Early Childhood Education Leadership – Child Development

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Early Childhood Education Leadership – Child Development Bachelor's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Early Childhood Education: Understanding Mental Health in the Early Years
  • Communications and Connections for Early Childhood Professionals
  • Organizational Management in Early Childhood Education
  • Empowering Contemporary Families
  • Observation and Assessment for Effective Curriculum Planning
  • Positive Behavior Guidance for Young Children
  • Technology and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Intentional Teaching Practices
  • Planning with a Purpose
  • Supporting Professional Practices in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education: Environments and Play Theory
  • Early Childhood Language and Literacy Learning
  • Early Childhood Education: Diversity and Social Justice
  • Ethics and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • Supporting Exceptional Children and Families
  • Early Childhood Education Advocacy, Research and Policy
  • Early Childhood Education Leadership Capstone

This course examines the impact of mental health issues on a child’s well-being. Students will focus on attachment theory, brain development, and the importance of executive function on lifelong learning. This course will challenge students to explore the effects of economics, family structure, and the environment on a child’s emotional and social development. Students will also be able to evaluate social support systems.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3000
Credits: 4


This course examines best practices in formal and informal communication with children, families, and professionals. Students will explore how to build community in diverse settings and for various stakeholders. In this course, students will develop their leadership vision and apply this vision to build healthy, empowering connections with constituents. Students will also analyze effective and ineffective methods of communication within a developmentally and culturally appropriate context.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3005
Credits: 4


This course provides an overview of the operational management of high quality early childhood programs. The course includes practical application related to policies, procedures, roles, and responsibilities in the context of best practices for children and families. The characteristics of high quality early childhood professionals will be assessed. Students will examine external factors affecting the operation of programs, including political and societal trends.

Prerequisite:Communications and Connections for Early Childhood Professionals

Course ID: EEC 3007
Credits: 4


This course explores various types and structures of families. Students will review the historical transformations of families and discuss contemporary families and communities. Students will also examine the major social issues contemporary families face. This course emphasizes resiliency in strengthening families through effective programming practices.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3011
Credits: 4


This course provides a framework for using best practices in observation and assessment in the early childhood classroom. Emphasis will be given to the necessity of high quality observation and assessment techniques for effective teaching. Students will examine assessment tools as well as learn about documenting children’s learning.

Prerequisite:Effective Teaching Strategies

Course ID: EEC 3015
Credits: 4


This course is an advanced approach to positive behavior guidance and classroom management. Students will investigate and apply strategies to create an environment that fosters pro-social and equitable practices in the classroom. This course emphasizes promoting positive interactions to support children’s self-regulation.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3020
Credits: 4


This course will explore technology as a part of the world in which children, families, and early childhood processionals live. Students will learn the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate practice as it relates to the use of technology in the classroom, precautions that need to be taken, and the emersion of technology in everyday living. Students will study the function of technology in the early childhood program’s procedures and policies, employ technology to assess and enhance children’s growth and development, and critique technology to ensure its use in developmentally appropriate for each age and stage of child development

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3026
Credits: 4


This course is the study of how to use intentional teaching and best practices to support children's learning. It places focus on developmentally appropriate practice and how to distinguish the key components. Information will include the three key components of developmentally appropriate practice, children's approaches to play and learning, and differentiated instruction. This course will prepare students to employ high quality teaching practices in their programs.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3318
Credits: 4


This course is the study of how to effectively plan activities for children by providing an integrated approach for learning. Students place focus on creating activity plans that can be used to support children’s hands-on experiences. Topics include how to write learning objectives, reviewing different curriculums and methods of implementing curriculum, how technology can be integrated into activity planning, and how to assess the quality of an activity. This course prepares students to plan activities supporting the needs of all children.

Prerequisite:Intentional Teaching Practices

Course ID: EEC 3407
Credits: 4


This course is the study of how to support professionalism of the early childhood field and places focus on practices that an ECE professional would engage in to increase their ability to provide high quality services. Topics include advocacy, coaching and mentoring, reflective practices and how to model professionalism both within the ECE program and in the community. This course prepares students to locate and use resources to reach their professional goals as well as to be an advocate for high quality early childhood education.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3546
Credits: 4


This course will explore how play and the environment promote learning and development in young children. Strategies to enhance indoor and outdoor learning environments will be emphasized. Students will reflect on their practices as they evaluate a wide variety of learning environments and curriculum models. Using knowledge of child development, students will design learning environments that are respectful, supportive, and challenging.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 4000
Credits: 4


