Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education – Evening Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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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

Course Fee: $30.00

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

Pre-requisites: ECE146 Curriculum: Three Through Five Years, ECE145 Curriculum, Environment and Teaching Materials

ECE122 Parenting Relationships

2 credits – This course is an introduction to the general subject matter of family relations. Students will study family systems and parenting in a changing society.

Lecture Hours: 32

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

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

Course Fee: $90.00

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

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

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

ECE221 Infant/Toddler Care and Education

3 credits – This course focuses on care, education, and assessment of children from birth to thirty-six months. The course prepares students to utilize developmentally appropriate practices including responsive care giving, routines as curriculum, importance of relationships with diverse families, and a focus on the whole child in inclusive settings.

Lecture Hours: 48

ECE243 Early Childhood Guidance

3 credits

Lecture Hours: 0

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

Pre-requisites: ECE 158 Early Childhood Curriculum I , ECE 159 Early Childhood Curriculum II

ECE260 Current Topics and Issues in Child Care

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

Lecture Hours: 32

ECE274 Field Experience I

2 credits – Students participate in a practicum in a licensed childcare center for children 6-weeks through 5-years old. The practicum provides students experience working directly with children in a supervised setting. Students will gain knowledge of child guidance and group management techniques and will have controlled teaching opportunities.

Lecture Hours: 16 Co-op Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: ECE146 Curriculum: Three Through Five Years

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.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 128

Pre-requisites: ECE158 Early Childhood Curriculum I and ECE159 Early Childhood Curriculum II

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

Pre-requisites: ECE146 Curriculum: Three Through Five Years, ECE145 Curriculum, Environment and Teaching Materials

ECE298 Child Development Career Strategies

2 credits – This course 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.

Lecture Hours: 32

Other Requirements: Must be enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program.

ECE944 Field Experience Seminar I

1 credit – 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

ECE945 Field Experience Seminar II

1 credit – 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

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

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course 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

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

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

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

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

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

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

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

Lecture Hours: 48

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