ECC 141: Infant & Toddler Development & Care 3 credits
A study of the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual domains of early development with application to the unique care and guidance needs of very young children, birth through age 36 months. Procedures for objectively observing, recording, and analyzing the development of young children. Special emphasis on learning care giving techniques and providing a developmentally appropriate physical environment and curriculum for children under the age of 36 months. This course requires lab hours in the campus child development center.
ECC 146: Child Health & Safety 3 credits
Methods of establishing a safe and healthy environment for children in Pre-K- 3rd grade. The student will work to obtain certification in CPR and First Aid. Students will be required to complete a criminal background check.
ECC 200: Language & Literacy Experiences for Young Children 3 credits
Overview of early language and literacy development as well as methods and materials for fostering young children's listening, speaking, and emergent reading and writing skills. Students will also learn how to design and evaluate language-rich environments for young children and how to select, evaluate, and incorporate quality children's literature throughout the curriculum. This course includes practical application in campus early care and education center.
ECC 210: Exceptional Young Children 2 credits
Identification of the various classifications of exceptionality in young children. Students will be able to explain various causes for specific delays/disorders, describe environmental and educational accommodations that could be made to include children with exceptionalities, identify federal legislation affecting children with special needs and their families, and utilize various professional and community resources to support exceptional children and their families.
ECC 220: Methods & Materials for Early Care Professionals 2 credits
Review of instructional materials and equipment used in early care and education settings, including commercial, teacher-made, and technology tools. Special emphasis is placed on documenting children's learning and encouraging family communication. Also an examination of the characteristics of effective early educators and on methods for creating supportive classroom routines and procedures.
ECC 235: Creative Experiences for Young Children 2 credits
An examination of the content and methods available to facilitate children's expression and learning through art, music, storytelling, and dramatic play within early care and education settings. Special emphasis on multiple intelligence theory and the use of the arts and creative experiences to enhance development across the curriculum. Students in this course will complete lab hours within the campus school setting.
ECC 251: Field Experience: Infants & Toddlers 3 credits
Students complete a minimum of 60 hours of supervised field experience in infant and toddler settings in the campus early learning center. Students will fulfill professional responsibilities and apply understanding of development and developmentally appropriate practices with very young children, birth through age 3, and their families. Additionally, students meet weekly with their supervisor and review observation and assessment techniques, curriculum planning, and appropriate adult/child interactions.
ECC 252: Field Experience: Preschool 3 credits
Students complete a minimum of 60 hours of supervised field experience in K- 3 and K-4 settings in the campus early learning center. In this course, students expand their professional responsibilities by applying learning and development theories, demonstrating developmentally appropriate practices, and writing lesson plans for preschool children. Students meet weekly with their supervisor to review professional growth and development, appropriate adult/child interactions, effective curriculum planning, and appropriate assessment and documentation techniques.