This course will empathize best practices for promoting language and literacy development in young children. This course integrates knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and literacy development for constructing curriculum. Students will apply knowledge to effectively align assessment and teaching strategies to foster optimum language and literacy development for infant, toddler, preschool, and school-aged learners.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 4010
Credits: 4


This course is an advanced examination of diversity and social justice in the United States as it relates to inequality and quality of care for young children. Students will explore aspects of race, ethnicity, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, poverty, socioeconomics, and privilege on the socialization of children. Students will apply anti-bias and multicultural perspectives to better support all children and their families. The knowledge gained in this course will provide students with a framework for understanding the core levels of cultural competencies.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 4015
Credits: 4


This course examines the principles of ethics and leadership in early childhood education through self reflection and practice in defending these principles. This course includes the practical application of advocacy for young children and their families. Students will develop leadership skills across various areas including parent communication, care and education, policy, and advocacy. Students will also learn strategies to train and mentor future leaders in the field of early childhood education and will explore the impact of professionalism on children, families and the community.

Prerequisite:Organizational Management in Early Childhood Education

Course ID: EEC 4022
Credits: 4


This course is an advanced approach to supporting children with exceptional needs. Emphasis will be given to cultural influences and resources for supporting families. Students will explore the history and contemporary issues of special education legislation as it pertains to the inclusive classroom.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 4030
Credits: 4


This course explores trends in the early childhood education field. Students will examine current research and national and local legislative policies. Students will also develop skills in critiquing and analyzing research findings effects on early childhood care and education. Students will gain knowledge of current legislative policies and determine their effect on young children, families, and early childhood education.

Prerequisite:Must be taken in the student’s last or second-to-last session.

Course ID: EEC 4485
Credits: 4


This course is a synthesis of material from all ECE courses. Students will complete a portfolio demonstrating proficiency in transferable skills.

Prerequisite:Must be taken in the student’s last or second-to-last session.

Course ID: EEC 4910
Credits: 2

Child Development Specialization

Students may elect to focus their degree by substituting a series of set specialization courses in place of: EEC 3005 Communications and Connections for Early Childhood Professionals, EEC 3007 Organizational Management in Early Childhood Education, EEC 3011 Empowering Contemporary Families, EEC 4022 Ethics and Leadership in Early Childhood Education. Students enrolled in the Child Development Specialization are not eligible to take competency-based education (CBE) courses.

  • Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Child Development Ages Birth-3
  • Child Development Ages 3-5
  • Advanced Principles and Perspectives of Child Development

This course is the study of child health, nutrition and safety practices that support children's abilities to learn and places focus on the impact on the continuum of child development. Topics include capitalizing on learning windows of opportunity, risks and protective factors of maltreatment of children, and healthy and safe practices. This course will prepare students to recognize development as a continuum and to create and implement healthy and safe practices with children.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3171
Credits: 4


This course is the study of children ages birth-3. It places focus on the in-depth study of the learning domains including the cognitive, language, social-emotional and physical domains. Topics include how child development theories apply, the influences of environmental factors, interactions, and relationships have on the development of children, and learning across domains. This course will prepare students to identify the unique ways in which children learn from ages birth-3.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 3220
Credits: 4


This course is the study of children ages 3-5. It places focus on the student's previous knowledge of the growth and development patterns of children age birth-3 to build upon and explore the continuum across the cognitive, language, social-emotional, and physical domains in children age 3-5. Topics include how child development theories apply; the influences environmental factors, interactions, and relationships have on the development of children; and learning across domains. This course will prepare students to identify the unique way in which children ages 3-5 learn.

Prerequisite:Child Development – Ages Birth-3

Course ID: EEC 3225
Credits: 4


This course is an advanced study in the theory and principles of child development. An evaluation of current educational practices as developmentally appropriate will challenge students to examine their own perspectives on how children learn. Focus will be on the primary years of development through in-depth exploration of gender roles, socialization, and cultural perspectives.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: EEC 4005
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

Upper Division

Communication (Select 1 course)

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 course)

Social Sciences (Select 2 courses)

Total Degree Credits: 90*

General Education Credits: 24

Major and Core Credits: 66

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits: 180

*Student must have a conferred Associate's degree or at least 90 credits of college-level coursework with a grade of C or higher in each course that will be transferred to petition for acceptance.

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