Course Descriptions

BL 101 - Biological Sciences for Early Childhood Teachers

(Credits: 3.00)

This activity-based course introduces students to the basic principles in biological sciences that will be applicable to their future as early childhood educators. The intent of this course is to prepare students using the guidelines of the Department of Public Instruction. Topics covered in this course are vital for early childhood teachers to take the state-mandated science content test (Praxis II). This course is only open to students who are enrolled in the Early Childhood Program.

BL 212 - Environmental Science for Early Childhood Education

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental concepts in environmental science and apply them in the classroom setting. The major topics covered are energy, ecosystems, biodiversity, water resources, recycling and sustainable living. Since this course is designed around a series of field experiences, each major topic is initially introduced and discussed in the classroom followed by a related field experience. After the field experience, students are required to summarize, reflect upon, and apply important concepts based upon their experiences. This course is open only to students enrolled in the Early Childhood program.

CA 207 - Interpersonal and Group Communication for Early Childhood Educators

(Credits: 3.00)

Students gain an overview of the various areas encompassed by interpersonal and group communication, especially in the context of early childhood education. This course provides a theoretical framework to analyze various communication situations. Problems in interpersonal and group communication are examined to determine effective methods of resolution. Topic areas include language choices, gender, culture, perception checking, friendships, family and marriage, nonverbal communication, persuasion, conflict, teambuilding and leadership. Corequisite: ECUE 211, MT 104.

ECUE 200 - Language, Culture and Learning

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines language and literacy development from an interactionist perspective with an emphasis on culture, schema, and pragmatics as the basis for the development of oral narration and print awareness. Content and pedagogy are integrated by providing participants with an opportunity to develop and use their personal narratives as a means of understanding culture and connecting to literature. This course is taken concurrently with ECUE 301, ECUE 201 and EN 200. Corequisite: ECUE 201, ECUE 301, EN 200.

ECUE 201 - Building a Learning Community

(Credits: 2.00)

In this course, teacher candidates examine how teachers can use language to build a learning community. To this end, they learn the benefits of using conversations to guide the instruction in their classrooms and learn how to model personal storytelling in order to initiate meaningful conversations with children. Furthermore, they explore how the use of dictated stories and interactive writing support literacy learning for young children. Corequisite: ECUE 200, ECUE 301, EN 200.

ECUE 211 - Construction of Knowledge in the Early Childhood Classroom

(Credits: 2.00)

Framed by the work of Lev Vygotsky, teacher candidates explore how learning can be enhanced by the creation of an environment in which students and teachers co-construct knowledge. The content of focus in this class is mathematics and communication. As part of this study, teacher candidates learn how to analyze social interactions related to problem solving. Corequisite: MT 104, ECUE 250, ECUE 310.

ECUE 250 - Early Childhood Development in Practice

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an overview of child development from conception through adolescence, including biological, emotional, cognitive, and sociocultural aspects of child growth. Theories of child development, current research, and the impact of diverse experiences on human growth are explored.

ECUE 280 - Language, Culture and Literacy

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines language from a neurobiological perspective with an emphasis on the parameters of language (phonology, semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics) as an interrelated system. Participants' emerging knowledge of literacy development builds on previous study of print awareness and is extended to include phonological awareness development and understanding of the alphabetic principle. Corequisite: ECUE 281, ECUE 381.

ECUE 281 - Concept Development

(Credits: 2.00)

Teacher candidates learn how to use language consciously to support young children's vocabulary and concept development through the use of text sets. The content of history and literacy is explored to study how communities develop and support the needs of their members. Corequisite: ECUE 280, ECUE 381.

ECUE 291 - Math Learning in the Elementary Classroom

(Credits: 2.00)

In this integrated course, teacher candidates focus on instructional strategies to make math meaningful to young children. Teacher candidates explore various strategies, professionally present strategies to peers, and design instructional strategies for use with children in grades K-3. Corequisite: ECUE 398, EN 201.

ECUE 301 - Field Experience I: Literacy and Literature

(Credits: 4.00)

Throughout this course, teacher candidates implement and demonstrate their ability to apply the practices acquired in their content courses. There are five whole group meetings for this class. In addition, university mentors work with teacher candidates individually in their early childhood classrooms at various times during the semester. Corequisite: ECUE 200, ECUE 201, EN 200.

