EDUC: EARLY CHILDHOOD (ECHD)

ECHD 403 - INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING AND FIELD EXPERIENCES 1

Supervised observation and teaching in a local school or agency, seminar discussions concerning observational records, teaching strategies, evaluation, and individual issues; emphasis on development of independence and skills through self-analysis techniques. Emphasizes development of teaching skills through one-on-one instruction and coaching with a transition to small group instruction. Field experience provides a setting to implement required licensure assignments, assessments, hours and preparation for the edTPA.

Credits: 1

Course Notes: Open to COE majors only.

ECHD 405 - ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Introduction to early childhood measurement and assessment techniques. Fundamentals of psychometric theory; structure and uses of standardized tests; skills for using alternative classroom assessment techniques for child study. Overview of identification and intervention strategies for children with special needs. Each student conducts a specific child study project using standardized and authentic measures. (3)

Credits: 3

ECHD 410 - CHILD, FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Family, schools, and community involvement in educational programs; history and philosophy of early childhood education; impact on child and family development and a child’s academic development.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: ECHD 405 and ECHD 428 and ECHD 441

ECHD 428 - INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING & FIELD EXPERIENCE 2

Supervised observation and teaching in a local school or agency, seminar discussions concerning observational records, teaching strategies, evaluation, and individual issues; emphasis on development of independence and skills through self-analysis techniques. Emphasizes development of teaching skills through one-on-one instruction and coaching with a transition to small group instruction. Field experience provides a setting to implement required licensure assignments, assessments, hours and preparation for the edTPA.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: ECHD 403

ECHD 432 - PREPRI:SCI, MATH, SOC STUD ECE

Constructivist research and theories in teaching science, math, and social studies to children from infancy through kindergarten.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: ECHD 405 and ECHD 434 and ECHD 437 and EDUC 401

Course Notes: Advisor consent required. ITCS Basic Skills Test with a min, score of Pass required.

ECHD 433 - PRIMARY MATH, SCIENCE, & SOCIAL STUDIES

Developmental theory and research in each of three curriculum areas. Foundation for selection and design of curriculum materials and activities appropriate for children in kindergarten and primary grades. Requires 25 clock hours of field experience.

Credits: 3

Course Notes: 25 clock hrs field exper., ICTS Basic Skills Test with min score Pass required.

ECHD 434 - LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Language development from infants through primary-aged children. Topics include speech and language processes for communication, language development stages, theories of language acquisition, assessment of language development, and activities to foster language development. Attention to linguistically diverse populations as well as to children who develop differently from the norm. (3)

Credits: 3

Course Notes: COE majors only. Advisor consent.

ECHD 436 - STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING EMERGENT LITERACY & SOCIAL STUDIES: PRE-KINDERGARTEN

This course is designed to give students a framework from which to develop appropriate and effective language and literacy experiences for prekindergarten children. Children’s literature will provide a framework for prekindergarten language arts instruction.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: ECHD 403 and ECHD 434 and ECHD 438

Course Notes: Cross-listed with ECHD 336

ECHD 438 - EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT: PRESCHOOL

Analysis of content, materials, and organization for instructing children in infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten programs.

Credits: 3

Course Notes: COE majors only. Advisor approval required,, Lab/Course Fee $110.00

ECHD 439 - MATHEMATICS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

The course covers developmental theory and research in mathematics and science that underlie Common Core and early learning standards. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of curriculum objectives and the selection and design of curriculum materials and activities appropriate for children in preschool, kindergarten and primary grades.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: ECHD 405 and ECHD 428 and ECHD 436

ECHD 441 - ART MATERIALS & TRANSLANUAGING

This course is aimed at helping understand how common and uncommon art materials such as clay, recycled materials, paint, etc. can help dual language learners develop all of their language competencies. The course will include hands-on workshops for participants to learn the properties of the art materials to become comfortable using them in the classroom.

