Early Childhood Education

ECED 1110. Child Growth, Development, and Learning

3 Credits (3)

This basic course in the growth, development, and learning of young children, prenatal through age eight, provides students with the theoretical foundation for becoming competent early childhood professionals. The course includes knowledge of how young children grow, develop and learn. Major theories of child development are integrated with all domains of development, including biological-physical, social, cultural, emotional, cognitive and language. The adult’s role in supporting each child’s growth, development and learning is emphasized.

ECED 1115. Health, Safety, and Nutrition

2 Credits (2)

This course provides information related to standards and practices that promote children’s physical and mental well-being sound nutritional practices, and maintenance of safe learning environments. It includes information for developing sound health and safety management procedures for indoor and outdoor learning environments for young children. The course examines the many scheduling factors that are important for children’s total development, healthy nutrition, physical activity, and rest.

ECED 1120. Guiding Young Children

3 Credits (3)

This course explores various theories of child guidance and the practical applications of each. It provides developmentally appropriate methods for guiding children and effective strategies and suggestions for facilitating positive social interactions. Strategies for preventing challenging behaviors through the use of environment, routines and schedule will be presented Emphasis is placed on helping children become self- responsible, competent, independent, and cooperative learners and including families as part of the guidance approach.

ECED 1125. Assessment of Children and Evaluation of Programs

3 Credits (3)

This basic course familiarizes students with a variety of culturally appropriate assessment methods and instruments, including systematic observation of typically and non-typically developing children. The course addresses the development and use of formative and summative assessment and evaluation instruments to ensure comprehensive quality of the total environment for children, families, and the community. Students will develop skills for evaluating the assessment process and involving other teachers, professionals and families in the process.

Prerequisite(s): ECED 1110 and (ENGL 1110G or ENGL 1110H or ENGL 1110M).

ECED 1130. Family and Community Collaboration

3 Credits (3)

This beginning course examines the involvement of families and communities from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in early childhood programs. Ways to establishes collaborative relationships with families in early childhood settings is discussed. Families’ goals and desires for their children will be supported through culturally responsive strategies.

Prerequisite(s): ECED 1110 and (ENGL 1110G or ENGL 1110H or ENGL 1110M).

ECED 2110. Professionalism

2 Credits (2)

This course provides a broad-based orientation to the field of early care and education. Early childhood history, philosophy, ethics and advocacy are introduced. Basic principles of early childhood systems are explored. Multiple perspectives on early care and education are introduced. Professional responsibilities such as cultural responsiveness and reflective practice are examined.

ECED 2115. Introduction to Language, Literacy, and Reading

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to prepare early childhood professionals for promoting children’s emergent literacy and reading development. Through a developmental approach, the course addresses ways in which early childhood professionals can foster young children’s oral language development, phonemic awareness, and literacy problem solving skills, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. . This course provides the foundation for early childhood professionals to become knowledgeable about literacy development in young children. Instructional approaches and theory-based and research based strategies to support the emergent literacy and reading skills of native speakers and English language learners will be presented.

Prerequisite(s): ECED 1110 and (ENGL 1110G or ENGL 1110H, or ENGL 1110M).

ECED 2120. Curriculum Development through Play Birth through Age 4 (PreK)

3 Credits (3)

The beginning curriculum course places play at the center of curriculum in developmentally appropriate early childhood programs. It addresses content that is relevant for children birth through age four in developmentally and culturally sensitive ways of integrating content into teaching and learning experiences. Information on adapting content areas to meet the needs of children with special needs and the development of IFSPs is included. Curriculum development in all areas, including literacy, numeracy, the arts, health, science, social skills, and adaptive learning for children, birth through age four, is emphasized. Consent of instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): ECED 1110 and (ENGL 1110G or ENGL 1110H or ENGL 1110M).

Corequisite(s): ECED 2121.

ECED 2121. Curriculum Development through Play Birth through Age 4 (PreK) Practicum

2 Credits (2)

The beginning practicum course is a co-requisite with the course Curriculum Development through Play – Birth through Age 4. The field based component of this course will provide experiences that address curriculum content that is relevant for children birth through age four in developmentally and culturally sensitive ways of integrating content into teaching and learning experiences. Information on adapting content areas to meet the needs of children with special needs and the development of IFSPs is included. Curriculum development in all areas, including literacy, numeracy, the arts, health, science, social skills, and adaptive learning for children, birth through age four, is emphasized. Consent of instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): ECED 1110 and (ENGL 1110G or ENGL 1110H or ENGL 1110M).

Corequisite(s): ECED 2120.

ECED 2130. Curriculum Development and Implementation Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3

3 Credits (3)

The curriculum course focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum content in early childhood programs, age 3 through third grade. Development and implementation of curriculum in all content areas, including literacy, numeracy, the arts, health and emotional wellness, science, motor and social skills, is emphasized. Information on adapting content areas to meet the needs of children with special needs and the development of IEP’s is included. Consent of instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): ECED 1110 and (ENGL 1110G or ENGL 1110H or ENGL 1110M).

Corequisite(s): ECED 2131.

ECED 2131. Curriculum Development and Implementation Age 3 (PreK) through Grade 3 Practicum

2 Credits (2)

The beginning practicum course is a co-requisite with the course Curriculum Development and Implementation: Age 3 through Grade 3. The field based component of this course will provide experiences that address developmentally appropriate curriculum content in early childhood programs, age 3 through third grade. Development and implementation of curriculum in all content areas, including literacy, numeracy, the arts, health and emotional wellness, science, motor and social skills is emphasized. Information on adapting content areas to meet the needs of children with special needs and the development of IEPs is included. Consent of instructor required. Corequisite(s): ECED 2130

Prerequisite(s): ECED 1110 and (ENGL 1110G or ENGL 1110H or ENGL 1110M).

ECED 2140. Effective Program Development for Diverse Learners and their Families

3 Credits (3)

This course addresses the role of a director/administrator in the implementation of family-centered programming that includes individually appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum in a healthy and safe learning environment for all children and their families.

ECED 2141. Effective Program Development for Diverse Learners and their Families Practicum

2 Credits (2)

Provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge gained from Curriculum for Diverse Learners and their Families in a practicum setting. Consent of instructor required. Restricted to ECED majors.

Corequisite(s): ECED 2140.

ECED 2215. Program Management

3 Credits (3)

This course emphasizes the technical knowledge necessary to develop and maintain an effective early care and education program. It focuses on sound financial management and vision, the laws and legal issues that affect programs, and state and national standards such as accreditation. Consent of instructor required.

ECED 2280. Professional Relationships

3 Credits (3)

This course addresses staff relations that will foster diverse professional relationships with families, communities and boards. Topics of staff recruitment, retention, support and supervision will lay the foundation for positive personnel, family and community relationships. Consent of instructor required.

Corequisite(s): ECED 2281.

ECED 2281. Professional Relationships Practicum

2 Credits (2)

Practical experience in the development of staff relationship that will foster professional relationships with families, communities and boards. Issues of staff recruitment, retention, support and supervision will lay a foundation for positive personnel management. Consent of instructor required. Restricted to ECED majors.

Corequisite(s): ECED 2280.

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