Early Childhood Education

Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education focuses on ensuring that candidates develop theoretical and practical knowledge in such areas as humanities, mathematics and technology, social sciences, biological and physical sciences, the arts, multicultural and global perspectives, and personal health and fitness.

An Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education is appropriate for those students who may wish to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education. Graduates have several options upon the successful completion of this program. The program prepares students to work as early childhood professionals in a childcare setting. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in order to remain in the Early Childhood Education Program.  If you are planning to transfer, contact the institution for admissions requirements.

For more information, visit the Early Childhood Education website.

AS Early Childhood Education


General Education Foundation
English Composition I
English Composition II
Mathematics Elective
Laboratory Science Elective
Computer Technology and Applications
Social Science3
General Psychology
Humanities 3
Choose from General Education Course List (Humanities)
Social Science or Humanities3
Principles of Sociology
General Education Courses6
Speech Fundamentals
Diversity Elective
General Education Foundation Credits32-33
Early Childhood Education Core
PSY-213Child Psychology3
PSY-217Educational Psychology3
MUS-129Music in Early Childhood3
ENG-118Children's Literature3
CDC-110Early Childhood Development3
EDU-111Teaching in America3
EDU-211Behavior Observation in Education3
SOC-202Contemporary Social Issues - America As a Diverse Society3
SOC-209The Family3
CDC-228Cooperative Work Experience- Child Care3
CDC-229Cooperative Work Experience-Child Care - Related Class1
CDC-210Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education3
Early Childhood Education Core Credits34
Total Credits66-67

Early Childhood Development

A Certificate within Early Childhood Education


This program is designed to prepare students for a career in the field of child care. The Early Childhood Development Certificate is an in-depth credential for the early childhood professional. Upon completion of 34 credits, individuals are eligible for a County College of Morris certificate.

Students are required to meet with the department advisor to review their curriculum and discuss educational and career goals. You can reach an advisor by contacting the Psychology department at 973-328-5631.

English Composition I
Children's Literature
Music in Early Childhood
Social Science15
General Psychology
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Principles of Sociology
The Family
Child Development10
Early Childhood Development
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education
Cooperative Work Experience- Child Care 1
Cooperative Work Experience-Child Care - Related Class
Total Credits34

Dr. Melissa Kasmin
Assistant Professor, Psychology and Education
Ph,D, Rutgers University
MSW, University of Michigan
BA, Kenyon College
DH323 973-328-5612, mkasmin@ccm.edu


Course usage information

CDC-110. Early Childhood Development. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course studies the growth and development of the child from birth through age eight. It will cover a variety of factors that influence child development such as diversity, culture, health, economic and family environment. Also it provides an overview of the major theorists in the field of human development. There will be discussion regarding these theorists' contributions to understanding how children grow and learn. Students will have the opportunity to observe and report on a variety of teaching and learning venues.

Course usage information

CDC-210. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Education. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course studies designing, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth through age eight with a focus on language and literacy, social and emotional learning, creative arts, and social studies, math, science and technology. It will cover practical applications of theories and current research in early childhood education, methods of observing children's behavior and progress, and strategies for developing and using curriculum in all aspects of the daily routine. Attention will be given to anti-bias curriculum and elements of diversity that can influence learning including cultural backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, religion, English language learners, socio-economic status, family circumstances, and children with special needs. A field work component includes observation of curriculum and teaching and learning in an Early Childhood Education setting.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of B in CDC-110; GPA of 3.0 or higher; ENG-111; and MAT-120 or some other college-level math course.

Course usage information

CDC-228. Cooperative Work Experience- Child Care. 3 Credits.

COOP 3 hrs
This course provides selected students in the Early Childhood programs with job-oriented training and practical experience in a work environment. Students desiring to participate in this experience should make this intention known to the Faculty Special Projects person at the beginning of their third semester.
Prerequisites: ENG-111, ENG-118, MUS-129, PSY-113, PSY-213, PSY-217, SOC-120, SOC-209, CDC-110, CDC-210
Corequisites: CDC-229.

Course usage information

CDC-229. Cooperative Work Experience-Child Care - Related Class. 1 Credit.

LECT 1 hr
A supplement to the cooperative work experience program, this course provides a variety of experiences to further enhance students' career development and occupational development. It also develops positive points of view toward human relationships and the responsibilities of both the employee and the employer.
Prerequisites: ENG-111, ENG-118, MUS-129, PSY-113, PSY-213, PSY-217, SOC-120, SOC-209, CDC-110, CDC-210
Corequisites: CDC-228.

Course usage information

EDU-111. Teaching in America. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course presents the historical and philosophical foundations of American education and how they relate to contemporary issues facing teachers in America today. The goal is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the development of the teaching profession including both its roots and modern-day direction. The course offers theoretical and practical learning experiences including five hours of field experiences in public schools.
Prerequisites: All basic skills/remediation in English must be completed. GPA of 3.0 or higher and permission of the department chair or advisor (via petition).
Corequisites: PSY-113.

Course usage information

EDU-211. Behavior Observation in Education. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course uses weekly seminars and 20 hours of field experience in public schools to integrate theory and classroom observations in order for prospective teachers to understand curriculum development and instructional methods. Aspiring teachers learn how to use descriptive research methods to gain insight into the instructional needs of learners by observing them in their natural classroom settings. Armed with this experiential knowledge, students will use the seminar to report and discuss their observed findings, as well as relate this practical information to the theories of curriculum development and instructional strategies.
Prerequisites: EDU-111, PSY-113 and permission of department chair or advisor (via petition). Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Corequisites: PSY-217.