Early Childhood and Family Studies

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Public Services
Institute: Public Service
College: SPC

The St. Philip’s College Early Childhood and Family Studies Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of the college leadership’s decision related to the global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching, learning, and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters with exceptions made for courses that require face to face learning. Fortunately, for the ECFS program, we are 100% online and expect to continue without interruption.

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.

NOTICE TO CURRENT EARLY CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY STUDIES STUDENTS

1) How will I complete my internship hours this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Early Childhood and Family Studies Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (1313 L St. NW Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 2005, (202) 232-8777, (800) 424-2460 www.naeyc.org).

At this time, NAEYC does not have a minimum number of hours students are required to complete for a practicum and/or internship, however, our program does require a minimum number of 320 hours required to successfully complete the program (CDEC 2689 course).

2) What grade will I earn if I still have internship or lab hours to complete in this semester?

A grade of “I” or Incomplete will be used in the event internship hours are still remaining for this semester. This will allow you additional time to complete the course requirements to earn a letter grade.

3) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

Yes, if you receive a passing grade from a class and you are not satisfied with the grade, you will be able to petition for credit/non-credit. In order to receive credit for the course, you must make a C or better. However, if you intend to graduate from the program, you will need to retake the non-credit class.

4) What do I do if I can’t complete my drug screening, background screening, first aid and TB skin tests by June 1st to be enrolled in CDEC 2689 for Fall 2020 (internship course)?

The documentation required for the internship portion of the program will be collected at the beginning of Fall semester. Students will not be able to start internship hours until cleared.

5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

We are offering one class (CDEC 1319) this summer and it will proceed as planned (100% online).

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact the Program Director, Amy Huebner at ahuebner@alamo.edu or (210) 486-2364.

NOTICE TO INTERESTED EARLY CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY STUDIES STUDENTS

1) Are applications still being accepted?

The Early Childhood and Family Studies program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2020.

Application deadline: Due June 1, 2020, for Fall 2020 semester

Information sessions: TBA and will be held via Zoom

2) Are new students going to start on time for August 2020?

Currently, we have no plans to postpone the Fall 2020 start date.

3) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

Applicants will be notified via St. Philips College email (xxxx@student.alamo.edu).

4) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact the Program Director, Amy Huebner at ahuebner@alamo.edu or 210-486-2364

What is the Early Childhood and Family Studies program?

The Early Childhood and Family Studies Program will provide the community with a comprehensive early childhood program responsive to cultural, ethnic, socio-economic diversity, rich in current and innovative ideas and nurturing authentic learning and hands-on experiences.

What will I learn?

Students will explore how children develop from birth to age 8 in all areas of development: physical, socio-emotional, language and cognitive. The result is individuals well prepared for a variety of job opportunities in the rapidly changing early care and education profession. 

What can I do with this course of study?

AAS Degree: Para-Teacher Aide, Assistant Preschool Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, Private sector Preschool Teacher, and Child Care Director

Level II Certificate: Assistant Head Start Teacher, Assistant Child Development Specialist, Child Care Teacher, Day Care Home Provider, Family Worker/Assistant, School-age After-School Provider, Nanny

What's special about the program?

The Early Childhood and Family Studies program is offering the first online Early Childhood degree in San Antonio from an accredited Community College. 

The AAS degree is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This program offers students a unique experience to complete their internship in a hospital setting. 

 

All degrees and certificates can be completed 100% online.
Program Accreditation and Information

Accreditation: 

On March 25, 2019, the Early Childhood and Family Studies Program at St. Philip’s College was placed on probation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1313 L Street, NW, #500, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 232-8777. A program on probation is accredited but is not in full compliance with the accreditation standards and/or other requirements for maintaining its accreditation status. A program has up to two years to demonstrate full compliance with the standards and/or administrative requirements for maintaining its accreditation status.

Contact information:

(202)232-8777 | (800)424-2460 | help@naeyc.org  

NAEYC Accreditation Webpage

Conceptual Framework 

Program Outcome Data

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Program Orientation

All students in the Early Childhood and Family Studies Program at St. Philip's College are required to participate in a program orientation at the beginning of every fall and spring semester.

Program Internship Information

The student seeking a certificate or degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies must complete an Internship to be awarded a certificate or degree. The Internship is completed in the last semester of the program. In the semester before enrolling in the Internship, students must complete the following steps: 1) Contact the Early Childhood and Family Studies Program to enroll in the course. 2) Completed drug screening. 3) Completed criminal background check, 4) Completed tuberculosis screening (within past year), 5.) Current CPR/First Aid Certificate.

Please Note: Candidates are required to complete all key assessments. Prior learning credit and/or credit for maintaining a current CDA credential is not approved in any course with a key assessment (TECA 1354, TECA 1303, CDEC 1323, CDEC 2315, CDEC 1359, and CDEC 2689).

Mandatory Internship Information Session  

Students planning to graduate in academic year 2019-2020 must attend the mandatory Internship information session in the Fall and Spring at St. Philip’s College in the Center for Health Professions Building, Room 135. Students need to RSVP to Vlasta Jurkovic, Instructor/Internship Coordinator at 210-486-2227 or vjurkovic@alamo.edu.

Program Information and Orientation Sessions

The Early Childhood and Family Studies Program at St. Philip's College invites anyone interested in learning about our program to attend an upcoming orientation session to get more information. All sessions will take place in the Center for Health Professions Building at St. Philip's College. Please contact the Program Director, Amy Huebner, at 210-486-2364 or contact the department at 210-486-2050 if you need additional information. Check our college event calendar for Information Session dates and time.

Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Students interested in admissions into the Early Childhood and Family Studies Program at St. Philip's College are required to submit a program application.

 The application packet should include the following:

Application packet may be submitted in ONE (1) of the following ways:

Hand-deliver to Center for Healthcare Professions Building, Room 130

Email to Amy Huebner, Program Director, ahuebner@alamo.edu 

Mail to:

Department of Healthcare Science & Early Childhood-St. Philip's College
Early Childhood and Family Studies Program
1801 Martin Luther King Drive
San Antonio, Texas, 78203

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Amy Huebner, BA, MEd.
ahuebner@alamo.edu 
210-486-2364
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 202B