Early Childhood Education (ECH)
Examines theory, research and practices relating to play and the creative arts in early childhood. Considers practical constraints and alternative perspectives. Prerequisites: None.
The study of documentation in early childhood environments including strategies to reflect on children's thinking, hypothesis development, and the multiple relationships essential in the learning environments. Prerequisites: None.
Study of the science of human development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation skills, parent and adult roles in the lives of children, and contemporary issues. Prerequisites: None.
Comparison of computers as a teaching device with traditional early childhood learning materials. Hands-on experience with child/computer interaction and software evaluation. Prerequisites: None.
Portfolio or resource file development, completion, and presentation. Self-assessment and credentialing planning, professional development, writing, and critical learning included. Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director.
Emphasizes the blend of job-related activities including career exploration, employment procedures, human relations, and on-the-job issues. Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division. Course Notes: CFS/ECH269 may be repeated for a total of three (3) credit hours.
Introduction to techniques of observing young children. Recording methods, interpretation and use of collected information including legal and ethical implications. Prerequisites: None.
Exploration of the influence of the environment on the behavior of young children. Indoor and outdoor spaces considered and analysis of environments practiced. Prerequisites: None.
Methods and techniques for encouraging beginning scientific thinking among young children. Focus upon the theory of Jean Piaget. Prerequisites: None.
Methods and techniques for encouraging the beginnings of mathematical/logical thought with young children. Focus upon the theory of Jean Piaget. Prerequisites: None.
Literacy from birth through the early childhood years. Focus on developmentally appropriate ways to encourage speaking, listening, writing, and reading in the home and classroom. Prerequisites: None.
An intensive focus on the process of building curriculum units appropriate to the developmental needs and abilities of the young child. Design, use and evaluation of materials and activities. Prerequisites: None. Course Notes: ECH279 may be repeated for a total of four (4) credit hours.
A discussion of the nutritional needs of young children and the cultural and social meanings of foods, feeding and eating. Includes planning and managing food experiences in home and group settings. Prerequisites: None.
Consideration of motor development in the toddler through the 8-year-old and exploration of age-appropriate rhythmic, musical and creative movement methods. Prerequisites: None.
Exploration of techniques for guiding children in groups with focus on individual child and adult needs for a disciplined environment. Prerequisites: None.
Work experience in child care centers. 80 hours of designated work per credit. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CFS/ECH176 and permission of Department or Division. Course Notes: CFS/ECH284AA may be repeated for a total of six (6) credit hours.
Work experience in child care centers. 80 hours of designated work per credit. Maximum of 6 credits allowed. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CFS/ECH176 and permission of Department or Division. Corequisites: CFS/ECH269.
Emerging professionalism within the field of early childhood education. Consideration of job responsibilities, rewards, ethics and current issues facing practitioners. Includes assessment and career planning. Prerequisites: None.