400 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

400-211 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2 cr
Designed as a foundations course for students in Early Childhood Education who are preparing to teach children from birth to age 8 in inclusive settings. Students will gain an overview of the field, have an opportunity to examine their commitment to the education and well-being of young children, and begin systematic planning for the development of their professional life.
Prereq: Admission to Professional Education and the Early Childhood Program.

400-213 DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CHILD 3 cr
The focus of this course will be on the development of children from birth through age 8 within the context of the whole lifespan. It will include learning theory, theory and practice of play, developmental milestones, and discussions on current thinking and recent research in developmental psychology.
Prereq: Admission to Professional Education and Early Childhood cohort.

400-214 FIELD WORK 1: OBSERVATION & REFLECTION IN HEAD START 2 cr
This course requires students to spend 50 hours with a group whose background the student does not share, 25 hours of which which will be with a DPI-designated ethnic minority group. Students will be involved in guided observation tasks in order to gain experience in observing and reflecting upon children's growth and development, family-center interactions, and the functioning of an early childhood intervention model.
Prereq: Admission to Professional Education and to the Early Childhood Program.

400-215 ART IN THE EARLY YEARS 3 cr
An introduction to the role and purpose of visual experiencing and art-making as it relates to the development of Early Childhood students. Through a variety of observation, hands-on, lecture and discussion experiences, students will have the opportunity to base and develop their understandings of child development in connection with age appropriate curriculum development in art and art-making. Required of all ECE-Special Ed majors.

400-216 REFLECTION SEMINAR: ECOLOGY OF THE CHILD 2 cr
The course is intended to ensure that the well-prepared teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

400-321 GUIDING YOUNG CHILDREN 3cr
This course is designed to help students understand the behavior and feelings of young children, learn how to understand and build positive behaviors and feelings, develop positive classroom environments for young children, and deal with their common behavioral and emotional problems particularly in classroom settings.
Prereq: Admission to professional education and to the Early Childhood Education Program.

400-322 WORKING WITH INFANTS AND TODDLERS AND THEIR FAMILIES 4 cr
This course examines relevant theories and pertinent research pertaining to care of infants and toddlers within the family seting and in group care programs. Content includes an examination of legislative action that calls for intervention services for the birth to three population in natural settings, screening and assessment procedures, eligibility criteria for service delivery, working closely with and supporting parents, and team collaboration styles. The relationship between best practices for care of infants and toddlers in community care and policies which support them is considered as well. Students will design and evaluate curriculum activities appropriate for all children, from birth to three years of age.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-323 REFLECTIVE SEMINAR: ASSESSMENT 1 cr
This course provides pre-service teachers with the opportunity to reflect upon their course work and classroom experiences, discuss and share educational ideas, monitor professional growth, formulate personal goals and objectives, collaborate with peers, share new ideas, design and evaluate strategies and methods for working with children, parents and other professionals. Written and oral reflection and other means of creative expression will be practiced with respect to both the content of the current courses and field work experiences.
Prereq: Admission to Professional Education and to the Early Childhood Program.

