EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE)

ECE 213 Cr. 3
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
An introduction to early childhood education including: an overview of the field of early childhood education, the nature of the young child, the role of play in learning, characteristics of effective learning environments, and the roles and responsibilities of teachers of young children. Course includes field experiences with prekindergarten children. Prerequisites: EFN 210 and C-I 211 or concurrent enrollment.

ECE 310/510 Cr. 1
Clinical Experience - Kindergarten
A clinical experience involving observation, participation and instruction in kindergarten settings. Students become acquainted with curriculum content, instructional strategies and classroom management techniques currently used in kindergarten classrooms. To be taken concurrently with ECE 326/526. Prerequisites: C-I 211, ECE 213, EFN 210, and PSY 310. Pass/Fail grading.

 

ECE 324/524 Cr. 3
Early Childhood Education: Prekindergarten
An overview of prekindergarten programs including the study of developmentally appropriate practices, integrated curriculum development, use of instructional materials, the affective nature of young learners, and the development of anti-bias materials and activities. Plans for instruction will be carried out with young children. Prerequisites: C-I 211, ECE 213, EFN 210, and PSY 310.

ECE 326/526 Cr. 3
Early Childhood Education: Kindergarten
A study of curriculum content, instructional strategies and materials in kindergarten programs. The focus is on developmentally appropriate curriculum which integrates social studies, science, literacy and mathematics. Issues in kindergarten education will be examined. To be taken concurrently with ECE 310/510. Prerequisites: C-I 211, ECE 213, EFN 210, and PSY 310.

ECE 356/556 Cr. 3
Guidance of Young Children: Parent-Teacher Partnerships
A seminar course for students completing the early childhood education minor and for early childhood practitioners. The course explores effective strategies for developing and utilizing parent-teacher partnerships in guiding young children's growth and development, with attention to the effects of child, family and teacher characteristics and interactions on effective guidance practices. To be taken concurrently with C-I 400 and 401. Prerequisites: ECE 310/510, 324/524, 326/526, 375/575, and admission to teacher education.

ECE 375/575 Cr. 3
Creative Experiences for Young Children: Art, Dramatic Play, Music
An investigation of the use of art, dramatic play and music to promote creative development of prekindergarten and kindergarten children. Prerequisites: admission to teacher education, ECE 324/524 or ECE 310/510 and 326/526.

ECE 380/580 Cr. 1-3
Developing Creative Activities for Young Children
This course is designed to assist preservice and in service teachers in the development of creative thinking challenges and activities for use with children in prekindergarten through third grade. Theories of creativity and multiple intelligences will be examined and used as the foundation for lesson designs. Prerequisite: PSY 370 or teaching experience. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

ECE 497/697 Cr. 3
Administration of Early Childhood Programs
A seminar course for students completing the early childhood education minor and for early childhood practitioners. The course emphasizes the study of the administration and organization of early childhood programs, program and staff development, supervision and evaluation, financial management, accreditation and licensing, advisory groups and community agencies, and the use of community resources. To be taken concurrently with C-I 400 and 401. Prerequisites: ECE 310/510, 324/524, 326/526, 375/575 and admission to teacher education.