Credits: 3

ECHD 442 - NATURE BASED PLAY AND LOOSE PARTS AS A CATALYST FOR LANGUAGE DEVEDLOPMENT

DocuSign Envelope ID: B324D478-C1F2-4C51-AFA7-677537D801C4 This course is aimed at understanding how nature play and loose parts can harness children’s innate interest in nature and leverage it to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will learn about the theory of nature play and loose parts play to understand its connections to 4 language domains. Students are required to participate in two guided field trips.

Credits: 3

ECHD 443 - EMERGENT CURRICULUM FOR CULTURALLY RELEVANT PEDAGOGY

This course will take educators into a deep dive into emergent curriculum as it is used in the Reggio Emilia Approach, Self-Selected Learning and Project Based Learning. Students will learn how to create a learning environment with students that is versatile and driven by the focus on the relationship between students, the teacher and the environment. Students will engage in the theories of Malaguzzi, Vygotsky, Piaget, Gandini and Freire among others.

Credits: 3

ECHD 444 - AUTHENTIC LITERACY AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN ECHD

Young children are primed for verbal language at birth. This course will look at the development of oral and receptive language from birth to 2nd grade. Emphasis will be placed on how educators in the classroom can support and scaffold oral language development in developmentally appropriate ways. Topics covered will include storytelling and story dictation, developmental writing and more.

Credits: 3

ECHD 445 - SOCIOCULTURAL COMPETENCE AND DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI) IN THE ECHD CLASSROOM

Students in this course will engage in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work in the early childhood classroom. Emphasis will be placed on how educators can use DEI work to center both children and family voices in their classroom and how this work can make for richer and more meaningful work. Students will go beyond the surface of anti-bias education and take a deep dive into DEI in ECE looking at issues such as adultification of black children, “Chancla Culture”, representation of Black, Indigenous, Latino and people of color (BILPOC) in picture books among other topics.

Credits: 3

ECHD 448 - IND. COACHING & FIELD EXP. 3

Supervised observation and teaching in a local school or agency, seminar discussions concerning observational records, teaching strategies, evaluation, and individual issues; emphasis on development of independence and skills through self-analysis techniques. Emphasizes development of teaching skills through small and large group coaching and instruction. Field experience provides a setting to undertake required licensure assignments, assessments, hours and preparation for the edTPA.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: ECHD 405 and ECHD 428 and ECHD 436

ECHD 470 - INFANT AND TODDLER CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT: TEACHING & LEARNING

Students design and implement curriculum plans, and assess individual and group progress in infant and toddler settings. Students learn and demonstrate their understanding of a safe environment, multiculturalism, and health related practices.

Credits: 3

ECHD 474 - STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Supervised observation and teaching in preprimary and primary settings. Students design and implement curriculum plans and assess individual child and group progress; observe role of family and community in child's education. Seminar discussions on educational setting and analysis of student's own role in classroom and community, teaching strategies, and individual problems.

Credits: 6

Course Notes: Written advisor consent required., ICTS Basic Skills and Early Childhood Content Test with, a min score of Pass required.

ECHD 475 - PRACTICUM: INFANT, TOD, PRES

Supervised observation and teaching in infant and toddler settings. Students design and implement curriculum plans, assess individual and group progress. Students demonstrate their understanding of the role of family and community in early childhood education. Seminar discussions focus on educational setting, teaching strategies, individual problems and an analysis of student’s own role in classroom and community.

Credits: 3

Course Notes: Written advisor consect., ICTS Basic Skills Test with min grade Pass required.

ECHD 482 - EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION METHODS

Skills necessary for working with young children with special needs. Laws, assessment, family focus, intervention principles, appropriate techniques, suitable materials, and inclusion of children with special needs in early childhood settings; the development and implementation of IFSPs and IEPs.

Credits: 3

ECHD 489 - TOPICAL WORKSHOP

Topics of special interest to early childhood educators offered in a workshop format. Offered as needed.

Credits: 1-6

Course Notes: ICTS Basic Skills Test with min grade Pass required.

ECHD 495 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent study conducted under guidance of College of Education faculty member. Proposal must state purpose of study, problem, methods of approach, and evaluation.

Credits: 1-6

Course Notes: ICTS Basic Skills Test with min grade Pass required.