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

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(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 concentration 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 CT Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) Level B through the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC).  CT State Funded Programs include School Readiness, State-Funded Head-Start, and Child Day Care Centers.

This track requires a minimum of 42 credits.

Concentration Requirements

Introduction to Early Education3Introduction to ECE
Child Development3Child Development
Children/School/Family & Community3Children, Schools & Community
Psychology of Exceptional Children3Psychology of Exceptional Children
Student Teaching / Practicum6Student Teaching/Practicum
Psychology of Play3Psychology of Play
Urban Youth in American Society3Urban Youth in American Society
Behavior Management3Behavior Management
Methods & Techniques: Infant/Toddler Care3Methods & Techniques: Infant/Toddler Care
Advanced Methods ECE - Early Childhood Special Needs Pre K-K3Advanced Methods ECE-ECSE Pre K-K
Advanced Leadership and Professionalism in EC3Advanced Leadership in EC Programs
Culminating Practicum and Capstone Course6ECE 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 Teacher Preparation/Certification Program or a Master's Degree in Education should:

  • Include a Research Methods course in their program of study
  • Take a minimum of 15-18 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