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Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE-103 Intro to Early Childhood Ed, 3 cr.
Gives students a historical and philosophical foundation of the field of early childhood education. Includes an overview of assessment and trends that influence best practices. Explores careers in the field. Addresses influences of families and diversity.
 
ECE-106 Childhood Development Associate Standard, 1cr.
Assists the eligible CDA credential candidate with developing and preparing for the Preschool, Infant-Toddler, or Family Child Care CDA validation visit and assessment. Prerequisite: ECE-133, ECE-103, ECE-243 with a 2.0 GPA. Obtain an Eligible CDA Advisor and meet CDA credential eligibility.
 
ECE-110 Early Childhood Professionals I, 1 cr. 
Emphasizes problem solving skills and team building through a variety of group activities. Pre-requisite: Enrollment in Child Care program.
 
ECE-111 Early Childhood Professionals II, 1 cr. 
Emphasizes human relations skills including communication, leadership, personal appearance, etiquette and job seeking skills. Prerequisite: ECE-110
 
ECE-112 Portfolio Development I, 1 cr.
Guides students’ development of a professional early childhood education portfolio showcasing their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in alignment with the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation of Students at the Associate Degree Level. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Child Care or Early Childhood Education programs with at least 6 credits or previous completion of at least 6 ECE credits.
 
ECE-113 Portfolio Development II, 1 cr.
Guides students’ completion and presentation of a professional early childhood education portfolio showcasing their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in alignment with the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation of Students at the Associate Degree Level. Prerequisite: ECE-112 Corequisite: To be taken the final semester of Early Childhood program.
 
ECE-133 Child Health/Safety/Nutrition, 3 cr.
Focuses on current concepts in the fields of health, safety and nutrition and their relationship to the growth and development of the young child ages birth to eight. Blends current theory with practical applications and assessments. Includes the influences of families and diversity on health, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings.
 
ECE-140 Early Childhood Curriculum Planning, 3 cr.
Examines and evaluates early childhood curriculum and methods leading to the development and implementation of appropriate curricula for young children. Prerequisite: Completion of Child Care Diploma Program.
 
ECE-158 Early Childhood Curriculum I, 3 cr.
Focuses on the development, implementation and assessment of appropriate environments and curricula for young children ages three through eight. Students prepare to utilize developmentally appropriate practices in a context of family and culturally sensitive care. Emphasis is on understanding children’s developmental stages and developing appropriate learning opportunities, interactions and environments in the following areas: dramatic play, art, music, fine and gross motor play.
 
ECE-159 Early Childhood Curriculum II, 3 cr.
Focuses on the development, implementation and assessment of appropriate environments and curricula for young children ages three through eight. Students prepare to utilize developmentally appropriate practices in a context of family and culturally sensitive care. Emphasis is on understanding children’s developmental stages and developing appropriate learning opportunities, interactions and environments in the following areas: emergent literacy, math, science, technology and social studies.
 
ECE-170 Child Growth and Development, 3 cr.
Reviews typical and atypical development of children from conception to adolescence in all developmental domains. Presents interactions between child, family and society within a variety of community and cultural contexts. Examines theories associated with our understanding of children.
 
ECE-210 Early Childhood Professionals III, 1 cr.
Emphasizes problem solving skills and team building through a variety of group activities. Prerequisite: ECE-111.
 
ECE-211 Early Childhood Professionals IV, 1 cr.
Emphasizes human relations skills including communication, leadership, personal appearance, etiquette and job seeking skills. Prerequisite: ECE-210.
 
Focuses on care, education, and assessment of children from birth to thirty-six months. Prepares students to utilize developmentally appropriate practices including responsive caregiving, routines as curriculum, importance of relationships with diverse families, and a focus on the whole child in inclusive settings.
 
ECE-243 Early Childhood Guidance, 3 cr.
Focuses on effective approaches and positive guidance strategies for supporting the development of all children. Emphasizes supportive interactions and developmentally appropriate environments. Uses assessment to analyze and guide behaviors. Studies impact of families and diversity on child guidance.
 
ECE-261 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, 3 cr.
An in-depth study of current political, economic, social and cultural events and their impact on children and child care.
 
ECE-262 Early Childhood Field Experience, 3 cr.
Supervised experience in selected early childhood settings serving children ages birth through eight. Includes integration of theory, research, and reflective practice. Provides an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices and the developmental stages of diverse populations of young children and families. Emphasizes professional relationships and behavior, appropriate adult / child interactions, basic curriculum planning, and program routines. Prerequisites: ECE-158, ECE-159, ECE-170, ECE-243, ECE-221 with 2.0 Cumulative GPA and 2.0 GPA in Early Childhood courses
 
ECE-278 Early Childhood Field Experience II, 3 cr.
Supervised experience in selected early childhood settings serving children ages birth through eight. Expands upon student's first field experience responsibilities. Includes integration of theory, research, and reflective practice. Provides an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices and the developmental stages of diverse populations of young children and families. Emphasizes professional relationships and behavior, appropriate adult /child interactions, basic curriculum planning, and program routines. Explores the overall operation of a program. Prerequisites: ECE-103, ECE-133, ECE-158, ECE-159, ECE-170, ECE-243, ECE-221, ECE-262, ECE-140, ECE-290 with 2.0 Cumulative GPA and 2.0 GPA in Early Childhood courses
 
ECE-290 Early Childhood Program Admin, 3 cr.

Covers the basic principles involved in setting up, equipping and administering a child care center. Emphasis is on business procedures, insurance, funding, state and federal regulations, staff and community relations, record keeping, policy writing, program evaluation and child care advocacy. Prerequisite: ECE-272, ECE-261, ECE-140. 

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