It is expected that students will spend 2 to 3 hours, minimally, outside of the classroom/laboratory performing course related work such as readings, research, homework assignments, practica, studio work, and other academic work for every hour of instruction spent in the classroom/laboratory.
This introductory course explores the early childhood development of children, birth to eight years with an emphasis on theoretical implications both historical and contemporary. It examines the physical, social, emotional, linguistic, and intellectual characteristics of children, both typical and atypical, as well as contextual influences that affect growth and development. Students will gain an introduction to skills and techniques for observing, recording, and assessing children’s behavior in a variety of early learning environments. (3 contact hours) [Catalog Entry]
Prerequisite: ECED 1130, test into MATH 1650 or successful completion of MATH 0950.
This course introduces an integrated approach to math, science, and social studies for both typical and atypical children in early childhood programs. The course focuses on teaching foundations in these content areas through a variety of means including literacy, physical, and creative activities while addressing all developmental domains. Students will engage in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experiences using a variety of instructional materials created by the student. (4 contact hours) [Catalog Entry] ADDITIONAL FEES: $22.00
This course explores the strategies and skills needed for establishing positive, collaborative relationships with families of young children in early childhood programs and successfully involving them in their child’s early education and care. Focus is on understanding the ecology of the child as well as community services, supports and agencies, the role of advocacy within the community, and developing sensitivity to diversity within family structure and culture. The course emphasizes communication skills as a means of establishing partnerships with families that are reciprocal, based on respect, and essentially enhance child development and learning.
(3 contact hours) [Catalog Entry]
This specialized course explores developmentally appropriate activities, materials, and practices that enhance early care and education for the first three years of life. The course focuses on prime times for learning and language acquisition, high quality early environments, foundations for literacy, and the principles of working with diverse family cultures in a variety of early educational settings. (3 contact hours) [Catalog Entry]