ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children's Development and Programs

4 Credits

Introduction to child development and philosophy of early childhood education, including developmentally appropriate practices in a variety of child care settings. Identification of effective multicultural and inclusive early childhood learning environments. Recognition of the importance of integrated curriculum as teaching strategy for young children. Introduction to role of the early childhood teacher as facilitator, and the development of effective family/center relationships. Observations in early childhood education settings.

Lecture: 4 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I, or concurrent enrollment.

OAN Approved: OED005.

ECED-1301 Language and Literacy in an Integrated Curriculum

3 Credits

Overview of spoken and written language development of young children. Theories and research related to language and literacy development and the role of the teacher in facilitating this development. Planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate multicultural materials and experiences for language discovery and learning. Selection and integration of appropriate inclusive literature in early childhood settings. Students participate in lecture/lab setting learning how to listen, talk and read to young children. Five hours of Service Learning required.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children`s Development and Programs.

ECED-1311 Art and Creative Expression in an Integrated Curriculum

3 Credits

Exploration of planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating a developmentally appropriate curriculum that fosters the creative and aesthetic development of young children. Preparation, organization, and maintenance of early childhood environment emphasized. Students in lecture/lab setting experience extensive variety of art media suitable for young children. Five hours of service learning required.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I and ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children`s Development and Programs.

ECED-1321 Math and Science Inquiry in an Integrated Curriculum

3 Credits

Introduction to extensive variety of curricular experiences which enhance young children's intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills. Role of teacher in facilitating science, math, problem solving experiences, scientific methods/learning process and constructivist theory explored. Students participate in lecture/lab setting with variety of hands on problem solving activities. Five hours of Service Learning required

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I and ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children`s Development and Programs.

ECED-1331 Music and Movement in an Integrated Curriculum

3 Credits

Exploration of appropriate methods and materials for implementation of music in early childhood curriculum. Impact of music experience on cognitive, socio-emotional and physical/motor development examined. Connections between emergent literacy, music and brain development and constructivism explored. Includes creative self expression using movement, sounds, songs, musical instruments, selection of recordings, multicultural experiences in music and use of community resources. Five hours of service learning required.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I and ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children`s Development and Programs.

ECED-1400 Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood

4 Credits

Overview of major administrative principles, types of child care centers, legislative mandates, center policies and procedures, insurance ramifications, design of physical facilities, purchasing, budgeting, recordkeeping, and professional public relations. Programmatic formats as related to philosophical assumptions, educational theories and environmental design with respect to infants, toddlers, preschool and school age settings. Modes of staff support and management including problem solving and conflict resolution surveyed.

Lecture: 4 hours

Prerequisite(s): ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children's Development and Programs or concurrent enrollment.

ECED-1820 Independent Study/Research in Early Childhood

1-3 Credits

Directed individual study. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.

ECED-182H Honors Independent Study in Early Childhood Education

1-3 Credits

Honors-level directed individual study. Must meet criteria set forth in the Honors Course Checklist used to approve regular honors courses. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test. and must have earned an A or B in at least 3 honors courses.

ECED-1860 Experience with Young Children in Early Childhood Settings

3 Credits

Supervised teaching experience at an assigned early childhood site(s). Students introduced to developmentally appropriate care and education of young children within assigned setting. Preparation, organization and maintenance of an educational environment, responsive interaction and communication strategies, and planning and presentation of experiences for young children emphasized. Experience provided in relating to wide array of individuality among children. Cultural, familial and developmental diversity, adjustment of children to group setting and development of positive work relationships emphasized.

Lecture: 1 hour

Other Required Hours: Practicum: 7 hours per week. Seminar: 1 hour per week.

Prerequisite(s): ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children's Development and Programs; and ECED-1301 Early Language and Literacy Development: Integrated Curriculum; and ENG-1010 College Composition I, or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I; and departmental approval.

