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Early Childhood Education

ECED 1010 Orientation to Early Childhood Education 2 Credits
Introduces the student to the early childhood education profession and the basic skills needed for a successful academic career. Topics include professionalism, family relationships, individual and cultural diversity, child development, developmentally appropriate practice, observation and assessment, learning environment, health and safety, and guidance. Students study the different types of early childhood programs, community resources and professional organizations.

ECED 2010 Safe, Healthy Learning Environments 3 Credits
A study of the basic principles of good health as they relate to the child in the family, child care center, or family child-care home, and the community. Includes child nutrition, growth, disease and accident prevention, and safety. Also included is a study of principles of creating appropriate learning environments for young children. Laboratory observation and interaction.

ECED 2015 Early Childhood Curriculum 3 Credits
A study of developmentally appropriate practices and the teacher’s role in supporting the development of young children (birth through age 8). Emphasis is on curriculum planning, including goals, environment, roles of teachers and parents, materials, and settings. Field experience required.

ECED 2020 Infant, Toddler & Child Development 3 Credits
The study of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of young children and their application to the care, guidance, and development of the young child (birth through age 8).

ECED 2030 Infant & Toddler Care 3 Credits
A course in methods of providing safe, competent individual and group care, as well as a warm and secure emotional atmosphere for infants and toddlers. Includes procedures for stimulating the intellectual and physical development of infants and toddlers in addition to basic care-giving skills. Course open to non-majors (i.e. parents, parent-to-be, baby-sitters).

ECED 2040 Family Dynamics & Community Involvement 3 Credits
The role of the family and community in the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of the child in a diverse society. The areas of professionalism, program management, advocacy, and family development and the structure of the family will be the main topics. Building partnerships with families of children with special needs will also be included. Laboratory observation and interaction.

ECED 2050 Psychomotor Development 3 Credits
The major theories of psychomotor development and the application to the development of the young child. Particular emphasis is placed on the positive development of motor skills. Laboratory observation and interaction. Prerequisite(s): ECED 2020

ECED 2060 Development of Exceptional Children 3 Credits
This course covers physical disabilities, mental retardation, sensory impairment, the gifted child, and the accessing and coordinating of community resources to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment and services. Students will learn to interpret diagnostic instruments and to write programs to meet the special needs of exceptional children. Laboratory observation and interaction.

ECED 2070 Developmental Assessment 3 Credits
A study of the basic instruments and checklists leading to competency in screening children for developmental problems. The course will also consider appropriate community support programs and referral procedures. Laboratory observation and interaction.

ECED 2080 Language & Literacy Development in Early Childhood 3 Credits
This course outlines the research-based principles and practices for providing young children (birth through age 8) a strong foundation in language and literacy within a developmentally appropriate approach. Prerequisite(s): ECED 2015 and 2020; or department approval

ECED 2085 Math & Science in Early Childhood 3 Credits
A course on the standards, principles, and practices in teaching mathematics and science to young children (birth through age 8). Emphasis is on developing an integrated math and science curriculum that includes appropriate content, processes, environment and materials, and child-centered choices. Prerequisite(s): ECED 2015, 2020; department approval

ECED 2090 Creative Development 3 Credits
A course dealing with theories, teaching techniques, and basic program components of early childhood art instruction. Emphasizes value of art in physical-mental and social-emotional growth of young children. Explores use of art media, creative play activities, and methods of incorporating creativity into other curricular areas.

ECED 2100 The Mentoring Teacher 3 Credits
A study of the philosophy, principles, and methods of mentoring adults who have varying levels of training. Emphasis will be on the role of mentors as facilitators of adult learning while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, parents, and other staff. Prerequisite(s): Department approval

ECED 2110 Advanced Learning Environments 3 Credits
This course focuses on the skill, knowledge, and materials development which are necessary in the provision of a developmentally appropriate environment for young children. Laboratory observation and interaction. Prerequisite(s): ECED 2010 and 2015

ECED 2120 Administration of Child Care Centers 3 Credits
A study of organization and administration practices applicable to the child care center. Topics of special consideration will be staff-management relations, state and local licensing standards, national accreditation, CDA standards, tax laws, legal liabilities, and the effect these topics will have on the care of the child. Laboratory observation and interaction.

ECED 2130 Initial Practicum 3 Credits
Supervised practicum with a minimum of 30 clock hours in seminar and 45 clock hours in early childhood practical experiences. Course includes a study of the physical and human qualities that combine to create an environment that is safe and healthy and that promotes optimal learning for young children (birth through age 8). Corequisite(s): ECED 2010 or department approval

ECED 2160 Final Practicum 3 Credits
Supervised clinical experience with a minimum of 15 clock hours in seminar and 90 clock hours in a clinical site approved by the department (accredited agency, three-star department-approved site). Up to 45 clock hours may be completed in the student’s employment site with department approval. Course focuses on the student’s demonstration of competencies that produce positive developmental outcomes for young children (birth through age 8). Prerequisite(s): ECED 2130

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