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Graduate Early Childhood Education (ECED)

The prerequisite for 50000-69999 level courses is graduate standing. The prerequisite for courses 70000 and higher is doctoral standing. Additional prerequisites may apply and are listed in this catalog.

An asterisk (*) adjacent to a course number indicates that students are required to complete Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCII) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks and submit the results to authorized personnel at their assigned “school/agency” before the first day of the semester in which the student teaching/internship will take place.

50093/70093 Variable Title Workshop in Early Childhood Education (1-5)
S/U grading.

50114 Teaching Science in the Early Years (3)
This course examines methods of teaching the processes of science. Attention is given to methods, equipment, safety and planning. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

50142 Home, School and Community Relations (3)
Approaches to parent and community involvement in the education and welfare of children. Understanding of role of community agencies and organizations.

50145 Music and Rhythms in Preprimary Education (3)
Comprehensive coverage of music and rhythms for preprimary child. Intended for early childhood education majors or other persons desiring additional work in music with preprimary children. Prerequisite: approval of instructor.

50146 Teaching with Microcomputers: Early Years (3)
Developing competency in teaching with microcomputers in pre-kindergarten through grade three. Includes laboratory experience in computerized lessons and management and programming in LOGO, field testing of computer-related materials and a research review.

50147 Teaching Mathematics: Early Years (3)
Instructional psychology and materials for effective teaching of mathematics in pre-kindergarten through grade three with a theoretical emphasis on cognitive development. Special fee: $10 per semester (subject to change).

50151 Guidance of Young Children (3)
Principles and practices of appropriate guidance for young children: intervention strategies, resources and materials for guidance.

50153 Organization and Supervision of Early Childhood Centers (3)
Basic guidelines for establishing and supervising early childhood settings for infants, preschool and school-age children.

60101/70101 Constructivist Teaching in Early Childhood Classrooms (3)

Theorists and researchers with a constructivist orientation will be examined in relationship to teacher beliefs. The course will focus on constructivist practices emphasizing child-sensitive curriculum and teaching practices.

60102/70102 Developing a Balanced Literacy Program (3)
An examination of own teaching practice focusing on assessment strategies to inform decision-making for individual children and evaluation strategies to fi ne tune a balanced literacy program.

60111/70111 Auxiliary Services for Early Childhood Education (2)
Current public and private programs for young children as resources for preschool and primary teachers. Methods of initiating and implementing new programs.

60112/70112 Humanities for Children (2)

Relevance of humanities as applied to education of young children.

60113/70113 Preschool Education (3)

An in-depth study of curriculum development in preschool programs.

60150 Curriculum and Intervention in Early Childhood Services (3)
(Cross-listed with SPED 63950) Overview/comparison of early childhood service approaches: history/issues delivering services; developmentally appropriate practice; and environmental arrangement, how to modify curriculum. Prerequisite: special approval.

60151/70151 Sociomoral Environment in Early Childhood Education (3)
Children’s social and moral development will be explored in relationship to the context of primary classrooms. Children’s social problem-solving, friendship-making, guidance strategies and interventions, building and facilitating classroom communities, and promoting a caring classroom will be the focus of this course.

60152/70152 Application of Selected Theoretical Principles to the Development of Young Children (3)
Examination of theories pertaining to child development that have special relevance in understanding and meeting developmental needs of young children. Application of selected theoretical principles to child development.

60153/70153 Play in Childhood (3)
Examination of the play of children from various theoretical perspectives, the role of the play in development, strategies for facilitation of children’s play in various settings.

60154/70154 Practical Applications Birth to Five (4)

(Cross-listed with SPED 6/73953) Practical application of recommended practices for children birth to fi ve. Observation of children in natural environment. Plan/evaluate intervention with families/professionals. Prerequisite: special approval.

60155/70155 Infant and Toddler Development and Eduction (3)

Development from birth through age two. Application of theories to understand infant and toddler behavior and developing infant/toddler programs.

60156 Foundations in Early Childhood Services (3)

(Cross-listed with SPED 63956) Issues facing children within family/society; history of early childhood services; theoretical perspectives; implications of childhood disabilities; recommended assessment, intervention and evaluation.

