Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies - ECTC Track

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Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies - ECTC Track

(also see Child Studies, Child Studies with a Focus in Montessori Studies, and Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies)

The Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies - ECTC track is ideal for Connecticut early childhood professionals who work in CT State Funded Programs (or plan to work in state funded programs) and want to pursue the Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) through the CT State Department of Education (CT SDE).

This track requires a minimum of 42 credits.

Concentration Requirements

Requirement Credits Courses
Introduction to Early Education 3 Introduction to ECE
Child Development 3
Child Development
Children/School/Family & Community 3 Children, Schools & Community
The Exceptional Learner 3 Exceptional Learner
Student Teaching / Practicum 6 Student Teaching/Practicum
Psychology of Play 3 Psychology of Play
Urban Youth in American Society 3 Urban Youth in American Society
Behavior Management 3 Behavior Management
Methods & Techniques: Infant/Toddler Care 3 Methods & Techniques: Infant/Toddler Care

Advanced Methods ECE - Early Childhood Special Needs Pre K-K

3 Advanced Methods ECE-ECSE Pre K-K

Advanced Leadership and Professionalism in EC

3 Advanced Leadership in EC Programs
Culminating Practicum and Capstone Course 6 ECE 490 Child Study Capstone
(Culminating Practicum and Capstone )

Note: Only grades of C or higher may be included in the concentration.


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Early Lang & Lit Development
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • Observation & Assessment

Please Note: Students interested in continuing on to a Certificate Program or a Master's Degree in Education should:

  • Include a Research Methods course in their program of study
  • Take a minimum of 18 credits in child/human growth and development

Optional Additional Elective Specialization Areas

Program Administration specialization will include 9-12 credits to meet CT Director's Credential requirements including Administration and Supervision in EC Programs, Leadership, Personnel Management, and Children, Schools and Community.

Infant-Toddler specialization will include: Infant- Toddler Growth & Development, Language & Literacy Development for Infants-Toddlers, Methods & Techniques for Infants/Toddlers and Health, Safety and Nutrition