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Early Childhood Education 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.

Semester 1

FYE
First-Year Experience
A unique course designed to provide first-year college students with knowledge, tips and tricks to support their collegiate career.
1
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
14
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 2

EDUC 201
Introduction to Education
Foundational concepts of the modern educational system. Emphasis on sociological, historical, and philosophical concepts of American education with time to explore curriculum, pedagogy, technology skills, professional learning, and ethical practice within the field of education. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDPS 210
Educational Psychology and Child Development
A study of the psychological foundations of education with child development. Emphasis on developmental psychology and psychological foundations of relevant topics including, but not limited to, learning theories, individual variation and student diversity, planning, motivation, class management and assessment. Teaching as a form of ministry, psychology as a science, the use of research in education and the development of skills required to become a reflective practitioner. Field experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
13
credits
Total Credits
19

Semester 3

PSY 324
Psychology of Exceptionality
This is a survey course which attempts to develop an understanding and appreciation for students with special needs. Characteristics of those with learning disabilities, physical challenges, behavioral disabilities, developmental delays, hearing and vision impairment, and giftedness are studied.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
13
credits
Total Credits
16

Semester 4

EDUC 330
Early Childhood Education Foundations and Programs
A fast-paced breadth and depth study of early childhood, (birth-age 8) education, including history, philosophy, careers, leaders, curriculum, current trends and models, print, and technological resources.
3
credits
EDUC 346
Instructional Technology
Knowledge and skills to prepare students for responsible and beneficial use of current technologies. Fundamental understanding of importance of technology in teaching and learning practices. Relevant and practical technology applications for PreK-12 classrooms.
2
credits
ART 301
Methods of Art Education
Prepares to teach art history, art criticism, art production, and aesthetics in the elementary classroom. Provides opportunity to identify, understand, and evaluate children’s art work. Explores two and three dimensional media and the production of an art curriculum.
2
credits
EDUC 424
Differentiated Instruction
The course will prepare teacher candidates to meet the diverse needs of ALL students, including the culturally diverse, gifted, at-risk, second language learner, and those with special needs, in inclusive educational settings. It will provide pre-service teachers an overview of special education and the federal laws which govern the education of these students today. Attention will be focused on the process of identifying the individual needs of students and creating effective teaching techniques to address those needs, primarily through the use of differentiated instruction.
3
credits
THEO 381
Christian Teacher’s Ministry
The course applies Biblical and theological principles of vocation, ministry, and the two kingdoms to the teacher of the church and the priesthood of all believers. Study of Scripture, standard historical documents, and current practice in calling, placement, and congregational life focuses on the identity of the teaching minister in parochial education and the Christian teaching in public and private education.
2
credits
ASL 101
Beginning American Sign Language I
This beginning course in American Sign Language (ASL) is designed for the person who has no experience in ASL. The course will focus on development of vocabulary and grammatical structures of ASL, receptive and expressive skill development, and the study of deaf culture.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
18

Semester 5

EDUC 331
Infants and Toddlers: Development, Curriculum and Teaching
Standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment appropriate to infant and toddler development. Quality routines, appropriate environments, materials and activities, and teaching/guidance techniques will be explored. Field experience requirement contributes to the fulfillment of 45 clock-hours working with prekindergarten children.
3
credits
EDUC 332
Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods
Standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment appropriate for inclusive pre-primary classroom. Specific focus on Project Approach for supporting the growth of children in environments that meet the diverse needs of children from age three through five. Field experience requirement contributes to the fulfillment of 45 clock-hours working with prekindergarten children.
3
credits
PSY 212
Child Development and Psychology: Young Children
An intense study of the preschool–age child in twelve key areas of development. Involves weekly observations of a preschool child in a childcare setting.
1
credits
EDUC 397
Children’s Literature for Teachers
Literature for children from early childhood through the elementary grades. Various formats and genres; common trends and techniques used by authors and illustrators; current issues in the field. Methodology and strategies for integrating children’s literature across the curriculum.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
5
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 6

EDUC 430
Families, Schools and Communities
Emphasizes the role of families and communities in the young child’s early care and education, especially the early childhood teacher’s role in building successful relationships between families, educators, schools, and communities. Strategies for increasing respectful family- school partnerships that enhance children’s school success. Field experience requirement contributes to the fulfillment of 45 clock-hours working with prekindergarten children.
2
credits
HHP 471
Adapted Physical Activity
The course focuses on the theories, principles, and practices of working with individuals with special needs in physical education, recreation, and sport programs.
3
credits
EDUC 316
Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities
Develops disposition of respect for all learners as individuals with high potential. Understanding of unique strengths and needs of learners with autism, intellectual disability and other moderate disabilities. Knowledge gained in assessment, instructional design, strategies, resources and adaptations useful in response to learner needs. Collaboration with learners, families, and other professionals to develop meaningful programs. Field experience required.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
4
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 7

EDUC 314
Assessment, Evaluation and IEP
Provides teachers knowledge of how to select, administer, score and interpret a standardized/norm-referenced assessment for exceptional learners. Utilizing formative and summative assessments in the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), to support, verify and document learning. Accommodations in assessment and testing conditions, and ethical practice in administering and scoring assessments. Analyzing data and utilizing appropriate technology to understand gaps in learning and guide planning.
3
credits
EDUC 317
Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
Characteristics of students with exceptional needs including mild disabilities such as specific learning disabilities and knowledge of assessment, referral and planning processes. Instructional design built on learners’ prior knowledge to reach full potentials. Disposition of respect for learners, understanding of strengths and needs to guide teacher planning for appropriate strategies, accommodations, resources and materials. Field experience required.
3
credits
EDUC 461
Literacy Instruction, Assessment and Intervention
Current theory, research, content, methodology, instructional materials, and classroom organization that relate to teaching the major components of literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in diverse classrooms. Informal and formal assessment of reader strengths and needs for instruction and intervention. Emphasis on learner development and differences, learning environment, content knowledge and application, planning, instructional strategies, planning interventions, professionalism and collaboration. Field Experience required.
6
credits
EDUC 452
Early Childhood Program Organization and Management
Organizing, planning, managing, and evaluating preschool and childcare programs. Exploration of community resources for young children and their families.
3
credits
EDUC 405
Math Methods for the Elementary Classroom
Elementary mathematics standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment for diverse classrooms. Emphasis on learner development and differences, learning environment, content knowledge and application, assessment, planning, instructional strategies, professionalism and collaboration.
3
credits
GED ED
General Education
General education from across the university
1
credits
Total Credits
19

Semester 8

EDUC 407
Science and Social Science Methods for the Elementary Classroom
This course is designed to provide elementary teacher candidates with an introduction to the issues and methods related to teaching social studies and science in elementary classrooms. There will be an emphasis on inquiry and problem-based learning. The course will be a blended format consisting of onsite and online instruction. The course is required as part of the professional semester.
3
credits
EDUC 363
The Teacher Laboratory—Elementary Methods
Support course for student teachers during the first eight weeks of the Professional Semester: Clinical Experience.
1
credits
EDUC
Student Teaching
Student teaching placements in schools across the globe.
10
credits
Total Credits
14