ECD - Early Childhood Development

ECD 101  Introduction to Early Childhood  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

This course is an overview of growth and development, developmentally appropriate curriculum, positive guidance techniques, regulations, health, safety and nutrition standards in early care and education. Professionalism, family/cultural values and practical applications based on historical and theoretical models in early care and education are highlighted in this course.

ECD 102  Growth and Development I  (2-3-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course is an extensive study of philosophies and theories of growth and development of infants/toddlers. Focus is on “total” development of the child, with emphasis on physical, social, emotional, cognitive and nutritional areas. Developmental tasks and appropriate activities are explored in the course.

ECD 105  Guidance-Classroom Management  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course is an overview of developmentally appropriate, effective guidance and classroom management techniques for the teacher of young children. A positive, pro-active approach is stressed in the course.

ECD 106  Observation of Young Children  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall and Summer Semesters

Prerequisites: Placement into ENG 100, plus ECD 102 or ECD 203

In this course, a variety of observation skills and techniques for the purposes of achieving program goals and objectives, providing for individual needs, guiding children and designing environments are covered. Focus is on the practical and appropriate use of these skills and techniques.

ECD 107  Exceptional Children  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course includes an overview of special needs children and their families. Emphasis is on prevalence of disorders, treatment modalities, community resources serving exceptional children, the teacher’s role in mainstreaming and early identification and on federal legislation affecting exceptional children.

ECD 108  Family and Community Relations  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course is an overview of techniques and materials for promoting effective family/program partnerships to foster positive child development. Emphasis is on availability and accessibility of community resources and on developing appropriate communication skills.

ECD 109  Administration and Supervision  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course is a study of the role and responsibilities of an early childhood administrator. Special focus is on program monetary matters, space management, curriculum, health and food services and relations among the public, staff and parents.

ECD 131  Language Arts  (2-3-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course is a study of methods and materials in age-appropriate language experiences. Opportunities are provided to develop listening, speaking, prereading and prewriting skills through planning, implementation and evaluation of media, methods, techniques and equipment. Methods of selection, evaluation and presentation of children’s literature are included.

ECD 132  Creative Experiences  (2-3-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

In this course, the importance of creativity and independence in creative expression are stressed. A variety of age-appropriate media, methods, techniques and equipment are utilized. Students plan, implement and evaluate instructional activities.

ECD 133  Science and Math Concepts  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course includes an overview of pre-number and science concepts developmentally appropriate for young children. Emphasis is on the planning, implementation and evaluation of developmentally appropriate activities utilizing a variety of methods and materials.

ECD 135  Health, Safety and Nutrition  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course covers a review of health/safety practices recommended for child care and includes information on common diseases and health problems. Certification preparation is provided in pediatric safety, CPR and first aid. Guidelines and information on nutrition and developmentally-appropriate activities are also studied in the course.

ECD 201  Principles of Ethics and Leadership in Early Care and Education  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course includes an overview of historical views on leadership and issues and challenges of leadership in early care and education. Emphasis is on current trends and issues. This course also reviews ethical principles as they relate to children, families, colleagues and the community and society.

ECD 203  Growth and Development II  (2-3-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course is an in-depth study of preschool children growing and developing in today’s world. Focus is on “total” development of the child with emphasis on physical, social, emotional, cognitive and nutritional areas of development. Developmental tasks and appropriate activities are explored in the course.

ECD 205  Socialization and Group Care of Infants and Toddlers  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisite: ECD 101

This course is the study of the socialization and group care of infants and toddlers. Emphasis is on guidance and management, understanding behavior, temperament, the importance of routines, primary care and continuity of care and examining the elements of quality environments.

ECD 210  Early Childhood Intervention  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: ECD 107

This course provides a study of a variety of intervention procedures reflecting various models, including child-centered, child-directed, behavioral, cognitive and social approaches to instruction.

ECD 237  Methods and Materials  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course includes an overview of developmentally appropriate methods and materials for planning, implementing and evaluating environments. Emphasis is on integrating divergent activities in each curriculum area.

ECD 243  Supervised Field Experience I  (1-6-3)  

Offered Summer Semester

This course includes emphasis on planning, implementing and evaluating scheduled programs, age-appropriate methods, materials, activities and environments of early childhood principles and practices.

ECD 252  Diversity Issues in Early Care and Education  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 100

This course meets the growing need for students in early care and education to learn how to interact with people who are different from them. It also allows students to examine and appreciate the differences that exist because of diversity from race, language, ethnicity, age and socio-economic levels.

ECD 254  Facilitation and Environmental Management for Early Childhood Special Education  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisite: ECD 107

This course is a study of how the environment for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young children with special needs can be manipulated to enhance their development, social needs and expression of creativity and independence.

ECD 257  Supervised Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Education  (1-6-3)  

Offered Summer Semester

Prerequisite: ECD 260

This course includes a supervised field experience in a team environment by certified/licensed professionals who monitor and evaluate students’ skills in order to work with children who are developmentally delayed.

ECD 259  Behavior Management for Special Needs  (3-0-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisite: ECD 107

This course is an overview of understanding and managing challenging behavior in school and child care settings. It includes common causes of problem behaviors and treatment for attention disorders, making changes in the classroom and administrative steps to help children with challenging behaviors.

ECD 260  Methods of Teaching Special Needs Students  (3-0-3)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisite: ECD 107

This course focuses on developmentally appropriate methods for teaching special needs students. Emphasis is on planning, implementation and evaluation of developmentally appropriate activities utilizing a variety of methods and materials.

ECD 280  Registered Behavior Technician  (2-3-3)  

Offered Fall Semester

This course provides a basic foundation in the principles of applied behavior analysis and is designed to meet the standardized training requirements to apply for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential.