Below are major courses required for the degree in Early Childhood Education. Candidates must earn a "C" or higher in each course.
EC 106. DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE OF FAMILY.
The major focus of this course is to understand this unique world of the family as we examine a different set of concepts, such as generational alliances, differentiation of self, emotional triangles,developmental tasks analog messages, boundaries, emotional distance, family paradigms, and experiential aspects of mothering. (3)
EC 200. ORGANIZATION THEORY AND PRACTICES.
Theory and practices related to organizational structures will be the focus of this course.(3)
EC 205. NUTRITION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD.
Nutrition information related to both growth and development and also normal and abnormal conditions in infancy and childhood will be the focus of this course. Methods and criteria for recognizing nutrient needs of young children, food patterns, current issues related to the development of food patterns for young children and behavior modification will also be examined.(3)
EC 308. LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD.
Provides foundations and strategies for facilitating language development in infants, toddlers, and young children.(3)
EC 309. CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.
Students consider the diverse cultural, developmental, and learning of young children as they investigate the philosophical and practical aspects of curriculum development, assessment, and social issues relating to young children, ages birth through eight. (3)
EC 310. PRINCIPLES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.
Presents an overview of fundamental education principles, teaching techniques, learning theory, and curricular designs unique to the young child. This course requires 20 clock hours of field experience. (3)
EC 311. DYNAMICS OF PLAY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.
Theoretical approaches to play,developmentally appropriate practices as related to play, and practical applications of play principles will be discussed in this course. (3)
EC 312. ADAPTING THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES.
The major focus of this course will incorporate an in-depth study of theories and practices in Early Childhood Education. Research does exist, which proves traditional and former beliefs of education, which have helped build competent and effective early childhood education programs. (3)
EC 313. CHILD CARE ADMINISTRATION.
Policies and procedures for administering a child care program and other community agencies. (3)
EC 314. DAYCARE PROCEDURES.
Course directs student in actual designing and implementing a daycare setting. (3)
EC 316. GUIDANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.
Principles of managing the learning environment, strategies for developing appropriate social skills, and procedures for developing appropriate behaviors will be included. (3)
EC320. PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE
Students are engaged to field experiences through several settings for children of age’s birth to eight.Candidates are required to complete 70 clock hours in a child care setting. (3)
EC 400. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:PRESCHOOL EDUCATION.|
Study of appropriate methods for preschool programs. Design and application of creative experiences and activities for preschool children in early childhood settings are also studied.(3)
EC 401. EARLY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES.
The focus of this course is to provide procedures and strategies for facilitating the successful inclusion of young children with disabilities in early childhood settings using developmentally appropriate practices. (3)
EC 402. SCIENCE AND NUMBERS.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of children’s development of math and science skills in Pre-K through third grade. It explores methods, trends, and materials for effective instruction in these areas, and emphasizes connections in learning processes,and utilizing an integrative approach to instruction. Milestones in the child’s development of mathematical concepts are linked with those in the development of the science process skills.(3)
EC 404. CREATIVE ARTS FOR CHILDREN.
Course designed to acquaint prospective teachers with various art media that can be used in pragmatic teaching situations. Demonstrates how to utilize resources in the areas of fine arts, dance, theater, music, and art for classroom use. Creative dramatics, role play, song and dance for children will be discussed as it relates to the overall development of the child.(3)
EC 463. PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE.
Students are engaged in supervised observation and participation in a Child Development Center. Scheduled critiques and planned evaluations are done with students, supervisors, and teachers. Students must complete a minimum of 100 clock.(3)