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Early Childhood

ECE 101 - Intro to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

This course will focus on the history, theory, philosophy, and goals of early childhood education. Topics include the role of the teacher and of the environment as they influence student learning, a variety of early care and education programs, typical developmental characteristics, and what it means to be an Early Childhood Professional. This includes the Code of Ethical Conduct, as well how to meet the needs of individual children, including those with special needs.

ECE 176 - Hlth,Safety & Nutri: Birth to Eight (3 credits)

This course will focus on a comprehensive overview of current philosophies and developmentally appropriate practices related to health, safety, and nutrition for young children ages birth through eight years old. Students investigate a variety of effective strategies and available resources to promote healthy lifestyles, safety, and nutrition guidelines within the context of an early childhood educational setting. Themes include: inclusion, diversity, and the importance of being culturally, linguistically, and individually sensitive of our children and families. The course also explores child abuse, with an emphasis on the teachers' role as mandated reporters, as well as nutritionally sound menus and the importance of food safety.

ECE 210 - Observ & Assess in EC Programs (3 credits)

This course will focus on an overview of observation and assessment of children in the early childhood classroom. The course covers the purpose, tools, and methods of observation and assessment in the early childhood setting. Students will explore the use of various observation tools and methods and the interpretation of observational data for the purpose of planning, guidance, teacher response, and family involvement. The ethics of observation is also discussed. NOTE: Student should be a regular teaching practitioner in an early childhood setting. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101. Recommended Prerequisite(s): An additional six credits in Early Childhood Education including Child Development.

ECE 215 - Behavior Mgt in Early Childhood (3 credits)

This course will focus on the behaviors seen in children from birth through age eight, as well as practical ideas to help children build self-esteem, develop self control, identify problem behaviors, and recognize potential causes. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101. Recommended Prerequisite(s): A course in child development.

ECE 247 - Child Development: Birth to Eight (3 credits)

This course will focus on an examination of development from prenatal through the early childhood years (to age eight). The course will explore current theory and research of early childhood development and how to translate this into practice in the lives of young children today. The developmental domains of cognitive, physical, and social/emotional are studied from an ecological perspective. Students will consider developmentally appropriate practices for children's diverse and individual differences, including special needs, gender, age, and multicultural dimensions. Observations required. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101.

ECE 250 - Admin & Supervision in ECE Programs (3 credits)

This course will focus on the development and administration of early care and education programs for ages birth through eight years. Best practice, quality programming, and program evaluation are examined. Management and leadership skills addressed include: leadership and advocacy, human relations, self awareness, staff management, family and community, public relations and marketing, eductaional programming, regulatory/legal requrirements, and fiscal management. Early childhood skills and knowledge topics include: child development, curriculum and instructional methods learning environments, health, safety and nutrition, classroom guidance, children with special needs, and professional development. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101.

ECE 261 - Infant/Toddler Care: Methods & Tech (3 credits)

This course will focus on both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to create an infant/toddler curriculum in an inclusive environment. It provides information on how the playful interaction of infants/toddlers with their surroundings helps them to discover what the world is made of, how it works, and what they can do with their emerging skills. Students learn how the routines and organization of a child’s inside-outside environment facilitate a child’s learning. The successful student will demonstrate knowledge of program planning and implementation, as well as an understanding of the role of the physical environment in creating quality development programs for typical and atypical infants and toddlers. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101.

ECE 304 - Adv Lang & Literacy: Infant/Toddler (3 credits)

This course will focus on language and literacy development specifically in infants and toddlers. It is designed to provide students with knowlege of the early social, cognitive, and linguistic foundations of literacy and effective strategies that support beginning language/literacy learning by infants and toddlers. Emphasis is placed on the role of families and other important adults in creating learning opportunities in the context of everyday activities and routines. The course also addresses the broader family context and individual difference factors, such as culture and disability as they relate to beginning language and literacy learning. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify, plan, implement and evaluate appropriate beginning language and literacy experiences for infants and toddlers and their families. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, & ENG 102.

ECE 310 - Speech & Language Development (3 credits)

This course will focus on the means by which humans acquire speech and language, and the obstacles in developing these communication skills. The history of speech and language development in humankind, cultural differences in its development, and the best practices in professional speech and language assistance will be researched. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, & ENG 102.

ECE 321 - Mathematics for the Young Child (3 credits)

This course will focus on early mathematical content and concepts that are relevant to young children during the first five years of life. The course is designed to teach students effective strategies to recognize and promote mathematical development and learning in all young children. Students will explore what mathematics looks like for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and learn specific ways to facilitate young children's mathematical development. Students will practice what they are learning through a variety of assignments including direct interactions with young children. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to identify opportunities for mathematics learning throughout the curriculum, observe and assess young children's developing mathematical knowledge, plan experiences that focus on specific math concepts, and use a variety of strategies and materials to promote children's interests and abilities in mathematics. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, & ENG 102.

