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ECE - Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Career and Technical Courses

ECE100 (3 credits)
Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Introduces students to the field of early education for children. Covers the history and roots, current issues and challenges in the field, and explores professional education and career directions for teachers of young children birth to eight years. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115, or designated placement scores.

ECE125 (3 credits)
Early Childhood Development

Provides an overview of child development from conception through eight years of age. The focus is on studying and observing the physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social characteristics of the child during this period. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject areas of child growth and development and observation as well as the functional areas of physical, cognitive, communication, and creative. Child observations are required. Community observations in early childhood settings may be required. Course may include an online component. Equivalent to ECE125A, ECE125B and ECE125C. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

ECE125A (1 credit)
Early Childhood Development
(Part A) Prenatal and Infant

An overview of child development from conception through one year of age. The focus is on studying and observing the physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social aspects of the individual during this period. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject areas of child growth and development and observation. Child observations are required. Community observations in early childhood settings may be required. Course may include an online component.

ECE125B (1 credit)
Early Childhood Development (Part B) Physical and Cognitive

An overview of child development from one through two years of age. The focus is on studying and observing the physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social aspects of the individual during this period. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject areas of child growth and development and observation. Child observations are required. Community observations in early childhood settings may be required. Course may include an online component.

ECE125C (1 credit)
Early Childhood Development (Part C) Communication and Creative

An overview of child development from three through eight years of age. The focus is on studying and observing the physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social aspects of the individual during this period. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject areas of child growth and development and observation. Child observations are required. Community observations in early childhood settings may be required. Course may include an online component.

ECE126 (3 credits)
Early Childhood Education Best Practices

Examines the basics of establishing a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate learning environment for young children. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject areas of safe, healthy and learning environment. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Equivalent to ECE126A, ECE126B, ECE126C. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

ECE126A (1 credit)
Early Childhood Education Best Practices (Part A) Safe Environments

Examines the basics of establishing a safe classroom environment. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject area of Safe.

ECE126B (1 credit)
Early Childhood Education Best Practices (Part B) Healthy Environments

Examines the basics of establishing a healthy environment for young children. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject area of Healthy.

ECE126C (1 credit)
Early Childhood Education Best Practices (Part C) Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environments

Examines the basics of establishing a developmentally appropriate learning environment for young children. Includes the CDA subject areas of Learning Environment.

ECE135 (3 credits)
Applied Child Development

Examines the importance of promoting social and emotional development in young children. Explores appropriate guidance techniques. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject areas of, self, social and guidance. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Equivalent to ECE135A, ECE135B, ECE135C. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

ECE135A (1 credit)
Applied Child Development (Part A) Promoting Emotional Skills

Examines the importance of promoting emotional development in young children. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject area of Self.

ECE135B (1 credit)
Applied Child Development (Part B) Promoting Social Skills

Examines the importance of promoting social development in young children. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject area of Social. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component.

ECE135C (1 credit)
Applied Child Development (Part C) Providing Positive Guidance

Examines the importance of promoting social and emotional development in young children. Explores appropriate guidance techniques. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject area of Guidance. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component.

ECE136 (3 credits)
Early Childhood Education: A Professional Overview

Examines the importance of promoting family involvement, developing an effective early childhood classroom program based on the needs and interests of the children, and continuing professional growth. Covers the process of Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing. Includes the CDA subject areas of families, program management, and professionalism. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Equivalent to ECE136A, ECE136B, ECE136C. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

ECE136A (1 credit)
A Professional Overview (Part A) Promoting Family Engagement

Examines the importance of promoting family involvement in early childhood programs in order to promote children’s positive development. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject area of Families. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component.

ECE136B (1 credit)
A Professional Overview (Part B) Providing Program Management

Examines the importance of developing an effective early childhood classroom program based on the needs and interests of the children. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject area of Program Management. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component.

ECE136C (1 credit)
A Professional Overview (Part C) Promoting Professionalism

Examines the importance of continuing professional growth. Includes the CDA subject area of Professionalism. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component.

