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Early Childhood Education


Department of Early and Middle Education

ECED 365. Study of Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom. 2 credits.

Introduction to the foundations, issues and trends in early childhood education. Attention will be given to theoretical models and how these relate to the teaching/learning process. Corequisite: ECED 366 and PSYC 360.

ECED 366. Laboratory in the Study of Teaching (0, 2). 1 credit.

Provides students with a supervised experience in the public school classroom. Focus will be on observation of the teaching-learning process in the classroom. Corequisite: ECED 365 and PSYC 360.

ECED 381. The Child as a Learner. 2 credits.

Study of the child as a learner with focus on cognitive and language development including the acquisition of symbolic reasoning, numerical understanding and the representational process. Individual differences in learning will be addressed, particularly as they are influenced by cultural and environmental factors. Prerequisite: ECED 365; corequisite: ECED 382, 402 and 403.

ECED 382. Laboratory in the Child as a Learner (0, 2). 1 credit.

Provides students with a supervised practicum experience in a classroom. Emphasis is on the objective observation and recording of children's behavior and analysis of data against a theoretical framework. Corequisite: ECED 381, 402 and 403.

ECED 401. Problems in Early Childhood Education. 1-3 credits.

Considers current problems and issues in early childhood education. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.

ECED 402. The Acquisition of Literacy. 6 credits.

Focuses on the reading/writing process and factors that influence this process. Methods and materials for teaching reading, writing and spelling; organizing the literacy environment; and the use and selection of children's literature will be addressed. Corequisite: ECED 381, 382 and 403.

ECED 403. Laboratory in Literacy (0, 2). 1 credit.

Provides students with a supervised experience in a public school or clinical setting. Emphasis will be on observing classroom instruction, working with individuals and small groups and providing supplementary literacy experiences for a variety of types of learners. Corequisite: ECED 381, 382 and 402.

ECED 410. The Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education. 3 credits.

Exploration of creativity theories and their application in educational programs for young children. Activities which support creativity and learning in areas of art, music, creative use of literature and development of creative language, movement and dance will be considered.

ECED 412. Natural and Social Sciences for Young Children. 3 credits.

Study of content, processes, teaching methods and materials for teaching science and social studies in the early childhood classroom. Knowledge of cognitive development as applied to the selection of content and method will be examined. Prerequisite: ECED 381; corequisite: ECED 413, 420 and 421.

ECED 413. The Acquisition of Mathematical Concepts. 3 credits.

Focus will be on the methods, materials, technology and content of teaching mathematics, including factors that influence the acquisition of mathematical concepts and processes. Consideration is given to the use of manipulatives, visual and symbolic materials. Prerequisite: ECED 381 and liberal studies math; corequisite: ECED 412, 420 and 421.

ECED 420. Teaching the Young Child. 6 credits.

Focus on integrating and organizing curriculum in the early childhood classroom. Emphasis will be on planning the organization of time, space and materials to meet the individual needs and interests of N, K-3 children. Assessment and evaluation reporting will be addressed. Prerequisite: ECED 381; corequisite: ECED 412, 413 and 421.

ECED 421. Laboratory in Teaching the Young Child (0, 4). 2 credits.

Provides students with an in-depth practicum experience in the public schools. Students will plan, conduct and receive feedback on the implementation of learning activities. Corequisite: ECED 412, 413 and 420.

ECED 441. Working with Parents of Young Children. 3 credits.

Study of the teacher's role in working with parents of young children. Approaches for involving parents, effectively communicating with parents and parent education are explored. Implications of current research and the evaluation of resources are included.

ECED 442. Child Development Programs. 3 credits.

Study of programs in child care centers and nursery schools which work to meet the needs of young children in group settings. Facilities, equipment and materials, program development, staff training and use of community resources as they relate to programs for young children are explored.

ECED 480. Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education. 8 credits.

Enables students to apply in public school classrooms those understandings, skills and attitudes acquired in all components of teacher education. Under the guidance of university supervisors and cooperating teachers, students engage in full-time teaching responsibilities.

ECED 490. Special Studies in Early Childhood Education. 1-3 credits.

Designed to give capable students opportunities to complete independent research on educational problems under faculty guidance. The plan for the study must be presented to the department head in prescribed form for approval prior to registration.

ECED 499. Honors in Early Childhood Education. 3 credits.


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