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Course Descriptions

ECE 201: Introduction to Early Care & Education

Explores current and historical themes, research, and programs in the field of early care and education, offering students the opportunity to explore their own professional identities.


ECE 220: Equity in Early Care & Education

Drawing upon the history of multicultural education, social justice education, culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies, critical perspectives in early childhood education, and anti-bias education, this course supports professionals serving young children and families to develop skills needed to engage in equitable practices.


ECE 322: Engaging Interactions and Environments: Instructionally Supportive Interactions

Importance of equitable high-quality early childhood education. Specific types of environments and responsive instructional interactions that support children's thinking, language, and problem-solving. First of a two-part series.


ECE 323: Engaging Interactions and Environments: Social and Emotional Support and Well-Organized Classrooms

Focus on importance of equitable high quality early childhood education and specific types of environments and responsive instructional interactions that support children's social, emotional and self-regulatory skills. Second of a two-part series.


ECE 401: Introduction to Research in Early Care and Education

Focuses on the kinds of knowledge, ways of knowing and modes of inquiry relevant to early care and education. Through identifying and reviewing substantive research in their areas of interest, students locate ideas for inquiry within the research literature in early care and education.


ECE 402: Social Policy in Early Care and Education

Seeks to deepen understanding of contemporary social issues and problems that impact families and young children. Discusses legislation and other policies from a local, national and global perspective. Explores the complex web of social, private, and governmental organization that impact families and young children.


ECE 419: Family and Community Engagement

Focuses on the key role that family and community contexts play in supporting development, as well as the key role early childhood programs can play in promoting family engagement. Participants examine interdisciplinary principles on how best to support a developing child's primary relationships through family engagement, and responsiveness to differences between families.


ECE 450: Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

Helps identify individual strengths, set professional goals, and practice necessary professional skills, such as job-searching, networking, and developing oral and written proficiency.


ECE: 456 Senior Project

Synthesizes and demonstrates learning across the ECE major. Brings together research, theory and hands-on practice in service learning in order to highlight overall degree competencies and promote development of a professional portfolio.


ECFS 301: Early Childhood Curriculum

Focuses on developmental foundations and theoretical and researched-based models of early childhood curriculum. Studies approaches to designing, organizing and implementing early learning programs. Studies curricular content for supporting children's learning and development in physical development; social and emotional development; approaches to learning; cognition; and language and early literacy.


ECFS 311: Teaching From the Inside Out: Being a Resilient Educator

Equips students with skills and strategies to optimize their effectiveness as early childhood educators. Students learn how to be as healthy as possible, possess the confidence to manage stressful situations, connect effectively with others and focus on the positive aspects of life.


ECFS 312: Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood

Addresses the significance of social and emotional development in the early years. Discusses the adoption of models and evidence-based practice strategies that focus on promoting social-emotional development, providing support for children's appropriate behavior and preventing challenging behavior. Examines how adult resiliency and wellness relate to improved early care and teaching.


ECFS 400: Child Observation & Assessment

Focuses on observation and methods used to study and understand young children in the context of families and society. Develops skills to understand children's behavior in learning environments. Examines approaches to and purposes for assessment and documentation of children's development and learning. Explores approaches to assessing early learning environments.


ECFS 410: Laying the Foundation for Reading: Supporting Language & Literacy Development in Preschool

Increases knowledge about language and literacy developments between ages 3 to 5 and the ways in which these developments are critical precursors to the emergence of and success with formal reading skills, and to build participants' use of evidence-based language and literacy practices within the preschool classroom.


ECFS 411: Fostering the Development of Young Children’s Mathematics & Science Knowledge & Skills

Increases knowledge about cognitive developments between ages 3 to 5 and ways in which these developments are critical precursors to emergence and success with later content and skills in mathematics and science. Learn to design and implement effective instructional practices and interactions with children that support their learning and development.


EDPSY 305 Applied Child Development & Learning

Examination of the latest research on brain development in early childhood and the application of this knowledge in the creation of learning environments that promote physical, language, cognitive, social and emotional development. The roles of family, classroom and community provide context to build relationships that support each child's development.


EDSPE 304: Exceptional Children

Covers the knowledge of the field of special education including laws, practices, procedures and controversies. Focuses on information about children with disabilities studied from the point of view of education


EDPSY 406: Learning & Teaching in Our Changing World

Human learning in the educational setting. Cognition, development, learning, motivation, affective processes and socialization. Emphasis on skills in influencing classroom learning and discipline.


NSG 432: Infants & Young Children: Risk & Resilience

Provides a survey of infant and early childhood development, including prenatal and neonatal factors, and social/societal influences, using an infant mental health framework. Emphasizes how risk and protective factors can impact social-emotional, physical and cognitive growth. Includes research-based principles and approaches to supporting families, teachers and caregivers of young children.