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Child Studies

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.

Four tracks are available within the Child Studies Concentration:

  1. Child Studies is an option for students who want to work in an early childhood setting and/or wish to go on to a Master of Education or a Certification program to teach in a public school setting.
  2. Early Childhood Studies is an option for early childhood professionals who work in a variety of roles and settings with flexible elective options which allow one to focus in Infant/Toddler, Preschool or Program Administration.
  3. Early Childhood ECTC Track is an option for CT students who seek to be the primary teacher responsible for a classroom of children in any CT State Funded Program.   The Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) is approved by the CT State Department of Education (CT SDE). The ECTC at Charter Oak State College is approved for Endorsements in both Infant-Toddler and Pre-K.
  4. 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.

Focus 1. Child Studies:

Child Development 3cr
Sociology of the Family 3cr
Psychology of Exceptional Children 3cr
Research Methods 3cr

Completion of credits earned in the following areas: Early Childhood Practicum, Early Childhood Methods, Behavior Management in EC Professionals, Early Childhood Music, Children's Literature, Special Needs

9cr

Completion of credits from the following Social Science areas: Typical/Atypical Development, Family Studies, or another area related to child studies proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. Courses should not have an education designation

15cr
Capstone 3cr

Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • 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.

** It is recommended that Mathematics and U.S. History should be met with a Statistics course for Mathematics; and for CT residents, a course on the list of approved U.S. History courses for teacher certification in Connecticut. The complete list can be found on the CT SDE website.

Out-of-state residents interested in teacher certification should check with their State Departments of Education for current specific course requirements.

Three tracks are available within the Child Studies Concentration:

  1. Early Childhood Studies allows for courses to be taken in Infant/Toddler, Preschool or Program Administration.
  2. Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC)is an option for Connecticut students who wish to pursue a teacher credential.
  3. 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.

Focus 2: Early Childhood Studies

Requirements:

Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3cr
Child Development> 3cr
Sociology of the Family 3cr
Psychology of Exceptional Children 3cr
Practicum 6cr

Completion of credits earned in the following areas: Early Childhood Methods, Behavior Management in EC Professionals, Early Childhood Music, Children's Literature, Special Needs, OR optional specialization in Infant-Toddler Care or Program Administration.

9cr
Completion of credits from the following Social Science areas: Typical/Atypical Development, Family Studies, Social Issues, or another area related to child studies proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. 9cr
Capstone 3cr

Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • 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.

Focus 3: Early Childhood Studies-Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC)

The ECTC is ideal for Connecticut early childhood professionals who are (or plan to be) the primary teacher responsible for a classroom of children in any CT State Funded Early Childhood Program. The Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) is an approved program of the CT State Department of Education (CT SDE). Students can earn endorsements in both Infant-Toddler and Pre-K.

* For Connecticut students who wish to pursue the Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC), the following Requirements must be met:

Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3cr
Child Development 3cr
Children, School & Community 3cr
Exceptional Learner 3cr
Student Teaching/Practicum 6cr
Psychology of Play 3cr
Urban Youth in American Society 3cr
Behavior Management 3cr
Infant/Toddler Care: Methods and Techniques 3cr
Advanced methods in ECE-ECSE 3cr
Advanced Leadership 3cr
ECTC Culminating Practivum and Capstone 6cr

Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • Early Language & Literacy Development
  • Observation & Assessment

Focus 4: Montessori Studies Requirements:

Child Development 3cr
Sociology of the Family/Family Studies 3cr
Electives in Early Childhood, Youth Development or related * 6cr
Montessori Education 12-13cr
Student Internship; Practicum in Montessori Education 6cr
Research Methods 3cr
Montessori Literacy Model 3cr
History of Montessori Education 3cr
Capstone 3cr

* Examples: Behavior Management, Cognitive Development, Educational Psychology, Learning Disabilities, Psychology of Play, Abnormal Psychology, Social Development, Speech and Language Acquisition

Prerequisites:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

Co-requisites:

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.

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 for those in Montessori track, apply Montessori theory and practice to child studies.