B.A. in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education
Summary of Requirements
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Requirements for a Major in Early Childhood Education
For continuation in a teacher education program, an education major must maintain a cumulative degree average of 2.75 or better, with a B or higher in education courses and a C+ or better in all pre-major, pre-professional and related elective courses.
Required pre-major courses 6 hoursTo be taken in freshman or sophomore year:
Required major and related courses 62 hours
Related elective courses 9 hoursChoose 3 hours from each of the following areas for a total of 9 hours, in consultation with departmental advisors:
Health and Wellness
Field Experience Requirements up to 160 Clock Hours
Students will complete field experiences in conjunction with the courses below. These field experience hours do not count in the summary of requirements for the specialization. Students will be required to pay a fee for suitability background checks prior to their initial field experiences in the program. The courses with field experiences include:
EDU 320 Early Childhood Environments (20 clock hours)
EDU 609 Home, School, Community Partnership (20 clock hours)
EDU 621 Literacy Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood (30 clock hours)
EDU 622 Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Young Children's Development (30 clock hours)
EDU 624 Integrative Methods for Early Childhood Education: Preprimary (20 clock hours)
EDU 626 Integrative Methods for Early Childhood Education: K-3 (30 clock hours)
ART 126 - Ceramics: Basic Hand-building Techniques (3)
An introduction to clay as an artistic medium. A variety of pots will be constructed using the following hand-building techniques: pinch, coil, slab, and compression. Three-dimensional design principles will be emphasized.
DST 311 - Dynamics of Oppression (3)
This course examines various forms of oppression by looking across different cultures and communities, then examines possible parallels occurring within the deaf community.
Prerequisite: DST 101 or GSR 103
DST 316 - Disability Studies (3)
This course will introduce students to the field of Disability Studies. As an emerging interdisciplinary field of study, Disability Studies does not approach disability as a "medical condition, but as a human condition" (Charlton). Instead of studying the causes and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, we will explore the historical, social, political, religious, philosophical, and cultural influences that "construct" the category of "disability." We will also examine how persons with disabilities construct their own meanings and identities.
Prerequisite: DST 101 or GSR 103
EDU 250 - Introduction to Education and Teaching (3)
An overview and study of contemporary trends, problems, and issues in general education in terms of educational philosophies, types of educational programs, the relation of education to the individual and society, and curriculum and instruction. Some consideration of the relevance of regular education to special education and education of deaf and hard of hearing students. Discussion of organizations and agencies related to education.
EDU 311 - Foundations of Literacy Teaching and Learning (3)
This course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the theories, research and literature in the area of language and literacy acquisition and learning. Students will examine their own beliefs and processes related to language and literacy acquisition and learning. This course will prepare students for subsequent courses that address literacy teaching and learning in the classroom and the home courses.
Prerequisites: EDU 250, LIN 101
Prerequisite or Co-requisites: EDF 323
EDU 320 - Early Childhood Environments (3)
The focus of this course is on the interactions between young learners and the physical and social environments encountered in parent-infant programs, preschool, kindergarten, and primary settings. Students will learn how to organize, plan, create, and modify environments for optimal learning. 40 clock hours of related practicum experience are required.
Prerequisites: EDU 250 or permission of program director
EDU 323 - Educational Psychology (3)
The course addresses the application of psychological principles to the educational setting. Topics include learning theory, cognition and memory, individualized instruction, human development, intelligence, creativity, exceptionality, motivation, discipline, and measurement and evaluation.
Prerequisite: PSY 101
EDU 493 - Integrative Practicum and Seminar in Teaching (3)
In this course, the Undergraduate Education program students spend at least 36 hours serving and aiding teachers in a public school program. This course will address integrating content (Language Arts and Social Studies) and require students to apply what is learned in the previous coursework to practicum situations in school sites. Regular group seminars are held to discuss, analyze, and reflect on educational topics related to teaching. This course prepares students for a subsequent student teaching experience.
