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Early Childhood Education - Birth to Third Inclusive Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Early Childhood Inclusive Education degree is a 57-credit-hour degree program. It consists of comprehensive courses in diverse learning methods, along with an 18-hour supplemental endorsement option. This degree program includes two student teaching opportunities to build hands-on skill application.

EDUC 574
Early Childhood Program Organization and Management
This course focuses on organizing, planning, managing, and evaluating programs for young children. Childcare and preprimary programs are examined in light of current developmentally appropriate practice. Candidates will be introduced to the portfolio requirements for the program. (Also listed as EDUC 452)
3
credits
EDUC 563
Early Childhood Education Foundations and Program
This course provides graduate candidates in early childhood education with knowledge of the history, philosophy and current trends in early childhood education. They will learn about current models and become acquainted with print and technological resources that will enable them to continue to learn in their professional careers.
3
credits
EDUC 594
Research Evaluation and Design
This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice
3
credits
EDUC 501
Contemporary Thought in Education
This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
3
credits
PSY 511
Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
3
credits
EDUC 578
Infants and Toddlers: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Birth-3)
Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from birth to age three; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from birth to age three.
3
credits
EDUC 565
The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development
A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of younger children (ages three through grade 3), emphasizing the characteristics of young children, oral language development, developing reading interests, the integration of all language arts in the beginning reading program, and current issues in teaching the young child to read.
3
credits
EDUC 576
Behavior Management in Inclusive Settings
This course explores fundamental concepts and issues related to behavior management at the school- wide and classroom level. Emphasis is placed on research-based intervention for behavioral issues. The instructional goals of this course are to provide candidates with theory, principles and procedures for serving the academic, social and emotional needs of students with emotional and behavior disorders in inclusive settings. To meet the goals, the course will be organized as follows: a) a brief overview of characteristics, b) planning and organizing instruction, c) assessment and educational placement considerations, d) curriculum and programming including scientifically research-based strategies, and e) educational, social and emotional issues across a lifespan. This course will include 10 hours of direct contact with young children, age’s birth through kindergarten, including those with special developmental and/or learning needs.
3
credits
EDUC 559
Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Disabilities and Other Struggling Learners in Inclusive Settings
This course explores diverse instructional strategies to meet the needs of students at-risk or identified with learning disabilities in inclusive settings. Focus is on a range of evidence based interventions (e.g., accommodations specified in the IEP), curriculum, strategies and materials for addressing individualized student needs within the general education classroom.
3
credits
EDUC 580
Pre-Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages 3 through 5)
Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from age three to age five; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children age three through five.
3
credits
EDUC 650
Family and Culture
Family and culture are integrally connected to children’s healthy growth and development. This course equips candidates to understand the complexity of families and to develop positive reciprocal relationships which support and engage diverse families as partners to support meaningful learning experiences and build effective learning environments.
3
credits
EDUC 657
Teaching Students with Autism and Severe/Profound Disabilities
This course provides historical, social, and legal foundations and skills for working within a framework of collaborative partnerships to support children with autism or severe disabilities across varied classroom settings. The roles of family members and consideration of diversity and multicultural backgrounds in educating children with severe disabilities and autism will be covered. This course will include characteristics of severe disabilities, autism, and special health care needs, methods of planning individualized instruction, and instructional strategies that support students with Autism and Severe/Profound Disabilities. In addition, technology applications for these populations will be discussed. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 692
Observing and Assessing the Young Child with Disabilities
This course emphasizes the role of assessment and evaluation in early childhood settings through observing, recording, analyzing and interpreting the behavior/characteristics and learning of young children. Candidates study and use a range of assessments including standardized tests, criterion-based tests, and group administered assessments, as well as behavioral surveys. Candidates learn to apply skills to effectively communicate and interview teachers and parents of young children, including English language learners and students with disabilities. This course includes best practices for assessment of children with special needs and team collaboration that encourages mutual respect and strengthening of school/family partnerships. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
3
credits
EDUC 583
Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages six through eight)
Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children ages six through eight; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from age six to eight.
3
credits
EDUC 564
Children's Literature- Literature for Young Children
This course provides graduate candidates strategies to select, evaluate, and use children’s literature appropriate for early childhood programs. All genres of literature are addressed along with the history of children’s literature. Topics include methods of presenting literature for enhancement and enjoyment.
3
credits
EDUC 625
Serving and Leading in Community and World
This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
3
credits
EDUC 672A
Student Teaching
Teaching Eight weeks supervised student teaching in an inclusive pre- primary setting
3
credits
EDUC 672B
Student Teaching
Eight weeks supervised student teaching in an inclusive primary setting.
3
credits
Total Credits
54