Early Childhood Education

ECED 101  ECED 121 ECED 122 ECED 124 ECED 125
ECED 126 ECED 127 ECED 131 ECED 132 ECED 155
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ECED 101
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION/CURRENT ISSUES AND TRENDS (5)
An overview of early childhood education, including values, ethics, current issues and trends and the role of the early childhood professional.

ECED 121
MATH FOR CHILDREN: METHODS (3)
Learn to create an environment where children actively construct their foundation for mathematics. Areas of focus include math development, basic mathematics and methods for implementation in a classroom, preparation of materials and assessment of children.


ECED 122
MUSIC FOR YOUNG
CHILDREN: METHODS (3)
Through active participation, students will learn methods of presenting music activities to young children. Students will develop a curriculum and practice singing, creative movement, listening and rhythm activities to be used with children.

ECED 124
MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT:
METHODS (3)
Learn to assess motor skill development and have an opportunity to create and evaluate appropriate activities to facilitate optimal growth.

ECED 125
SCIENCE FOR CHILDREN: METHODS (3)
Learn to teach science to young children. Areas of focus include: formal and informal sciencing; instructional procedures for observation, classification and quantifying; preparation of materials, supplies and equipment.

ECED 126
ART FOR CHILDREN: METHODS (3)
Develop a repertoire of creative art experiences to use when teaching young children. Emphasis will be placed on artistic elements, developmentally appropriate activities, creativity, divergent thinking and strategies for enhancing a child's artistic experience.

ECED 127
LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN:
METHODS (3)
Explore literature for young children and methods for teaching it in the classroom setting. Emphasis will be placed on language development, reading readiness, listening skills, book selection and presentation, storytelling, poetry and writing.

ECED 131
HEALTH, NUTRITION AND SOCIAL COMPETENCIES (3)
Explore current health, nutrition, and issues involved in working with young children. Topics include: state and federal standards establishing safe environments and social competence. Also offered as EDUC 131.

ECED 132
OBSERVATION, ASSESSMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (3)
Through observations in a child study lab, students will analyze observation methods and recording procedures. Weekly seminars will include: assessment, child development, discipline and guidance, building a positive self-concept, establishing a learning environment, record keeping, and discussion of lab findings.

ECED 155
ADMINISTRATION OF CHILD CARE PROGRAMS (3)
Develop skills necessary to be a manager and/or administrator in a child care setting. Emphasis is on developing sound financial and program management skills combined with a strong focus on interpersonal relationships. Attention is given to state licensing requirements, NAEYC accreditation, program and curriculum development, budgeting, dealing with parents and public and staff development.

ECED 160
WORKING WITH FAMILIES (2)
Techniques to create positive partnerships between home and school to enhance the education processes for children. Emphasis on positive communication.

ECED 165
BEHAVIOR AND CLASSROOM
MANAGEMENT (3)
Strategies for handling the classroom environment including management, discipline and individualizing skills. Using research, theory, and practice, students/participants develop action plans for classroom management, develop strategies for intervention of disruptive behavior and assess student learning styles.

ECED 170
METHODS AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN ART, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT (2)
Methods of selecting and presenting music, movement, and art to young children. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate practice and creating activities which enhance a child's optimal growth.

ECED 171
METHODS AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN MATH, SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES (2)
Methods of presenting math, science and social studies to young children. Emphasis is placed on developmentally appropriate practice and creating activities which will enhance a child's optimal growth.

ECED 172
METHODS AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND LITERACY (2)
Methods of enhancing language, communication skills and teaching emergent literacy to young children. Emphasis will be placed on language development, listening skills, book selection and presentation, emergent reading and writing skills.

ECED 173
METHODS AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS (2)
Methods for developing age appropriate activities, routines, environment and guidance for infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months.

ECED 174
METHODS AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR CARE OF SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN (2)
Meeting the developmental needs of the older children before and after school. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate environment, curriculum and activities.

ECED 201
PLAY AND THE YOUNG CHILD (3)
An examination of the educational function of and methods to incorporate play into early childhood curriculum. An in-depth study of the nature and role of play in the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of the child. ECED 101 or permission of the instructor.

ECED 222
OVERVIEW OF EXCEPTIONALITY (3)
Explains the role of Special Education in Education systems. Provides techniques to work with the exceptional child in the classroom. Topics include exceptionality in all areas of development, diagnosis, communication, and working with family structures. Also offered as EDUC 222.

ECED 230
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (3)
The application of procedures for curriculum development, maintenance, and evaluation. Developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning materials are designed into a cumulative curriculum for classroom use. Prerequisite: ECED 101.

ECED 233
INTEGRATED STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING I (3)
Develops a professional understanding of teaching methods and practices with an opportunity to evaluate own teaching skills and the learning environment. Prerequisites: Minimum of 20 ECE credits, including ECED 101, 131, 132, 230, and 245 with a grade of "C" or better. Obtain instructor's permission before registering.

ECED 234
INTEGRATED STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING II (3)
Integration of theory, methods and child development into classroom practice. Opportunity to examine and experience all the competencies of the professional teacher. Prerequisites: Minimum of 25 ECE credits, including ECED 101, 131, 132, 230, 233 and 245 with a grade of "C" or better. Obtain instructor's permission before registering.

ECED 238
ISSUES IN CHILD ABUSE AND
NEGLECT (3)
Development of skills for working with children from abusive or neglectful home environments. Using theory, research, and practice participants will understand, recognize and assess child abuse and neglect issues. Also offered as EDUC 238.

ECED 245
CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY RELATIONS (5)
An in-depth study of the physical, emotional, social and mental development of children from conception through age eight. An understanding of family structure, interaction, and function will be integrated throughout the developmental process.

ECED 285
ISSUES AND TRENDS IN THE
EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG CHILD (3)
An examination of the current and controversial issues and trends in early childhood education. Also, an in-depth study of the developmental approach used in the education of the young child.