400-331 DIRECTED TEACHING A: INFANTS AND TODDLERS 6 cr
This course provides the student with the opportunity to fully develop practice and reflect upon skills acquired through coursework and previous field experience. Students are placed in both a county Birth-to-Three Program and a community infant/toddler childcare program. High quality inclusive programs are selected (when possible). Students are provided supervision by a Cooperating Teacher, and a University Supervisor. Students will plan and implement instruction for individuals and groups of children, adapt instruction for children with disabilities, conduct assessments, evaluate student performance, collaborate with parents and professionals.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-332 REFLECTION SEMINAR: LITERACY/INFANT TODDLER 1 cr
This course provides teachers-to-be with opportunities to reflect upon theri course work and classroom experiences, discuss and share educational ideas, monitor professional growth, formulate personal goals and objectives, collaborate with peers, and design new strategies and methods for working with children, parents, and otehr professionals. Written and oral reflection and other means of creative expression will be practiced with respect to both the conent of current courses and field work experiences.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-333 INFORMAL ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN 3 cr
This class is designed to assist students in acquiring skills related to informal assessment. These skills include: the ability to use a variety of observation strategies, to apply funnctional assessment strategies, use play-based and other criterion-referenced instruments, develop and implement program evaluation strategies. Additionally the student will acquire the ability to link assessment results to IEP/IFSP formation, and the ability to use assessment results to develop differentiated instruction, the ability to write summary reports for school files, and to communicate in writing and verbally, assessment results to parents and to other professionals.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-334 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE ARTS, AGES 3 THROUGH 8 3 cr
A study of literature and media for young children, ages three through eight years, with a primary focus on student exposure to a wide variety of current, award-winning children's literature across all genres. An emphasis is place on evaluating, selecting, and presenting materials related to the interests and needs of children and an integrated school curriculum. A second emphasis considers the use of language arts to elicit children's responses to literature.
Prereq: Sucessful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-441 DIRECTED TEACHING B: PRESCHOOL (3-4) 3 cr
This course provides the student with the opportunity to fully develop their practice and reflect upon skills acquired through coursework and previous field experience. Students are placed in high quality inclusive preschool programs (when possible) and provided supervision by a Cooperating Teacher and a University Supervisor. Students will plan and implement instruction for individuals and groups of children, adapt instruction for children with disabilities, conduct assessments, evaluate student performance and collaborate with parents and professionals.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-442 PLANNING FOR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS 3 cr
This class provides students with the skills to develop and adapt curriculum and instructional strategies to meet the educational needs of young children who require specilalized instruction. The emphasis is on the provision of that instruction in the natural environment of the children.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-443 FIELD STUDY: AGES 3 THROUGH 5 3 cr
Being involved in an early childhood classroom enables students to apply theoretical understandings regarding positive discipline approaches for young children and the adaptation of both curriculum and the environment to meet individual needs and abilities. Students will practice written and oral reflection. It is expected that reflective thinking will assist the student in accommodating their beliefs and knowledge of theory to classroom realities. A concurrent seminar will allow students to pose classroom practice problems, negotiate solutions, and share insights while being exposed to multiple viewpoints.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-451 REFLECTIVE SEMINAR: FINAL CONSIDERATIONS 1 cr
This course provides pre-service teachers with the opportunity to reflect upon their course work and classroom experiences, discuss and share educational ideas, monitor professional growth, formulate personal goals and objectives, collaborate with peers, share new ideas, design and evaluate strategies and methods for working with children, parents and other professionals. Written and oral reflection and other means of creative expression will be practiced with respect to both the content of the current courses and field work experiences.
Prereq: Admission to Professional Education and to the Early Childhood Education Program.

400-452 INTEGRATED CURRICULUM FOR CHILDREN: AGES 6 THROUGH 8 3 cr
This course is designed to increase students' understanding of how to combine different subject areas, such as literacy, math, art, music, science within one thematic unit based on an understanding of how children learn and develop. Initially, students will study related theory and explore a variety of instructional methods. A field component will allow students to apply their knowledge by planning and implementing a series of classroom experiences with children in primary classrooms. Subsequent reflection and class discussion will address implementation problems and seek solutions.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-461 DIRECTED TEACHING C (ECSE) 5 cr
This course provides the student with the opportunity to fully develop their practice and reflect upon skills acquired through coursework and previous field experience. Students are placed in programs serving young children with disabilities. High quality inclusive programs are used (when possible). Supervision is provided by a Cooperating Teacher and a University Supervisor. Students plan and implement instruction for individuals and groups of children, adapt instruction for children with disabilities, conduct assessments, evaluate student performance, collaborate with parents and professionals.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-462 DIRECTED TEACHING D:KINDERGARTEN 5 cr
This course provides the student with the opportunity to fully develop, practice and reflect upon skills acquired through coursework and previous field experience. Students are place in public school kindergarten programs providing service to four and five year olds, with and without disabilities. They are provided supervision by a Cooperating Teacher and a University Supervisor. Students plan and implement instruction for individuals and groups of children, adapt instruction for children with disabilities, conduct assessments, evaluate student performances and collaborate with parents and professionals.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-463 DIRECTED TEACHING E: PRIMARY 5 cr
This course provides the student with the opportunity to fully develop, practice and reflect upon skills acquired through coursework and previous field experience. Students are placed in public school kindergarten programs serving six, seven and/or eight year olds, with and without disabilities. A Cooperating Teacher and a University Supervisor will provide them supervision. Students will plan and implement instruction for individuals and groups of children, adapt instruction for children with disabilities, conduct assessments, evaluate student performance, collaborate with parents and professionals.
Prereq: Successful completion of all prior Early Childhood Education classes.

400-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-3 cr

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