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Education: Early Childhood

Education: Early Childhood Courses

1272
EEC

Practices for Working with Young Children with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. This course introduces the concept of inclusion of young children with special needs in early care and education settings. The course will present a model for effective inclusion; raise awareness of adult personal attitudes toward inclusive care and present theories of play development. Course content also includes the organization of the environment, provision of emergent literacy opportunities, management of challenging behaviors and the development of partnerships among parents, professionals and community agencies. Required Lab hours provide opportunities to observe and work with children in diverse programs that serve children with exceptionalities.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

1319
EEC

Portfolio Development and Supervised Work Experience

$50.00 lab fee Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. This course is designed to provide students with learning opportunities related to demonstration of written competencies for children ages birth to five years, in the functional areas of early childhood education. This course requires the successful completion of a portfolio providing validation of teacher core competencies. In addition, this course requires the successful completion of an on-site observation of student’s competency levels in each of the designated functional areas. Students must also demonstrate a current pediatric first aid and CPR certification at the completion of this course. Students who are not working in an early learning setting will need to successfully complete 480 hours of valid work experience with children ages birth to five years. This course will support students in attaining the educational requirements for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) and/or the national Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).

Credit hours: 4
Lecture hours: 4

1701
EEC

Child Development

This course encompasses major learning and teaching outcomes designed to provide students with learning opportunities related to the study of child development with an emphasis on the typical and atypical elements of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the young child, age’s birth to 5 years. Theories of early childhood development and recent brain research provide the foundation for teaching techniques that foster healthy development in each of the developmental domains. This course provides an overview of developmentally appropriate practices for children with a focus on best practices for nurturing the development of the whole child. This course is a pre- or co-requisite for all other EEC courses.

Credit hours: 4
Lecture hours: 4

1732
EEC

Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. This course is designed to provide students with learning opportunities addressing foundational stages and sequence of infant-toddler development, introduce students to the definition and use of developmentally appropriate practices in home and classroom environments , correlate individual infant and toddler care plans to the development of the whole child, and embed curriculum implementation within care routines. Emphasis is placed on the implementation of respective caregiving, responsive attachment, and environmental teaching strategies that promote quality programming in infant and toddler care settings. Observations and practicum assignments in early learning/child development programs are required.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2223
EEC

Art, Music, and Movement for Young Children

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. EEC 2223, Art, Music, and Movement for Young Children, is a web-hybrid course. This course is designed to provide students with learning opportunities related to the theory and practice of art and music appreciation and movement theory and practices, as a foundation for the development of the whole child, birth to eight years of age. Educational and brain research is presented with art, music, and movement theory to support the student in fostering environments and teaching strategies that assist in developing the whole child. The basics of art and music appreciation and movement education provide teachers and practitioners with an overlay of theoretical concepts transformed into practical classroom techniques. Teaching artifacts and student observation in diverse child related settings are required for this course.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2240
EEC

Social Studies and Creative Expression for Young Children

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. This methods class provides students with the knowledge of developmentally appropriate social studies and creative expression concepts for children birth through age eight and techniques for incorporating them throughout the curriculum. Topics include culture, time, people, places, individual and global identity, sense of community, dramatic play, music, art, and creative movement. Current educational research and brain research is presented as the foundation for understanding the role of the early childhood educator in implementing curriculum as a broad technique for supporting the development of the whole child. The course also includes assessment of typical and atypical development in order to design appropriate accommodations to meet the needs of all children enrolled in the early childhood program.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2523
EEC

Leadership and Management of Child Care Programs

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. This course is designed to provide students with targeted strategies to develop a broad perspective and knowledge base for problem solving, planning, implementing, and evaluating health, safety, and nutritional processes necessary within a quality early education and care setting. Successful completion of this course also meets the educational requirement for the Foundational Level Child Care and Education Administrator Credential, as defined by the State of Florida.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2602
EEC

Guiding the Young Child

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. This course is designed to provide students with learning opportunities related to the principles of observing, recording, and interpreting child behavior within the early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on the role of observation and of the observer in developing strategies that support the healthy development and coping techniques of the young child. Typical and atypical patterns of behavior are identified, as well as genetic and environmental factors that influence child behavior. Child related observations and teaching artifacts required for this course.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2713
EEC

Facilitating Social Development

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. This course is designed to provide students with learning opportunities in the development, selection, and implementation of developmentally appropriate activities that support the development of the whole child with a targeted emphasis on social-emotional development. A child-centered philosophy utilizing positive guidance skills is presented with opportunities for practice and implementation. Elements of the course include outcome-based activity design, activity evaluation, and development of classroom routines, transitions, and small group learning to promote social-emotional development. Areas of study include theme-based activity planning and child-interest based planning. This course supports the Florida Child Care Professional Credential and the national Child Development Associate Credential. Course includes a practicum, which requires students have access to some type of early childhood learning environment to complete practicum assignments and observations.

Credit hours: 4
Lecture hours: 4

2734
EEC

Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children

Prerequisite/Corequisite: EEC1701. This course is designed to provide the student with learning opportunities that include the role of nutrition, healthy, and safe practices as it relates to providing early education and care for the young child. Emphasis is given to understanding the role of consistently incorporating healthy practices within the child’s day. Instruction related to the documentation and appropriate implementation of processes that resolve childhood emergencies is also included in this course.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

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