Early Intervention and Inclusion, A.S.

The Early Intervention and Inclusion Associate of Science Degree (AS-EII) is designed to prepare students to work as early childhood paraprofessionals with expertise in special education and early intervention. Early intervention provides assistance at the first warning signs of educational difficulty to prevent further impediment. Children who receive early intervention services can significantly benefit in lowering the severity of physical, speech, intellectual, and behavioral development issues. The Bureau of Labor Statistic reports that special education jobs will grow by six percent through 2024, and early intervention specialists should find favorable prospects as more children with disabilities are being diagnosed earlier.


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MSJC General Education Option A

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
CDE-110 Child Development 3
CDE-101 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
CDE-131 Children's Literature 3
Spring Semester 1
CDE-125 Child, Family and Community 3
CDE-103 Appropriate Curricula for Young Children 3
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
LIT-132 Adolescent Literature (formerly ENGL-132) 3
Fall Semester 2
CDE-147 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
CDE-143 Supporting Children Who Have Challenging Behaviors 3
CDE-119 Infant and Toddler Growth and Development 3
LEAD-501 Advanced Leadership Skills (formerly LEAD-102) 3
CDE-118 Teaching in a Diverse Society (formerly Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood) 3
Spring Semester 2
CDE-544 Curriculum and Strategies for Children With Special Needs (formerly CDE-144 Supervised Field Experience/Internship in Early Intervention and Inclusion) 3
CDE-540 Children and Youth With Exceptional Needs (formerly CDE-140) 3
HIST-112 U.S. History Since 1865 3
CDE-120 Infant and Toddler Education and Care 3
NUTR-100 Family Nutrition 3
 Total Units62

An Associate Degree in this program requires students to follow MSJC's General Education, Option A and complete all general education areas, all major requirements, and complete an overall total of 60 degree applicable units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required Early Intervention and Inclusion Courses27
General Education Courses16
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
CDE-101Principles of Early Childhood Education 13
CDE-103Appropriate Curricula for Young Children 1,23
CDE-110Child Development 13
or CDE-110H Honors Child Development
CDE-119Infant and Toddler Growth and Development3
CDE-125Child, Family and Community 13
or CDE-125H Honors Child, Family and Community
CDE-540Children and Youth With Exceptional Needs (formerly CDE-140)3
CDE-143Supporting Children Who Have Challenging Behaviors 23
CDE-544Curriculum and Strategies for Children With Special Needs (formerly CDE-144 Supervised Field Experience/Internship in Early Intervention and Inclusion)3
CDE-147Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 23
General Education Courses
Students must complete one or more courses from each of the following areas:16
1) Humanities
2) Social Sciences
3) Science and/or Mathematics (96 or above)
4) ENGL-101 or above
Total Units43

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