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ECE068A Observing Preschool Experiences: Children's Development
Observes various aspects of a preschool. In ECE068A, students observe children's development; ECE068B focuses on observing guidance; ECE068C emphasizes the classroom environment and curriculum. Each course may be repeated for a maximum of two credits. Corequisite: Any course with an ECE prefix. ECE068A, F; ECE068B, W; ECE068C, Sp
1 Credits

ECE068B Observing Preschool Experiences: Guidance
Observes various aspects of a preschool. In ECE068A, students observe children's development; ECE068B focuses on observing guidance; ECE068C emphasizes the classroom environment and curriculum. Each course may be repeated for a maximum of two credits. Corequisite: Any course with an ECE prefix. ECE068A, F; ECE068B, W; ECE068C, Sp
1 Credits

ECE068C Observing Preschool Experiences: Classroom Environment and Curriculum
Observes various aspects of a preschool. In ECE068A, students observe children's development; ECE068B focuses on observing guidance; ECE068C emphasizes the classroom environment and curriculum. Each course may be repeated for a maximum of two credits. Corequisite: Any course with an ECE prefix. ECE068A, F; ECE068B, W; ECE068C, Sp
1 Credits

ECE086 Family Day Care 1 (Basics)
Provides the caregiver with basic information on managing a family day care home. Includes practical suggestions for working with parents, keeping business records, providing healthy and safe environments for children, and establishing a home business. Offered as needed
1 Credits

ECE142 Textiles With Children
Explores an approach for the use of textiles with children preschool-3rd grade. Involves hands-on experiences with a wide variety of textile activities. Includes discussion of planning and implementing developmentally appropriate textile activities with an emphasis on the value of such experiences across domains. Includes experiences for children of different ages, cultures, and abilities. Offered as needed
1 Credits

ECE144 Creating Sensory-Rich Environments
Explores and designs sensory-rich environments for young children. Emphasizes infants and toddlers. Connects environments with caregiver and peer interactions. Integrates research on brain architecture with sensory-rich environments. Offered as needed
1 Credits

ECE145 Group Games for School Age Children
Designed for child care providers, elementary school teachers, and afterschool care providers. Explores non-competitive and cooperative group games and activities for children ages 5 through 8. Emphasizes development across social, emotional, physical, and intellectual domains. Includes games and experiences for children of different ages, cultures, and abilities. Offered as needed
1 Credits

ECE146 Nature Play for Young Children
Provides a deeper look at how nature play can be integrated into the daily curriculum of toddlers, preschool, and school age children. Designs indoor and outdoor natural spaces. Prerequisite: ECE251 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
1 Credits

ECE147 Movement Experiences in Young Children: Advanced
Explores importance of movement for young children’s development. Connects movement activities with brain development. Examines role of language bridging movement and cognitive development. Surveys appropriate activities for children. Investigates role of the teacher in supporting children’s movement activities. Prerequisite: ECE153 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
1 Credits

ECE150 Introduction and Observation
Focuses on the history of early childhood education (birth to 8 years) and the value and use of objective observations as a teaching tool. Includes a survey of professional opportunities within the field and observation in a variety of childcare settings including early childhood education and early childhood special education and venues. F
3 Credits

ECE151 Observing and Guiding Behavior
Emphasizes the role of the teacher and techniques of individual and group guidance. Approaches guidance from a developmental constructivist perspective. Prepares students to customize guidance strategies through the use of objective observations. Discusses long-term guidance goals that support typically and atypically developing children ages birth to 8 years. Reflects on how teacher/child and family relationships influence guidance. Emphasizes how routines, schedules, and the physical environment support guidance. Prerequisite: Placement into RD090 and WR090; and completion of ECE150 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
3 Credits

ECE152 Creative Activities
Focuses on understanding and implementing an inclusive developmental approach to creative activities for young children (birth to 8 years). Involves hands-on experience with a wide variety of activities as well as discussion on how to present and evaluate activities. Includes observing young children and their interactions during creative activities, understanding and making proper accommodations and support, use of natural materials, cooking experiences, art display, and sewing. Prerequisite: Placement into RD090 and WR090; or consent of instructor. W
3 Credits