ECE151 (3 credits)
Guiding Children in Group Settings

Addresses positive ways to support children’s social-emotional development from birth to age eight by understanding children’s behavior. Focuses on adult-child and child-child interactions and relationships. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score; and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165 or permission of Instructor.

ECE152 (3 credits)
Fostering Creativity

Focuses on understanding and implementing a developmental approach to providing creative experiences and opportunities for young children. The class will be taught with an active learning and cooperative education philosophy using group discussions and hands-on learning. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165 or permission of Instructor.

ECE154 (3 credits)
Children's Literature and Literacy

Surveys children’s literature for young children and emphasizes setting up environments and planning activities that support emerging language and literacy skills in young children. Covers the developmental continuum of language, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score; and ECE125, ECE161, or ECE163 or permission of Instructor.

ECE161 (3 credits)
Infant/Toddler Development

Explores child growth and development in detail from the prenatal period to age three, including elements of quality group care for infants and toddlers. Direct experience observing infants and toddlers in a group setting will be an important part of the course. Course may include an online component. Prerequisite: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score.

ECE163 (3 credits)
Preschool/Primary Development

Explores child growth and development in detail from three through eight years of age, including elements of quality programs for preschool and school-age children. Direct experience observing young children in a group setting will be an important part of the course. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score.

ECE175 (3 credits)
Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Explores developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) for children from birth through age 8. Examines appropriate physical environments, as well as practices and environments that promote positive development in all developmental domains. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score; and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165 or permission of Instructor.

ECE199 (variable credits)
Selected Topics in Early Childhood Education

Focuses study in a variety of Early Childhood Education topics to fulfill specific educational goals.

ECE240 (3 credits)
Play-Based Learning

Explores why play is a fundamentally important part of children’s development, the role of play in learning, and ways that adults can support and promote play. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score; and ECE125, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE241 (3 credits)
Promoting Cognitive Development

Examines the development of integrated curriculum promoting cognitive development by engaging children in units that are child-centered and are based on observation of their interests and needs. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE161, ECE163.

ECE242 (3 credits)
Parenting Education and Family Support

Promotes understanding of the body of knowledge in the field of parenting education and skills in effective parenting education practices, both in group and home settings. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and HS158.

ECE243 (3 credits)
Promoting Child Health and Physical Development

Provides an understanding of the essential elements of health, safety, and nutrition for young children. Methods and materials for enhancing motor development will be examined. Course is equivalent to ECE243A/ECE243B/ECE2343C combined. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement test score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE243A (1 credit)
Promoting Child Health and Physical Development: Health and Wellness

Provides an understanding of the essential elements of health, safety, and nutrition for young children. Methods and materials for enhancing motor development will be examined. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE243B (1 credit)
Promoting Child Health and Physical Development: Nutrition and Physical Activity

Provides an understanding of the essential elements of health, safety, and nutrition for young children. Methods and materials for enhancing motor development will be examined. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE243C (1 credit)
Promoting Child Health and Physical Development: Appropriate Practices and Special Needs

Provides an understanding of the essential elements of health, safety, and nutrition for young children. Methods and materials for enhancing motor development will be examined. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE244 (3 credits)
Observation and Assessment

Focuses on the use of observation as a tool for discovering children’s interests, assessing development and behavior, and planning responsive curriculum. Observations in community early childhood settings are required. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score; and ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE245 (3 credits)
Promoting Social/Emotional Development of Young Children

Explores strategies to help children develop the social and emotional tools needed to manage their own behavior, exhibit more prosocial behavior, and master social skills. Addresses how to support children who have particular social needs such as shyness, aggressive behavior, and hearing or visual impairments. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE151, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE246 (3 credits)
Child, Family and Community

Focuses on developing skills for establishing effective relationships, based on mutual respect, between early childhood professionals and families of the children with whom they are working. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE248 (3 credits)
Children with Disabilities and Their Families

Explores ways teachers can facilitate the inclusion of young children with disabilities in a child care or classroom setting. Covers characteristics of disabilities, environmental and curricular adaptations, and instructional strategies for supporting learning. Impact of disability on families, working in partnership with parents, and participation on the IFSP/IEP team will also be addressed. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE250 (3 credits)
Infant/Toddler Environments

Explores planning and evaluating physical and social environments for children birth to 3 years old. Includes room arrangement, appropriate equipment, outdoor areas, and creation of a nurturing environment. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score; and ECE161.

