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    Online Start Date
    Dec 03, 2014

    Jan 07

    Online Start Date
    Jan 07, 2015

    Feb 04

    Online Start Date
    Feb 04, 2015

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Major

    CE 100: PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (5 Credits)

    Early childhood professionals establish an environment for the early learning success of the children they serve. This course provides the opportunity for the early childhood development student to prepare for success in the Kaplan University classroom environment. Topics addressed include roles, responsibilities, and various career opportunities within the field, professional standards, personal management tools, strategies, and university resources. Additionally, students will preview the portfolio project that will be developed in the final capstone course in the program.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CE 101: INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (5 Credits)

    This course will present an overview of the field of early childhood development. Students will learn the foundations necessary to provide safe, healthy, high-quality care for young children. An emphasis will be placed on governing standards and regulations, historical perspectives, and current trends. This course will also focus on what it means to be an early childhood professional and will assist students in developing effective professional practices in the field.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CE 114: EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (5 Credits)

    This course surveys the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from birth through age 8. In order to provide developmentally appropriate care giving, nurturing, and instruction for the most important developmental years in life, topics will include: attachment issues, developmental milestones, and developmentally appropriate strategies. Using their understanding of how young children develop, students will discuss issues in early childhood care, safety and health concerns, guidance techniques, and behavioral expectations.

     

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CE 215: EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM PLANNING (5 Credits)

    In this course, students will study teaching methods for educational settings that serve young children. Attention will be given to developmental domains, strategies for planning, organizing the learning environment, facilitating teacher-child interactions, guiding children’s behavior, conducting lessons, assessing, care giving, supporting play, and addressing standards through integrated and emergent curriculum.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CE 220: CHILD SAFETY, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH (5 Credits)

    The course is designed to help students advance their knowledge of the factors that affect the health, nutrition, and safety of the young child. Students will be able to identify common childhood illnesses and their causes, discuss the nutritional needs of healthy young children with those of children who have allergies or chronic disease conditions, discuss healthy menus using current information, and explain the basics of adequate nutrition to children and caregivers. Students also will identify safe indoor and outdoor learning activities and suggest ways to create environments that maximize safety.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CE 230: CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to help early childhood care professionals provide creative, developmentally appropriate practices in a child care environment. Participants will examine materials and activities that will help foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development, with an emphasis on activities that encourage independence, exploration, risk-taking, and opportunities to think and act creatively.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CE 240: YOUNG CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (5 Credits)

    This course is designed to help future early childhood care professionals become effective caregivers and advocates for young children with special needs and their families by learning how to apply strategies to address learning differences. Students will explore some of the more common learning differences and disabilities currently encountered in the inclusive classroom. They will explain the value of early identification of special needs and the importance of intervening early, in accordance with relevant federal legislation. Students also will demonstrate how to communicate and collaborate with families in real-world situations for the benefit of the child with special needs.
     

    Prerequisites Required: CE 101

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CM 206: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the principles of interpersonal communication and emphasizes how to be a more effective communicator in professional and personal situations. Emphasis is on interpersonal communication in varying contexts, focusing on professional communication as well as personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Topics include the communication process, the influence of perception on communication, verbal and nonverbal elements of interaction, listening, the communication of emotions, conflict management, and effective communication strategies.

    Prerequisites Required: Any College Composition I course

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    CE 299: ASSOCIATE'S CAPSTONE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (5 Credits)

    This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development. This course builds on the coursework completed throughout the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework. A portfolio will cap the learning experience and will include artifacts that demonstrate mastery of the program outcomes.
     

    Prerequisites Required: Last term

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    PS 124: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    SS 144: SOCIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.

    Prerequisites Required: Any college composition course

    Total Major Credits: 50
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Electives

    OPEN ELECTIVES (25 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 25
    Total Program Credits: 90

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    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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  • Some states have additional curricular requirements. Check the University Catalog or speak with an Admissions Advisor.

  • * The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development is not represented as meeting specific state Board of Education criteria for assisting with children and teachers in a public school setting. Students are encouraged to check with their local school district on specific college education requirements needed in these fields.

    Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Childcare Workers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/childcare-workers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

    § Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

    # Kaplan University cannot guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

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