Early Childhood Education Courses (ECE)

ECE 3315
Assessment in ECE (3)
  Child observation, documentation, and other forms of assessment central to the practice of all early childhood professionals will be presented. The goals, benefits and uses of assessment will be studied. Systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies used in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child will be explored. Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.
   
ECE 3325
Child Growth & Development (Birth to 8 years) (3)
  The purpose of this course is to provide candidates a child development knowledge base. Candidates will use their understanding of young children’ characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child. This course will include a minimum of 15 hours of clinical field experience in a child care setting. Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.
   
ECE 3340
Language Acquisition (3)
  The purpose of this course is to assist candidates as they investigate and construct an operational knowledge of young children’s language and literacy acquisition. A wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning will be explored. This course includes 15 hours of clinical field experiences where students interact with diverse learners through observation and participation in the application of appropriate language and literacy experiences, including technology. Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.
   
ECE 3385
Primary Math & Science (3)
  The purpose of this course is to assist candidates as they investigate and construct an operational knowledge of young children’s construction of logico-mathematical and physical knowledge. This course includes 15 hours of clinical field experiences where students interact with diverse learners through observation and participation in the application of developmentally appropriate
approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning. Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.
   
ECE 3391
Social Studies; Community & Family (3)
  This course prepares candidates to understand that successful early childhood education depends upon partnerships with children’s families and communities. Knowledge, understanding, and valuing the importance and complex characteristic of children’s families and communities will be used to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve families in their children’s development and learning. A minimum of 15 hours of clinical field experience will be required. Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.
   
ECE 4401
Integrated Program (3)
  This course is designed to prepare early childhood majors to use their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for each and every young child. The essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas, including academic subjects, and resources to deepen their understanding will be explored. A minimum of 15 hours clinical field experience is required. Prerequisite: Admission to TEP.
   
ECE 4454
Internship Seminar for Early Childhood Education (3)
  This course provides seniors an opportunity during internship to examine broad educational issues and concerns, topics on the state and local levels and those of personal interest. The scope of the course ranges from juvenile law, classroom management professionalism, professional development for teachers and other course topics.
Prerequisite: ad-mission to TEP; Co-requisite: ECE Internship.
   
ECE 4474
Internship in Early Childhood Education (9)
  The Professional Internship Program is the culminating clinical field-based experience for students seeking certification in a teaching field. The Professional Internship Program provides the student with the opportunity to conduct classes and assume the role of a teacher while receiving supervision from a classroom teacher and a university supervisor for a period of one full semester. The student will demonstrate skills of the informed, reflective decision maker throughout the internship experience.
Prerequisite: admission to TEP. Co-requisite: ECE 4454.
   
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