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

22. 2020-2021 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

22.15. ECDE - EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

ECDE 2003

Creative Experiences for Preschoolers

3 Hours

This course focuses on the role of art, music, movement, creativity, play, and playground experiences in the development of preschool children. Emphasis is given to integration of these elements into the early childhood classroom and curriculum. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 2013

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 8 from the perspective of an early childhood educator. This course is the introductory course for all Early Childhood Development and Education majors.

 

ECDE 2102

Legal Issues in ECE

2 Hours

This course presents a general study into the legal requirements governing early childhood education. These requirements include Licensing requirements, hiring and termination, due process, right to work, handbook policies, and ethical issues within the profession. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 2103

Health, Safety, and Nutrition

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 ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 2113

Creative Experiences for Infants and Toddlers

3 Hours

This course focuses on the role of art, music, movement, creativity, play, and playground experiences in the development of infants and toddlers. Emphasis is given to integration of these elements into the infant toddler classroom and curriculum. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 2122

Block, Sand, and Water Play for Infants and Toddlers

2 Hours

This course will assist students in developing an understanding of the curriculum benefits of block, sand, and water play as part of a play-based infant/toddler curriculum. Students will develop curriculum to assist with math, science, social/emotional, physical, and language development for infants and toddlers using blocks, sand, and or water as the basis of their activity. Students will learn how to scaffold infants and toddlers construction of knowledge and develop knowledge and skills in developing objectives and assessments for block/sand/water centers for infants and toddlers. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 2213

Motor Skills Development for Preschoolers

3 Hours

This course will prepare the student to develop a child-centered, success-oriented program designed to explore and develop fundamental motor patterns, as well as movement skill and concepts.  The student will recognize and encourage self-initiated movement activities and the use of large and small equipment or apparatus in active learning areas. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 3103

Families, Schools, and Communities

3 Hours

This course focuses on developing an understanding of the importance and role of families and communities in the lives of children and the implications for practice in Early Childhood Education. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 3113

Approaches and Theory in ECH

3 Hours

Students will develop knowledge and understanding concerning important changes and adaptations of the major approaches to early education, such as Montessori, Bank Street, Project Approach, and Reggio Emilia, and the important dimension and characteristics in the development and implementation of the major curricular models and programs in Early Childhood Education. The context and history and current issues and trends in the field as it evolves are reviewed. Emphasis remains on inclusion, diversity, and fostering multicultural competence within the profession to help prepare educators to better serve today’s young children and their families across multiple cultural communities and early education settings. Students will also develop knowledge and understanding of early childhood theory and how various approaches     use theories such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey, and Erikson as a basis for their programing. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 3203

Education of the Exceptional Child in ECH

3 Hours

This course is a general introduction to the characteristics of exceptional learners and their education. Emphasis will be placed on classroom practices, as well as the psychological, sociological, and medical aspects of disabilities and giftedness. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

 

 

ECDE 3212

Appropriate Preschool Environments

2 Hours

This course is designed to assist students in understanding the balance of theory and application to help early childhood professionals understand why and how to design, arrange, and make changes to preschool learning environments that help children achieve national and state standards through a play-based curriculum. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 3222

Appropriate Environments for Infants and Toddlers

2 Hours

This course is designed to assist students in understanding the balance of theory and application to help  early childhood professionals understand why and how to design, arrange, and make changes to infant and toddler learning environments that help children achieve national and state standards through a play-based curriculum. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 3303

Positive Guidance

3 Hours

This course focuses on how to create a learning environment in the classroom that encourages positive social interaction, self-motivation, and active engagement in meaningful and purposeful learning. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of how the learning environment and curriculum relate to positive behaviors. Students will understand the relationship between child development, theory, and positive behaviors. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 3312

Block, Sand, and Water Play for Preschoolers

2 Hours

This course will assist students in developing an understanding of the curriculum benefits of block, sand, and water play as part of a play-based preschool curriculum. Students will develop curriculum to assist with math, science, social/emotional, physical, and language development for preschoolers using blocks, sand, and or water as the basis of their activity. Students will learn how to scaffold preschoolers construction of knowledge and develop knowledge and skills in developing objectives and assessments for block/sand/water centers for preschoolers. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 3323

Responsive Program Planning

3 Hours

Students will be able to clearly explain theory, including current research, and explain appropriate practice in development, curriculum, program planning, guidance, and professionalism. Students will learn to use a relationship-based model for understanding how infants and toddlers grow and learn in typical and atypical ways. Students will value the importance of families’ and teachers’ relationships and responsiveness in interactions with children, understand the latest developmental research, child-centered planning, infants and toddlers with special needs, and a focus on the effects of culture, families, and quality programs on infant-toddler development and interactions. Develop a deeper understanding of why, according to the science of child development, certain practices support or hinder an infant’s or toddlers’ optimal development–and how to provide responsive, high-quality care. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 4003

