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. Development of teaching skills through one-on-one instruction and coaching with a transition to small group instruction. The Field Experience 1 placement is in an infant or a toddler classroom (aged 0 – 3) to meet required licensure assignments, assessments, hours and preparation for the edTPA.
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)
ECHD 410 - CHILD, FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Early childhood educational goals and practices will be examined through historical, theoretical, and philosophical perspectives. Family, schools, and community involvement in educational programs will be studied; impact on child and family development and a child’s academic development will be discussed and family engagement plans that are partnered with families, community, and practitioners will be developed.
ECHD 428 - INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING & FIELD EXPERIENCE 2
Supervised observation and teaching in a local school, 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. The Field Experience 2 placement is in a preschool classroom (aged 3 – 5) setting to meet required licensure assignments, assessments, hours and preparation for the edTPA.
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.
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.
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)
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 preschool/prekindergarten children. Topics include literacy and social studies concepts, state and national learning standards, emergent reading and writing strategies, literacy and social studies theories and research practices, assessment of literacy and social studies and support of learners’ literacy and social studies growth and development. Content knowledge required for effective instruction will be demonstrated through planning, instructing instruction, and assessment to support children’s learning.
Course Notes: Cross-listed with ECHD 336
ECHD 438 - EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT: PRESCHOOL
The synthesis of the developmentally appropriate goals, content, materials, activities/lessons, and teaching strategies that are required for instructing preschool aged children are studied. Various early childhood curriculum/program models and their underlying theories and research are explored. Emphasis is placed on planning, implementing, evaluating/assessing, and designing preschool curricula that are integrated into the developmental domains and subject areas.
Course Notes: COE majors only. Advisor approval required,
ECHD 439 - MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The course covers developmental theory and research in mathematics and science that underlie Early Learning and Development standards. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of curriculum objectives and the selection and design of curriculum materials and will plan, instruct, and assess activities that are appropriate for preschool children.
Course Notes: No additional credit granted for ECHD 439 as "MATHEMATICS, IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ECHD 448 - IND. COACHING & FIELD EXP. 3
Supervised observation and teaching in a local school, 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. The Field Experience 3 placement is in provides a primary grade (k-2nd) setting to meet required licensure assignments, assessments, hours and preparation for the edTPA.
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 positive and safe learning environments across a variety of settings. Early intervention, culturally, linguistically diverse, varying abilities and needs, and health and safety related practices and strategies will be reviewed.
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.
Course Notes: Written advisor consent required., All required coursework completed., Early Childhood Content Test with a min score of, Pass required.
ECHD 482 - EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION METHODS
Content and skills necessary for working with young children with special needs (0 – 8-year-old) will be presented. These include: 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 is a focus.
ECHD 489 - TOPICAL WORKSHOP
Topics of special interest to early childhood educators offered in a workshop format. Offered as needed.
Course Notes: ICTS Basic Skills Test with min grade Pass required.