ECE 325 - Personnel Mgt in Prog for Children (3 credits)

This course will focus on providing program administrators and supervisors with an understanding of the development of human resources in an early childhood setting. The course will provide an in-depth look at personnel management in the early childhood environment. Students will explore recruitment, orientation and development, motivation and supervision of employees. Personnel policy development and procedures will be examined. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, & ENG 102. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ECE 250.

ECE 335 - Adv Methods ECE/Special Ed- Pre K-K (3 credits)

This course will focus on principles of learning, curriculum development, and relationships in conjunction with ongoing observation, assessment, and intentional teaching. The course examines the roles of play and active exploration in designing developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all children and addresses guiding children’s behavior. The course emphasizes the role of families in children’s learning and supports students’ development as reflective practitioners and intentional teachers. Students will observe two separate classrooms; one must be an inclusive preschool special education classroom and the other either an NAEYC community based preschool program OR a Kindergarten classroom. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they can meet this requirement. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ECE 247, ENG101, and ENG102.

ECE 350 - History of Montessori Education (3 credits)

This course will focus on helping students understand the philosophy which guides the Montessori Method. A historical and comparative perspective of leading Early Childhood theorists will allow for a deep understanding of how Maria Montessori formulated her philosophy and classroom materials. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, ENG 102.

ECE 351 - Advanced Leadership ECE Programs (3 credits)

This course identifies the challenges of leadership in early care and education. Emphasis is placed on comparing leadership styles. Ethical principles as they relate to children, families, teachers, and the community will be reviewed. Students will be given tools to enhance their leadership skills and their ability to think creatively, analyze critically, and manage knowledge effectively as it relates to current trends and issues. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, ENG 102.

ECE 399 - Child Studies Practicum (6 credits)

This course will focus on an on-ground practicum of 200 hours of supervised field work, an ongoing field journal, and three video tapings of classroom performance, a practicum paper and a phone conference. Within the field work practicum students will demonstrate: a) their ability to apply their knowledge of child development theory and approaches; b) their ability to engage in classroom management; c) their ability to plan, organize, and implement daily routine and learning activities independently; and d) their ability to work as part of a team. The practicum enables students who work in or do extensive volunteering in an early childhood education setting to earn credits for this experience. A minimum of 200 hours will be required and must be completed in one location prior to receiving the practicum credits and completing the assessment process. Students must find and obtain approval for their own practicum setting within program guidelines. Only Charter Oak State College matriculated students may register for this course. For more information and registration approval, please contact Carole Weisberg at cweisberg@charteroak.edu. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, ENG 102 and 15 credits in Early Childhood Education including an Early Childhood Methods course; and 3 credits in Child Development (psychology or early childhood education).

ECE 450 - Montessori Literacy Model (3 credits)

This course will focus on comparing the traditional Montessori Method of teaching language and literacy with the current public school system's method based on best practices. Students will critically and systematically examine comparable components of reading instruction in the public sector based on current research as contrasted with Montessori practices. This examination will not only look at reading instruction, but also the appreciation of literature. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, ENG 102. Recommended Prerequisite(s): An ECE Literacy and/or Montessori Language course.

ECE 490 - Child Study Capstone/Practicum ECTC (6 credits)

This course will focus on both the culminating practicum and capstone project/paper for the ECTC concentration. The fieldwork component of the course consists of an on-ground practicum of 200 hours of supervised field work, an ongoing field journal, three video tapings of classroom performance and a practicum paper, and a phone conference. Within the field work practicum students will demonstrate: a) their ability to apply their knowledge of child development theory and approaches; b) their ability to engage in classroom management; c) their ability to plan, organize, and implement daily routine and learning activities independently; and d) their ability to work as part of a team. For the Capstone component of this course the student will demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of the Early Childhood concentration courses. Each student will complete the capstone project to demonstrate that the student understands clearly his or her concentration, has mastered the content of the selected field of study, and can synthesize and apply what he or she has learned. The capstone project may take one of several formats: a research paper, scholarly essay, portfolio, case study, or any other mode appropriate to the student's interest and experience. A minimum grade of "C" must be earned on this project to meet the requirements of the concentration. Students must have completed most of their concentration courses and take this course in their last semester. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, ENG 102.

ECE 499 - Child Studies Capstone (3 credits)

This is the capstone course for the Early Childhood and Child Studies concentrations and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their concentration to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course.The goal of the course is for the student to integrate the knowledge in the Child Study concentration courses. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, ENG 102


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