Supporting Play in ECE

3 Hours

Students will develop knowledge, understanding and skill in recognizing that children are predisposed to play—either alone or with others. For this reason, play formed the foundation of early childhood education during its infancy. Students will examine play from a variety of disciplines using multiple perspectives. Students will understand the benefits and value of play for young children specifically, that play contributes to cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth and development. Support for play as a medium for learning has been established by scholars such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner, Pelligrini, Reifel, Johnson, Christie, Bergen, and Smith. The most current neuroscience provides evidence for these findings. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skill in creating environments, assessments and curriculum that support play for students birth through age five. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 4103

Authentic Assessment in ECH

3 Hours

Students will learn to construct a comprehensive system of assessments that fit together into a coherent system linked to child outcomes. Students will learn to create assessments that are developmentally appropriate and support children's learning and improve instruction. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 4113

Organization and Administration in ECE

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 and the community. Focus will be placed on the development of knowledge and skills essential to providing quality programs that meet the diverse needs of children. (Prerequisite ECDE 2013 Child Development)

 

ECDE 4116

Capstone Experience

6Hours

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 and completion of all specialization and professional coursework)

 

ECDE 4203

Social Studies and Social Emotional Development for Preschoolers

3 Hours

This course is a study of the materials, activities, and instructional strategies for teaching social studies and social emotional development with emphasis on best practice based on current research, theory and national social studies standards. National standards and state achievement skills are examined in light of curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. Emphasis is on interdisciplinary construction and authentic assessment strategies to inform instruction. (To be taken concurrently the semester prior to the ECDE Capstone with ECDE 4303, 4403, and 4503)

 

ECDE 4213

Social/Emotional Development for Infants and Toddlers

3 Hours

This course will assist students in developing knowledge and understanding that social-emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of emotions and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. It encompasses both intra- and interpersonal processes. Students will gain knowledge that the core features of emotional development include the ability to identify and understand one’s own feelings, to accurately read and comprehend emotional states in others, to manage strong emotions and their expression in a constructive manner, to regulate one’s own behavior, to develop empathy for others, and to establish and maintain relationships. Students will develop knowledge and skill in creating curriculum and environments that support healthy social and emotional development between peers and caregivers. (To be taken concurrently the semester prior to the ECDE Capstone with ECDE 4313, ECDE 4413, and ECDE 4513)

 

ECDE 4303

Science and Math For Preschoolers

3 Hours

This course provides a study of the curriculum materials, activities, and instructional strategies desirable for teaching science and mathematics 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.  (To be taken concurrently the semester prior to the ECDE Capstone with ECDE 4203, 4403, and 4503)

 

ECDE 4313

Science and Math for Infants and Toddlers

3 Hours

This course provides a study of the curriculum materials, activities, and instructional strategies desirable for teaching science and mathematics in the infant/toddler classroom. Learning Objectives are examined in light of curriculum development, instruction, and assessment.  Emphasis is on interdisciplinary theme construction and assessment strategies to inform instruction. (To be taken concurrently the semester prior to the ECDE Capstone with ECDE 4213, ECDE 4413, and ECDE 4513)

 

ECDE 4403

Language Arts for Preschoolers

3 Hours

This course will help students learn effective teaching and assessment strategies to help both native speakers and English Language learners develop skill in listening, speaking, literacy, and writing. Students will develop multiple lesson plans and a unit plan. (To be taken concurrently the semester prior to the ECDE Capstone with ECDE 4203, 4303, and 4503)

 

 

ECDE 4413

Language Arts for Infants and Toddlers

3 Hours

This course will help students learn effective teaching and assessment strategies to help both native speakers and English Language learners develop skill in listening, speaking, literacy, and writing. Students will develop multiple lesson plans and a unit plan. Students will develop a deeper understanding of language and literacy development for infants and toddlers.  (To be taken concurrently the semester prior to the ECDE Capstone with ECDE 4213, ECDE 4313, and ECDE 4513)

 

ECDE 4503

The Project Approach

3 Hours

This course will help students gain the knowledge, skills and ability to develop a preschool project based on children's interested based on Lillian Katz's Project Approach. Students will learn to build on children's natural curiosity, enabling children to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more. Students will create a project based on children's interest that includes family and community participation. (To be taken concurrently the semester prior to the ECDE Capstone with ECDE 4203, 4303, and 4403)

 

ECDE 4513

The Project Approach (Infants and Toddlers)

3 Hours

This course will help students gain the knowledge, skills and ability to develop a infant/toddler project based on children's interested based on Lillian Katz's Project Approach. Students will learn to build on children's natural curiosity, enabling children to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more. Students will create a project based on children's interest that includes family and community participation. (To be taken concurrently the semester prior to the ECDE Capstone with ECDE 4213, ECDE 4313, and ECDE 4413)