Early Childhood Education


ECE 0001. Portfolio Develop in Progress. 0 hrs.

ECE 1000. Introduction To Early Childhood Education.. 3 hrs.

This course is designed as an overview of early childhood care and education, including the basic values, structure, organization and programming in early childhood. Examination of the student's personal qualities in relationship to expectations of the field is addressed throughout the course. A field experience component of 15 contact hours of direct observation in a variety of early childhood settings is required. DCFS Background Check through Accurate Biometrics is required. Lecture, four hours per week; observation, fourteen hours.

ECE 1005. Health, Safety and Nutrition. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to enable the student to understand the personal health of the individual, including health, safety and nutrition issues with emphasis on meeting health needs for children and staff in group settings. A healthy lifestyle, preventive health and community health are examined. Lecture, three hours per week.

ECE 1027. Child, Family, School & Community. 3 hrs.

This course focuses on the diverse needs of the child in the context of family, school and community. An analysis of the contemporary American family will be discussed, with emphasis on the family interactions which largely dictate the child's behavior and way of relating to people. Included are the interplay of diverse cultures, life styles, language and communication and the role of the school and community as social agents with our changing society. Students will gain an understanding of their professional role in supporting evidence-based practices that strengthen respectful, collaborative family/child relationships through effective use of family and community resources.

ECE 1201. Child Guidance/Child Study. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of children's behavior. The student will identify underlying causes of problem behavior and ways to incorporate the environment to display approrpriate behavior. Positive child guidance techniques will be emphasized. The student will have an opportunity to observe in a classroom setting to view behavior and behavior techniques. Lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, ten hours per semester. Course content includes birth to eight years old.

ECE 1202. Foundations & Trends for Infant/Toddler/ Two Care & Education. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of physical, motor, social, emotional, cognitive and linguistic growth of the very young child birth to three. Students will become familiar with the foundations and historical impact of serving the very young child in quality programs. It will focus on current pedagogical practices as well as conditions and trends that impact the child's learning and development. Special emphasis will be placed on culture, family and environments. Students will demonstrate understanding of the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) by performing an evaluation in an infant/toddler classroom setting. Lecture, three hours per week.

ECE 1203. Creative Activities. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the natural creative potential that evolves through play within all areas of development. The student will have the opportunity to learn how to establish an aesthetically creative environment for young children. The student will learn methods of presenting activities to young children in ways to enhance and encourage creativity. The student will enhance their observational and documentation skills of the young child through activity presentations. Lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, two hours per week.

ECE 1204. Developmentally Appropriate Practices For Infants, Toddlers, and Two's. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth look at developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) including assessment and curriculum for infant, toddler and two (IT) programs. A study of observational techniques and developmentally appropriate assessments for the very young child will be emphasized, including informal and formal assessment techniques. Special attention will focus assessment and its use in guiding decision-making and instructional planning. The course will lead students through the process of planning and implementing the curriculum, focusing on developmentally appropriate practices that promote the very young child's total well-being including play, physical growth and development, mental health, emotional stability, brain development, and human relationships. Emphasis will be placed on the learning environment. Students will participate in a minimum of 10 hours of required field experience. Prerequisite: ECE 1202.

ECE 1205. Mathematics for Young Children. 3 hrs.

This course concentrates on providing early childhood educators with the knowledge, skills, techniques, and strategies necessary to incorporate mathematical concepts through developmentally appropriate practice into the curriculum of early childhood programs from birth through kindergarten. Students will identify what mathematics looks like during the early years and learn strategies to recognize and promote mathematical understanding in young children. Lecture: three hours per week. Prerequisite: ECE 1000.

ECE 1209. Practicum I. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to provide the student with both theory and practice in early childhood programs. The student will engage in supervised participation in the Early Childhood Center on campus under the direction of a qualified teacher. The student will plan and carry out various learning activities with the children using the project approach. Individual conferences, written reports and seminar sessions are also integral parts of this course. The student will document clinical experiences involving observation of and interaction with children and practitioners at work, using the work sampling system. Seminar, one hour per week; minimum six hours per week field experience. THE STUDENT MUST CONSULT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR PRIOR TO REGISTERING.

ECE 2005. The Exceptional Learner. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to introduce the student to many types of exceptionalities which may be encountered in the classroom and within society. It will address an overview of children/adults with exceptional cognitive, physical, social, and emotional characteristics; analysis of developmental and educational needs imposed by exceptionality; identification, intervention strategies, methods,and programs designed to meet their needs,including, but not limited to, children identified as learning disabled. It will present the historical, philosphical and legal foundations of special education including the study of applicable state and federal laws and requirements. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), and Individualized Education Plan (IEP). It will provide current data on causes, characteristics, assessment, intervention, mainstreaming, inclusive programs and innovation. This course is inclusive of 15 hours of observation/field experience. A minimum grade of "C" is required for transferability of all teacher education majors. Lecture, three hours per week.

