Early Childhood Education

 

EDUC101  Foundations of Early Childhood Education - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits

An overview of the historical and philosophical roots of the early childhood education profession, this course includes a survey of models of early care and education as well as the range and diversity of early childhood programs. Current issues and trends along with challenges and opportunities within the field are highlighted. The multi-faceted role of the early childhood educator will be emphasized.

 

EDUC102  The Growth and Development of the Young Child - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits

This course examines the growth and development of young children, birth through age 8 years. Sequences of development within the following major domains are studied: physical/motor, emotional/social, and cognitive/language/literacy development. In addition, individual differences and multiple, interacting influences on children’s growth and development are considered.

 

EDUC103  Health, Safety, and Nutrition For The Young Child

3 Class Hours/3 Credits

An in-depth look at the inter-relationship between health, safety and nutrition issues in early childhood educational settings, this course explores the knowledge and skills early childhood educators need in order to promote the well-being of young children, birth through age 8 years. Topics covered include health promotion, educational experiences, communicable illnesses, safety management, and meals and food safety.

 

EDUC104  Curriculum For Early Childhood Care and Education

3 Class Hours/3 Credits

An exploration into the process of early childhood planning, with special emphasis on the role of environment, curriculum theories, approaches, and trends, and ongoing observation and documentation. Attention is paid to selecting and developing suitable materials, along with developmentally appropriate practices. The cycle of planning, implementing, and evaluating learning experiences is examined and practiced. This course will enhance the student’s ability to work creatively in all curriculum areas. (Prerequisite; EDUC101, EDUC102, or permission of program director)

 

EDUC105  Children With Special Needs and Their Families  - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits

This course will examine the child with a special need in the family context and in an inclusionary child care setting. It will provide an overview of the most common exceptionalities and the standard interventions relating to them. Emphasis will be on observation, screening, assessment, family-centered early supports and services, natural environments, individualized education plans, inclusive education, community resources, and family issues. (Co/prerequisite: EDUC102 for Early Childhood Education students)

 

EDUC190  Practicum I - 1 Class Hour/3 Credits

This course provides the student with direct, experiential learning in an early childhood care and education setting. Under the supervision of a cooperating teacher, the student will be actively involved in all aspects of the early childhood environment. Emphasis will be placed on the student’s interactions with children. In addition, students will begin to develop their interactions with colleagues and with families. A minimum of 90 hours will be completed at the practicum site. Periodic meetings with the practicum instructor and other practicum students will provide opportunity for discussion of and reflection upon the practicum experience. (Pre-requisites: EDUC101, EDUC102, EDUC103, EDUC104, or Permission of Program Director)

 

EDUC191  Work Experience Practicum I - 1 Class Hour/3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student who is currently employed full-time in the early childhood field to receive college credit for his/her experience. The student must be currently employed in either a licensed or licensed exempt program. Working with an onsite mentor and the practicum instructor, the student will focus on enhancing his/her role as a professional at the work site. Emphasis will be placed on active involvement in all aspects of the early childhood environment and interactions with children, colleagues, and families. Periodic meetings with the practicum instructor and other practicum students will provide opportunity for discussion of and reflection upon the practicum experience. (Pre-requisites: EDUC101, EDUC 102, EDUC103, EDUC104 or Permission of Program Director)

 

EDUC200  Developmentally Appropriate Programs for Infants and Toddlers

3 Class Hours/3 Credits

This course is an in-depth study of quality infant/toddler care and education. Principles related to environments, care giving practices, curriculum, and programmatic issues are explored. In addition, the growth and development of infants and toddlers, birth to age three, is examined.  Special emphasis on relationships is woven throughout the course.  (Prerequisite: EDUC102 or permission of program director.)

