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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.Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ECE 217, ECE 247, and ECE 222* or ECE 261*. *Does not apply to Child Studies Majors.

ECE 205 - Diversity & Ethics in ECE (3 credits)

This course is designed for students who work or are preparing to work in early childhood education. Students taking this course will develop an historical and contemporary understanding of diversity and anti-bias teaching practices focusing on the United States. Participants will examine the meaning of culture, race, ethnicity, language, gender, families and how those concepts influence identity and school experience. Students will review the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and consider strategies for affirming diversity in the early childhood classroom.

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, ECE 217, ECE 247 .

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 217 - The Exceptional Learner (3 credits)

This is an introductory methods course for students learning to work with young children with disabilities. The course provides an overview of special needs children and their families, including types of disorders, treatments for disorders, and how relationships with parents provide an integral role in ensuring early intervention occurs. Students will learn laws related to special education and how the process for referral works. By the end of this course, students should understand inclusion and be able to both design classroom environments as well as utilize effective strategies that are supportive of inclusive teaching. Field experience required: 5 hours. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101 and ECE 247

ECE 222 - Curriculum Young Child: Meth/Technq (3 credits)

This course will explore developmentally appropriate practices and strategies as they relate to an early childhood curriculum cycle that promotes each child's growth and learning across all developmental domains. Students will review how to create caring environments in which children will thrive. Students will discuss their roles as planners of the curriculum cycle and environment, observers of children, and facilitators of achievement in a self-directed learning environment. They will apply culturally-sensitive, cross-curricular methods of teaching that are based on typical developmental stages, observations, and the individual needs of the children. They will consider intentionality and the appropriate use of child-guided and adult-directed experiences. Students will become reflective practitioners who use supportive questions and statements while providing powerful interactions with each child. Students will plan activities that are aligned with the CT Early Learning Development Standards. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ECE 217, ECE 210, and ECE 247.

ECE 231 - Early Language & Litrcy Development (3 credits)

This course serves as an introductory methods course in early childhood language and literacy development. Students explore the development of language from birth-age 8 and learn effective strategies for promoting language in the early childhood years. Students plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities to support language development for all children. Students also learn how to create literacy-rich environments for the purpose of supporting young children in developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that will support them in developing into capable and competent communicators prepared to enter elementary school grades. Field experience required: 10 hours. Prerequisite(s):ECE 101, ECE 176, ECE 210, ECE 217, ECE 247 , and ECE 222 or ECE 261.

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.

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, educational programming, regulatory/legal requirements, 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.

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 217, ECE 210, and ECE 247.

ECE 299 - ECE Practicum I (6 credits)

This six (6) credit course consists of an on-ground practicum of 200 hours of supervised field work, an ongoing field journal, three video tapings of classroom performance, a practicum paper and a phone conference. Within the field work practicum students will demonstrate ability to: a) apply knowledge of child development theory and approaches; b) engage in classroom management; c) plan, organize, and implement daily routine and learning activities independently; d) work as part of a team and e) reflect on professional growth related to classroom teaching practices. Only Charter Oak State College matriculated students may register for this course. 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 applying for the practicum credits and completing the assessment process. Students must obtain advisor approval prior to enrolling in practicum. 100 pre-practicum field experience hours are required for approval. Students are asked to complete the Practicum Application 30-45 days prior to the start of the course. Field Experience: 200 hours. (Formerly Titled: Early Childhood Education Practicum). Prerequisites: ENG101, ENG102, ECE 176, ECE 210, ECE 217, ECE 231, and ECE 222 or ECE 261.

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):ENG 101, ENG 102, ECE 101, ECE 210, ECE 231, ECE 247

ECE 320 - Global Perspectives in ECE (3 credits)

This course will focus on examining early childhood education in seven diverse countries, Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Singapore, England, and Italy. Students will compare how the countries' history and values frame policies and programs for young children, with specific emphasis on curriculum methods and practices. Special consideration will be given to understanding the pedagogical practices of Reggio Emilia, Italy and how those practices can be implemented in the US.Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 and 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): ENG 101, ENG 102, and ECE 250.

ECE 326 - Finance in Early Childhood Programs (3 credits)

This course is designed for early childhood administrators or those preparing for an administrative position in an early care and education program. The course analyzes the principles of human resources and financial management including budgets and financial reports; quality programming and financial considerations; and raising revenue. The course helps develop a deeper understanding of the relationships between staffing and financing in the multiple aspects of a quality early childhood program. programming. Both center-based administrators as well as family child care providers taking this course will learn how the finances of a program can influence decisions in all areas of programming. Note: Some assessments will require students to be currently employed by an early care and education setting and/or have access to the financial documents of the program. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, and ECE 250.

