2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Dec 11, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Early Childhood Education, A.S.

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Degree Code: A46

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 1313 L St. N.W. Suite 500, Washington DC 20005. (202) 232-8777, (800) 424-2460

Associate in Science

Program Coordinator: Sheila Skahan - 860-215-9475

This program is designed to provide education and experiences as a basis for employment in the field of early childhood working with children ages 0-8 and/or as a two-year educational foundation for students wishing to transfer to a four/five-year teaching certification program. This program prepares students to work in early care and education settings including child care, public school paraprofessionals (K-2) and related human service agencies. Our courses also address the needs of individuals already employed in the area of early education who want to enhance their professional competence and depth of knowledge. The goal of the plan is to create an “accessible pathway for career mobility for early childhood educators.” TRCC currently has working relationships with the following colleges: ECSU, SCSU, University of Hartford, Mitchell College, St. Joseph College, Charter Oak State College and The University of Connecticut: Human Development and Family Relations major.


Early Childhood Education Curriculum Requirements

Total: 15

Semester II

Total: 15

Semester III

Total: 15-16

Semester IV

Total: 15


° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description.

* Indicates common course numbering within Connecticut Community College system.

Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding the minimum number of credits to be taken at TRCC and limits on non-traditional credits.  25% of TRCC degree requirements must be completed with TRCC coursework.  Up to 50% of degree requirements can be fulfilled with non-traditional credit.  Non-traditional credit includes CLEP/DSST exams, Credit by Exam, APL credit, and Military credit.   

Grand Total: 60-61

Early Childhood Education, Associate in Science Degree Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. promote child development and learning by knowing young children’s needs and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of a variety of current and historical, philosophical and theoretical approaches to early childhood education.
  3. build participation of families and communities in the learning and development of children.
  4. understand the goals, benefits and uses of observing, documenting and assessing to support young children and families.
  5. know, understand and use supportive interactions to focus on the children’s needs and intersts and to build effective environments and routines for children.
  6. understand the central concepts of content knowledge in early education and academic disciplines.
  7. build meaningful curriculum using own knowledge and resources to design and implement problem-solving, creative thinking, academic and social competence.
  8. identify and involve oneself with the professional early child hood field by upholding ethical standards and engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession.

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