Early Childhood Education (ECD)

ECD 300 Introduction to Early Childhood Education. (3) F, S
Examines theoretical approaches to teaching young children and social, historical, political, and educational issues that impact early childhood education. Prerequisite: admission to the Professional Teacher Preparation Program (PTPP).

ECD 308 Foundations of Early Childhood Education. (3) F, S
The foundational basis of the early childhood field, including historical roots, current theories, professional options, and policy developments at national, state, and local levels. Prerequisite: postbaccalaureate certification program admission.

ECD 310 Educational Environments: Infants/Toddlers. (3) F, S, SS
Organizing, planning, and implementing developmentally appropriate educational practices to provide optimal learning environments for infants and toddlers in group settings.

ECD 311 Social Studies in Early Childhood Education. (3) F
Development of democratic living in all areas of the curriculum. Objectives, problem solving, selection of content, scope and sequence, construction of instructional material, and resources. Experiences with children. Prerequisite: postbaccalaureate certification program admission.

ECD 312 Educational Environments: Preschool–Kindergarten. (3) F, S
Consideration of all aspects of curriculum. Philosophy, principles, practices, problems, and evaluation in the integrated-experience program. Prerequisite: postbaccalaureate certification program admission.

ECD 314 The Developing Child. (3) F, S, SS
Provides a base for understanding and working with young children. Examines all aspects of development of children, birth through age eight, with implications for teachers and parents.

ECD 322 Communication Arts in Early Childhood Education. (3) F
Factors affecting language development. Setting conditions for learning in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: ENG 213 or equivalent; postbaccalaureate certification program admission.

ECD 378 Practicum in Early Childhood Development. (3) F, S
Provides a field-based experience in selected early childhood settings (outside the public schools prior to student teaching). Prerequisite: ECD 314.

ECD 401 Instructional Strategies: Social Studies and Creative Arts. (3) F, S
Presents materials, techniques, and resources for a balanced program of social studies and aesthetic expression appropriate for children in preschool through 3rd grade, with emphasis on the integrated curriculum. Corequisites: ECD 402, 496; RDG 401, 402.

ECD 402 Instructional Strategies: Math and Science. (3) F, S
Emphasizes developmentally appropriate educational strategies and instructional techniques in teaching mathematics and science to children (preschool through 3rd grade), within an integrated curriculum approach. Prerequisites: BIO 100; MAT 114 or 117 or equivalent; MTE 180 or equivalent; PHS 110 or equivalent. Corequisites: ECD 401, 496; RDG 401, 402.

ECD 404 Language Arts. (2) F, S
Presents theory on the social nature of oral and written language and congruent classroom practices. Prerequisites: DCI 396; EDP 301, 303; SPF 301. Corequisites: DCI 303, 397; EDP 302; EMC 300.

ECD 496 Field Experience. (0) F, S
Application of course content in a preschool through 3rd grade setting. Emphasis on observation, focus on child-centered curriculum, planning and delivering instruction, and assessment. Corequisites: ECD 401, 402; RDG 401, 402.

ECD 522 Developmental Social Experiences in Early Childhood Education. (3) F
Materials, techniques, aesthetic expression, creative activities, and values in the integrated curriculum. Prerequisite: ECD 311 or equivalent.

ECD 525 Communication Arts in Early Childhood Education. (3) S
Problems and trends of current programs and oral language development. Effort to bring together language acquisition findings with educational practices. Opportunity for self-directed learning/study. Prerequisite: ECD 322 or equivalent.

ECD 527 Mathematics in Early Childhood Education. (3) F
Theory and practice in the use of manipulative materials for teaching mathematics to preschool and primary grade children. Prerequisite: ECD 402 or EED 380 or 402 or equivalent.

ECD 544 Play Education. (3) S, SS
Theories of play and the educational implications of each. Practical applications at the early childhood level.

ECD 555 Modern Practices in Early Childhood Education. (3) F, SS
Trends and practices, instructional and resource materials, and methods and techniques in early childhood education.

ECD 733 Social and Emotional Development. (3) A
Inquiry into the social and emotional development dynamics in children, such as peer relationships, self-concept, and parenting processes, with implications for teachers.

ECD 744 Evaluative Procedures: Young Children. (3) S
A critical examination and use of developmentally appropriate evaluative procedures for children from birth through age eight.

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