This course is designed to give students the theory and practice necessary for teaching and caring for children from infancy through age eight. It is an introduction to the professional preparation needed for preschools and child care.
EDUC 231 | Emergent Literacy and Language Arts (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide learning in the development of the two receptive language skills of listening and reading; and the two expressive language skills of writing and speaking. Methods facilitating these skills will be addressed in a developmental approach. The course includes teaching strategies, research, curriculum design and implementation, assessment and evaluation, technology, and family involvement in language arts and literacy for young children.
EDUC 232 | Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
This course is designed for early childhood classroom practitioners. It focuses upon the planning, implementing, and evaluating of developmentally appropriate activities for young children in the creative areas of art, music, movement, and play including experiences and methods for developing self-expression and creativity.
EDUC 308 | Preschool Practicum (1 credit hours)
This course provides a minimum of 45 hours of field experience in an early childhood education setting, with the focus on developing knowledge and skills related to working with preschool aged students.
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Corequisite: EDUC 336
EDUC 336 | Science, Math, and Social Science for Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to examine the foundations, principles, and current research related to the development of curricula for young children, especially in the areas of math, science, and social studies. Students will experience an in-depth study of cognitive development of children ages birth through age eight including concept development; problem solving; and planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities in math, science, and social studies. This examination includes the relationship between the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth and development of young children as well as curriculum development. Theoretical and practical study of teaching methods for students from birth to Grade 3 will be addressed.
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite) Corequisite: EDUC 308
EDUC 402 | Developmental Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
This course prepares students to plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for children ages birth-8 years of age. Topics include learning environment design, writing goals and objectives, lesson plans, and daily schedules. Content and methods for planning developmentally appropriate activities and environments designed to enhance children’s cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and creative development are included as well as experience in the production of materials to be used in early childhood programs.
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, EDUC 206, EDUC 317 (or Corequisite)
EDUC 428 | Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
This course covers the policies, procedures, and responsibilities for the administration and organization of early childhood education programs. Key topics include program goal setting, facilities utilization, budget and finances, record keeping, curriculum implementation, staff relationships and training, parent and community involvement, federal, state and local agencies and licensing, and relevant national trends and their effect on early childhood programs. Early Childhood Professional Ethics and Standards will be infused throughout the course.
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education