Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

BECE111 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
(3 Credits)
This course focus is the history of early childhood education including the contributions of Frobel, Montessori Steiner and Reggio Emilia. This course will concentrate on a diversity of programs: child care, Headstart, kindergarten, nursery, profit and non-profit. Course will include perspectives from the past, theories and approaches to care, development and education of young children. Special attention to current trends in the field of Early Childhood Education in NH such as Early Learning Guidelines and ECE Professional Development System. Students will develop a teaching and learning portfolio and observe in an approved early childhood setting for 10 hours.

BECE112 Child Growth and Development
(3 Credits)
Introduction to the child (3-8 years old) as a learner and family member with needs to explore, communicate and develop social competence. Explanation of current themes of child development with special emphasis on understanding children's developmental levels. Observation skills explored and practiced. Students will observe in an approved setting for 10 hours.

BECE113 Early Childhood Education Practicum I
(4 Credits)
An in-depth study of the fundamentals of early childhood education, including program development, physical setting and use of space, use of materials, adult-child interaction and curriculum. This course offers students an opportunity for on-site study of child care programs for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children. Learning objectives and activities will be established through weekly seminars. A minimum of 90 hours at a work site is required plus 15 hours of supervised seminar. Students must be First Aid and CPR certified to register. (Prerequisites: BECE111, 114)

BECE114 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child
(3 Credits)
This course will cover the fundamentals of health, safety and nutrition issues and policies in early childhood settings. Students will explore the licensing, medical, legal, family and developmental issues relevant to health and illness in young children ages 0-8 years. Nutrition in the lives of children will also be explored. Students will observe in an approved setting for 10 hours. (Prerequisite:ECE and Teacher Education students)

BECE115 Positive Guidance Techniques
(3 Credits)
The emphasis of the course is on the role of positive child guidance in preparing young children to become competent, confident, and cooperative individuals. Developmentally-appropriate methods of guiding children will be shared, along with effective strategies for preventing disruptive behaviors in the classroom. A recurring theme will be the impact of positive discipline on self-esteem. The influence of developmental, environmental, and health factors will be examined. Theories behind the approaches and techniques of discipline and guidance issues will be explored. Students will be able to use the class as a model for developing parent education programs and policies for the families that they serve. Students will observe in an approved setting for 10 hours.

BECE116 Infant/Toddler Development
(3 Credits)
Students will explore various theoretical perspectives on infant/toddler development and the pragmatics of caring for young children in early childhood settings with focus on developmentally appropriate practices for infant/toddler teachers. Course will emphasize important influences on infant and toddler development such as prenatal care, attachment and bonding, brain development and physical development. Students will observe in an approved setting for 10 hours.

BECE117 Curriculum and Environments I
(3 Credits)
Students will experience visiting and designing developmentally appropriate environments and modifying existing ones to be child and family friendly, barrier free and inclusionary. Emphasis will be on planning aesthetically pleasant, safe, healthy spaces that nurture and promote learning and also meet state regulatory and national agency requirements and NAEYC accreditation criteria. This course includes field study visit to NAEYC accredited center in New Hampshire. Students will observe/present curriculum in an approved setting for 10 hours.

BECE118 Infant Toddler Curriculum
(3 Credits)
This course provides the practical information for caring for infants and toddlers in a group setting based on a theoretical foundation. Students will focus on the principles of caregiving, infant toddler education and curriculum according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children with emphasis on the role and responsibilities of parents and caregivers in creating high-quality, supportive environments with sensitivity to attachment and the importance of communication skills in nurturing positive parent/teacher/child relationships. Students will observe in an approved setting for 10 hours.

BECE120 Introduction to Early Intervention
(3 Credits)
This course will provide an overview of early intervention from the historical, legal, and current best-practices perspectives, as well as an introduction to caring for infants with high-risk situations and disabilities, from birth to age three. The concepts of intervention in natural environments and family-centered support will be explored. The course is designed to support the training needs of early childhood educators, early intervention assistants, parents, and care providers who will serve this population. Students will observe/present curriculum in an approved setting for 10 hours.

BECE121 Understanding Children with Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders
(3 Credits)
This course will broaden the student's understanding of autistic spectrum disorders. The focus will be on young children from infancy to eight years of age. The neurological impact on communication, sensory processing, play skills, social skills, and behavioral components will be addressed. Discussion on a variety of educational strategies will enhance the student's understanding of the environmental impact within the home, school and playground. Students will observe/present curriculum in an approved setting for 10 hours.

ECE211 Organization and Management of Early Childhood Programs
(3 Credits)
A survey of organization and management of early childhood programs and/or child care centers. Emphasis will be on learning how to plan, organize, manage and evaluate programs and facilities for children; exploring the dimensions of record keeping, federal and state funding; licensing procedure, NAEYC accreditation, hiring, motivating and evaluating staff. Students will mentor with an ECE credential administrator in an approved setting for 10 hours. (Prerequisites: BECE114 or POI)

BECE212 Early Childhood Education Practicum II
(4 Credits)
Students will work in an approved setting under the supervision of a NH Early Childhood Education credentialed professional, level consistent with field experience or certified teacher. A minimum of 90 hours at a work site is required. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of early childhood education career experiences. Learning objectives and specific activities will be individualized, based on the needs of the student. Suggested work sites include, but are not limited to, child care administration, Child Care Resource and Referral, family service worker, lead teacher in preschool or infant toddler setting or public school setting K-3. Weekly seminars are required to support and evaluate the students’ progress, as well as a periodic observation of students. (Prerequisites: BECE113 and POI)

BECE213 Sociology of Children and Families
(3 Credits)
Focuses on social influences upon the development of children including family, culture and the wider society in which children participate. An overview of the interpersonal behavior between children and significant others with emphasis including: the effect on the social emotional development of children by poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, and the media. Students will explore the origins of behavior and how to utilize positive guidance techniques to build positive interactions between children and teachers.

BECE214 Curriculum and Environments II
(3 Credits)
A variety of curriculum issues will be explored. Issues such as infant, toddler and preschool curriculum development, inclusion, and anti-bias and multi-cultural curriculum addressing the curriculum concerns of every level of professional development in early care and education will be discussed.Students will observe/present curriculum in an approved setting for 10 hours. (Prerequisites: BECE112, 117, or POI)

BECE216 Understanding Young Children with Special Needs
(3 Credits)
This course will introduce the basic values that underlie supporting students who experience disabilities, and the roles of teacher assistants in supporting those individuals including the value of inclusion in home, education, work and community life; respect for the inherent worth and dignity of each person; and respect for students' basic rights to affect the conditions of their own existence. Through readings, in-class discussions, and on-site visits to schools and classrooms, teachers and teacher assistants will develop strategies on how to facilitate students' independence, learning, social connections, and self-advocacy skills. Curriculum will emphasize the philosophical and practical applications of valuing students' abilities and diversity, collaborating with educators and families, supporting classroom teachers, curriculum modifications, and problem-solving strategies. Topical issues to be explored include A History of Disability; Civil Rights and Self-Advocacy; Legal Issues and Disability; Growing Up with a Disability; Families of Individuals with Disabilities; Early Intervention and Pre-School Services; Inclusive Education; Free Speech and Communication; Individuals with Challenging Behavior; and Literacy and Students with Disabilities.