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ECHD 101 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD

Fall, 3 credit hours

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 primary teachers have in fostering the well-being and development of young children from birth-6 years. Observation of children is an integral part of the learning process in this course. 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. Three hours lecture per week.

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

ECHD 123 STUDENT TEACHING ORIENTATION

Spring, 1 credit hour

The Student Teaching Orientation will prepare students for their internship experiences in Early Childhood. Students will become familiar with field work requirements, policies and procedures, professionalism, ECE programs, the role of the college supervisor and site mentor, and the responsibilities and expectations of the student teaching experience. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101).

Corequisite: Curriculum Development (ECHD 125) 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 3 years requires that their 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. Sensitivity to diverse family and cultural perspectives and the needs of children with disabilities is imbedded throughout the course. Three hours lecture per week.

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, physical environment, 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 lecture per week.

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

ECHD 201 STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE I W/ SEMINAR

Fall, 4 credit hours

This course is an off-campus practicum in early childhood. Students are assigned to a child care, Head Start, pre-k or kindergarten setting and work under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher. Students are required to complete an 80-hour student teaching experience applying the knowledge and skills acquired through coursework. Students will observe, participate, plan, and implement lessons and activities throughout their experience. Students are required to attend one-hour weekly seminars to reflect on their development and field experiences, lead by the college supervisor.

Prerequisites: minimum 2.0 GPA in Introduction to Early Childhood (ECHD 101), Student Teaching Orientation (ECHD 123), and Curriculum Development (ECHD 125), or permission of instructor. ECHD majors only.

ECHD 202 STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE II w/ SEMINAR

Spring, 6 credit hours

This course is an off-campus practicum in early childhood. Students will further develop and apply their knowledge and skills in an early childhood classroom. Students are responsible for planning and implementing weekly child-centered curriculum. Training and supervision are provided by an on-site mentor and the college supervisor. One hundred twenty clock hours of supervised fieldwork at an assigned early childhood program. Students are required to attend one-hour weekly seminars to reflect on their development and field experiences, lead by the college supervisor.

Prerequisite: Student Teaching Experience I w/Seminar (ECHD 201) with a minimum grade of C+ or permission of instructor. ECHD majors only.

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 and children. Three hours lecture per week.

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. Three hours lecture per week.

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.