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Charter Oak celebrated Constitution Day 2015 with Online Lecture
History professor Dr. Richard Gerber presented "The 14th Amendment - Then & Now"

Evening Event: Hiring Trends & Hot Jobs
Feed your Career with Dinner & this Presentation: "Hiring Trends & Hot Jobs" by Patrick Flaherty (CTDOL) on 10/7

Learning Studio Nights @ Charter Oak: Work, Study, Engage
Need to study away from distractions? Come to our Learning Studio Nights! Study, work, & get academic coaching! Events on 10/14, 10/28 & more!

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.

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

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
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Child Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Studies

(Also see Child Studies and Child Studies with a Focus in Montessori Studies. For Connecticut students who work in state funded preschools and wish to pursue the Connecticut Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) see Child Studies with a focus in 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 Early Childhood Studies allows for specialization in Infant/Toddler, Preschool or Program Administration. This concentration requires a minimum of 39 credits.

Concentration Requirements

Requirement Credits Examples
Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3  
Child Development 3  
Sociology of the Family 3  
Psychology of Exceptional Children 3  
Practicum 6  
Completion of credits earned in the areas listed to the right. 9 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
Completion of credits from the Social Science areas listed to the right. 9 Typical/Atypical Development, Family Studies, Social Issues, or another area related to child studies proposed by the student and approved by the faculty.
Capstone 3 ECE 499 (Culminating course in concentration)
TOTAL 39  
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Psychology 3  
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Sociology 3  
Co-requisite: Nutrition course taken in science department or a course taken at a community college such as Health, Safety and Nutrition 3  

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

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.