Prerequisites: An Approved Student Teaching Application and permission of the department.
EDU 600 - K-12 Curriculum and Instructional Technology (3)
This course will familiarize students with the nature and importance of curriculum in education from K-12. The course also provides an initial experience in integrated curriculum planning that incorporates the use of current technologies. Current theories of assessment, curriculum, instruction and learning across diverse educational settings are applied in classroom laboratory settings. Content assessments and evaluation in the candidate area(s) of study are emphasized. Field experience in a school setting is a required part of this course.
Prerequisites: Admission to the program or permission of the program director.
EDU 609 - Home, School and Community Partnerships (3)
This course focuses on the dispositions, experiences, knowledge and skills necessary for home/school and interprofessional collaboration for young children and their families. Prepares students to use effective strategies and workable plans to support collaboration for providing integrative services to young children and their families. 20 hours of related field experience is required.
Prerequisite: Admission to the program or permission of the instructor
EDU 620 - Historical & Curricular Foundations of Early Childhood Education (2)
This course provides an introduction to the field of early childhood education. The course will include the study of the foundations of early childhood education including: theories, models, evidence-based practices, issues and developmentally appropriate practice. In addition, the course will address the role of the teacher, families, and other professionals in supporting young children (ages 3-8).
Pre- or Co-requisites: EDU 622, and admission to the program or permission of the program director.
EDU 621 - Literacy Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood (3)
This course for teacher candidates specializing in early childhood provides an integration of literacy theory and research, content-based instructional practices, and assessment and evaluation cycles for diverse learners including ASL-English bilingual learners, English language learners (ELL), struggling readers and writers, and students with disabilities. In this course, candidates explore in depth an integrated approach to the study of early childhood literacy, curriculum building, methods and materials for literacy instruction, including language development, reading and writing.
Prerequisites: EDU 600; EDU 311 or EDU 601; and admission to the education program, or permission of the program director.
EDU 622 - Observing, Documenting and Assessing Young Children's Development (3)
This course prepares teacher candidates with the basic techniques for observing, documenting, and interpreting the development and behavior of young children. Candidates will learn to utilize child observation and documenting methods to gather information on development and learning and to make inferences for education planning based on information gathered. The main focus for this course is on the development of diverse learners (3-8 years old) within developmental domains (e.g., social-emotional skills, cognitive, language, and motor skills.)
Prerequisites: Admission to the program or permission of the program director.
EDU 624 - Integrative Methods for Early Childhood Education: Preprimary (3)
This course emphasizes developmental learning environments, materials, and experiences for teaching young children, birth through preschool. Focus will be on curriculum based in home-school interactions, as well as the integration of language arts, reading, science, social studies, mathematics, and creative expression. 20 hours of related field experience required.
Prerequisites: EDU 620; and admission to the program or permission of the program director.
EDU 626 - Integrative Methods for Early Childhood Education: K-3 (3)
This course emphasizes developmental learning environments, materials, and experiences for teaching young children, 6 to 8 years of age. Focus will be on curriculum based in home-school interactions, as well as the integration of all subject areas (social studies, mathematics, language arts, reading, arts, science, and physical education). 30 hours of related field experience is required.
Pre- or Co-requisites: EDU 620 and admission to the program or permission of the program director.
EDU 628 - Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (9)
This course is the final professional experience in the early childhood education program and is a required field experience in a school classroom for a period of ten weeks under the supervision of the classroom teacher (cooperating teacher) and a University Supervisor. During the course, the candidate will take responsibility for planning, teaching, and evaluating all aspects of the classroom program. Candidates co-register for and attend a required weekly seminar held weekly on campus for purposes of common problems and/or concerns, and exchange of useful teaching experiences.
Prerequisites: An approved student teaching application and permission of the Program Director.