ECE153 Music and Movement for Young Children
Presents the value of music in the preschool setting, the role of the teacher, environments that support music and movement experiences, basic music terminology and concepts, and the use of spontaneous and planned activities for young children. Prerequisite: Placement into RD090 and WR090; or consent of instructor. Sp
3 Credits

ECE154 Children's Literature and Literacy
Explores in depth how children develop literacy. Offers an overview of what is available in quality children’s literature, along with a rationale for the purposes of such literature, ways to implement its use and ways to evaluate its appropriateness in a given school situation. Includes the evaluation and reading of children’s books and holding story groups with children. Prerequisite: Placement into RD090 and WR090; or consent of instructor. Sp
3 Credits

ECE155 Child Nutrition, Health, and Safety
Prepares early childhood educators to meet the nutritional and health and safety needs of young children of all abilities. Considers the developmental abilities and culture of all children and families. Uses a constructivist philosophy to instruct students to implement developmentally appropriate food experiences such as snack and meal times in inclusive early childhood settings or home environments. Prerequisite: Placement into RD090 and WR090; or consent of instructor. W
3 Credits

ECE161 Infant and Toddler Practicum
Provides experience working with infants and toddlers in a community with a professional teacher. Will observe and practice high-quality care. Prerequisite: HDF249 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W, Sp
3 Credits

ECE162 Early Childhood Education Educator Orientation
Emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of the early childhood educator. Offers experience working with young children in laboratory setting and assisting with supervision of the various daily activities in a full-day child care program. Prerequisite: ECE151 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp
2 Credits

ECE163 Preschool Practicum
Provides experience working with young children in a laboratory preschool setting. Assists with supervision of the various activities in a preschool program. Includes some curriculum planning for the young child. Prerequisite: HDF225, HDF247, HDF248, ECE151, and ECE162; and consent of ECE faculty. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) F, W, Sp
4 Credits

ECE180A Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
1 Credits

ECE180B Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
2 Credits

ECE180C Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
3 Credits

ECE180D Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
4 Credits

ECE180E Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
5 Credits

ECE180F Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
6 Credits

ECE180G Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
7 Credits

ECE180H Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
8 Credits

ECE180I Introduction to Work Based Learning
Early Childhood Education
9 Credits

ECE251 Young Children Environments
Focuses on planning, implementing, and evaluating environments for typically and atypically developing children from birth- to 8 years of age. Includes using observation and facilitating play in the environment, room arrangements, outdoor areas, equipment selection and sources, children’s furniture, and incorporating recycled materials in the classroom. Prerequisite: Second year standing in the Early Childhood Education program; and placement into RD090 and WR090; or consent of instructor. F
3 Credits

ECE261 Student Teaching 1
Offers supervised teaching of young children in a laboratory setting. Prerequisite: ECE163 with a grade of C or better; second-year standing in the Early Childhood Education program; and consent of instructor. F, W, Sp
6 Credits

ECE262 Student Teaching 2
Offers supervised teaching of young children in a laboratory preschool and in a community setting. Prerequisite: ECE261 with a grade of C or better; and consent of instructor. F, W, Sp
6 Credits

ECE280A Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
1 Credits

ECE280B Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
2 Credits

ECE280C Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
3 Credits

ECE280D Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
4 Credits

ECE280E Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
5 Credits

ECE280F Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
6 Credits

ECE280G Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
7 Credits

ECE280H Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
8 Credits

ECE280I Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
9 Credits

ECE280J Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
10 Credits

ECE280L Cooperative Work Experience
Offers placement in a business, agency, and/or industry for on-the-job training related to the student's curriculum. Prerequisite: Determined by each curriculum. Guidelines on file in the Cooperative Work Experience office and with each curriculum's CWE Instructor and Director.
12 Credits

ECE295 Administration of Early Childhood Programs
Covers areas of administrative responsibility: finances, and budget, and sources of income; selection and purpose of materials and equipment; standards (local, state, federal) and regulatory agencies in regard to health, nutrition, and safety. Computer simulations and software will be used to experience administrative functions. Prerequisite: Second-year standing in Early Childhood Education program; placement into RD090 and WR090; or consent of instructor. Sp
3 Credits