Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE125 The Early Childhood Professional

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course introduces students to the professional expectations of early childhood teachers and caregivers by linking National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) policies, standards and code of ethics to our everyday work. The theme of lifelong learner is also used as a structure for students to plan, implement and evaluate their own professional development plans through the Child Development and Early Education program resources.

ECE135 Math Concepts in Early Childhood

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

The course focuses on how young children explore math concepts through play. Adult support requires knowledge of how to select and present suitable materials, tools and experiences to set the foundation for later academic learning in this area. The relevant guidelines of both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are presented.

ECE136 Connecting with Children

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

The power of relationships as the foundation for all teaching is explored by revealing ways parents and professionals can use personalized communication to support children's development. Building on the concepts of attachment theory, students explore practical ways to enhance development, especially for infants and toddlers, by creating positive social and emotional bonds.

ECE140 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course introduces the student to the field of early childhood education, its history and professional values. Career opportunities as well as professional qualifications are discussed. The importance of professional attitudes and behavior, applicable regulations and an exploration of program types are presented.

ECE144 Early Childhood Observation Techniques

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Students must have ready access to a licensed program for young children and permission to observe individuals. Out-of-class time is required to complete the observation assignments.

This course provides an introduction to typical observation techniques in early childhood programs and prepares students for second-year coursework in individualization. Emphasis is placed on the collection and presentation of objective data regarding children's behavior. Anecdotal recording is the focus.

ECE145 Techniques of Positive Guidance

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This introductory course is designed to familiarize the student with the principles of positive guidance. Early childhood educators must bring a professional set of values and strategies to their classroom work with young children. Direct and indirect techniques for helping children manage behavior and build their social and moral thinking are presented.

ECE147 Infant/Toddler Caregiving

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

An examination of caregiving techniques for infants and toddlers, with emphasis on group care practices for this age range. The course deals with practical aspects of routines such as nutrition and feeding, diapering, sleep, etc. The importance of supporting attachment and promoting autonomy is discussed. Techniques for individualizing care in a group setting are emphasized. Students explore activity planning as well as patterns of concept and skill development.

ECE158 Play as Curriculum

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course emphasizes the importance of play as a foundation for children's abilities to develop relationships as well as physical and cognitive skills. Topics include defining play, developmental stages of play, skill assessment and activities, materials and strategies to enhance play for young children.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

ECE161 Child Development: Ages and Stages

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

A chronological view of child development is presented by reviewing the major characteristics of each stage from infancy through primary age. Material is strongly grounded in theory and intended to present highlights of how children change throughout early childhood. Coursework is designed to provide a framework for appropriate guidance and curriculum decisions for teachers and parents of young children. Age-appropriate expectations are the focus.

ECE166 Seminar - Beginning

Credit 1Winter

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Co-requisite: WE280CDC1.

This initial seminar focuses on discussion of issues, concerns and skills such as work ethic, positive guidance strategies and supporting children and other adults in the routines and transitions of an early childhood classroom.

ECE170 Health, Safety and Nutrition

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

Information on licensing requirements and group care needs of young children is provided. Safe and healthy practices, nutritional needs and the unique aspects of group care for children from infancy through preschool age are discussed, including the responsibilities of a mandatory reporter.

ECE171 Families and Diversity

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

This course is intended to prepare students to interact professionally with families of young children. Course content includes discussion of families as a social system, cultural and structural diversity, values differences and parenting styles. The proactive use of anti-bias philosophy and activities provides a key foundational system for classroom decision making.

ECE173 Exploring Art

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090 and WR090, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels.

The course provides an overview of the importance of sensory and art materials,techniques and activities for young children. Students engage with a variety of media as they explore developmentally appropriate projects. Students also link art and other creative activities to children's development in all domains.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

ECE235 Teaching Preschool Math

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and ECE135 and ECE261.

Methods and materials for developmentally appropriate activities for young children in math are presented, following guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The course focuses on structured exploration and inquiry strategies. Quality criteria for choosing topics and materials include the necessity of hands-on interaction for the child. Content topics may include classification, seriation, number sense, patterns, geometry and measurement.

