Early Childhood Education

Diploma

2012-2013 academic year

You can earn an early childhood education diploma. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 39.5 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 33.5 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECED 1050 Expressive Arts
This course focuses on the selection, construction, and use of materials, activities and experiences that encourage the young child's creativity and aesthetic appreciation through the visual arts, music, body movement, and dramatic play. Curriculum is designed for 3-8 year olds.
3
ECED 1060 Observation, Assessment, and Guidance
This course introduces a variety of observation and guidance techniques used in early childhood education settings birth to age eight.
3
ECED 1110 Infant and Toddler Development
This course focuses on typical-atypical development of children in the prenatal period of development through 36 months. Planning curriculum in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social-emotional development are examined.
3
ECED 1120 Preschool Child Development
This course focuses on typical-atypical development of the child ages 3 to 5 years in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social-emotional development.
2
ECED 1150 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
An overview of early childhood education, history, trends and the philosophies of various programs, diversity, inclusion, licensing standards, current legislation, professionalism, and advocacy are examined.
3
ECED 1160 Early Language and Literacy
This course will focus on the development of literacy and language skills from birth to age eight. The student will plan and prepare developmentally appropriate language and literacy activities.
3
ECED 1220 Pre-Practicum
This course is designed to provide an orientation to practicum experiences in the early childhood education program. Students will review the process for setting up a practicum, forms used during practicum, understand the child care licensing requirements for their state, obtain a current health report, and have their names cleared through appropriate background checks. Students will understand practicum expectations and responsibilities, methods of evaluation, and the importance of professionalism in the work place.
1
ECED 1221 Infant and Toddler Practicum
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children six weeks through 36 months-of-age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected child care settings. Students will develop an awareness of appropriate adult-child interaction while developing positive employee skills. Basic skills in planning and implementing a daily routine and curriculum activities for infants and toddlers are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 90 clock hours of practical work experience.
2
ECED 1230 School Age Child Development
This course focuses on typical-atypical development of the child ages 5-12 years in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social-emotional development.
2
ECED 1240 Preschool and School-Age Practicum
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children from three to eight years of age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected early care and education settings. Students will develop an awareness of appropriate adult-child interaction while developing positive employee skills. Basic skills in planning and implementing a daily routine and curriculum activities for children from three to eight years of age are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 90 clock hours of practical work experience.
2
HLTH 1730 Pediatric Basic Life Support and First Aid
Designed to prepare students to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on infants and children, relieve a foreign body airway obstruction from infants and children as well as basic first aid. The training meets the requirements of the American Heart Association for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.
0.5
ECED 2050 Children with Exceptionalities
This course focuses on the theory, development and philosophy of early childhood education programs serving children with exceptionalities. Topics include working with families, legislation, role of the interventionist, interdisciplinary teams and inclusion of children with special needs in natural environments. Strongly suggest prior knowledge of child growth and development.
3
ECED 2060 Early Childhood Education Curriculum Planning
This course prepares students to plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for children ages 3-8 years of age. Topics include writing goals and objectives, lesson plans, daily schedules, working with parents, and inclusionary practices.
3
ECED 2070 Family and Community Relationships
This course focuses on the development of skills, techniques and attitudes needed to form successful collaboration with diverse family systems and communities. Ten hours of community service learning required.
3

Required General Education Courses

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation 3 Credit Hours

required
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn a C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will assist the student to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace. It will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. The course will enhance the student's listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

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