Course Descriptions

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: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 1323 Observation and Assessment      3:3:0

A study of observation skills, assessment techniques, and documentation of children’s development. A CDEC elective for the AAS degree.
Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

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

An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching young children language and literacy through a play-based, integrated curriculum.
Prerequisite: CDEC 1313
Type: TECH

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

An exploration of principles, methods, and materials for teaching children music, movement, visual arts, and dramatic play through process-oriented experiences to support divergent thinking.
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 2307 Math and Science for Early Childhood      3:3:0

An 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 and Multilingual Education      3:3:0

An overview of multicultural topics and education. Includes relationships with the family and community awareness and sensitivity to diversity, and individual needs of children. 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 2341 School Age Child     3:3:0

A study of appropriate programs for the school age child (5-13 years), including an overview of development, learning environments, materials, and activities, and teaching/guidance techniques; a CDEC elective for the AAS degree.
Prerequisite: None
Type: TECH

CDEC 2386 Internship Child Care Provider/Assistant      3:0:9 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 course requires students to complete a number of hours in an external learning environment. Contact the program director for more information.
Prerequisite: Approval of program director and must be in final semester of program 
Type: TECH

CDEC 2426 Administration of Programs for Children I     4:3:2

Application of management procedures for early child care 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.
Prerequisite: Approval of program director 
Type: TECH

CDEC 2428 Administration of Programs for Children II      4:3:2

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. This course requires students to complete a number of hours in an external learning environment. Contact the program director for more information.
Prerequisite: Approval of program director and CDEC 2426
Type: TECH

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. The course content is aligned as applicable with the State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. This course requires students to participate in a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 years in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations. Recommended THEA Reading and Writing requirement met.
Prerequisite: Students 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. The course content is aligned as applicable with the State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. This course requires students to participate in a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 years in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations.
Prerequisite: THEA 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. Focus on local and national standards and legal implications of relevant policies and regulations. The course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. This course requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 years in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations and includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences scheduled in approved settings. Recommended THEA Reading and Writing requirement met.
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, and cognitive factors impacting growth and development of children through adolescence.
Prerequisite: THEA Reading and Writing requirement met 
Type: ACAD

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

An enriched and 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. Provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations at all levels of P-12 schools with varied and diverse student populations, 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. The course content is aligned as applicable with the State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. Course must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experiences in P-12 classrooms. Recommended G-4/G-8; Secondary Certification.
Prerequisite: THEA Reading and Writing requirements met; students must pass a criminal history check
Type: ACAD

EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations     3:3:0

This course is 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 content is aligned as applicable with the State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. Course must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experiences in P-12 classrooms.
Prerequisite: EDUC 1301; students must pass a criminal history check
Type: ACAD

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