60157 Assessment/Teaching Exceptional Infants and Young Children (3)
Cross-listed with SPED 63957. Examines a range of systems for comparing and observing early childhood services, practices, young children and families: types and purposes of assessment procedures and instruments, monitoring progress. Prerequisite: special approval.

60158/70158 Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Curriculum (3)
Course examines post-modern understanding of early childhood education curricula in relationship to teaching (instruction-oriented teaching vs. pedagogy-based teaching). Social, historical, legal, political, international and cultural issues that have affected early childhood education curricula practices will be critically examined.

60159 Family Professional Collaboration in Early Childhood (3)
(Cross-listed with SPED 63952) Examines issues facing families and professionals serving young children who are at risk, disabled and typically developing.

60160 Typical and Atypical Development in Young Children (3)
(Cross-listed with SPED 63955) Overview of typical/atypical development pathways age three to grade three: theories of behavior; implications of atypical development on play/learning; development within ecological framework. Prerequisite: special approval.

60161/70161 Parenting Education: Supporting the Parenting Process (3)
Exploration of parenting processes through the life span with particular focus on how school and non-school professionals support families and children.

60162 Practical Applications Five to Eight (4)*
(Cross-listed with SPED 63954) Application of recommended practices for children five to eight. Observation of children in natural environment; plan/evaluate intervention collaboratively. 60 clinical/field hours. Prerequisite: special approval.

60164/70164 Appropriate Assessment in Early Childhood Education (3)
Formative evaluation that informs curriculum planning for children age three to grade three. Seamless assessment of both emergent academic abilities and specific content areas such as math, science and literacy will be examined. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

60165/70165 Principles of Social Learning Applied to Early Childhood Education (3)

Discussion, evaluation and application of contemporary theory and research specifically related to the modification of behavior within the context of the developmental demands of early childhood. Prerequisite: special approval.

60166/70166 Observational Analysis of Classroom Interactions (3)*
A practicum in construction and application of pupil observational assessment instruments for classroom use. Developmental and social psychology research is used to develop assessment items. Emphasis is on analysis of social interaction patterns through narrative and checklist recording, teacher rating scales and sociometric evaluation. Prerequisite: special approval.

60167/70167 Language and Literacy: Understanding Development (3)

The development of language in children from birth through age eight with a focus on the process of typical language development and the diversity of multicultural language. Topics specifically related to classroom teaching include the assessment of language delays and disorders and strategies for connecting oral language to literacy in preschool. Corequisite: ECED 60152.

60168/70168 Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Education (3)
Survey of changes in child’s systems of processing information from birth through primary school years, and application of these theoretical principles to programs for young children.

60192 Early Childhood Services Intervention Methods/Internship (5)*

Integration of specific strategies for working with children birth to eight with intensive needs (cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism) with internship. 90 fi eld/clinical hours. Prerequisite: special approval.

60199 Thesis I (2-6)
Thesis students must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester, distributed over several semesters if desired. S/U grading; IP permissible.

60299 Thesis II (2)
Thesis students must continue registration each semester until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: ECED 60199.

67291/77291 Seminar in Early Childhood Education (1-4)

67292/77292 Practicum and Internship in Early Childhood (1-10)*

S/U grading; IP permissible.

67295/77295 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education (1-5)

67296 Individual Investigation in Early Childhood Education (1-5)

S/U grading; IP permissible.

67298 Research in Early Childhood Education (1-15)

S/U grading; IP permissible.

80291 Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education (1-4)
Advanced seminar in ECED. Prerequisite: special approval.

80292 Advanced Practicum and Internship in Early Childhood Education (1-10)*
Advanced Practicum and Internship in ECED. . Prerequisite: special approval.
80295 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education (1-5)*

Special topics in ECED. Prerequisite: special approval.

80296 Individual Investigation in Early Childhood Education (1-5)
Individual investigation in ECED. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: special approval.

80298 Research in Early Childhood Education (1-15)

Research in ECED.