ECE236 Social/Emotional Development

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: ECE140, ECE144, ECE145 and ECE161.

The importance of interpersonal relationships as a priority for early childhood care and education is the primary focus of this course. Students evaluate strategies to support children's social/emotional development. Appropriate topics may include identity, interpersonal relationships, emotion and conflict resolution and problem-solving. Developmentally appropriate practices and humanistic theory are the underlying values of our exploration of best practices.

ECE243 Emerging Literacy

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: ECE123.

Building on the student's knowledge of the paths of speech and language development in early childhood, this course focuses on methods and activities for supporting foundation skills for reading and writing. Topics include the print-rich environment, phonemics and phonology, book handling skills, invented spelling and whole language methods.

ECE244 Observation for Assessment

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: ECE144 and ECE261.

The focus of this course is using observation to individualize curriculum and routines for young children. The student should be familiar with the use of anecdotals and checklists as assessment tools. Child development knowledge, practical classroom experience and effective basic guidance strategies are enhanced by using observation and assessment to individualize children's experiences.

ECE245 Guidance Challenges

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: ECE145, ECE236 and ECE261.

This course builds on information presented in ECE145 to enable the student to move beyond establishing rules and routines to analysis of children's behavior and individual circumstances. The overall goal is for beginning teachers to practice professional decision making grounded in developmentally appropriate practices. In addition, students are expected to develop strategies that support children's moral thinking and ability to resolve conflicts.

ECE246 Home/School Relations

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: ECE171 and ECE286.

This course focuses on building and maintaining positive relationships with family and community members. Students learn how routine interactions and parent education can be effectively combined to foster cooperation and parent involvement in home/school partnerships.

ECE248 Special Needs and Inclusion

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: ECE140, ECE144, ECE145 and ECE161.

Developmental differences in young children are explored as well as an overview of the philosophy and practical issues of inclusion. The focus is on individual adaptations and collaborations with family members and other professionals. Content topics may include information on specific disabilities as well as educational and community resources for children with special needs.

ECE258 Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: ECE236 and ECE261.

The principles of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) are the foundation for professionalism and the heart of the definition of high quality in early childhood education. Students will use the principles of DAP to analyze environments, interactions, curriculum and guidance practices for congruence with these standards and discuss links with outcomes for children and society.

Additional Course Fee: $20.00

ECE260 Values and Issues in Early Childhood Education

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: ECE171 and ECE286.

This course is a survey of current issues in the profession, using the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Code of Ethics as a basis for discussion. Professional values as a tool for decision making will be the focus. The importance of advocacy, conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies as well as anti-bias curriculum will be featured.

ECE261 Child Development Principles

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: ECE140, ECE144, ECE145 and ECE161.,

This course is a survey of developmental topics, related to basic theories about children's behavior from birth to age 8. It is designed to provide a framework for appropriate decision making by parents and professionals. The focus includes age-appropriate expectations, understanding the links between developmental principles and outcomes and the significance of research findings for each stage.

ECE272 Interpersonal Skills

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: ECE140, ECE144, ECE145 and ECE161.

Communications and self-management skills are developed as students explore the roles of verbal and nonverbal communications, values, goals and boundaries in relationships. Emphasis is placed on developing a professional, non-judgmental approach to relationships with children, families and other professionals.

ECE285 Seminar - Intermediate

Credit 1Fall

This seminar accompanies the intermediate level of ECE cooperative education experience. It focuses on discussion of issues, concerns and skills such as objective observation, developing relationships with children, families, and classroom staff, and emerging leadership skills for managing small group experiences.

ECE286 Seminar - Advanced

Credit 1Fall/Winter/Spring

Registration Requirement: ECE166. Concurrent enrollment in WE280CDC2.

This seminar accompanies the advanced level of ECE cooperative education experience. It focuses on discussion of issues, concerns and skills such as developing relationships with children, families and classroom staff, managing routines and transitions and guiding children in classroom activities.

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.