Early Childhood Education Technology

About the Program

Early Childhood Education Technology is a two-year program of study designed to prepare the student for a professional career in the field of Early Childhood Education. Spanning a variety of career options, students develop competencies that enable them to teach and guide young children as related to various early childhood professions.

The Early Childhood Education Technology program includes classroom instruction and supervised laboratory/collaborative center or work experience in the field of child care. The curriculum prepares the student for employment in occupations in child care and guidance at entry, assistant, and management levels.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Education Technology curriculum.

Career Opportunities in the Field

  • Head Start teacher
  • Child Care teacher
  • Family Child Care Home provider
  • Nanny
  • School Age provider
  • Early Intervention/Special Needs
  • Para-teacher aide
  • Family and Human Services worker
  • Children’s Entertainer
  • Social Service Aide
  • Activity Director for elder care
  • Faith Community Coordinator

Requirements for Admissions

  • Submit PRCC Application for Admission
  • Submit PRCC Early Childhood Education Technology application
  • Submit official transcript from an accredited high school indicating date of graduation or GED transcript indicating passing
  • Submit an official transcript from every college attended (if applicable)
  • Submit an up-to-date immunization record
  • Pass a criminal records check
  • Complete fingerprinting and pay the finger-printing fee

PRCC Lab School

The PRCC Lab School provides a learning environ-ment for the your children of college students, employ-ees, and the surrounding community. The teachers provide an environment where the children learn to be a part of a group, interact with peers, learn to cooperate, and resolve con-flict with others in acceptable ways while devel-oping trusting relationships with others.

The major objective for teachers and stu-dents is to work to ensure a brighter future for young children involved in the program by pro-viding accessible, affordable, quality care; posi-tive guidance; discipline through self control; and a sound foundation of basic skills.

Lab School Contacts:

Carrie Hales, Director - chales@prcc.edu
Gwen Jordan, Lead Teacher - gjordan@prcc.edu

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Early Childhood Profession. (3) This course is an introduction to the profession of early childhood, types of early childhood programs, and theories of child development. Students are required to develop observational skills through laboratory experience. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.CDT1113
Child Development I. (4) This course provides knowledge concerning the care and development of infants and toddlers in group settings. Practice is given in infant and toddler caregiving (birth to 36 months) in group settings through classroom laboratory or collaborative centers. Three lecture two lab hours per week.CDT1214
Child Development II. (4) Prerequisite: CDT 1214 This course provides knowledge concerning the care and development of preschool children in group settings. Practice is given in preschool children caregiving in group settings through classroom laboratory or collaborative centers. (ages 3-8) Three lecture and two lab hours per week.CDT1224
Creative Arts for Young Children. (4) This course is designed to plan and develop creative art activities with children birth to age eight. Activities will be implemented during Student Teaching I and II. Four lecture hours per week.CDT1314
Child Health and Safety. (3) This course emphasizes health and safety practices in the care and education of young children that includes health and safety issues required by the Mississippi Department of health (MDH) Regulations Governing Licensure of Childcare Facilities and referenced in the Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ITERS-R) and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ECERS-R). Three lecture hours per week.CDT1343
Nutrition for Young Children. (3) This course focuses on fundamental principles of child nutrition that include healthy food selections, healthy lifestyle choices, and the practical applications of these principles in early childhood setting. Three lecture hours per week.CDT1513
Language and Literacy Development for Young Children. (3) This course includes the study of oral and written language development of young children and the implementation of a developmentally appropriate language arts curriculum. The Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines, Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ITERS-R), and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ECERS-R) are utilized. Three lecture hours per week.CDT1713
Guiding Social and Emotional Behavior. (3) This course focuses on the identification of developmental stages and environmental influences on young children?s behavior. Positive guidance principles are discussed and practiced to ensure a productive learning environment. Resources include the Mississippi Department of Health Regulations Governing Licensure of Childcare Facilities, Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines, Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ITERS-R), and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ECECDT2233
Atypical Child Development. (3) Prerequisites: CDT 1214, CDT 1224, or by permission of instructor. This course focuses on the identification of atypically developing children, family, and classroom intervention strategies and available support services. Legal, ethical, legislative, and family issues will be explored. Resources include Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines, Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ITERS-R), and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ECERS-R). Two lecture and two lab hours per week.CDT2413
Methods and Materials. (3) The Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines, Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ITERS-R), and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale Revised (ECERS-R) are used to develop classroom curricula in an indoor and outdoor learning environment. Lab activities with the children are implemented during Student Teaching I and II. Three lecture hours per week.CDT2613
Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science for Preschool Children. (4) Planning developmentally appropriate activities in social studies, mathematics, and science for the young child. Laboratory activities with the children are implemented during Student Teaching I and II. Four lecture hours per week.CDT2714
Administration of Programs for Young Children. (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course provides an overview of the development and administration of programs for young children. Emphasis is placed on evaluation of policies and procedures, organizational structure, managements, and the Mississippi Childcare Quality Steps System (MCCQSS). Three lecture hours per week.CDT2813
Student Teaching I. (5) Prerequisites: CDT 1214, CDT 1224, CDT 1314, CDT 1343, CDT 1713, or by permission of instructor. Corequisite: CDT 1513 This laboratory experience provides opportunities for students to implement experiences planned in the prerequisites and ensures a balance of all curriculum areas. Ten lab hours per week.CDT2915
Student Teaching II. (5) Prerequisites: CDT 2915 or by permission of insturctor. Corequisite: CDT 2813 This course is a continuation of Student Teaching I, which allows advanced child development students to implement knowledge and experience in preparing and implementing positive experiences for young children. Completion of the competencies provides opportunities for students to implement experiences planned in the prerequisites and ensures a balance of all curriculum areas. All competencies will be achieved and documented by the completion of the two student teaching courses. Ten lab hours CDT2925
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