ECE 330 - Math, Science, and Tech Young Child (3 credits)

This course focuses on early mathematical and science 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 science inquiry in all young children. Students will explore what mathematics and science 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 and science learning throughout the curriculum, observe and assess young children's developing mathematical and science knowledge, plan experiences that focus on specific math and science concepts, and use a variety of strategies and materials to promote children's interests and abilities in mathematics and sciences. The course also infuses the relevance of and best practices related to technology into its content.Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, ECE 101, ECE210, ECE 217, and ECE 222 or ECE 261.

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): ENG101, ENG102, ECE 101, ECE 210, ECE 217, and ECE 222.

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): 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): ENG 101, ENG 102, and ECE 250.

ECE 399 - ECE Practicum II (6 credits)

This course will focus on 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. Only Charter Oak State College matriculated students may register for this course. 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 applying for the practicum credits and completing the assessment process. Students must find and obtain approval for their own practicum setting. Students are asked to complete the Practicum Guidelines at the beginning of the course. (Formerly Titled: Child Studies Practicum). Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, ECE217, ECE176, ECE 210, ECE231,and ECE 222 or ECE 261

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, ECE 350. Recommended Prerequisite(s): An ECE Literacy and/or Montessori Language course.

ECE 492 - Program Admin/Leadership Practicum (3 credits)

This course consists of an on-ground practicum of 100 hours in an approved childcare center that provides a full-day program for children between the ages of birth-5 years. Students will participate as interns or assistants under the direction of the administrator of an NAEYC accredited center. They will demonstrate that they are ready to take on administrative or leadership positions in the early childhood field by supporting the director in effectively managing early childhood program operations as they relate to state licensing requirements, accreditations, and developmentally appropriate practices. Students will complete weekly discussions and reflective journals. They will also prepare a program portfolio, write a final practicum paper and participate in two calls with the practicum faculty assigned to teach the course. Students must find and obtain approval for their own practicum setting. Students are asked to complete the Practicum Guidelines at the beginning of the course. (3 credits) Prerequisite(s): ENG101, ENG102, ECE 247, ECE101, ECE176, ECE210, ECE205, ECE231, ECE217, PSY301, SOC350, ECE325, ECE326

ECE 493 - ECE Program Admin & Ldrshp Capstone (3 credits)

In this capstone course, students demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of the courses within the early childhood major- program administration and leadership concentration. Each student will complete the capstone project to demonstrate his/her/their understanding of the concentration, mastery of the content of the selected field(s) of study and application of what has been learned. Students must also demonstrate that they can synthesize written material and apply it to their work. Students in the program administration and leadership concentration must complete the Capstone Project related to Early Childhood Program Administration and Leadership. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, and no more than 6 six credits remaining in the major in order to register for this course.

ECE 494 - ECE Major-ECTC Capstone (6 credits)

This course is for students pursuing the Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) focus of the ECE Major. This course will focus on both the culminating practicum and capstone project/paper. 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 ECTC 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 all ECE core courses (27 ECE credits), pre-practicum field experience hours, and passed all key assessments prior to taking this course. Prerequisite(s): ECE 101, ENG 101, ENG 102, ECE 176, ECE 247, ECE 210, ECE 205, ECE231, ECE 217, PSY 301 and SOC 350.

ECE 495 - Early Childhood Education Capstone (3 credits)

In this 3-credit capstone course, students demonstrate fulfillment of the various outcomes of the major in Early Childhood Education specific to the concentrations in Infant/Toddler, Preschool and Montessori. Each student will complete the capstone project to demonstrate understanding of the methodology related to their chosen concentration. The capstone project is an independent research project and includes the following components; writing a proposal, developing a research plan, review the existing literature in the concentration area, presenting the project and evaluating the project for final outcomes. A minimum grade of 'C' must be earned to meet the requirements of the major. Prerequisites: Early Childhood core and concentration courses (Advisor approval required). Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG102, ECE 101, ECE 176, ECE 247, ECE 210, ECE 205, ECE 231, ECE 217, PSY 301, and SOC 350.

ECE 499 - Child Studies Capstone (3 credits)

This is the capstone course for the Early Childhood and Child Studies concentration in the General Studies Major 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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