Early Childhood Education

ECE-101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Credits = 3
Develop an understanding of the foundations of early childhood education, including an overview of the profession and historic contexts. This course includes units on understanding and enhancing child development, curriculum and instruction, the importance of play and working with parents, families and communities. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-129: CDA, Orientation and Pre-assessment I, Credits = 5
The CDA program is a national effort to train, assess, and grant a professional credential to child care and preschool personnel. Emphasis on working in a center-based model with three-five year old children. The student examines and refines each of the functional areas to meet specific needs. Writing proficiency is emphasized. Coursework provides 55 hours of the required training for the CDA. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-130: CDA, Orientation and Pre-assessment II, Credits = 5
Continuance of ECE 129, includes participation through on-the-job observations and initial and final self-evaluations. Includes participation in either the process of a training plan or in completion of the CDA credentialing process. Writing proficiency is emphasized. Coursework provides 50 hours of the required training for the CDA. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-136: Environments for Young Children, Credits = 3
Plan physical spaces appropriate to children's cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. Develop an understanding of the role of environments on children's learning and behavior, including schedules, materials, room arrangement, and center-based learning. Incorporate diversity in the environment is introduced and practiced. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-137: Language Development and Literacy, Credits = 3
Understand and explore language development and literacy from birth through elementary school. Topics include typical and delayed language development, facilitation and modeling of literacy techniques for preschool, elementary children, special needs students, and ESL students. Recommended: READ 088. Student may not earn credit for both ECE 137 and ED 137.

ECE-139: Teaching Young Children I, Credits = 3
Provides student experience in an early care setting. The student integrates experience and knowledge of young children in planning and assisting as preschool teacher/preschool teacher's assistant. Topics include environments, curriculum evaluation, staff relationships, and code of ethics. Prerequisites: ECE 191 and instructor permission. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-144: Early Childhood Education Seminar, Credits = .5 - 2
This course includes STARS and CDA seminars. Topics will vary by quarter.

ECE-148: Introduction to Child Care, Credits = 2
Provides basic training for childcare workers and licensed family child care personnel. Emphasis on care and guidance of children birth to five years. Course is available on WAOL each quarter. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-150: Math and Science for Early Childhood, Credits = 5
Focus on math and science for preschool and primary grade children. Students will learn how to create developmentally appropriate curriculum that will support young children in acquiring concepts and skills essential to basic understanding of math and science. Classroom activities will be introduced and concepts studied through inquiry based learning, note taking and discussion sessions. Recommended: READ 088

ECE-170: Guiding Behavior of Young Children, Credits = 1 - 3
Study of classroom behavior management by gaining practical and theoretical information relating to successful management practices in the classroom. Topics include provisions and practices necessary to establish and maintain an appropriate learning environment. Recommended: READ 088. Student may not earn credit for both ECE 170 and ED 170.

ECE-175: Observation and Recording Behavior, Credits = 3
Learn various techniques for observing and recording the behavior of children in the classroom setting. Students use information and records to develop curriculum and methods for teaching children. Assessment techniques and instruments are discussed. Study skills are covered and anti-bias curriculum is introduced. Recommended: READ 088. Student may not earn credit for both ECE 175 and ED 175.

ECE-191: Cooperative Work Experience, Credits = 1 - 3
Provides hands-on experience in the early childhood field. This formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-199: Special Topics, Credits = 1 - 5
Study and train to meet established local needs in the early childhood education field, supplemental to courses currently offered. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-219: Child, Family and Community Relationships, Credits = 1 - 3
Early childhood education professionals working with children birth to eight years and their families will learn about the importance of the adult relationships in child care and classroom settings. Classroom activities, lectures and reading material will provide the students with an understanding of the concepts and value of the caregiver-child family relationship. Class activities, interactions with other caregivers and child observations will give students an opportunity to practice and strengthen their skills. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-231: Curriculum Development, Credits = 3
Provides a basic knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching procedures. Students develop competency in the establishment of long-range and short-term goals and objectives, as well as selection, presentation, and evaluation of a variety of teaching methods and learning materials to achieve the goals. Topics include emergent curriculum, anti-bias curriculum, developmentally appropriate practice and play. Recommended: READ 088. Student may not earn credit for both ECE 231 and ED 231.

ECE-232: Curriculum Development II, Credits = 5
Develop competence in the use of various types of literature, criteria for selecting children's books, and methods to provide literary experiences with young children. Introduction to creative art experiences for young children. Introduction to activities that assist in development of a young child's muscle coordination, awareness of body image and movement, and physical development. Experience literature, art, music and movement from various cultures. Recommend: READ 088

ECE-234: Child Nutrition, Health, and Safety, Credits = 3
Explore, understand, and analyze various factors which contribute to children's health and safety. Focus on the development of skills to assist student in implementing appropriate health, safety and nutrition practices in home and school setting. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-239: Teaching Young Children II, Credits = 3
Provides student experience in an early childhood setting and experience in integrating past experience and knowledge of young children in planning and assisting as preschool teacher/preschool teacher's assistant. Topics include environments, curriculum evaluation, staff relationships, and code of ethics. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, successful completion of ECE 139 and ECE 291. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-240: Programs for Infants and Toddlers, Credits = 1 - 3
Principles and theories of infant and toddler growth and development, including age appropriate activities and environments. Caregivers will learn to create safe, nuturing, predictable, and cultural responsiveness to support social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-242: Growth, Development, and Guidance for School Agers, Credits = 3
Introduction to growth, development, and guidance of school age children in childcare settings, including social, cognitive, emotional, moral, physical, and self development; guidance and communication; conflict resolution; and working with families involved in school-age programs. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-255: Children at Risk, Credits = 1 - 3
Caring for children from families affected by substance abuse. Topics include values clarification, family characteristics, families in treatment, empowerment. Recommended: READ 088. Student may not earn credit for both ECE 255 and ED 255.

ECE-275A: Administration of Early Learning Programs I, Credits = 1
This course is designed to provide early childhood education personnel with the information necessary to open, operate and manage child care centers and early learning programs that meet licensing, accreditation and other quality standards. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-275B: Administration of Early Learning Programs II, Credits = 1
This course is designed to provide early childhood education personnel with the information necessary to open, operate and manage child care centers and early learning programs that meet licensing, accreditation and other quality standards. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-275C: Administration of Early Learning Programs III, Credits = 1
This course is designed to provide early childhood education personnel with the information necessary to open, operate and manage child care centers and early learning programs that meet licensing, accreditation and other quality standards. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-291: Cooperative Work Experience II, Credits = 1 - 3
Opportunity to participate in hands-on training in the early childhood field. This formal training period is agreed upon by the student, employer, and instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Recommended: READ 088.

ECE-297: Special Projects, Credits = 1 - 10
Project-oriented experiences in the area or applications not covered in the standard early childhood education curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's education and work experience.