20-21 Bacone College Academic Catalog, last updated July 29, 2020

22. 2020-2021 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

22.13. ECH - ARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

ECH 2003

Creative Experiences and Play

3 Hours

This course is designed to assist pre-service teachers in becoming comfortable with the creative arts (visual arts, dance, and drama/theatre, and music) through a blend of background information, activities and activity ideas. Through providing the basic tools and activities that teachers will need, this course will stimulate the learning process, enrich other subject areas, and provide opportunities for creative expression, inquiry and self-fulfillment. Prerequisite: PED 1002. All professional education and specialization courses must have a grade of C or above and 2.75 GPA

 

ECH 2102

Foundations of Early Childhood Education

2 Hours

This course presents an overview of early childhood education with emphasis given to the historical roots and development of childhood education, contributions of leaders in the field, and description of programs that meet the needs of young children. The development of a philosophy of early childhood education is an important part of the course. Prerequisite: PED 1002. PASS-PORT Portfolio required for Early Childhood Education Majors only.

ECH 2103

Child Development (Birth - 8 years)

3 Hours

This course presents a general study into the field of child development by examining the changes that occur in a child’s cognitive skills, emotional patterns, motor behavior, and social capacities from birth to age eight from the perspective of an early childhood educator. Each student will complete a case study of a child utilizing developmental profiles and relating findings to developmentally appropriate practice. Prerequisite: None.

 

ECH 2203

Health, Safety, and Nutrition of Children

3 Hours

This course examines the health, safety, and nutrition needs of young children in relation to their social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development. The emphasis is on creating a developmentally appropriate and positive environment for learning that is psychologically and physically healthy for young children in various types of settings in early childhood education, family, and center care. Prerequisite: None.

 

ECH 3103

Families, Schools, and Communities

3 Hours

This course analyzes family, school, and community resources and needs as related to the family life cycle. Participants examine child welfare and education through, and explore careers related to children and families. Strategies to improve communication and collaboration are emphasized with a focus on family types, cultures, economic conditions, school systems, community services, political forces, and other factors that impact young children and their families. Ten hours per semester in approved field work required. 3 semester credit hours.

 

ECH 3123

Infant/Toddler Brain Development

3 Hours

This course examines the neurological development of the brain, with emphasis on infant and toddler development, current research, and the current ongoing debate of nature versus nurture. The course will also focus on appropriate activities, curriculum, and environment that stimulate proper brain development in infants and toddlers, as well as the results of improper brain development. Prerequisite: Child Development (Birth – 8 years).

 

ECH 4102 

Early Childhood Capstone Seminar

2 Hours

The purpose of the Capstone Seminar is to provide the student an opportunity to showcase their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities developed as a result of coursework in the Early Childhood Development and Education degree program. The capstone seminar will involve developing a variety of artifacts and documents that show competencies in a variety of early childhood subject areas. Prerequisite: Advisor Approval Prerequisite.

 

ECH 4103

Integrated Curriculum and Assessment

3 Hours

This course provides teacher candidates with the knowledge base that will prepare them to understand, plan, and develop an integrated curriculum that includes appropriate assessments. Emphasis will also include evaluation of early childhood curriculum and the role, function, and appropriate use of various assessment tools. Course must be taken concurrently with ECH 4203, EHC 3003, PED 3303, and ECH 4002. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, 2.5 CGPA, and SOE advisor approval.

 

ECH 4112

Early Childhood Internship Seminar

2 hours

The purpose of this course is to provide weekly opportunities to reflect, assess, and share internship experiences with peers enrolled in the early childhood internship. Students will develop a professional portfolio and resume that reflects and documents their professional growth during their internship experience.

 

ECH 4113

Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs

3 Hours

This course focuses on the management of high quality early childhood programs. The course will explore the complex role that child care plays in supporting families. Focus will be placed on the development of knowledge and skills essential to providing quality programs. Advisor Approval

 

ECH 4115

Early Childhood Student Teaching (Grades PK-K)

5 Hours

Student teaching is designed to provide opportunities for teacher candidates to develop and demonstrate their competency as a professional educator in the actual classroom, working with an experienced mentor teacher and college supervisor. Teacher candidate must enroll in ECH 4115, ECH 4125, and PED 4202 concurrently. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching, 2.5 CGPA and Advisor Approval. PASS-PORT Portfolio and Criminal History required.

 

ECH 4116

Early Childhood Capstone Experience

6 Hours

The purpose of the ECH Capstone Experience is to provide the student an opportunity to showcase the knowledge, skills, and developed as a result of coursework in the Early Childhood Development and Education degree program. The capstone experience will involve developing a variety of artifacts and documents that show competencies in a variety of early childhood subject areas. Prerequisite: Advisor Approval

 

 

ECH 4125

Early Childhood Student Teaching (Grades 1-3)

5 Hours

Student teaching is designed to provide opportunities for teacher candidates to develop and demonstrate their competency as a professional educator in the actual classroom, working with an experienced mentor teacher and college supervisor. Teacher candidate must enroll in ECH 4115, ECH 4125, and PED 4202 concurrently. Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching, 2.5 CGPA and Advisor Approval. PASS-PORT Portfolio and Criminal History required.

 

ECH 4203

Science, Social Studies, and Math in Early Childhood

3 Hours

This course provides a study of the curriculum materials, activities, and instructional strategies desirable for teaching science, social studies, and math in the early childhood classroom. National standards and state achievement skills are examined in light of curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. Emphasis is on interdisciplinary theme construction and assessment strategies to inform instruction.

 

ECH 4216

Early Childhood Internship

6 Hours

The purpose of this course is to provide professional experience in an early childhood setting for qualified students. Each student will intern at an instructor-approved site for a minimum of 240 hours. Internship experiences will be designed to fit the students’ professional goals. Internships may include classroom teaching experience, administration of an early childhood program, or experience with a nonprofit organization. Site requirements and responsibilities will vary depending upon the nature of the site selected. Prerequisite: Advisor Approval.