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ECHD 101 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD

Fall, 3 credit hours GER 3

An overview of the history, theories, and philosophies that form the foundation of Early Care and Education. All aspects of development (physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and communication) are presented and studied within an ecological context (family, community, culture, society). Specific emphasis is placed on understanding the various roles/responsibilities early childhood educators have in fostering the well-being and development of young children birth-5 years. Three hours lecture per week.

ECHD 121 WELLNESS IN YOUNG CHILDREN: PROMOTING HEALTH, SAFETY, NUTRITION, AND DEVELOPMENT

Fall, 3 credit hours

A combination of lecture, discussion, and exercises designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for working with young children. This course focuses on integrating health, safety, and nutritional activities into early childhood settings to promote the well-being of children. Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101) or permission of instructor.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101) or permission of instructor. Majors only or permission of instructor. ECHD majors only.

ECHD 125 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Spring, 3 credits

This course will examine developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum methods in early care and education. Students will create and implement lessons, activities and units that promote the development of the whole-child. Special emphasis will be given to the process of curriculum development, curriculum methods, child-centered planning and active learning experiences for children. ECHD majors only. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101).

Corequisites: Student Teaching Orientation (ECHD 123) or permission of instructions.

ECHD 131 INFANTS AND TODDLERS

Spring, 3 credit hours

Supporting the social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development of children under the age of three requires that caregivers have a solid understanding of child development, developmentally appropriate practice, and child guidance for young children. This course will explore these content areas fully and challenge students to integrate their knowledge into a framework for guiding responsible decision-making in providing optimal high quality care for infants and toddlers.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101) or permission of instructor. ECHD majors only.

ECHD 200 PLANNING PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Spring, 3 credit hours

Students apply concepts of developmentally appropriate practice as they relate to the design of programs for young children. The curriculum will be viewed from the perspective of program philosophy, family involvement, home-school connections, materials selection/arrangement, learning centers and scheduling. Principles of program planning related to high quality early care and education, administration, and leadership will be applied. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101). Majors only or permission of instructor.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101) or permission of instructor. ECHD majors only.

ECHD 201 STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE BIRTH - AGE 5

Spring, 4 credit hours

This course is an off campus practicum in early childhood. Students are assigned to a licensed group childcare center, family childcare program, pre-k, or kindergarten setting. Students are required to complete an 80-hour student teaching experience in two group settings with children ages birth - 36 months and children ages 3 - 5 years. Under the direct supervision of an assigned mentor, students apply knowledge and skills acquired through coursework with a focus on child observation, development, implementation of age appropriate curriculum plans and activities. Students are required to attend a weekly SO-minuteseminar and participate in workshops led by the student teaching college supervisor. ECHD majors only.

Prerequisites: ECHD 101 Introduction to Early Childhood; ECHD 121 Wellness in Young Children; ECHD 125 Curriculum Development; ECHD 131 Infants and Toddlers, minimum 2.0 overall GPA, or permission of instructor.

Corequisites: ECHD 204 Early Childhood Observation

ECHD 204 EARLY CHILDHOOD OBSERVATION

Fall, 4 credit hours

This course examines the importance of observation, assessment, and documentation of young children's development from birth to age five. Students will be introduced to and apply various forms of assessment methods, and understand the value of such assessments as a tool for informing teaching practices, and developing appropriate curriculum goals to ensure optimal growth and learning for young children. ECHD majors only.

Prerequisites: ECHD 101: Introduction to Early Childhood; ECHD 131: Infants and Toddlers; ECHD 250: Children with Special Needs; PSYC 220: Child Development

Corequisites: ECHD 201: Student Teaching Field Experiences.

 

ECHD 250 CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course will explore various special needs of young children. Students will gain knowledge of inclusive practices, teaching modifications, prevention and intervention strategies, and support services for children, families and the community. Assessment, identification, and general knowledge of the special needs of all children will be examined, as well as social policies and initiatives to support teachers, families, and children.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101) and Child Development (PSYC 220) or permission of the instructor.

ECHD 285 ISSUES & POLICIES IN EARLY CARE & EDUCATION

Spring, 3 credit hours

Students will draw from academic, life and student teaching experiences to explore current issues and policies in the field of early education and care. Social issues impacting the well-being of children, families, and the community will be explored. Students will research issues and investigate approaches to resolving some of these challenges.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101) or Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101) or Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 101) and have earned more than 30 credit hours or permission of instructor. Writing intensive course.

ECHD 291-295, 391-395, OR 491-495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

Fall/Spring, 1-4 credit hours

Individual courses of instruction of variable credit (1–4 credits) may be offered each semester. These courses are designed to expand on topics in specific areas of early childhood. Prerequisite: depends on the nature of each course.