Course Descriptions


CDEC 1164     Practicum (or Field Experience) Child Development  1:0:7

Capstone Course

Practical general workplace training supported by an individualizing learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.

Capstone course for Level II Certificate.  

Prerequisite: Approval of the Program Director for enrollment and must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
Type ACAD

CDEC 1313     Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Program      3:3:0

A study of the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate curriculum design and implementation in early care and education programs for children.

Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 1319     Child Guidance      3:3:0

An exploration of guidance strategies for promoting pro-social behaviors with individual and groups of children. Emphasis on positive guidance principles and techniques, family involvement and cultural influences.

Practical application through direct participation with children.

Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 1321     The Infant and Toddler      3:3:0

A study of appropriate infant and toddler (birth to 3 years) programs, including an overview of development, quality routines, learning environments, materials and activities, and teaching/guidance techniques.

Prerequisite: Must be able to pass a criminal history check
Type: TECH

CDEC 1323     Observation and Assessment      3:3:0

A study of observation skills, assessment techniques, and documentation of children’s development.  

Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 1356     Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood      3:3:0

An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching language and literacy through a play-based integrated curriculum to children from birth through age eight.

Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 1358     Creative Arts for Early Childhood      3:3:0

An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching music, movement, visual arts, and dramatic play through process-oriented experiences to support divergent thinking for children birth through age eight.

Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 1359     Children with Special Needs      3:3:0

A survey of information regarding children with special needs including possible causes and characteristics of exceptionalities, intervention strategies, available resources, referral processes, the advocacy role, and legislative issues.

Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 2286     Internship -  Child Care Provider/Assistant   2:0:6

Capstone Course

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer.

This is the Capstone Course for the AAS degree in Early Childhood/ Child Development.

Prerequisite: Must be in final semester of AAS degree, must have GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have approval of the program director.
Type: TECH

CDEC 2307     Math and Science for Early Childhood      3:3:0

Exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching children math and science concepts and process skills through discovery and play.

Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 2315     Diverse Cultural / Multilingual Education      3:3:0

An overview of diverse cultural and multilingual education including familial relationships, community awareness, diversity, and the needs of each and every child.

This is an intermediate level elective course used to satisfy requirements for the AAS degree in Early Childhood.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and approval of the program director
Type: TECH

CDEC 2326     Administration of Programs for Children I   3:2:2

Capstone Course 

Application of management procedures for early care and education programs. Includes planning, operating, supervising, and evaluating programs. Topics cover philosophy, types of programs, policies, fiscal management, regulations, staffing, evaluation, and communication.

This course requires students to complete a number of hours in an external learning environment.  Contact the program director for more information. 

This is the Capstone Course for the Level I Certificate.

Prerequisite:15 hours in early childhood education, GPA of 2.0 or higher, and approval of the program director
Type: TECH

CDEC 2328     Administration of Programs for Children II     3:2:2

An in-depth study of the skills and techniques in managing early care and education programs, including legal and ethical issues, personnel management, team building, leadership, conflict resolution, stress management, advocacy, professionalism, fiscal analysis, technical applications in programs and planning parent education/partnerships.

Prerequisite: approval of program director
Type: TECH

CDEC 2341     School Age Child     3:3:0

A study of programs for the school age child, including an overview of development, learning environments, materials, activities and guidance techniques.

Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

EDUC 1300     Learning Framework or PSYC 1300   3:3:0

A study of the research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; factors that impact learning, and application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned. (Cross-listed as PSYC 1300)

Prerequisite: TSI satisfied in Reading and Writing or concurrent enrollment in INRW 0307
Type ACAD

EDUC 1301     Introduction to the Teaching Profession     3:3:0

An enriched, integrated pre-service course and content experience that provides active recruitment and institutional support of students interested in a teaching career, especially in high need fields.  The course provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations at all levels of P-12 schools with varied and diverse student populations and provides students with support from college and school faculty, preferably in small cohort groups, for the purpose of introduction to and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms.  Course content should be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards.  Course must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms. 

Prerequisite: TSI Reading and Writing requirements met and pass a criminal history check
Type: ACAD

EDUC 2301     Introduction to Special Populations     3:3:0

An enriched, integrated, pre-service course and content experience that provides an overview of schooling and classrooms from the perspectives of language, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic and academic diversity, and equity with an emphasis on factors that facilitate learning.  The course provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations of P-12 special populations and should be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards.  Must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms with special populations.

Prerequisite: TSI satisfied in reading and writing and students must pass a criminal history check
Type: ACAD

TECA 1303     Family, School, and the Community      3:3:0

A study of the child, family, community, and schools, including parent education and involvement, family and community lifestyles, child abuse, and current family life issues. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations. The course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

Prerequisite: Must be TSI satisfied and must pass a criminal history check 
Type: ACAD

TECA 1311     Educating Young Children      3:3:0

An introduction to the education of the young child, including developmentally appropriate practices and programs, theoretical and historical perspectives, ethical and professional responsibilities, and current issues. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations; and the course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

Prerequisite: TSI Reading and Writing requirement met; students must pass a criminal history check Type: ACAD

TECA 1318     Wellness of the Young Child      3:3:0

A study of the factors that impact the well-being of the young child including healthy behavior, food, nutrition, fitness, and safety practices.  Focuses on local and national standards and legal implications of relevant policies and regulations.  Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth to age eight.  Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations.  Course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a criminal history check
Type: ACAD

TECA 1354     Child Growth and Development     3:3:0

A study of the physical, emotional, social, language, and cognitive factors impacting the growth and development of children through adolescence.

Prerequisite: TSI Reading and Writing requirement met 
Type: ACAD

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