01948/Early Childhood Education
0320. Curriculum Development and Implementation in Early Childhood Program (3 s.h.) F S SS.
This course provides an introduction to the field of early education. Special emphasis is placed on understanding diverse program models and practices for children from birth to age eight. Students learn how to organize the classroom and plan educationally appropriate experiences for young children. Practicum experiences in local schools and centers provide opportunities for students to implement curricular activities in areas such as language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, expressive arts, and play.
Note: Early Childhood Education 0320 is an introductory course that serves as a prerequisite to all other early childhood courses. Practicum experiences in local schools and centers.
0321. Family/School/Community Environments for Young Children (3 s.h.) F SS.
This course offers a foundation for early childhood educators' work with families, schools and communities. Social, economic and technological changes that impact how children and families function are examined. The course emphasizes the latest developments in health, safety, and nutrition as well as their application in early childhood settings and home environments.
Note: Field experiences occur in school and community settings.
0322. Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Young Children’s Learning (3 s.h.) S.
This course gives students experience in using effective methods for observing and documenting young children's development. Various recording methods are featured along with principles of child development and appropriate practice. Practicum experiences in local schools and centers provide opportunities for students to conduct focused, systematic, and unbiased observations useful for making instructional and assessment decisions.
0324. Integrated Programming for Young Children (3 s.h.) F S SS.
This advanced seminar presents the theory and practice of educating young children in inclusive educational settings. Students study effective practices in positive behavioral support, activities based intervention, and developmentally appropriate practice for educating all children in inclusive settings.
Note: Early Childhood Education 0324 is an advanced seminar and should be taken as the final early childhood course.