ECUE 310 - Field Experience 2: Math and Communication

(Credits: 4.00)

Teacher candidates implement the practices acquired in their content courses. They will demonstrate their ability to do the following: 1) embed communication and math into daily experiences; 2) model problem solving with children on issues that are relevant to them; 3) create a learning center focused on math and incorporate communication tools that will support students' learning when at the center; and 4) facilitate interpersonal communication in the classroom. Corequisite: ECUE 211, ECUE 250, MT 104.

ECUE 350 - Introduction to Child with Disabilities

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on children with disabilities, including cognitive, learning, emotional, physical and sensory disabilities. Special emphasis is given to young children with developmental delays. As the characteristics of children with unique learning needs are examined, strategies to meet their needs within varied educational settings are explored. Additional topics include special education law, assessment practices, and collaborating with family and other team members.

ECUE 381 - Field Experience 3: Literacy and Community

(Credits: 4.00)

Throughout this semester, teacher candidates implement the practices acquired in their content courses. Teacher candidates use their knowledge of how historical communities have been formed over time to consider ways to develop a positive learning community in the present. This is accomplished by implementing the following: 1) a safe and engaging classroom community, 2) an open and honest community that includes the classroom and children's parents and caregivers, and 3) a school community that is engaged in continuous and reflective practice. Corequisite: ECUE 280, ECUE 281.

ECUE 398 - Field Experience 4: Literature and Math

(Credits: 4.00)

Throughout this semester, teacher candidates implement the practices acquired in their content courses. Teacher candidates use their knowledge of the background, growth and needs of children to create instruction that is relevant. Corequisite: ECUE 291, EN 201.

ECUE 400 - Word Recognition

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to expand students' existing knowledge of early language and literacy development to include an understanding of the relationship between reading and spelling. Through a stage theory lens, students are exposed to the role of explicit instruction in phoneme-grapheme mapping as they learn to design developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for learners. Students continue to develop metalinguistic awareness as they learn the predictable and complex patterns found in English orthography. Prerequisite: ECUE 200, ECUE 201, ECUE 280, ECUE 281, ECUE 301, ECUE 381.

ECUE 411 - Storytelling as Curriculum

(Credits: 2.00)

In this integrated course, teacher candidates focus on instructional strategies to make social studies content meaningful for young children while simultaneously addressing children's social emotional needs. Corequisite: HS 126.

ECUE 413 - Field Experience 5: History and Communication

(Credits: 4.00)

Throughout this semester, teacher candidates implement the practices acquired in their content courses. Teacher candidates use their knowledge of children's development to create instruction that is relevant. Corequisite: ECUE 411, HS 126.

ECUE 421 - Student Teaching in Early Childhood Settings

(Credits: 4.00)

In this field-based course, teacher candidates demonstrate their ability to meet the needs of students in early childhood settings. Corequisite: ECUE 411, HS 126.

EN 200 - Autobiography and Life Stories: Reading, Responding, Writing

(Credits: 3.00)

Students engage collaboratively with each other and various authors in a "critical community," working toward enlightenment of self through writing and interpreting autobiography. Corequisite: ECUE 200, ECUE 201, ECUE 301.

HS 127 - World Cultures and Communities

(Credits: 3.00)

This survey course on global history focuses on the formation of culture and communities by giving a brief overview of the significant political, economic, social and cultural developments starting with prehistory and ending in the 20th century. Corequisite: ECUE 280, ECUE 281, ECUE 381.

MT 104 - Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers I

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a mathematics content course that is designed for teachers who will be teaching in early childhood education. The content of this course reflects the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. Students will study mathematical processes, sets, functions, logic, whole numbers, integers, fractions, geometry, number theory, and measurement, and are expected to use appropriate math vocabulary. Students also will be immersed in various problem-solving situations, both individually and cooperatively. Corequisite: CA 207, ECUE 211.

PL 204 - Ethics

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to ethics, the study of human persons as moral actors. Students examine various ethical theories which attempt to explain what the good life entails, how one becomes good, and what makes an action good or bad. Contemporary moral issues are discussed in light of theories introduced.

REL 250 - Faith Development

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the relationship of faith, religion and theology and provides educational processes that foster faith development.