Early Childhood Education (ECD)

ECD 300 Principles of Interprofessional Collaboration. (3)
fall and spring only
Focuses on the dispositions, experiences, knowledge, and skills necessary for interprofessional collaboration designed for young children and their families. Prerequisite: ECD 314.

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

ECD 314 The Developing Child. (3)
fall, spring, summer
Examines all aspects of development of children, birth through age eight, with implications for teachers and parents. Classroom observation and participation required.

ECD 315 Classroom Organization and Guidance in the Early Years. (2)
fall and spring only
Develops understanding and application of classroom organization and management principles, strategies, and procedures. Prerequisite: ECD 314.

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

ECD 378 Practicum in Early Childhood Development. (3)
fall and spring only
Provides a field-based experience in selected early childhood settings (outside the public schools before student teaching). Prerequisite: ECD 314.

ECD 400 Inquiry Into Teaching and Learning. (3)
fall and spring only
Foundational basis of the early childhood field, including historical roots, current practices, ethics, models of teaching, and application in early childhood settings. Prerequisites: ECD 314; postbaccalaureate certification program admission.

ECD 401 Integrated Curriculum and Assessment: Social Studies and Creative Arts. (3)
fall and spring only
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. Prerequisite: ECD 314. Corequisite: EDT 300.

ECD 402 Integrated Curriculum and Assessment: Math and Science. (3)
fall and spring only
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: ECD 314; MAT 114 or 117 (or its equivalent); MTE 180 (or its equivalent). Corequisite: EDT 300.

ECD 403 Educational Environments: Preschool/Kindergarten/Primary Grades. (3)
fall and spring only
Focus on interactions between young learners and the physical and social environments encountered in preschool, kindergarten, and primary settings. Prerequisite: ECD 314.

ECD 404 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Early Childhood. (3)
fall and spring only
Development of oral and written language from birth to age 8. Describes developmentally appropriate educational strategies for promoting growth in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Corequisites: ECD 496; EDT 300.

ECD 405 Practicum in Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Early Childhood. (2)
fall and spring only
Supervised experience teaching reading and language arts at the preschool, kindergarten, and primary-grade (1–3) levels. Developmentally appropriate strategies to promote young children’s speaking, listening, reading, and writing abilities.

ECD 414 Interprofessional Practicum. (3)
fall and spring only
Investigation of services and agencies available in the local community to parents of children with special needs. Practical experiences with an intermittent seminar format. Dispositions, knowledge, experiences, and skills necessary for interprofessional collaboration across multiple agencies and programs.

ECD 496 Field Experience. (0)
fall and spring only
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. Fee or deposit. Corequisite: ECD 404.

ECD 501 Interprofessional Collaboration. (3)
fall only
Dispositions, knowledge, experiences, and skills necessary for interprofessional collaboration required of professionals who work with multineed families with young children. Prepares students to implement effective strategies and workable plans to support interprofessional collaboration for providing integrative services to young children and their families.

ECD 521 Primary/Elementary Communication Arts in Bilingual Education. (3)
spring only
Examination of bilingual/biliterate development of elementary school children, bringing together native and second language, oral language, and literacy development findings with educational practices. Prerequisite: BLE 511.

ECD 522 Developmental Social Experiences in Early Childhood Education. (3)
fall only
Materials, techniques, aesthetic expression, creative activities, and values in the integrated curriculum.

ECD 525 Communication Arts in Early Childhood Education. (3)
spring only
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.

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

ECD 544 Play Education. (3)
spring and summer only
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)
fall and summer only
Trends and practices, instructional and resource materials, and methods and techniques in early childhood education.

ECD 601 Theories and Issues in Early Childhood Education. (3)
fall and summer only
Current theories and issues in early childhood education. Presents issues of early childhood best practices, policy, theory, research, and evaluation that are of significance to the early childhood professional. Highlights building on the child development conceptual framework as related to theory and practice.

ECD 733 Social and Emotional Development. (3)
once a year
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)
spring only
A critical examination and use of developmentally appropriate evaluative procedures for children from birth through age eight.

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