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Early Childhood Education Courses

 Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 105
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (5)

Overview of the foundations of Early Childhood Education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices and program models. Observe children, professionals and programs in action. Mandatory decimal grading.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 107
Health, Safety and Nutrition (5)

This course promotes knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition, and safety of children in group care and education programs. It examines the signs of abuse and neglect, responsibilities for mandated reporting, and available community resources. Mandatory decimal grading.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 120
Practicum-Nurturing Relationships (2)

In an early learning setting, apply best practices to develop engaging and nurturing relationships with children. Focus on keeping children healthy and safe while promoting growth and development. Mandatory decimal grading.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 132
Infants/Toddlers Care (3)

Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally relevant care. Mandatory decimal grading.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 160
Curriculum Development (5)

This class explores learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, socio-emotional, cognitive and creative skills, and growth in young children (birth-age 8). Mandatory decimal grading.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 170
Environments for Young Children (3)

Design, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning and nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of the young child. Mandatory decimal grading.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 180
Language and Literacy Development (3)

This course explores teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Mandatory decimal grading.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 190
Observation and Assessment (3)

Collect and record observation of and assessment data on young children in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group, and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions, and communicating findings. Mandatory decimal grading.