Early Childhood Education Course Descriptions
Foundations in Early Childhood Education - 3 Credits
This course provides an overview of the theoretical models that have a significant influence on the development of various early childhood curricula. A historical perspective of early childhood education is provided, leading up to an including present-day practices. Students will learn to apply theory to practice within the classroom setting for children ages’ birth through eight, including children with exceptionalities. Ethical issues in the Early Childhood setting will be explored.
Infant-Toddler Care and Assessment - 3 Credits
This course studies children's developmental stages from birth through age two. Principles of curriculum design and implementation for this age group are examined in concordance with theories of infant-toddler learning and development.
Movement and Music - 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the foundations of music and movement as it is used in the early childhood classroom. Students learn basic concepts of music theory and movement theory within the context of child development and curriculum planning.
Practicum I - 3 Credits
This course provides students with practical experiences in an early childhood education setting. Students are required to spend 15 hours per semester in seminar sessions and to assist in a early care and education facility for 100 hours. Students must demonstrate competency in providing a safe, healthy, learning environment that enables young children to develop physical, cognitive, and communication skills.
Prerequisite: ECE111 or Permission of ECE Director.You must speak with your academic advisor as well as the Career Services Office before registering.
Creative Activities - 3 Credits
This course covers the development of young children's art. Developmentally appropriate means of facilitating creative abilities for diverse groups through painting, drawing, clay, collage, and construction are examined.
Studio fee required. Prerequisite: ECE111 or Permission of ECE Director.
Children's Literature and Language Arts - 3 Credits
This course is designed to acquaint students with an integrated approach to children’s literature. Folk and multicultural literature and contemporary issues in children’s literature will be examined. Explores the use of technology in educational settings and plans for literature based units.
Teaching the Exceptional Child - 3 Credits
This course provides information about the exceptional learner. Topics include: history / philosophy/ laws of educating exceptional learners, characteristics of the exceptional child, assessment tools, instructional planning and teaching using individualized strategies with complementary techniques and technologies, home / school /community resources and inclusion.
Environment for Play - 3 Credits
This course exposes students to an evaluation of play from a historical perspective, and stresses the importance of play in the development of children and its role in the early childhood curriculum. The effect of play on the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of the child is discussed.
Math and Science in the Early Childhood Classroom - 3 Credits
This course introduces students to curriculum strategies to be used with young children to promote their mathematical and scientific abilities. Additionally, it will provide instruction on how to incorporate technology into the early childhood classroom. Attention is given to the developmental needs of the children and the developmental appropriateness of the lessons.
Social Studies in the Early Childhood Classroom - 3 Credits
This course introduces teachers of young children to a variety of themes and strategies that promote social awareness, pro-social behavior, and interpersonal skills for young children. This course will encourage students to examine the ways in which the classroom environment and the world outside the classroom affect learning. Concepts in ethnicity, family and community life, and diversity are explored. Curriculum planning for young children with a wide variety of needs and abilities will be addressed.
Health, Safety and Nutrition - 2 Credits
This course explores the issues of health, safety and nutrition in relation to the normal growth and development of young children. Emphasis is placed on the recognition and measurement of normal growth patterns, principles of good nutrition, hygiene, health maintenance and illness prevention. Understanding cultural issues and special needs of individual children are addressed as aspects of health and safety.
Practicum II - 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of ECE 199 and provides students with practical experiences in early childhood education. Students spend 15 hours per semester in seminars and assist in their professional area for 100 hours. Students must demonstrate mastery of the core competency areas of creative development, self, social, guidance, families, and professionalism, when planning activities for young children.
Prerequisite: ECE199 or Permission of ECE Director .
Practicum - 3 Credits
This course provides students with practical experiences in early childhood education. Students participate each week in seminars and assist in their professional area (in pre-K/K regular education or inclusive setting) for 100 hours. Students must demonstrate competencies in planning and carrying out appropriate lessons to promote young children’s cognitive, creative, language, and social development. Students will be introduced to the Connecticut Preschool Benchmarks and the creative curriculum for use in planning lessons.
Prerequisite: Permission of Advisor/Director.You must speak with your academic advisor as well as the Career Services Office before registering. Click here for more information.
Administration of Child Care Programs - 3 Credits
This course examines the role of the childcare administrator with respect to management duties, which include financial planning, state regulations, curriculum and staff development, nutritional responsibilities, and parent and community relations.
Prerequisite: ECE111, 9 credits in ECE or Permission of ECE Director.