 

EDUC201  Organization and Management in Early Childhood Education

3 Class Hours/3 Credits

A survey of organization and management of early childhood programs and/or child care centers. Emphasis will be on learning how to plan, organize, manage and evaluate programs and facilities for children; exploring the dimensions of record keeping; federal and state funding; licensing procedures; hiring, motivating and evaluating staff; and parent involvement.

 

EDUC203  Early Language & Literacy Development - 3 Class Hours/3 Credit

This course examines the early language and literacy development of young children, birth through age 8. Students will explore the environments and experiences that support and foster young children’s abilities to listen, speak, read, and write. Special emphasis will be given to the multiple roles and responsibilities of an effective early childhood educator.

 

EDUC204  Status of Childhood in America - 3 Class Hours/3 Credit

What is the current status of childhood in America today and how has childhood changed over time?  Using knowledge from multiple disciplines, this course will examine the context of and significant factors influencing young children and their families.  Major topics explored will include the media, technology, issues related to gender and equity, changes in children's play, and public policy.  Students will examine what research reveals about optimal child outcomes and will identify specific strategies early childhood professionals can use to advocate for and to support positive child development and healthy family functioning.  (Prerequisite: EDUC101, EDUC102)

 

EDUC206  Developmentally Appropriate Programs for School Age Children

3 Class Hours/3 Credits

The role and responsibilities of early childhood educators and child care providers in creating developmentally appropriate experiences for school-age children will be addressed. Discussion will include an integrated approach to language, reading, math and science and the arts for the primary classroom and activities such as clubs, projects, hobbies, music games and other themes suitable for after-school care programs. The importance of communication in building partnerships between home, school and community will be emphasized.

 

EDUC220  Practicum Seminar - 2 Class Hours/2 Credits

This course together with either Practicum II or Work Experience Practicum II forms the associate degree student’s capstone experience. The student will synthesize his/her understanding of early childhood education and develop a personal philosophy of teaching. In addition, the student will engage in collaborative and collegial exchanges with other seminar participants. Finally, the student will complete a degree portfolio. (Co/Pre-requisites: EDUC190 or EDUC191 Work Experience Practicum I; EDUC290 or EDUC291 Work Experience Practicum II)

 

EDUC290  Practicum II - 3 Credits

The student will increase his/her involvement in an early childhood care and education setting under the supervision of a cooperating teacher. Emphasis will be placed on planning, implementing, and evaluating a developmentally appropriate curriculum. In addition, students will develop and refine their interactions with children, colleagues, and families. A minimum of 135 hours will be completed at the practicum site. (Co/Pre-requisites: EDUC190 or EDUC191 Work Experience Practicum I minimum grade of C; EDUC220)

 

EDUC291  Work Experience Practicum II - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student who is currently employed full-time in the early childhood field to receive college credit for his/her experience. The student must be currently employed in either a licensed or licensed exempt program. Working with an onsite mentor and the practicum instructor, the student will focus on enhancing his/her role as a professional at the work site. Emphasis will be placed on planning, implementing, and evaluating a developmentally appropriate curriculum. In addition, the student will develop and refine his/her interactions with children, colleagues, and families. (Co/Pre-requisites: EDUC190 or Work Experience Practicum I (EDUC191) minimum grade of C; EDUC220)

EDUC124  Family Child Care Curriculum and Environment - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
An in-depth look into the home environment and the process of early childhood planning for multi-age groupings of children through age eight. The role of the environment as well as various curriculum programs will be explored and evaluated. Emphasis will be placed on developing positive growth in children through instructional and play materials, along with methods of evaluating the environment to ensure optimal opportunities for nurture and play. Participants will experience and broaden their own creativity and imagination through learning activities that can be applied to their home settings.

 

EDUC130  Family Child Care Business Management - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits

This course will review the fundamentals of sound business practices as they relate to the running of a successful Family Child Care business. Emphasis will be on designing of business plans, budgeting, insurances, effective business policies, contracts, pricing, marketing, customer relations, purchasing, financial, legal, and Licensing regulations and reports, small business management and related record keeping.