Co-requisite: EDU 694
EDU 639 - Elementary School Teaching Methods in Mathematics (3)
Students will learn about the current curriculum, content, materials, and methodologies utilized by educators in the elementary school mathematics curriculum. Students will explore methodological principles and apply them by developing lesson plans, a mathematics portfolio, activities, and projects. Observation, laboratory activities and participation in a field experience are included in the course. Students will learn mathematics by doing mathematics using Childhood Education International (ACEI) & Elementary Education Standards and Supporting (EESS).
Pre- or Co-requisites: EDU 600 and admission to the program or permission of the program director.
EDU 665 - Children's Literature (3)
An in-depth study of children's literature primarily for early childhood and secondary education majors. Focuses on the evaluation, selection, and sharing of children's and young adult books in instructional settings. Participants will read, respond to, and evaluate picture books and chapter books of various genres. Emphasizes the identification and teaching of literary elements in context, strategies for sharing books with children, and the importance of using authentic children's and young's adult literature in schools.
EDU 670 - Teaching Students with Disabilities (3)
This course is designed to familiarize students with the identification of exceptional children in terms of developmental needs, interpretation of assessment data, development and evaluation of appropriate intervention strategies for the regular classroom teacher, and legislation in special education. This course will prepare teacher candidates to work with children and youth with a broad range of disabilities and educational needs. Topics will include understanding disability; understanding principles of legislation and curriculum and instruction; establishing positive learning environments; and working collaboratively.
Prerequisite: Admission to the program or permission of the program director
EDU 694 - Student Teaching Seminar (3)
The student teaching seminar is a capstone course in which student teachers in the Undergraduate Education Program meet regularly as a group to discuss, analyze, reflect upon and resolve classroom issues that occur during their full-time internship experiences with hearing students. This course is designed to be taken in tandem with Student Teaching. Students will be participating in student teaching at various clinical sites every weekday for 10 weeks. Educational topics related to assessment, classroom management, certification, portfolio development, and related areas are covered in depth.
Co-requisites: EDU 628, EDU 638, or EDU 648; and permission of the Department of Education
GOV 370 - Human Rights (3)
The diverse beliefs of nations and classes, world divisions, and the racial rivalry reflected in various systems of law and politics all give changing meaning to such phrases as human rights and fundamental freedoms. This course will look at these rights and freedoms within the different belief systems, world divisions, and racial rivalries. Special attention will be given to the deaf communities in United States and their struggle to achieve full human rights and freedom.
LIN 101 - Sign Language & Sign Systems (3)
An introduction to the major features of languages and to the structure, use, and variation in the sign languages and sign systems commonly used in the United States. The course will cover four major topics: (1) Language: The nature and definition of languages, the uniqueness of language, and contrasts between language and other forms of communication; (2) Language and Culture: The role of language in human society, with special focus on language acquisition, language identity, and bilingualism; (3) American Sign Language Structure: A survey of the major features of the linguistic structure of ASL. Topics are: Phonology: the structure of the physical signals; Morphology: the basic structure and composition of meaningful units of ASL; Syntax: word order and nonmanual syntactic signals in ASL sentences; (4) Language Variation: Language variation and language contact in the deaf community, including discussions of contact varieties of signing and systems for representing English.
Prerequisites: Qualifying performance on the English assessment or screening and passing ASL screening.
MAT 171 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics for Early Childhood and Elementary School Teachers I (3)
This course is the first part of a two-semester course sequence with MAT 172. This course is designed for prospective early childhood and elementary school teachers. The contents of this course include concepts and theories underlying early childhood and elementary school mathematics. The students will explore the "why" behind the mathematical concepts, ideas, and procedures. Topics include problem solving, whole numbers and numeration, whole numbers operations and properties, number theory, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, and integers.
Prerequisites: GSR 104 or the equivalent, or permission of the department chair. This course is not open to mathematics majors.
