EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


ECD 101 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD 3.0 Credits

This course is an overview of growth and development, developmentally appropriate curriculum, positive guidance techniques, regulations, health, safety, and nutrition standards in early care and education.  Professionalism, family/cultural values and practical applications based on historical and theoretical models in early care and education are highlighted in this course. (South Carolina Early Childhood Credential)

ECD 102 GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT I 3.0 Credits

This course is an extensive study of philosophies and theories of growth and development of infants/toddlers. Focus is on “total” development of the child, with emphasis on physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and nutritional areas. Developmental tasks and appropriate activities are explored in the course.

ECD 105 GUIDANCE-CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT 3.0 Credits

This course is an overview of developmentally appropriate, effective guidance and classroom management techniques for the teacher of young children. A positive pro-active approach is stressed in the course.

ECD 107 EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN 3.0 Credits

This course includes an overview of special-needs children and their families. Emphasis is on prevalence of disorders, treatment modalities, community resources serving exceptional children, the teacher’s role in mainstreaming and early identification, and on federal legislation affecting exceptional children.

ECD 108 FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS 3.0 Credits

This course is an overview of techniques and materials for promoting effective family/program partnerships to foster positive child development.  Emphasis is on availability and accessibility of community resources and on developing appropriate communication skills.

ECD 109 ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION 3.0 Credits

A study of the role and responsibilities of an early childhood administrator.  Special focus on program monetary matters, space management, curriculum, health and food services, and relations among the public, staff, and parents.

ECD 131 LANGUAGE ARTS 3.0 Credits

A study of methods and materials in age-appropriate language experiences. Opportunities are provided to develop listening, speaking, prereading and prewriting skills through planning, implementation, and evaluation of media, methods, techniques, and equipment. Methods of selection, evaluation, and presentation of children’s literature are included. (Pre-requisite: ECD 102)

ECD 132 CREATIVE EXPERIENCES 3.0 Credits

In this course, the importance of creativity and independence in creative expression are stressed. A variety of age-appropriate media, methods, techniques, and equipment are utilized. Students plan, implement, and evaluate instructional activities.

ECD 133 SCIENCE AND MATH CONCEPTS 3.0 Credits

This course includes an overview of pre-number and science concepts developmentally appropriate for young children. Emphasis is on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of developmentally appropriate activities utilizing a variety of methods and materials.

ECD 135 HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION 3.0 Credits

Covers a review of health/safety practices recommended for child care and includes information on common diseases and health problems. Certification preparation is provided in pediatric safety, CPR, and first aid. Guidelines and information on nutrition and developmentally appropriate activities included.

ECD 200 CURRICULUM ISSUES IN INFANT & TODDLER DEVELOPMENT 3.0 Credits

This course is a study of infant and toddler care. Emphasis is on brain development and its implications for caring for infants and toddlers. Planning and teaching strategies as they relate to child development, curriculum and environment are included in the course. (Pre-requisite: ECD 102)

ECD 201 PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS/LEADERSHIP IN EARLY CARE & ED. 3.0 Credits

Includes an overview of historical views on leadership and issues and challenges of leadership in early care and education. Emphasis is on current trends and issues. This course also reviews ethical principles as they relate to children, families, colleagues, and the community and society. (Pre-requisite: ECD 101 or departmental approval)

ECD 203 GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT II 3.0 Credits

This course is an in-depth study of preschool children growing and developing in today’s world. Focus is on “total” development of the child with emphasis on physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and nutritional areas of development. Developmental tasks and appropriate activities are explored in the course. (Pre-requisite: ECD 102)

ECD 210 EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION 3.0 Credits

This course provides a study of a variety of intervention procedures reflecting various models, including child centered, child directed, behavioral, cognitive, and social approaches to instruction. (Pre-requisite: ECD 107)

ECD 237 METHODS AND MATERIALS 3.0 Credits

This course includes an overview of developmentally appropriate methods and materials for planning, implementing, and evaluating environments. Emphasis is on integrating divergent activities in each curriculum area.

ECD 243 SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE 3.0 Credits

This course emphasizes planning, implementing and evaluating scheduled programs, age- appropriate methods, materials, activities, and environments of early childhood principles and practices. (Pre-requisite: ECD 101, 203, 105 & 132) (Recommended: final course in diploma and associate degree programs) (Requires department approval)

ECD 251 SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE-INFANT & TODDLER 2.0 Credits

Includes emphasis on planning, implementing, and evaluating scheduled programs, age appropriate methods, materials, activities, and environments of infants and toddlers. (Pre-requisites: ECD 101, 102 & 200) (Recommended: final course in certificate program) (Requires departmental approval)

ECD 253 COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS FOR ECSE 3.0 Credits

This course is a study of sign language (ASL) and other assistive communication devices that are appropriate to work effectively with students who are developmentally delayed in speech and language.

ECD 254 FACILITATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ECSE 3.0 Credits

This course is a study of how the environment for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children with special needs can be manipulated to enhance their development, social needs, and expression of creativity and independence.

ECD 255 ACTIVITY THERAPY FOR ECSE 3.0 Credits

This course is a study of providing assistance in planning and organizing activities focusing on a play and developmentally appropriate environment for children with special needs.

ECD 256 COUNSELING TECHNIQUES FOR ECSE 3.0 Credits

This course is a study of collaboration with professionals, families, and students to achieve various outcomes that are of particular interest to those individuals involved in the education and care of children with developmental delays.

ECD 257 SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE 3.0 Credits

This course includes a supervised field experience in a team environment by certified/licensed professionals who monitor and evaluate students' skills in order to work with children who are developmentally delayed.





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