ECE251 (3 credits)
Preschool Environments

Explores planning and evaluating physical and social environments for 3 to 8 year-old children. Includes room arrangement, appropriate equipment, outdoor areas, and creation of a nurturing environment. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE163.

ECE252 (3 credits)
Family Child Care Environment

Explores planning and evaluating physical and social environments for children in a multi-age family child care setting. Includes room arrangement, appropriate equipment, outdoor areas, and creation of a nurturing environment. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE161 and ECE163.

ECE254 (3 credits)
Preschool Curriculum

Designed for those working with preschool-aged children. Covers how to select, present, and evaluate materials and activities for 2½- to 5-year-old children. Emphasizes how to fulfill curriculum standards using developmentally appropriate teaching strategies. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score; and ECE161.

ECE255 (3 credits)
Infant/Toddler Materials and Activities

Designed for those planning to work with infants and toddlers. Covers how to select, present, and evaluate materials and experiences for children birth to three years old. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE161.

ECE256 (3 credits)
Primary Curriculum

Designed for those planning to work with kindergarten and primary-age children. Covers how to select, present, and evaluate materials and activities for children five to eight years old. Emphasizes how to fulfill curriculum standards using developmentally appropriate teaching strategies. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE163 or ED165.

ECE258 (3 credits)
Early Childhood Home Visitation

Explores the role of the early childhood home visitor in providing effective services to families with young children in the home setting. Focuses on understanding the parent-child relationship and attachment, supporting child development knowledge, responding to individual family culture, and incorporating a trauma-informed care approach. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and HS155, HS158.

ECE261 (3 credits)
Practicum I and Seminar

Provides supervised teaching of children in a lab school or community setting, applying what has been learned through coursework and previous lab experiences. Course includes an online component. Criminal history check required as students will be in early childhood or elementary school settings. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, all required 100-level ECE courses, and ECE254, ECE255, or ECE256.

ECE262 (3 credits)
Advanced Practicum II and Seminar

Provides supervised teaching of children in a lab school or community setting, applying what has been learned through coursework and previous lab experiences. Students will take on the role of a lead teacher for a portion of the experience. Course includes an online component. Criminal history check required as students will be in early childhood or elementary school settings. Prerequisite: ECE261.

ECE265 (3 credits)
Children at Risk

Explores the types of trauma experienced by young children, the impact of trauma on early brain development, and principles of working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Emphasizes trauma-informed practices and importance of self-reflection and self-care for professionals. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE266 (3 credits)
Spanish for Early Childhood/Elementary Professionals

Focuses on developmentally and linguistically appropriate practices for second language learners as well as developing a perspective of cultural competency. Enables students to develop basic vocabulary and learn cultural activities in Spanish to use with Spanish-speaking children and parents in a variety of educational situations Prerequisite: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score.

ECE275 (3 credits)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Education

Explores the role of the adult in helping children accept and appreciate diversity and uphold values of equity, inclusion and social justice. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE285 (3 credits)
The Early Childhood Professional

Explores professional code of ethical conduct, aspects of leadership as an early childhood professional, and the development of a professional philosophy and portfolio. Provides the opportunity to engage professionally in a community project. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE100, ECE136.

ECE295 (3 credits)
Management of Early Childhood Programs

Studies principles and practices in supervision and management of preschool and child care centers, including organization, budgeting, personnel records, relationships with community resources, regulatory agencies, and working with parents. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisite: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE136.

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