Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE* E101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

A study of the historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of early care and education. Emphasis will be on modern development trends, along with an understanding of the organization and compositions of early childhood education settings, which include curriculum materials, learning environments and equipment. Ten hours of field visits are required.

Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E043 or placement into ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E103 Creative Experiences

This course is designed to study the concept of Creativity and the creative process as it applies to art and play for young children. At the completion of this course, the student will be able to set-up a creative play environment, facilitate children's creative play and develop an art philosophy and creative art program for children.
Prerequiste or Parallel: ECE* E101
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E106 Music & Movement for Children

An investigation into the role of music and basic movement in early childhood development. Students will receive a basis in music skills. Included is preparation for assessing the health and physical well-being of the child. Students will demonstrate teaching techniques and prepare themselves for teaching through construction of teaching materials and accumulation of resource materials.
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E141 Infant/Toddler Growth & Development

Designed to prepare students in the care and teaching of infants and toddlers. Emphasizes the interrelationship of social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language development patterns. Age-appropriate curriculum strategies based on developmental theories to create a quality program within an interesting, explorable environment will be discussed. Ten hours of field visits required.
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E176 Health, Safety, and Nutrition

The relationship between health, safety, and nutrition and child development will be examined. Emphasis will be on the strategies needed to implement a safe, healthy, and nutritionally sound program for young children. Community agencies and resources that benefit children and families will be explored.
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E180 CDA Credential Preparation

Designed for early childhood education teachers and child care providers seeking their Child Development Associate Credential. Students will be assisted in developing an understanding of CDA functional areas along with a CDA resource file. Theories and philosophies within early childhood education will be correlated to CDA competencies.
Prerequisite: ECE* E101 and a 3 credit ECE elective
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E182 Child Development

This course is concerned with human development from prenatal through elementary education with particular emphasis on the preschool child. The physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive benchmarks through successive stages of development will be studied in depth.
Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG 043 or higher and ENG 073 or higher
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: BS

ECE* E190 ECE Behavior Management

This course is designed for early childhood education teachers, child care providers and directors. It will review the many behavior management and discipline strategies that are available to be used with young children. Discipline approaches that go beyond rules and punishment will be examined. Students will study and create an environment that leads to respect and self-discipline. Participants learn to analyze teaching/management styles so as to be able to incorporate the best techniques to help lead children to self-control.
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E206 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs

This course examines the roles, responsibilities and skills involved in management and supervision of preschool programs. Emphasis is placed on the duties and responsibilities of an administrator; the selection, supervision and evaluation of staff members; program development; the budgeting process and fiscal management; food and health services; laws and regulations concerning state child care licensing; and parent involvement.
Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101 and ECE *E101, BOTH with a grade of "C" or better
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E207 Natural Science and Safety for Children

Designed to enable the teacher to provide children with an appreciation of the world in which they live. It will encompass themes in mathematical concepts, natural science, physics, physical science, biology, chemistry, nutrition, and health and safety education. Emphasis will be placed upon children?s natural curiosity. The method of teaching by discovery will be stressed.
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E210 Observation, Participation and Seminar

Provides current and prospective teachers of young children with an in-depth appreciation of the need to observe and record children's behavior. The primary outcome of this class will be to further the student's ability to observe objectively and to increase their ability to understand and interpret behavior. Observation and participation placements are required in approved early childhood settings. The student will observe and participate for sixty hours. Experiences are extended in weekly seminars.
Prerequisites: ECE* E101 with a grade of C or better
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E212 Administrative Leadership in Early Childhood Programs

This course is designed to examine the multi-dimensional roles of the early childhood program administrator. Emphasis will be on effective leadership and the impact of communication and interpersonal skills; decision making and participatory management tools; how to conduct effective meetings; formation of partnerships with families; child welfare advocacy, and strategic approaches to initiating and implementing change.

Prerequisite: ECE* E206 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E215 The Exceptional Learner

An introduction to the field, problems and trends in special education in America. Emphasis on the history, concepts, practices and terminology used by professionals in the field of special education. Sessions will include both general and specific information which will assist students in defining their role with Special Education students as well as their possible future careers in this area. Field observations included.
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E216 Methods & Techniques in Special Education

An overview of many methodologies used in special education settings. Students will be exposed to behavior modification, classroom environments, testing materials and other special education practices.
Prerequisite: ECE*E215
  • Credits: 3

ECE* E222 Methods & Techniques in ECE

The study of the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate a developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum.  Experiences will focus on the design of the learning environment, the interaction between teacher, child, and the family, and the fostering of opportunities to enhance the development of the individual whole child.  20 hours of fieldwork are required for this course.

Prerequisite: ECE* E210 with a grade of C or better.
  • Credits: 3

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