ECE-Early Childhood Education

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ECE304 - Thematic Teaching in Early Childhood

This course introduces a thematic approach to planning and teaching integrated curricula and focuses on teaching science, social studies and health concepts. Students will gain in their understanding and skill in developing and implementing thematic units. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.50 GPA, EDE 200 or ELE 200 (3 crs.) Fall.

ECE315 - Mathematical Content in Early Childhood

The student is introduced to how mathematics develops in the very young child and how to assess this development. The student is introduced to the teaching of arithmetic, measurement and geometry to the young child. Skills and understandings that children acquire from infancy to age 8 are covered. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.50 GPA, EDE 211 or ELE 220, updated clearances. (3 crs.) Fall.

ECE319 - Parent and Community Involvement in Education

This course emphasizes the role of parents and community in the framework of educational planning for young children. The student will demonstrate skills in planning education workshops. Students will use interview and conferencing techniques to learn from parents and community people actively involved in programs for children. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.50 GPA, EDE 200 or ELE 200. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

ECE320 - Field Experiences with Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

This course is intended to provide the student with an introduction to working with young children ages infancy through 5 by providing field experiences in infant/toddler day care centers and preschool centers (day care, Head Start or nursery schools). The student will observe, plan activities and prepare learning materials for children in group settings. Lectures and classroom teaching are combined to give students an opportunity to discover their aptitude and interest in working with very young children. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. (3 crs.) Spring.

ECE405 - Early Childhood Education Seminar

This course provides learners with the opportunity to develop a simulated comprehensive plan for a program targeting young children. Students are taught a historical perspective from which to build quality early childhood programs, including philosophies, curriculum, schedules, floor plans and daily practices. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. (3 crs.) Spring.

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.)