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ECE-Early Childhood Education

ECE700 - Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

Based on the premise that curriculum, instruction and assessment are inextricably intertwined, this course is designed to help prospective teachers of young children conduct informal and formal assessments and develop an assessment system that draws information from various sources. Teachers will develop knowledge and understand the principles and components of preschool curricula and strategies of learning for preschool children. Curriculum and assessment, content, strategies, and examples appropriate for the development and learning of young children are emphasized. The course communicates the mindset that comprehensive, reliable and valid assessment data pave the way for meaningful, relevant and engaging learning opportunities for children. (3 crs.)

ECE702 - Advanced Childhood Development

This online course provides teachers with the opportunity to review recent research and theory concerning advanced child growth and development. The course examines the nature and process of child development with a focus on infancy and early childhood years. The primary goal of the course is the integration of information generated from empirical research, both classic and current, into explanatory systems (theories) of child development. The emphasis in this course is less on learning the “facts” of child development and more on learning why child development research is conducted (theories), how it is conducted (methodology), what it means for the field (conclusions) and how research is evaluated (critical thinking). (3 crs.)

ECE703 - Literacy Development

This online course provides teachers with the opportunity to review recent research and theory concerning literacy development. The study of different areas of literacy development, specifically oral language, writing and reading, are encompassed in the course. The theory and research is translated into practical strategies, assessment materials and preparation of rich literacy environments. The course provides teachers with an effort to reflect upon current issues in early literacy, specifically early intervention programs to assist struggling readers, language and diversity, teaching skills in developmentally appropriate settings, organization and management of literacy programs, and family literacy partnerships. (3 crs.)

ECE704 - Special Topics in Early Childhood Education

A focused examination of an emerging and dynamic problem or issue in the study and practice of early childhood education. Special subject matter not ordinarily covered in the existing curricula can be presented by faculty. Examples include but are not limited to: design and accreditation of early care settings, adapting instruction for diverse learners, cultural diversity in the early care setting, parent and community involvement, advocacy and ethics, inquiry-based learning, or content-specific topics. (3 crs.)

ECE705 - Science and Math in Early Childhood Education

This course provides practicing teachers with the opportunity to attain an advanced conceptual understanding of and skill in using numerous teaching strategies for science and math content. As the result of this course, teachers will be able to increase their understanding of science and math content, and select, plan and teach integrated constructivist-based lessons for diverse learners in their early childhood years. (3 crs.)

ECE707 - Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Settings

Early childcare settings should provide a supportive and encouraging environment. This course addresses planning for child care and education facilities including staffing, regulations and licensing, organizing space and equipment, nutrition and health policies, and parent and community relations. Teachers will examine the importance and application of developmentally appropriate practices and programs that are nationally recognized. Careful attention will be given to standards, ethical practices and advocacy in the development of future leaders of Pre-K programs. (3 crs.)