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Connected Degree

Early Care and Education (Birth to Second Grade)

to Early Childhood Education

An opportunity to gain an associate degree from Delaware Tech and a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware.


Delaware Tech has established agreements with four-year colleges and universities that connect Delaware Tech associate degree programs with bachelor's degree programs to create smooth transfer opportunities for you. These Connected Degree programs enable you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior.


Delaware Tech's Early Care and Education Birth to Second Grade degree program will prepare graduates to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree and become certified to teach in grades Kindergarten to Second. Students learn how to implement developmentally appropriate practices based on state standards and participate in practicum activities in public and private school systems. Students gain hands-on experience at the Delaware Tech Child Development Center. They develop lesson plans that are sensitive to diversity and establish and maintain safe environments and programs for early childhood children. This program is approved and accredited by the Delaware Department of Education. The University of Delaware's Bachelor of Science degree program in Early Childhood Education is designed for students who plan on teaching children in a variety of educational settings, including public and private schools, preschools, early care and education centers and home-based programs. The Early Childhood Education major prepares undergraduate students to educate young children in inclusive settings and to support their families. Students who graduate from this approved blended early childhood program meet the requirements of the State of Delaware to be certified birth through second grade in both early childhood education and early childhood special education. The program emphasizes developmentally appropriate, family-centered practices to meet the needs of all children, including those with disabilities.


By completing your associate degree at Delaware Tech, you'll receive excellent instruction in small classes at a campus close to home. Delaware Tech's affordable tuition can reduce the overall cost of your college education, making the completion of your bachelor's degree more manageable.


Refer to the Connected Degree curriculum (on the reverse side of this page) for the sequence of courses needed to complete this program. Call Delaware Tech and let us help you follow the path to your bachelor's degree.


Suggested Course Sequence

Early Care and Education (Birth to Second Grade)
Early Childhood Education
Semester 1 (Fall)CR
ECE111Childhood Nutrition and Safety3
ECE120Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Required Observation: 10 hrs.3
ECE121Infant & Toddler Methods & Lab Required Lab: 64 hrs.5
ENG101Critical Thinking and Academic Writing3
PSY125Child Development3
Semester 2 (Spring)
CIS107Intro to Computers/Applications3
ECE123Early Childhood Methods I & Lab Required Lab: 64 hrs.5
ECE127Childhood Classroom Mgmt. Required Observation: 10 hrs.3
ENG101Critical Thinking and Academic Writing3
MAT201Math for Teachers I4
Semester 3 (Summer)
HIS111American History: Pre-Civil War3
PSY121General Psychology3
Semester 4 (Fall)
ECE125Early Childhood Methods II & Lab Required Lab: 64 hrs.5
ECE233Exceptional Child Required Observation: 10 hrs.3
EDC120Foundations of Literacy Required Observation: 10 hrs.3
ECE226Assessment of Young Children Required Observation: 10 hrs.3
MAT202Math for Teachers II4
Semester 5 (Spring)
BIO150Biology I or4
BIO140General Biology4
EDC220Parent/Family/School Interaction Required Observation: 5 hrs.3
EDC230Childrens Literature Required Observation: 10 hrs.3
MAT203Math for Teachers III4
Semester 6 (Fall)CR
HDFS220Child Development I: Prenatal to Age 33
HDFS202Diversity and Families3
HDFS406Supporting Literacy in Early Childhood Education3
HDFS412ECE Math Curriculum and Assessment3
HDFS432Field Experience: Preschool - K2
HDFS435Programs for Children with Exceptionalities3
Semester 7 (Spring)
HDFS470Families and Children at Risk3
HDFS413ECE Science Curriculum and Assessment3
HDFS433Field Experience: K to Grade 21
HDFS201Life Span Development3
BISC105Human Heredity and Development3
XXXXXXXCreative Arts and Humanities3
Semester 8 (Fall)
HDFS424Professional Development Seminar 13
HDFS441Advanced Inclusive Curriculum 13
EDUC400Student Teaching 16
Summer/Winter Sessions
XXXXXXXHistory and Cultural Change3
Semester 9 (Spring)
HDFS425Professional Development Seminar 23
HDFS442Advanced Inclusive Curriculum 23
EDUC400Student Teaching 26
The Bachelor of Science program in Early Childhood Education requires a minimum of 120 credits. Course sequencing may vary by semester. See your advisor.
For more information contact:
Delaware Tech
Dover, Delaware: (302) 857-1743 Georgetown, Delaware: (302) 259-6570 Wilmington, Delaware: (302) 573-5446
University of Delaware
Department of Human Development and Family Studies:; (302) 831-6500
This articulation agreement is subject to change based on Delaware Tech and senior institution curriculum changes. 06/2015