01948/Early Childhood Education (ECH ED)


Upper Division Courses

2321. Curriculum Development and Implementation in Early Childhood Program (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: ECH ED 0320.)

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: This is an introductory course that serves as a prerequisite to all other early childhood courses. Practicum experiences in local schools and centers.

2322. Family/School/Community Environments for Young Children (3 s.h.) F SS.

(Formerly: ECH ED 0321.)

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.

3322. Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Young Children’s Learning (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: ECH ED 0322.)

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.

4324. Integrated Programming for Young Children (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: ECH ED 0324.)

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: This is an advanced seminar and should be taken as the final early childhood course.
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