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CHILD 110: INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This survey course provides an overview of early childhood care and education including historical and cultural perspectives, organization, structure, programming, and evidence-based practices. Professional and evidence-based practices of highly qualified early childhood educators are outlined with an emphasis on their ability to enhance development and learning of each and every child between the ages of birth and eight. Considerations for diversity of culture, language, race, socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, and ability will be included. Students will spend a minimum of fifteen hours of observation in diverse early childhood settings, the majority of which will be outside of class time.

CHILD 120: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CHILD

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent English course successfully completed with a grade of C or better.

This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of human growth and development from conception through age eleven. Content includes an in-depth study of the inter-relatedness of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive aspects of development. Development is studied in the context of family, gender, culture, language, ability, socioeconomic, diversity, and society. Special emphasis will be the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, and Gardner. Four field observations are required outside of class time (evening students will have six observations outside of class time) in addition to at least two during class sessions.

CHILD 130: CURRICULUM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CHILD 120 with a "C" or better or department approval

The principals involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate, evidence-based curriculum for young children are studied. The course focuses on relationships among developmental theory, philosophy, practice, and development of curriculum based on the needs and interests of young children, including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse. The analysis of a wide range of early childhood curriculum models is emphasized. Six field experiences will be required for this class.

CHILD 132: INFANT-TODDLER DEVELOPMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CHILD 120 with a "C" or better or department approval

This course will focus on developmental growth patterns and specific needs of infants and toddlers. Students will observe infants and toddlers in multiple settings. Students examine current research and plan appropriate activities for child-care settings.

CHILD 134: OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHILD 120 with a grade of 'C' or better.

This course is designed to demonstrate to the student how to do authentic, alternative, classroom- based assessment on young children and how to appropriately use standardized test information. The course will further provide the student with the knowledge and skills to interpret and use the information gained to plan curriculum that is responsive to and supportive of children's learning and development. Students will have the opportunity to engage in assessment processes through means of classroom observations, providing each student with a stronger understanding of child development skills. Students learn about and explore a variety of age, individually, linguistically and culturally appropriate formal and informal assessments to gather and share information on each child's skills, abilities, interests and needs, birth through age 8. Includes field experiences.

CHILD 140: CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CHILD 120 with a "C" or better or department approval

This course focuses on the diverse needs of the child within the context of family, school and community. The course will examine the interplay of diverse cultures, lifestyles, abilities, language and communication with the role of the early childhood environment and other community institutions. Students will gain an understanding of their professional role in supporting evidence-based practices that strengthen respectful, collaborative family/child partnerships through effective use of community and family resources.

CHILD 142: HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CHILD 120 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course provides an overview of the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children and early childhood practices to ensure the health and well-being of each child in a group setting. Content includes roles and responsibilities of adults in meeting children's diverse needs, the promotion of healthy life style practices, understanding common childhood illnesses and injuries, meeting health, nutrition and safety standards, and planning nutritious meals that are appropriate for the each child.

CHILD 200: EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CHILD 120 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course focuses on techniques for working with children with special needs in early childhood settings. Students will apply their knowledge of child development and relate it to assessment, intervention, and evaluation procedures for children with special needs. The course includes characteristics of young children (birth through eight years) with special needs and their families, and modifications in curriculum, routines, and classroom management.

CHILD 230: PROGRAM PLANNING

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CHILD 130 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course provides knowledge and skills necessary to plan a program which maximizes best practices in child development. Included in the course are: curriculum development, program planning, design and use of materials and equipment, instruction techniques, and the role of the teacher.

CHILD 231: LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course examines genres of children's literature. It considers plot, narration, character development, setting, and theme in age-appropriate literature.

CHILD 232: LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHIILDHOOD

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CHILD 120 with a grade of "C" or better, and CHILD 130 with a grade of "C" or better.

This course involves a comprehensive study of the acquisition of spoken and written language from infancy through adolescence. Bilingual development is included. This course includes field experiences.

CHILD 240: CHILD DEVELOPMENT PRACTICUM I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Completion of CHILD 230 with a grade of "C" or better, or concurrent enrollment in CHILD 230, or department approval

This course deals with the practical application of evidence-based practices based on early childhood education principles and theories. Students work with diverse young children and families in high-quality, culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse early childhood settings under the supervision of a site supervisor and a college course work supervisor. Six hours of lab work will be required each week.

CHILD 241: CHILD DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCES II

6 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CHILD 240 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of CHILD 240. This course deals with curriculum planning and program development. It considers the roles of the early childhood professionals in meeting the needs of individual children in group settings. Supervised observations and experiences in early childhood programs are included.