Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree

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Accelerated Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Early Childhood Education: Understanding Mental Health in the Early Years

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 life-long 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: EC 300
Credits: 4

Communications and Connections for Early Childhood Professionals

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: EC 305
Credits: 4

Organizational Management in Early Childhood Education

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: EC 307
Credits: 4

Effective Teaching Strategies

This course will emphasize general principles of effective teaching including strategies that can be used in a variety of early childhood settings. This course focuses on the significance of designing achievable learning targets based on informed decision making and knowledge of child development. Students will explore essential components of instructional methodology, the impact of educational history, the importance of providing meaningful early learning experiences, and the various teaching roles and approaches relevant to working with young children, birth through age eight.

Prerequisite: None

Course ID: EC 310
Credits: 4

Empowering Contemporary Families

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

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Course ID: EC 311
Credits: 4

Observation and Assessment for Effective Curriculum Planning

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: EC 315
Credits: 4

Positive Behavior Guidance for Young Children

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: EC 320
Credits: 4

Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum

This course promotes the value of play as a learning process while emphasizing the significance of preparing developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction across content areas. This course will prepare early childhood educators to design and implement effective learning environments for a variety of age groups. Students will identify, explore, and select appropriate experiences and materials to use when writing integrated curricula and lesson plans.

Prerequisite: Observation and Assessment for Effective Curriculum Planning

Course ID: EC 325
Credits: 4

Technology and Developmentally Appropriate Practices

This course will explore technology as a part of the world in which children, families, and early childhood professionals 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 is developmentally appropriate for each age and stage of child development.

Prerequisite: None

Course ID: EC 326
Credits: 4

Early Childhood Education: Environments and Play Theory

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: Observation and Assessment for Effective Curriculum Planning

Course ID: EC 400
Credits: 4

Advanced Principles and Perspectives of Child Development

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: EC 405
Credits: 4

Early Childhood Language and Literacy Learning

This course will emphasize 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 in infant, toddler, preschool, and school-aged learners.

Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education: Environments and Play Theory

Course ID: EC 410
Credits: 4

Early Childhood Education: Diversity and Social Justice

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: EC 415
Credits: 4

Ethics and Leadership in Early Childhood Education

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: EC 422
Credits: 4

Supporting Exceptional Children and Families

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: EC 430
Credits: 4

Trends in Early Childhood Education: Current Research and Policies

This course explores trends in the early childhood education field. Students will examine current research and national and local and 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: Students must be in their last or second-to-last session.

Course ID: EC 440
Credits: 6

General Education Courses

Visual Communication in the Media

This course examines how people understand their world through visual images. Students will examine how people visually gather, process, and interpret information presented through media sources.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G332
Credits: 4

Literature of American Minorities

This course introduces students to a variety of texts by American minority authors from the mid- 19th century to the present. The central focus of this course will be on literary responses to social marginalization based on race/ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexuality/sexual orientation, ability, and other factors. Students will study the effects of exclusionary and oppressive practices, both historical and present day, on writers' perceptions and literary representations of their times, contexts, and identity. Students will also be introduced to samples of the most common critical-theoretical approaches to the primary texts they will study in this class

Prerequisite: English Composition

Course ID: G435
Credits: 4

Political Thought

The aim of this course is to understand and appreciate some important authors and traditions of political thought. The course will cover such topics as authority, consent, freedom, and obligation.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G440
Credits: 4

Human Uses of the Environment

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the integrated relationship between human life and the surrounding environment, beginning with a study of the fundamental concepts and principles of ecology. Topics that are interwoven throughout the course include principles of ecology as seen in the structure and function of the ecosystem; pollution of air, soil and water resources; population explosion and the relationship of people, disease, and food production; and environmental controls necessary for survival.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G328
Credits: 4

Visions of America Since 1945

Since the end of World War II, popular culture has become an especially significant aspect of American history and an important element in many of our lives. Consequently, this course will explore the ways in which popular culture has represented and mediated conflicts and tensions post-World War II. Through this lens, issues of gender and family relationships, as well as class and racial politics, will be discussed. The dual role of television as a reflective and manipulative force in the new suburban family and the role Hollywood films played in the popular culture will be examined.

Prerequisite: none

Course ID: G380
Credits: 4

Comparative Politics

This course will introduce students to the field of comparative politics by examining classification of political systems according to institutional and developmental characteristics. Causes and costs of political stability and instability will be explored. Comparison will be made and processes in various countries.

Prerequisite: American/US National Government

Course ID: G407
Credits: 4

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 24

Major and Core Credits: 66

Total BS Degree Credits: 181*

* Student must have a conferred Associate's degree or at least 91 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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