April 24, 2000

TCC To Offer Early Childhood Program at RSU-Bartlesville

A new two-year associate's degree in Childhood Development with an Early Childhood Option will be offered jointly to residents of the Bartlesville area by Tulsa Community College, Rogers State University and Tri County Technology Center.

All classes toward the degree program may be completed at RSU and Tri County Tech in Bartlesville. Selected classes also may be completed on the Internet.

Students may begin taking classes this summer or fall, or during the intersession which begins on May 13.

The 66 credit hour Associate in Applied Science Degree includes 23 credit hours of general education from RSU in Bartlesville, 27 hours of child development classes from TCC and 14 hours of electives.

"A variety of research has shown that learning in the early childhood years is vital to the development of children into productive, educated citizens," said Dr. Virginia Reasor, RSU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs -- Support. "We must begin to help our children engage in learning during their early, formative years."

The program was developed for the convenience of students in the Bartlesville area, Reasor added.

Students who complete the degree have the option of transferring their credits to Oklahoma State University where they may pursue a bachelor's degree in early childhood development.

"This two-year degree will prepare students to immediately enter the early childhood education field or continue their studies toward a bachelor's degree," said Dr. Rachel Caldwell, Chair of TCC's Liberal Arts Division.

Students who graduate from the program will receive their degree from TCC.

In addition to general education requirements, participants will complete a variety of interesting classes such as Child Development and Parenting, Motor Development, and Marriage and Family.

For more information on the program, call the RSU-Bartlesville campus at 335-3500 or TCC at (918) 595-8079.