• CHDV-3013 Nature and Characteristics of Early Childhood

    After studying the broad field of Early Childhood in relation to its multiple historical, philosophical and social foundations, the candidate will examine how these foundations influence current thought and practice. After exploring the characteristics of the young child from birth to age eight, the candidate will demonstrate observation techniques and planning skills related to developmentally appropriate practice. The candidate will also reflect on the role of the teacher and ethical considerations of the Early Childhood field. (Cross-listed with ECED-3013 but will not apply to teacher licensure requirements.) This course is normally offered in the fall semester.

  • CHDV-3023 Emergent Literacy

    This course is a study of the emerging process of language development from infancy through the primary years. The candidate will observe and document a child-s development through all four age categories, infant, toddler, preschooler, and primary-aged (eight practicum hours). The candidate will demonstrate understanding of and respect for the socio-cultural diversity of literacy development as well as the interrelationships of culture, language, thought and the function of the home language. Additionally, the candidate will study children-s literature to develop an understanding that literature forms a central focus for language and literacy development. The candidate will apply various methods of using literature with children to the home and classroom settings including reading aloud to a child once per week for 14 weeks (eight practicum hours). (Students whose programs do not require admission to teacher education but require this course will receive credit for Chdv 3013 which cannot be applied to licensure requirements.) Same as ECED-3023 and ELEM-3023.

  • CHDV-4023 Topics in Early Childhood

    This is a study of family, family within the community, child behavior, and classroom guidance theories for the preschool and primary age child. The course also includes aspects of health, safety, and nutrition within the contexts of home, child care, and school. Cross-listed with ECED-4023 but will not apply to teacher licensure requirements. This course is normally offered in the in the spring semester.