• EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 

    *Students will sign up for all three: Principles of Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Curriculum, and Early Childhood Education Guidance in order to fulfill Early Childhood Education 1.

    7160 Principles of Early Childhood Education (PRIN EAR CH ED) DOE# 7160

    This course provides students with an overview of the skills and strategies necessary to successfully complete a certificate. Additionally, it provides an overview of the history, theory, and foundations of early childhood education as well as exposure to types of programs, curricula, and services available to young children. This course also examines basic principles of child development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), the importance of family, licensing, and elements of quality care of young children with an emphasis on the learning environment related to health, safety, and nutrition. Students may be required to complete observations and field experiences with children as related to this course.

    7158 Early Childhood Education Curriculum (EAR CHD ED CUR) DOE# 7158

    Early Childhood Education Curriculum examines developmentally appropriate environments and activities in various childcare settings while exploring the varying developmental levels and cultural backgrounds of children. Students may be required to complete observations and field experiences with children as related to this course.

    • Required Prerequisites: Principles of Early Childhood

    7159 Early Childhood Education Guidance (EAR CHD ED GD) DOE# 7159

    This course allows students to analyze developmentally appropriate guidance, theory, and implementation for various early care and education settings. It also provides a basic understanding of the anti-bias/multicultural emphasis in the field of early childhood. Students may be required to complete observations and field experiences with children as related to this course.

    • Required Prerequisites: Principles of Early Childhood

    6432 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION II DOE# 5406

    Early Childhood Education II prepares students for employment in early childhood education and related careers that involve working with children from birth to 8 years (3rd grade) and provides the foundations for study in higher education that leads to early childhood education and other child-related careers. ECE II is a sequential course that builds on the foundational knowledge and skills of Early Childhood Education I, which is a required prerequisite. In ECE II students further refine, develop, and document the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors gained in the foundational course. Major topics of ECE II include an overview of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, a safe and healthy learning environment, physical and intellectual competence, social and emotional development, relationships with families, program 
    management, and professionalism. The course standards parallel the expectations and documentation required for Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing. These include rigorous levels of self-critique and reflection; performance assessments by instructors, parents, and other professionals; comprehensive assessment of knowledge through a standardized exam; and other professional documentation. Extensive experiences in one or more early childhood education settings are required: a minimum total of 480 hours must be accrued in ECE I and ECE II. These experiences may be either school-based or "on-the-job" in community-based early childhood education centers or in a combination of the two. A standards-based plan for each student guides the early childhood education experiences. Students are monitored in these experiences by the Early Childhood Education II teacher. Dual credit agreements with
    postsecondary programs are encouraged.

    ● Required Prerequisites: Early Childhood Education I