Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education – Evening Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Year: 2016–2017

Fall Semester – First 8 weeks

ECE103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits—Gives students a historical and philosophical foundation of the field of early childhood education. Includes an overview of assessment and trends that influence best practices. Explores careers in the field. Addresses influences of families and diversity.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $535.50

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits—Composition I emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Fall Semester – Second 8 weeks

ECE158 Early Childhood Curriculum I

3 credits—Focuses on the development, implementation and assessment of appropriate environments and curricula for young children ages three through eight. Students prepare to utilize developmentally appropriate practices in a context of family and culturally sensitive care. Emphasis is on understanding children's development stages and developing appropriate learning opportunities, interactions and environments in the following areas: dramatic play, art, music, fine and gross motor play.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ECE221 Infant/Toddler Care and Education

3 credits—Focuses on care, education, and assessment of children from birth to thirty-six months. Prepares students to utilize developmentally appropriate practices including responsive caregiving, routines as curriculum, importance of relationships with diverse families, and a focus on the whole child in inclusive settings.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts -OR-

3 credits—This is a one semester, liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in MAT063 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT772 Applied Math

3 credits—This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Spring Semester – First 8 weeks

ECE159 Early Childhood Curriculum II

3 credits—Focuses on the development, implementation and assessment of appropriate environments and curricula for young children ages three through eight. Students prepare to utilize developmentally appropriate practices in a context of family and culturally sensitive care. Emphasis is on understanding children's development stages and developing appropriate learning opportunities, interactions and environments in the following areas: emergent literacy, math, science, technology and social studies.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ECE170 Child Growth and Development

3 credits—Reviews typical and atypical development of children from conception to adolescence in all developmental domains. Presents interactions between child, family and society within a variety of community and cultural contexts. Examines theories associated with our understanding of children.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits—This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis on developing interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Spring Semester – Second 8 weeks

ECE133 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition

3 credits—Focuses on current concepts in the fields of health, safety and nutrition and their relationship to the growth and development of the young child ages birth to eight. Blends current theory with practical applications and assessments. Includes the influences of families and diversity on health, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $595.50

ECE243 Early Childhood Guidance

3 credits—Focuses on effective approaches and positive guidance strategies for supporting the development of all children. Emphasizes supportive interactions and developmentally appropriate environments. Uses assessment to analyze and guide behaviors. Studies impact of families and diversity on child guidance.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Summer Semester – 8 weeks

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology *

3 credits—This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

3 credits

Fall Semester – First 8 weeks

ECE122 Parenting Relationships

2 credits—An introduction to the general subject matter of family relations. Students will study family systems and parenting in a changing society.

Lecture Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

ECE125 School Age Care

2 credits—This course focuses on the unique care necessary for school-age children. Criteria for organizing a positive physical environment coupled with state licensing regulations, center policies, and interactions with families are examined. Students will look at the needs of school-age children and explore methods of addressing these needs in a group care setting.

Lecture Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

ECE260 Current Topics and Issues in Child Care

2 credits—National, state and local topics and issues impacting childcare are examined.

Lecture Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

ECE274 Field Experience I

2 credits—Supervised experience in selected early childhood settings serving children ages birth through eight. Includes integration of theory, research, and reflective practice. Provides an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices and the developmental stages of diverse populations of young children and families. Emphasizes professional relationships and behavior, appropriate adult/child interactions, basic curriculum planning, and program routines.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 128

Prerequisite(s): ECE221

Co-requisite(s): ECE994

Pre/Co-requisite(s): ECE158, ECE159, ECE170, and ECE243

2016–2017 Course Cost: $357.00

ECE944 Field Experience Seminar I

1 credits—Field Experience Seminar 1 provides support for the systemic refinement of skills necessary for a successful experience in the field. Professional relationships and behaviors, appropriate adult/child interactions, curriculum planning, and experiences in the field will be emphasized.

Lecture Hours: 16

Co-requisite(s): ECE274

2016–2017 Course Cost: $168.50

Fall Semester – Second 8 weeks

ECE120 Communication with Families

2 credits—This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of good working relationships with educators, families and community resources. The value of this relationship to all parties involved is examined.

Lecture Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

ECE290 Early Childhood Program Administration

3 credits—Skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating programming are introduced. Staff supervision and evaluation, in-service training and orientation, and harmonious working relationships, are other topics included in this course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): ECE158 and ECE159

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Spring Semester – First 8 weeks

ECE250 Advanced Curriculum Planning

3 credits—This course acquaints students with center environment planning and evaluation. It addresses the role of the teacher as well as program evaluation for early childhood centers. Students also look at community resources for expanding the center environment.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): EDE158 and ECE159

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ECE298 Child Development Career Strategies

2 credits—Child Development Career Strategies prepares students for becoming an employee and employer in child care settings. It includes the strategies involved in seeking and securing a position in child care, along with recruiting and employing a child care worker. Included for the job seeker will be an introduction to the job search process, including resume writing, developing cover letters and the interview process. Included for the employer will be recruitment procedures, laws governing the hiring of child care employees, screening of applicants and conducting and evaluating interviews.

Enrollment limited to Early Childhood Education students.

Lecture Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits—This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Spring Semester – Second 8 weeks

ECE284 Field Experience II

2 credits—The field experience provides on-the-job training, practical application of knowledge gained in the classroom, documenting observations of children, and an opportunity to participate with a child care team involved with children ages 3 through 5.

Co-op Hours: 128

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in ECE274 and ECE944.

Co-requisite(s): ECE945

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

ECE945 Field Experience Seminar II

1 credits—Field Experience II Seminar provides support for the systematic refinement of the skills necessary for a successful Field Experience II experience through receiving feedback on assignments and engaging in discussions of relevant topics with instructors and peers.

Lecture Hours: 16

Co-requisite(s): ECE284

2016–2017 Course Cost: $168.50

EDU246 Including Diverse Learners

3 credits—Students are introduced to the issues and practices regarding the inclusion of diverse student populations in general education settings. The needs of all students including general education, special education, and gifted will be emphasized. Strategies for adapting curriculum and the classroom will be examined. Support services that are available to teachers and students will be explored.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Waverly Center Closed—Sept 23

Hawkeye's Waverly Center is closed today, Firday, September 23.

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