Early Childhood Education (ECE)
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- SD - Science Distributive Requirement
- BSD - Behavioral and Social Science Distributive Requirement
- HD - Humanities Distributive Requirement
- AD - Arts Distributive Requirement
- EC - English Composition Requirement
- I - Interdisciplinary Requirement
- J - Diverse Communities Requirement
- W - Writing Emphasis Requirement
- SE - Speaking Emphasis Requirement
- ET - Ethics Requirement
- F - Foreign Languages Culture Cluster
- AR - Arabic Culture Cluster
- ASL - American Sign Language Culture Cluster
- CC - Classical Civilizations Culture Cluster
- FA - French & Francophone Area Culture Cluster
- GER - German Culture Cluster
- IT - Italian Culture Cluster
- REE - Russian & Eastern European Culture Cluster
- SP - Spanish Culture Cluster
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ECE 100. Orientation to Early Childhood. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the history and philosophy of early childhood education. Field observations in a variety of settings provide the student with an opportunity for career decision making.
ECE 225. Infant Development and Field. 6 Credits.
The study of infant/toddler development and appropriate programming. The relationship of the developmental level to the structuring of learning environment is fostered as students interact with infants in child care settings for four hours per week.
ECE 231. Child Development (2-5 Years). 3 Credits.
Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and moral development of the child, 2-5 years of age. Parallels are drawn from this phase of child development to students self-development.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
ECE 232. Preschool Learning Environment & Field Experience. 3-6 Credits.
Methods and materials for structuring the classroom environment for the child 2-5 years of age. Readiness skills and concepts in all curricular areas are addressed.
Pre / Co requisites: ECE 232 requires prerequisite of ECE 225 and co-requisite or prerequisite of ECE 231.
Gen Ed Attribute: Writing Emphasis.
ECE 309. Introduction to the Language Arts. 3 Credits.
The areas of listening, speaking and writing are studied in depth. Knowledge, teaching and evaluative techniques are addressed. Introduction to the reading process and the relationship of language to reading also will be studied.
ECE 407. Diversity Perspectives in Early Childhood Education. 3 Credits.
This seminar will address the rewards and challenges of teaching in America's diverse classrooms.
Pre / Co requisites: ECE 407 requires formal admission into teacher education or Early Childhood Minor.
Gen Ed Attribute: Diversity Requirement, Writing Emphasis.
ECE 410. STUDENT TEACHING - 1ST HALF. 6 Credits.
Contact department for more information about this course.
Pre / Co requisites: ECE 410 requires formal admission into teacher education.
ECE 411. Student Teaching - 2nd Half. 6 Credits.
(Second half of semester) Two separate student teaching experiences are required: one in nursery or kindergarten and one in grades 1-3. Weekly practicum sessions are required.
Pre / Co requisites: ECE 411 requires formal admission into teacher education.
ECE 412. Early Childhood Internship and Seminar. 6 Credits.
This capstone course will cover infant, preschool and school age care. Students will spend the semester in either an infant, toddler, preschool or school age early childhood setting. Weekly seminar sessions are required. Open to TEACH students only.