Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

ECE111W Foundations of Early Childhood Education
(3 Credits)
This course focuses on the standards set by the NAEYC for teacher preparation and how these standards are reflected in the workplace.  Students will develop a resume and create an electronic Professional Portfolio that can be used for interview purposes. The Standards Portfolio will include competency statements with supportive artifacts using the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation for Associate Degree Programs. Emphasis will be placed on the role of ongoing professional development activities with 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 observe in an approved early childhood setting for least 10 hours outside of class time.  (Prerequisites: at least 6 credits in ECE or POI) 

ECE112W 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.

ECE113W 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: ECE111W, 114W)

ECE114W 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)

ECE115W Positive Guidance Techniques
(3 Credits)
The emphasis of the course is on the role of positive guidance techniques 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 and promoting social emotional competence in early childhood.  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.

ECE116W 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.

ECE117W Curriculum and Environments I
(3 Credits)
The course focus is on planning aesthetically pleasant, safe, healthy spaces for children that nurture and promote learning and meet state regulatory and national requirements.  Students will experience designing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate curriculum and environments for children birth through age six with a focus on interest areas such as blocks, art, music, movement, art, manipulatives and dramatic play supported by emergent literacy and anti-bias curriculum. Students will experience observing, assessing and designing developmentally appropriate environments and/or modifying existing ones to be child and family friendly, barrier free and inclusionary.  This course includes field study observation in to NAEYC accredited centers and/or centers that are Licensed Plus. Students will observe and assess curriculum and environments in approved settings for 10 hours outside of class time and share documentation with students and families.

ECE118W 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.

ECE119W Promoting Language and Literacy
(3 Credits)
High quality children's books will be used as a vehicle for supporting and applying current research on the acquisition of language and reading. This course will use an overview of exemplary authors and illustrators of children's literature from birth to age 8 to promote language and literacy. Students will become familiar with Caldecott Award-winning books and the artistic techniques used to create these books. Poetry, multicultural books, and bibliotherapy as applied to early childhood education will be studied. Students will learn how to use children's literature to highlight the literacy elements of characterization, plot, setting, and theme. Student will practice reading comprehension techniques by planning and documenting a weekly story hour in the college library. Emphasis on reading comprehension strategies and a balanced approached to literacy that will exposed children to the core areas of literacy such as oral language, phonological awareness print concepts, and written expression. 

ECE120W 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.

ECE121W 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.

ECE211W 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: ECE114W, ENGL120W or POI)

ECE212W 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: ECE113W and POI)

ECE213W Sociology of Children and Families
(3 Credits)
The course will provide an overview of families and family systems with emphasis on developing effective models of teacher/program/family partnerships. This course focuses influences on the development of children including family, culture and the wider society in which children participate. Students will explore of the impact on social emotional development of children by poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, and the media and current issues. Students will identify their biases and explore cultural dilemmas and their impact on early care and education.

ECE214W Curriculum and Environments II
(3 Credits)
The course will explore elements of curriculum development and what it looks and feels like in the classroom. Students will explore, practice, and document how access prior knowledge, develop strong skills in implementing routines and transitions with children and fostering learning through play.  This course has focus on content knowledge areas including math, science, reading comprehension. Student will connect plans to learning objectives and explore assessment methods.  Students will document their learning through photos, videos and share the learning with parents and co-workers via social media.  (Prerequisites: ECE117W or POI)

ECE216W 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.

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