ECED-2300 Child Behavior and Guidance

3 Credits

Examination of positive strategies to guide young children, based on developmentally appropriate practices. Emphasis on preparing, organizing and maintaining physically and psychologically safe environments that support children’s pro-social behavior. Course study includes appropriate behavioral expectations based on child development, strategies for supporting children's social and emotional development and the consequences of stress and trauma on child development and behavior. Skills strengthened include observing and assessing child behavior. Observations in a childcare center required.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children's Development and Programs and ENG-1010 College Composition I.

ECED-2401 Families, Communities, Schools

3 Credits

Explores educational considerations for teachers including the policies, theories, practices, and skills, and knowledge of home, school, and community partnerships. Candidates will examine: the multiple influences on the whole child; accessibility of community services and supports; ethical practical, and culturally competent decisions to foster family engagement; and knowledge and skills needed to address family structure, socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds, identities and customs, and advocacy for children and families.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I; and ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children`s Development and Program.

OAN Approved: OED006.

ECED-2500 Infant/Toddler Development, Relationships, and Programs

3 Credits

Comprehensive coverage of broad areas of infant and toddler development and care with special emphasis on developmentally appropriate practices for adults who work with children ages birth to three. Major developmental milestones in infant and toddler growth; creation of safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for children under three. Selection of materials and equipment for center or home-based care; analysis of professional standards for high quality interactions between adults and very young children. Observations in early childhood education settings.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I; and ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Childrens Development and Programs.

ECED-2600 CDA Professional Portfolio

1 Credit

Focus on professional development and learning experiences that are demonstrated through a collection of resources, reflective statements of competence, and written professional philosophy to utilize as a tool throughout early childhood education center.

Lecture: 1 hours

Prerequisite(s): ENG-1010 College Composition I; and ECED-1010 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Children's Development and Programs.

ECED-2820 Advanced Independent Study/Research in Early Childhood Education

1-3 Credits

Directed individual advanced study. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.

ECED-282H Advanced Honors Independent Study in Early Childhood Education

1-3 Credits

Advanced Honors-level directed individual study. Must meet criteria set forth in the Honors Course Checklist used to approve regular honors courses. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test, and must have earned an A or B in at least 3 honors courses.

ECED-2870 Early Childhood Education Student Teaching Practicum

2 Credits

Capstone course in early childhood education. Participation in assigned early childhood education settings under college supervision to develop effective skills with young children, families, and staff. Integration of principles of child development in designing and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum, assessment and professionalism. Creation of inclusive environments through physical design and respectful, sensitive interactions. Each student will spend 240 hours per semester in field experience.

Other Required Hours: Practicum: 16 hours per week.

Prerequisite(s): ECED-1311 Art and Creative Expression in an Integrated Curriculum, ECED-1321 Math and Science Inquiry in an Integrated Curriculum, ECED-1331 Music & Movement in an Integrated Curriculum, ECED-1860 Experience with Young Children in Early Childhood Settings; concurrent enrollment in ECED-2990 Early Childhood Education Student Teaching Seminar, and departmental approval: students must meet with a faculty coordinator prior to registration.

ECED-2990 Early Childhod Education Student Teaching Seminar

3 Credits

Capstone course in early childhood education. Student will focus on consolidation and integration of the knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with becoming an effective, knowledgeable lead/group teacher of young children. Focus includes planning, implementing and assessing curriculum, creating appropriate learning environments, developing professional conduct, and recognizing ethical issues.

Lecture: 2 hours

Other Required Hours: Seminar: 1 hour per week.

Prerequisite(s): ECED-2300 Child Behavior and Guidance, or concurrent enrollment; ECED-2401 Families, Communities & Schools, or concurrent enrollment; ECED-2500 Infant/Toddler Development, Relationships, and Programs, ECED-2870 Early Childhood Education Student Teaching Practicum, and departmental approval: students must meet with a faculty coordinator prior to registration.