EARLY CHILDHOOD





ECEC 5500-Early Childhood

Development......................................3.00 credits

Advanced course in the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of infants and young children through nine years of age and in observations of children in this age period for the purpose of applying principles and plotting developmental changes. Observation-laboratory experiences will be included to reflect on those observations.


ECEC 5509-Theories, Design and Program

Development in Early Childhood.................3.00 credits

Provides forthe analysis andevaluation ofthe needsof bothstudent andteacher in differential learning environments inthe preschool primary gradesin earlychildhood education. Curricula design will address varied philosophies, theories and methods of teaching and supporting auxiliaries.


ECEC 5512 - Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood

Education............................................3.00 credits

Educational programs for young children with varied cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Opportunities will be provided for analysis and evaluation of these programs through selected field experiences and action research.


ECEC 5518-Issues in Early Childhood

Education....................................3.00 credits

This course will focus on current research trends and issues, historical, philosophical and sociological influences that have shaped early childhood education. Controversial issues and alter- native approaches to solve problems will be investigated.


ECEC 5520 - Language Development of Young

Childr en......................................3.00

credits Focuses on the study of the nature of language development and processing from infancy to nine. Attention will also be given to the relationship between stages of cognitive development and the acquisition of speech-sound categorization with emphasis on the environmental and individual factors acting to influence that language.


ECEC 5525 - Mathematical Experiences for Young

Children........................................3.00 credits

Theoretical viewpoints which have affected the teaching of pre-mathematical and math concepts will be examined. Innovative mathematics projects and programs will be reviewed. Lab- oratory experiences to be arranged.


ECEC 5527- Science Experiences for Young

Children........................................3.00 credits

Theoretical viewpoints, which have affected the teaching of science concepts, will be reviewed. Curriculum, method, materials and technologies will be analyzed and evaluated in view of current research and practices.


ECEC 5530 - Communicative Arts In Early

Childhood Education..........................3.00 credits

Considers the role of oral and written language in a child's life (birth-nine). A critical examination will be made of the inter-relatedness of the speaking, listening, reading and writing behaviors of children.


ECEC 5535-Reading In Early Childhood

Education.....................................3.00 credits

Focuses on the teacher's task in early childhood. Special attention to current approaches and such


ECEC 5545-Infant Education.................3.00 Credits

Theories and research in infant education. Emphasis will be placed on development during the first three years with intensive observation of prenatal and postnatal development. Observation and participation with infants required. Prerequisites: Advanced child growth and development.


ECEC 5550 - Social Studies in Early Childhood Education................................3.00 Credits

This course will examine innovative techniques for teaching of social studies. Curriculum, methods and techniques will be analyzed and evaluated in view of current research and practices. Field experiences to include field-testing social studies projects will be required.


ECEC 5555 - Creative Experiences in Early Childhood Education..........................................3.00 Credits

Emphasizes a team teaching approach to the study of the creative process by use of selected topics of creative experiences in the living and learning of children. Emphasis is also on the philosophy, techniques and problems of providing creative experiences for young children. Field laboratory experiences will be provided.


ECEC 5560 - Counseling In Early Childhood Education...................................3.00 Credits

Addresses a dual emphasis on understanding the theoretical basis of counseling and on learning skills involved in helping relationships with young children. Selected reading in counseling theory and practices will be discussed. As part of the skill-building process, students will tape counseling sessions for presentation in class.


ECEC 5565-Diagnosis and

Remediation...............................3.00 Credits

Focuses on basic concepts in identifying and correcting student difficulties in the areas of math and reading. Techniques and procedures will be presented and practiced through actual tutoring of young children.


ECEC 5570 - Theories of Play........................3.00 Credits

Analyzes the role of play in the cognitive, affective and social development of children's play and creativity. Emphasis is on the increased understanding of the personal and educational significance of children's behavior at play. Field observation and analysis are required.


ECEC 5575 - Parent Involvement In the Early Years........................................3.00 Credits

A careful investigation of strategies to involve parents in varied early childhood programs. Emphasizes exploring the theoretical and practical issues associated with parental participation in early childhood education.


ECEC 5580 - Tests and Measurements in Early Childhood Education.........................3.00 Credits

Provides an introduction and analysis of major assessment instruments in the early childhood curriculum. Active involvement in constructing valid diagnostic teacher-made assessment tools will be required.


ECEC 5581 - Evaluation of Research In Early Childhood Education..........................3.00 Credits

Examines significant recent research in early childhood to enable students to gain an understanding of the conceptual and methodological basis of research. Students will be expected to gain competence in the analysis and interpretation of research.

Prerequisite: ECEC 5580.