MAT 172 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics for Early Childhood and Elementary School Teachers II (3)
This course is the second part of a two-semester course sequence with MAT 171. This course is designed for prospective early childhood and elementary school teachers. The contents of this course include concepts and theories underlying early childhood and elementary school mathematics. The students will explore the "why" behind the mathematical concepts, ideas and procedures. Topics include rational and real numbers, introduction to algebra, Euclidean and solid geometry, statistics, and probability.
Prerequisites: MAT 171. This course is not open to mathematics majors.
PER 386 - Physical Education and Wellness in a School Environment (3)
This course will cover teaching and leading theories and techniques necessary for planning and delivering physical activities and wellness programs that foster health enhancing active participation, within a comprehensive school environment. Emphasis is given to the principles of motor development; assessment techniques; and the psychomotor, cognitive, psychological, and social developmental needs of children of various ages, diversity, and abilities. Also included is an overview of the many education, community, and government organizations that provide and advocate for health enhancing physical activity participation.
Prerequisites: PER 200, PER 232, and declared PER major or declared elementary education or early childhood education major; or permission of instructor.
PER 440 - Adapted Physical Education and Recreation (3)
The course includes scientific principles, and teaching methodology necessary for the modification of physical education programs, sport, or recreational activities to meet the developmental needs and capabilities of students with diverse abilities. Emphasis is given to the principles of motor development; assessment techniques; developmental needs; psychomotor, cognitive, psychological, and social characteristics of individuals with various disabilities; legal requirements; resources for participation in community sport and recreation programs; and developing appropriate instructional and behavioral strategies for an inclusive or adapted activity learning environment.
Prerequisites: PER 200, PER 232, and PER 341; or a declared elementary education or early childhood education major; or permission of the instructor.
PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology (3)
An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior, providing an overview of the major problems, methods, and contributions of psychology. Content areas include development, language, learning, cognition, physiological psychology, motivation and emotion, perception, psychometrics, personality, and abnormal and social psychology. The course can be taken in one of two formats: traditional lecture or individualized instruction.
Prerequisite: GSR 102 or the equivalent
PSY 311 - Development I: Child Psychology (3)
This course examines the physical, psychological, social, and cognitive development from conception to the end of childhood. It will include discussion of the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in shaping of personality. It will describe language development and social and emotional adjustment of the child.
Prerequisite: "C" or better in PSY 210
SWK 318 - Human Diversity (3)
This course provides students an opportunity for examination of personal attitudes, stereotypes, biases, and misconceptions that affect ethnic-competent professional practice. Attention is given to increasing students' knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and sensitivity to diversity, oppression, and racism, and the implications of each for social work and other human services. While the course addresses the cognitive and conceptual aspects of learning, primary emphasis is on the affective process. In addition to learning about racism, discrimination, power/powerlessness, and ethnocentrism, students participate in experiential groups and role play. These exercises provide opportunities to explore new ways of thinking, feeling, and responding to people who experience discrimination or oppression because of their race, ethnic background, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation, or because they are deaf or hard of hearing.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
THE 470 - Creative Movement and Drama, Preschool - Kindergarten (3)
This course will focus on methodology and practice of creative movement and drama for children ages 3 to 6 (preschool and kindergarten). Students will become familiar with the use of creative movement, mime, improvisation, story dramatization, storytelling, puppetry and use of multisensory stimuli and learn how to adapt activities for children with special needs. Emphasis will be on the application of these techniques to language development, social learning, concept formation, emotional development, and creativity. Resources will include multiethnic themes, stories, and folklore.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
THE 472 - Educational Drama Grades 1-6 (3)
This course focuses on methodology and practice of educational drama applied to multidisciplinary learning within the first through sixth grade curricula. Students will be introduced to theme and story based improvisation, story dramatization, role play, and teacher-in-role strategies, and learn how to adapt activities for children with special needs. Curricular areas include language arts, social studies, science, and math, with additional focus on examining emotional development, and creativity. Current trends in assessment of drama will also be explored. Resources will include multiethnic themes, stories, and folklore.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing