ECED-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. This course includes field experience which is scheduled within the time allotment of the class. (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.) This course is normally offered in the fall semester.
ECED-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 CHDV-3023 and ELEM-3023. This course is normally offered every fall semester.
ECED-4013 Cognitive Skills
This is a study of current thought and practice in how young children from birth to age eight learn. This course gives pre-service teachers opportunities in the implementation of meaningful, integrated learning experiences with emphasis in math, science, and social studies. The course also includes the use of developmentally appropriate methods that encourage open-ended questioning, problem solving, cooperative learning, inquiry, integrated curriculum, and the value of play.
ECED-4023 Topics in Early Childhood
The candidate will describe and apply behavior and guidance theories for the young child from infancy through age eight. The candidate will also demonstrate techniques for planning and implementation of parental involvement, and understanding the children and their families in the context of society. (Students whose degree programs do not require admission to teacher education but require this course will receive credit for CHDV-4023, which cannot be applied to licensure requirements.) This course is normally offered every spring semester.
ECED-4111 Early Childhood Practicum
This class will meet one hour a week for approximately six weeks to discuss the aspect of early childhood professionalism. The field experience of 40 clock hours is divided between working in an infant-toddler child development program (30 hours) and completing an extensive child case study (10 hours). It is designed to provide the candidate the opportunity to engage in activities with young children and their families, based on what the candidate has studied in previous or concurrent early childhood coursework. While in the classroom the teacher candidate will observe both the children and the teachers, interact with children, and plan and implement activities with the children. in addition to the classroom time, the candidate will closely observe a child within the context of the family, write a developmental profile of the child, and discuss the profile with the parents. This course is normally offered every semester.
ECED-4112 Early Childhood Practicum
This field experience of 60 clock hours, divided between two NAEYC-accredited sites, gives the candidate the opportunity to engage in activities with young children and their families, based on what the candidate has studied in previous or concurrent early childhood coursework. This course is normally offered every semester.