Consult the 2+2 plan to determine which of these courses apply to your chosen BAS degree. Lower level course substitutions are noted which can be counted as upper level courses.
ECED 4031 Historical and Recent Trends in Early Childhood Programs (TECA 1311)
Historical, societal, political and economic factors that influence progressive early childhood programs and child services. Field experiences required.
ECED 4032: Developing Competence in Young Children
Focus on the relationship among the content areas, skills, concepts and practices that support early competence in young children. Integration of national and state standards into curriculum planning is featured. Field experiences required. Prerequisites: INST 3133 (for EC-4 students only) and TCED 4033 (for EC-6 students only) and TCED 4133 or approved equivalent.
ECED 4033 Child Guidance and Classroom Management for Young Children (CDEC 1319)
Theories and strategies for guiding the behavior of young children (birth to age 5) inside and outside the classroom environment. Focus will be on effective strategies for behavior management including the role of problem solving, the classroom community and family involvement. Field experiences required.
ECED 4034 Nutrition, Health and Safety (TECA 1318)
Study of nutrition, health, safety and related activities, including skill development in management of issues, guidelines and practices in nutrition, community health, hygiene and safety. Integration of these principles applies to a variety of EC-4 settings. Field experiences required.
ECED 4035: Literacy Development Birth- Age 5
This course will cover language and literacy development for children birth through age 5 including the beginning stages of reading and writing development, oral language development, parent involvement in literacy learning and appropriate curriculum for young children's literacy development. Field experience required.
ECED 4036: Assessment of Young Children Birth- Age 5
This course will cover formal and informal assessment strategies appropriate for children birth through age 5. Assessment for children's cognitive, social, physical and motor development for curriculum planning will be addressed as well as identifying children with developmental needs. Field experience required.
ECED 4037: Mathematics and Science for Young Children Birth-Age 5
This course will cover mathematics and science concepts, as well as content methods and strategies for children birth through age five. Field experience required.
ECED 4038 Creativity in Early Childhood
This course explores the theory, content and practice of integrating the performing arts into the curriculum design and early learning environments. Emphasis is placed on aesthetic development of young children through play, visual art, music, movement and creative dramatics.
ECED 4039 Advocacy and Parent Engagement
This course focuses on the historical and current role of advocacy in Early Childhood Education, the development of advocacy skills, as well as collaboration with stakeholders such as parents, schools, communities and federal, state and local government leaders. Strategies for developing successful parent, school and community involvement programs will be analyzed. Field experience will be required.
ECED 4131: Reading Development in Young Children
Focus on early language and literacy development of young children. Oral language development, beginning reading and writing strategies and family literacy are featured. Field experiences required.
Prerequisites: LLLS 4131 and LLLS 4435.
ECED 4133 Developmental Theories of Young Children (TECA 1354)
Focus on historic and current theories of children’s learning and development.
ECED 4134: Observational/Developmental Assessment of Young Children
Evaluation and uses of developmental and cognitive assessment instruments and their theoretical bases will be explored. Students will develop informal assessments of the intellectual, language, social, physical and motor development of young children. Field experiences required.
Prerequisite: ECED 4032.
ECED 4230 Play
Focus on philosophy, research and applications of modern play and environments for play. Influences of play on child development, cognition, culture and overall health. The role of play in the early childhood curriculum will be emphasized. Field experiences required.
ECED 4231 Infants and Toddlers
Overview of human development from prenatal stages through the first two years of life. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship of cognitive, physical, social and emotional development in a variety of contexts and cultures. Appropriate curriculum and environment for infants and toddlers will be emphasized. Field experiences required.
ECED 4235 Early Childhood Program Development
This course introduces principles of basic programming and staffing, budgeting/financial management and marketing, and rules and regulations of diverse early childhood programs. Topics include program structure and philosophy, standards, finance, staff and organizational management.
ECED 4232 Cultural Awareness for Young Children
Focus on impact of diversity on development of young children. The influence of culture and social class on children’s socialization and cognition will be discussed. Research and theories to support the development of minority children will be emphasized. Field experiences required.
Prerequisite: SILC 4135.
ECED 4233 Preschool Curriculum
Overview of integrated curriculum for children ages three to five including appropriate content, methodology, environment, materials and resources. Field experiences required.
ECED 4234 Early Childhood Leadership and Program Quality (change of title from Advanced Administration of Programs for Young Children)
This course will cover the leadership skills necessary to go beyond individual programs to leadership in communities and in the field. The focus will be on collaboration, interconnections, relationships and program quality. Overarching themes include the importance of excellence and diversity in early childhood programs, and the role of vision and reflective practice in reaching these goals.
ECED 4332: Early Childhood Special Education
A study of atypical development in infants and young children with a focus on educational planning and programming. Field experiences required.
Prerequisite: SPED 4030 or SPED 5030.
ECED 4333: Advanced Early Childhood Special Education
This course will extend key topics in early childhood special education presented in the SPED 4332/ECED 4332 course, specifically strategies and techniques used by practitioners in early childhood special education settings serving children birth to age five. The research-based topics will include sign language, picture exchange, communication systems, portfolios, social scripts/videos, music therapy, as well as other advanced strategies and techniques used in settings with young children with communication/language needs, social/behavioral needs, and cognitive needs. Field experiences required.
ECED 4335 Children and Families
Social contexts in which a child develops, the relationships of individuals in these social contexts and the interaction within and between cross-cultural contexts. Field experiences required.
ECED 4737 Practicum I
Supervised field experience in an approved early childhood educational setting. Permission of instructor required.
ECED 4738 Practicum II
Supervised field experience in an approved early childhood educational setting different from the Practicum I setting. Permission of the instructor required. Prerequisite: ECED 4737.
LLLS 4438: Selecting Literature for the Very Young Child
Survey of literature for very young children focusing on titles appropriate for children from birth to age five
SILC 4135 Theories of American Pluralism
A review of theoretical foundations of pluralism and their impact on mainstream America.
SPED 4030 Survey of Exceptionalities (CDEC 1359)
Provides a study of various categories of disabilities to include etiology and effects of disability on various aspects of development.
SPED 4332 Early Childhood Special Education (Prerequisite SPED 4030 or CDEC 1359)
A study of infants and young children with special needs with a focus on the development of IFSPs; and transitions from infant to early childhood programs and to general education. Field experiences required.
Prerequisite: SPED 4030.
SPED 4333 Advanced Early Childhood Special Education (Prerequisite SPED 4332)
This course will extend key topics in early childhood special education presented in the SPED 4332/ECED 4332 course, specifically strategies and techniques used by practitioners in early childhood special education settings serving children birth to age five. Field experiences required.
INST 3133- Survey of Instructional Technologies (Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy)
Combines hands-on lab assignments and discussions through a student-centered approach. Students work with faculty to identify technology-related learning requirements, learning strategies and assessment criteria based on students’ prior skills and interests. Students gain experience in the application of productivity tools, educational software, presentation graphics, multimedia and telecommunication technologies. Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy.
WRIT 3037 Advanced Writing From invention of ideas to strategies appropriate for different kinds of writing. Models of organization, analysis of style, role and importance of mechanics and syntax.