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Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

2015-2016 Reminder to Complete FAFSA for Upcoming Academic Year
The Office of Financial Aid at Charter Oak State College would like to remind you that the FAFSA for the 2015-2016 academic year is now available.

Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall Meeting Held
On Monday 9/22, Charter Oak State College held our Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall meeting at our campus and online.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy to Give 2014 Commencement Speech
Graduation to be held June 1

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
preschool student with teacher

Child Studies with a Focus in Montessori Studies

(also see Child Studies and Early Childhood Studies)

For Connecticut students who work in state funded preschools and wish to pursue the Connecticut Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) see Early Childhood Studies - ECTC track

The Concentrations in Child Studies are designed for early childhood education professionals who seek to make a positive difference in the lives of young children. These concentrations focus on preparing professionals to work with children in a variety of early childhood settings. They are designed to develop skills and knowledge to address the physical, cognitive, intellectual, language, social/emotional, and creative needs of young children.

Child Studies with a Focus in Montessori Studies is an option for students who have an Associate Degree in Montessori Studies or hold an approved certificate or credential in Montessori Education and want to work in a Montessori school. This concentration requires a minimum of 42 credits.

Concentration Requirements:

Requirement Credits Examples
Child Development 3  
Sociology of the Family/Family Studies 3  
Electives in Early childhood, Youth Development or Related 6 Behavior Management, Cognitive Development, Educational Psychology, Learning Disabilities, Psychology of Play, Abnormal Psychology, Social Development, Speech and Language Acquisition
Montessori Education 12-13  
Student Internship; Practicum in Montessori Education 6  
Research Methods 3  
Montessori Literacy Model 3  
History of Montessori Education 3  
Capstone 3 ECE 499 (Culminating course in concentration)
TOTAL 42  
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology    
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Sociology    
Co-requisite: A nutrition course taken in the science department, such as BIO 105 Introduction to Nutrition, or a course taken at a community college such as Health Safety and Nutrition.    


Notes: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration. Students interested in continuing on to a Master's Degree in Education or a Certificate Program should take a minimum of 18 credits in typical/atypical, child and human development. Out of state residents should contact their State Department of Education for current state certification requirements In addition, the general education requirements for Mathematics and U.S. History/Government should be met with a Statistics course for mathematics; and for CT residents, a course on the list of approved United States History courses for teacher certification in Connecticut. Out of state residents interested in teacher certification should check with their State Departments of Education for current specific course requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Child Studies will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of typical and atypical development in children to create positive learning environments;
  2. describe the diverse and complex characteristics of families and communities to establish respectful, reciprocal relationships that help to empower families;
  3. explain the value of observing children as a means of assessing their development;
  4. select and design developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities to promote positive development and learning for children;
  5. apply current research and literature in the field to practice; and
  6. value ongoing continuous professional development; and
  7. apply Montessori theory and practice to child studies.