Education

Foundations of Education

EDUC100

This course is primarily for students interested in pursuing a career in education. A survey of the history and philosophy of education with emphasis on current problems in education, on significant educational innovations, and on the school as a social institution. Field experiences may be provided.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better), or
Corequisite: Reading Placement Test score Level 2 and enrollment in a paired section of READ110

Foundations of Education (Paired Section)

EDUC100P

This course is primarily for students interested in pursuing a career in education. A survey of the history and philosophy of education with emphasis on current problems in education, on significant educational innovations, and on the school as a social institution. Field experiences may be provided.

3 credits
Prerequisite:
Corequisite: Paired section of READ110

Foundations for Early Learning Pre K - 4

EDUC105

Students explore current issues with historical and philosophical background including inclusionary practices, curriculum development, cultural diversity, research, and developmentally appropriate practice in the Pre K-4 setting. The course includes five hours of observation

3 credits
Prerequisite: Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better), or
Corequisite: Reading Placement Test score Level 2 and enrollment in a paired section of READ110

Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children

EDUC115

Course content is based on the development of skills in observing, recording, assessing, and evaluating the behavior of young children. Field experiences are required to acquaint students with a genuine teaching learning environment.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Early Learning and Development I - Ages Birth - 5

EDUC120

This course explores child development in the cognitive, language, physical, emotional, and social domains within a theoretical and research framework for children from birth to five years of age. Students examine the influences of cultural diversity, family, and education on early learning and development. Five hours of observation required.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None.

Early Development and Learning II - Ages 6 - 9

EDUC130

This course explores child development in the cognitive, language, physical, emotional, and social domains within a theoretical and research framework for children ages 6-9. Students examine the influences of cultural diversity, family, and education on early learning and development. The course includes five hours of observation.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: None.

Practical Psychology for the Childcare Worker

EDUC141

An exploration of the interpersonal and affective skills necessary for the childcare worker to interact with children, parents, and co-workers. Included is an overview of child development, communication skills, and the recognition of the childcare worker as a professional. Emphasis placed on dealing positively with stresses peculiar to children and adults in the childcare setting.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Childcare Program Planning

EDUC142

This course provides an introduction to the childcare profession. It includes an exploration of child development from infancy through school age, with emphasis on planning developmentally appropriate activities in a safe and healthy learning environment. Included are investigations of childcare for special needs children, mildly ill children, and alternative groupings.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Childcare Standards and Regulations

EDUC143

This course provides an overview of formal regulations and acceptable standards impacting childcare programs. Students will compare and contrast local, state, and federal regulations, and the agencies that set and enforce those regulations. The student will be introduced to procedures necessary to maintain program compliance.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Infants and Toddlers

EDUC144

This course will explore the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of infants and toddlers. An emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate educational practice for this age group. Students will design learning experiences and create learning environments to facilitate development.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Science and Math Experiences for Young Children

EDUC150

Participants in this course will identify science and math experiences relevant to different childhood ages and levels. Students will create science and math experiences, select appropriate materials, learn specific scientific and mathematical techniques for working with young children, learn how to integrate science and math instruction, and enrich their own background knowledge in science and math for young children.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Math Experiences for Young Children PreK-4

EDUC155

Participants in this course identify mathematics education relevant to the PreK-4 child. Students create math experiences, select appropriate materials, learn specific mathematical techniques, design developmentally appropriate lesson plans, and learn how to integrate math instruction into the PreK-4 curriculum. Course involves field experience. 3 Credits.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Introduction to Exceptionalities

EDUC160

This course provides an overview of the different categories of exceptional learners. Issues in the education of individuals with cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and physical handicaps are emphasized, including inclusion and other placement options. The course includes five hours of observation.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through five years

EDUC170

This course examines language and literacy development in children from birth to five years of age, including the role of English language learners and language development for exceptional learners. Students present developmentally appropriate activities in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Five hours field experience.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: None.

Families, Schools, and Community

EDUC175

This course examines relationships among family, school and community as they relate to education. Early childhood professionals develop techniques for establishing respectful partnerships among parents, schools, caregivers and community agencies while employing effective communication strategies for each unique situation.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Integrated Arts, Movement and Play

EDUC200

Students study integrating children’s creativity, play, music, movement and the arts into the curriculum. This course emphasizes process over product in guiding children to creatively express themselves in art, movement and play. Students learn how to effectively support goals of multicultural education and exceptional learners. Course involves field experience. 3 Credits.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Fieldwork: Observation and Assessment in Education I [Special Education/Autism Emphasis]

EDUC205

Participants engage in a hands-on experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder in a classroom setting. Students use applied behavior analysis, observation, and informal assessment techniques to increase skills and change behavior. Minimum 40 hours of field experience.

3 credits
Prerequisite: EDUC160 or
Corequisite: EDUC160

Fieldwork: Observation and Assessment in Education II- PreK-4

EDUC206

Students develop skills in interacting and observing children in an early childhood or elementary classroom. Students discuss issues in curriculum development and adaptation based on informal assessment instruments. Students assist with classroom instruction in a small group or one-to-one situation. Minimum twenty hours field experience.

3 credits
Prerequisite: EDUC105 (C or better)

Computers, Media, and the Teacher

EDUC210

This course is intended primarily for all educators and future educators. Through an exploration of multimedia usage, the focus is upon computers, interactive media, and the expansion of thinking and creating using technology.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Practicum in Education

EDUC220

A "hands-on" experience in a local school, or childcare placement; contact hours = 15 hours weekly on site, frequent supervisory visitations, and weekly conference. The seminar included clarifies the: school, or childcare organization, staff responsibilities, an orientation of professional ethics, and develops an appreciation of the profession.

6 credits
Prerequisite: Current enrollment in Early Childhood, Childcare, or Instructional Assistant program, academic qualification, and permission of the Department of Social & Behavioral Science, EDUC105 (C or better), EDUC115 (C or better); Instructional Assistant: EDUC100 (C or better), PSYC180 (C or better); Childhood Certificate: EDUC115 (C or better), EDUC142 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Early Childhood Program Organization and Administration

EDUC250

This course is designed for individuals currently working as directors in the early childhood field or for those who are preparing for administrative positions. Topics include local, state, national regulations and standards; program evaluation; effective supervision, mentoring of staff members; staff evaluation techniques; cultural sensitivity; and communicating with the community.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Experience as a Director or Assistant Director of a child care center or permission of the Education Coordinator.
Corequisite: None

Management Issues in Early Childhood Facilities

EDUC260

This course is designed for directors of early childhood facilities or those who are preparing to assume administrative positions. The course focuses on strengthening the management skills of center directors and offers the opportunity to keep pace with changes in the child care center industry, human resources, and funding resources.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Experience as a Director of Assistant Director of a child care center or permission of the Education Coordinator.
Corequisite: None

Leadership in the Early Childhood Program

EDUC270

This course is designed for individuals currently working as directors in the early childhood field or for those who are preparing to assume administrative positions. It explores the many dimensions of leadership and offers participants the chance to apply learning to specific projects and plans that will enhance their centers.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Experience as a Director or Assistant Director of a child care center or permission of the Education Coordinator.
Corequisite: None