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ECE - Early Childhood and Elementary Education

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 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. Equivalent to ECE125A, ECE125B, 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/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. This course includes the 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. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

ECE125B (1 credit)
Early Childhood Development (Part B) Toddler
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. This course includes the 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. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

ECE125C (1 credit)
Early Childhood Development (Part C) Preschool/Primary Ed
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. This course includes the 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. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

ECE126 (3 credits)
Early Childhood Education Best Practices
Examines the basics of establishing a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate learning environment for young children. This course includes the CDA subject areas of safe, healthy, learning environment, physical, cognitive, and communication. 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)
Examines the basics of establishing a safe classroom environment, promoting good health and nutrition for young children, and arranging an early childhood classroom so that children will become self-directed in their learning. This course includes the CDA subject areas of Safe, Healthy, and Learning Environment. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

ECE126B (1 credit)
Early Childhood Education Best Practices (Part B)
Examines promoting children’s physical development by determining their needs and providing appropriate materials and activities. It also includes skills for promoting children’s cognitive development by involving them in exploring their world. This course includes the CDA subject areas of Physical and Cognitive. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

ECE126C (1 credit)
Early Childhood Education Best Practices (Part C)
Examines the promotion of children’s communication skills through listening, speaking, emergent reading and emergent writing. This course includes the CDA subject areas of Communication. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

ECE135 (3 credits)
Applied Child Development
Examines the importance of encouraging creativity and promoting social and emotional development in young children. Explores appropriate guidance techniques. Includes the CDA subject areas of creative, 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)
Advancing Creative Skills
Examines the importance of encouraging creativity in young children. This course includes the CDA subject area of Creative. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

ECE135B (1 credit)
Applied Child Development (Part B) Promoting a Positive Self-Concept & Social Skills
Examines the importance of promoting social and emotional development in young children. This course includes the CDA subject areas of Self and Social. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

ECE135C (1 credit)
Applied Child Development (Part C)
Examines the importance of promoting social and emotional development in young children. Explores appropriate guidance techniques. This course includes the CDA subject area of Guidance. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

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 Involvement
Examines the importance of promoting family involvement in early childhood programs in order to promote children’s positive development. This course includes the CDA subject area of Families. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

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. This course includes the 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. This course includes the CDA subject area of Professionalism. Community observations in early childhood settings are required. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores

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 ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

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. Recommended prerequisite: ECE125, ECE163, or ED165.

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.

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.

ECE199 (variable credits)
Selected Topics in Early Childhood Education
Studies issues related to early childhood education.

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
Covers planning curriculum themes by assessing children’s interests and needs. Includes ways to promote cognitive development by engaging children in units that are child-centered. Course may include an online component. 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.

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 may include an online component. Course is equivalent to ECE243A / ECE243B / ECE2343C combined. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement test score, and ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE243A (1 credit)
Promoting Child Health and 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 ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE243B (1 credit)
Promoting Child Health and 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 ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE243C (1 credit)
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 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 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 and kindergarten children. Covers how to select, present, and evaluate materials and activities for 2½- to 6-year-old children. Course may include an online component. 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 primary-age children. Covers how to select, present, and evaluate materials and activities for children six 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, stages of change, and the trauma response. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and HS155, HS158.

ECE261 (3 credits)
Advanced 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, 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 stressful issues that impact the development of the whole child, including poverty, divorce, child abuse, death of family members, changes in family system, cultural differences, violence, chronic illnesses, substance abuse, and homelessness. Requires online course component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and 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 Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score.

ECE275 (3 credits)
Anti-bias 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 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 scores. Recommended prerequisite: ECE100.

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. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement scores, and ECE136.