ECE 2201. School Age. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the various investigative studies encountering the need for before-and-after school programs. The student will gain knowledge on program management and content. Various issues dealing with individual needs as well as parental needs will be emphasized.

ECE 2202. Curriculum Programming. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic curriculum areas in the early childhood classroom. Emphasis will be placed on the math, science, language and social studies areas. The student will become activily involved in the creating of materials and activities for the early childhood classroom. Teaching techniques, classroom structure, daily planning and scheduling will be examined extensively. Course content includes birth to eight years old. Prerequisite: ECE 1000.

ECE 2203. Supervision and Administration. 4 hrs.

Students will integrate knowledge, theory and practical experience to develop skills in adminis- tration and supervision of early childhood edu- cation centers. Included will be topics such as interpersonal relationships, program planning, staff hiring-training-development-motivation, licensing standards, the role of administrator working with a board, establishing policies/procedures, community resources, facility planning, budgeting, purchasing equipment/materials, grouping and enrolling children, managing the food-health-safety programs, center evaluation and working with parents, volunteers and community. Lecture, four hours per week.

ECE 2204. Project Approach/Documentation. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with current research and development on the best practices in early childhood education. This course will identify instructional innovations designed to make the classroom into a learning environment which is more responsive to the vary- ing learning needs and interests of individual children. The Project Approaching/Documentation skills will be emphasized to provide evidence of the growth of the child within the learning experience, as well as a theoretical base for decision making. Lecture, three hours per week.

ECE 2206. E-Portfolio. 1 hr.

This course is designed to mentor and support students throughout their implementation of a personal/professional portfolio. The development of the portfolio will provide stuents with a framework for initiating, planning, and facilitating their professional development while building connections between their professional career goals and educational goals. Students will prepare a portfolio and use the materials as a means to show overall achievement and growth, document the scope and quality of educational experiences and show proof of skills and knowledge. The portfolio will serve as an assessment of student learning and will enhance the students' abilities to be able to document knowledge and skills according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Associate Degree programs. Additionally, it will require students to reflect on their performance and learning. Students pursuing the AAS degree must complete the online portfolio with 80% mastery to obtain the degree. *EDC 1203, Educational Technology, is required of all students entering the ECE program; it is strongly recommended to be taken the first semester enrolled. All ECE courses in the AAS degree are encouraged to be taken prior to ECE 2206.

ECE 2207. Observation and Assessment. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to demonstrate to the student how to do authentic, alternative, classroom-based assessment on young children. It will further provide the student with the knowledge and skills to interpret and use the information gained to plan curriculum that is responsive to and supportive of children's learning. Students will have the opportunity to engage in assessment processes through means of classroom observations, providing each student with a stronger understanding of child development skills. Students will take responsbility for using a variety of age, developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate formal and informal assessments to gather and share information on each child's skills, abilities, interests and needs, birth through age 8. Students will also demonstrate understanding of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) by performing an evaluation in a preschool classroom setting. Prerequisite: ECE 1000.

ECE 2208. Language Development. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the four components of language arts: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course incorporates a study of normal language development from birth through school-age. An understanding of how children may progress through language development stages at differing rates will be discussed. Children's literature is emphasized through development of skills in methods of presentation. The course will also develop an understanding of the effects of cultural and linguistic diversity on language development. Prerequisite: ECE 1000 or EDC 1000.

ECE 2219. Practicum/Student Teaching. 5 hrs.

This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to participate as a student teacher in two early childhood settings/programs. The student will apply previous learned theory and implement prior learning by utilizing the skills and techniques they have gained. The student will engage in every phase of the program--working 20 hours per week in on-the-job experience under the direction of qualified supervising teachers. Students will be placed in two diverse and varied settings serving young children and families. Students will complete lessons, units, and other required assignments throughout their practicum/student teacher placement. Individual conferences reports, projects and seminar sessions are also integral parts of this course. Prerequisite: ECE 1000, ECE 1201, ECE 1203, ECE 2202, ECE 2207, ECE 2208. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all courses and minimum 2.0 in all ECE courses are required prior to enrolling in ECE 2219. Students must have all ECE courses passed with a C or better. Petitioned approval by ECE Program Coordinator is required for enrollment into the course.