HIST 2023 History of the United States since 1876

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700

 

 

Nine hours

  • PSCI 2003 American Government: National
  • HIST 2033 Arkansas History
  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology

 

 

Education Courses Fifteen hours

  • EDUC 2003 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC 2313 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • EDUC 2113 Math for Teachers I
  • EDUC 2223 Math for Teachers II

 

 

Additional required hours

Math-Science Specialty Thirteen hours

  • Math Three hours from the following:
  • MATH 1033 Plane Trigonometry
  • MATH 2015 Calculus I
  • MATH 2115 Calculus II

 

 

Science Four hours from the following:

  • GEOL 1004 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 1014 Historical Geology

 

 

Directed Elective Three hours

  • SOC 2003 Sociology

 

 

Emphasis Course Three hours

  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography

 

 

Language Arts/Social Studies Specialty Nine hours

English Three hours from the following:

  • ENGL 2653 American Literature I
  • ENGL 2663 American Literature II

 

 

Directed Elective Three hours

  • SOC 2003 Sociology

 

 

Emphasis Course Three hours

  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography

 

 

Students must also pass the PRAXIS I: Reading, Writing, and Math Test.

 

Associate of Arts in Teaching - 2+2 UAM

2 + 2 BACHELOR’S PROGRAM, University of Arkansas-Monticello

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education (P-4) was approved by UAM in fall 2005 and was developed in response to the Arkansas licensure guidelines, which replaced elementary education 1-6. In addition, the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle School Education was approved for the fall of 2009. This is a generalist degree with students having the option of emphasizing in Math/Science or Language Arts/Social Studies. The B.A. in Early Childhood and Middle School Education will be delivered to SouthArk students as a 2+2 program, with students completing their Associate Degree (first two years of coursework) at SouthArk and then transitioning to the UAM four-year degree program for junior and senior level coursework. The UAM courses will be delivered to SouthArk students in their junior and senior years through one of the following delivery methods: (1) onsite UAM adjunct faculty; (2) compressed interactive video (CIV); or (3) online webbased courses. The SouthArk students will matriculate through the program as a cohort.

Students wanting to participate in the University of Arkansas at Monticello 2 + 2 program must follow a different degree plan to meet their AAT requirements.  Application must be made to the University and the 2+2 program. Students also must pass the PRAXIS I: Reading, Writing, and Math Test.

AAT P-4 UAM Requirements

Basic studies

  • BSTD 0113 Reading II
  • BSTD 0213 Writing 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 Six hours
Three hours from the following:

  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II

 

 

Social Sciences Eighteen hours
Three hours from the following:

  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876
  • HIST 2023 History of the United States since 1876

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700

 

 

Nine hours

  • PSCI 2003 American Government: National
  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology
  • HIST 2033 Arkansas History

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography
  • SOC 2003 Introduction to Sociology

 

 

Physical Activity One hour

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

 

 

**A higher level math course equal to or higher than College Algebra is not required for the AAT but is required to complete the UAM P-4 Early Childhood Education Program of study. This may be transferred in from SouthArk courses.  Students also must pass the PRAXIS I: Reading, Writing, and Math Test.


AAT Middle School Math/Science Specialty UAM Requirements

Basic Studies

  • BSTD 0113 Reading II
  • BSTD 0213 Writing 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 Six hours
Three hours from the following:

  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II

 

 

Social Sciences Eighteen hours

Three hours:

  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700

 

 

Twelve hours:

  • PSCI 2003 American Government: National
  • HIST 2033 Arkansas History
  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology
  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography

 

 

Education Courses Twelve Hours

  • EDUC 2003 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC 2313 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • EDUC 2113 Math for Teachers I
  • EDUC 2223 Math for Teachers II

 

 

Math/Science Specialty Ten hours

  • Math Three hours:
  • MATH 1033 Plane Trigonometry

 

 

Science Four hours from the following:

  • GEOL 1004 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 1014 Historical Geology

 

 

AAT Middle School Language Arts/Social Studies Specialty UAM Requirements

Basic Studies

  • BSTD 0113 Reading II
  • BSTD 0213 Writing II
  • BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra

 

 

EnglishNine 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

 

 

Four hours from the following:

  • GEOL 1004 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 1014 Historical Geology

 

 

Fine Arts/Humanities Six hours
Three hours from the following:

  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II

 

 

Social Sciences Eighteen hours

Three hours

  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876

 

 

Three hours from the following:

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700

 

 

Twelve hours

  • PSCI 2003 American Government: National
  • HIST 2033 Arkansas History
  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology
  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography

 

 

Directed Elective Three Hours

  • SOC 2003 Sociology

 

 

Education Courses Twelve Hours

  • EDUC 2003 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC 2313 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • EDUC 2113 Math for Teachers I
  • EDUC 2223 Math for Teachers II

 

 

Language Arts/Social Studies Specialty Nine Hours

  • HIST 2023 History of the United States since 1876
  • EDUC 2103 Child & Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 2123 Advanced Grammar & Composition

 

 

 

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