Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten
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Students may initially declare an "-Interest" based major in this subject, but must still meet additional requirements to be formally accepted into the degree program.Click here for more information on Teacher Education Admission requirements
ECE 2250: Child Development and Early Learning
This course addresses theories of human development from conception to middle childhood (age eleven years) with attention to the social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains. Issues relating to family, diversity, and culture will be addressed as they relate to development and supporting children’s learning. Candidates will also explore effective learning environments, health, safety & nutrition for children. Observations in natural settings will be required.
ECE 3313: Preschool Curriculum and Assessment
In this course candidates design and implement developmentally appropriate, standards-based curriculum and lessons for preschool children; practice developmentally appropriate screening and assessment with preschool children; and describe effective techniques for working with young children with challenging behaviors. A 30-hour field experience required. Candidates must pass the College of Education’s mandatory background check and a mandatory state Bright from the Start criminal background check prior to beginning field experience.
ECE 3530: Movement, Music and Art in Birth through Kindergarten Programs
Teacher candidates will learn the utilization of art, music, movement and creativity to instruct children from infancy through five years of age. Topics that will be studied include movement exploration, children’s games, finger plays and songs. This course may require a field experience in an early learning environment. Verification of professional liability insurance is required.
ECE 3575: International Approaches to Early Care and Learning
This course addresses comparative early care and instruction for infants and children in international settings, including countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Central and South America Australia and North America. Candidates will explore the diversity of prenatal care, parenting, family practices, and international and child welfare issues. Candidates will also develop knowledge and skills of global awareness and instruction in early learning.