Available courses

The purpose of this course is to offer a comprehensive introduction to observing and assessing young children within early childhood classrooms. Students will gain an understanding of the significance and techniques of observation and assessment in early childhood environments and will become familiar with the guidelines for assessing young children in such settings. Additionally, students will be exposed to state-specific early learning guidelines. Throughout the course, students will explore a diverse range of observation tools, comprehending the essential part these assessment methods play in the process of deliberate teaching and fostering family engagement.

This course will center on analyzing the progress and maturation that occurs during the early stages of childhood. The course will delve into contemporary theories and research regarding the growth and development of young children and how to effectively apply these insights in their lives today. The different aspects of development, including cognitive, physical, and social/emotional, will be examined from a holistic standpoint. Students will explore strategies that are tailored to the diverse and unique characteristics of children, encompassing factors such as special needs, age, gender, and cultural diversity.

ECE 130 offers an in-depth exploration of the interconnected relationships between children, families, and the broader community within the context of early childhood education. Through theoretical exploration, case studies, and practical applications, students will gain insights into the vital roles that families and communities play in supporting children's growth, learning, and well-being.

ECE 120 is a comprehensive exploration of the foundational principles and effective teaching practices required for engaging and nurturing young children's learning and development. Through a blend of theoretical exploration, practical applications, and reflective exercises, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to create inclusive, developmentally appropriate, and engaging learning environments for young learners.

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the fundamental principles and best practices related to promoting the health, safety, and nutritional well-being of young children in early childhood education settings. Students will examine relevant regulations, guidelines, and research-based approaches to create safe, healthy, and nurturing environments that support children's physical, emotional, and cognitive development. Emphasis will be placed on effective strategies for implementing health and safety protocols, fostering healthy eating habits, and engaging families in collaborative efforts to ensure the optimal well-being of young children.

The course centers on exploring the historical, theoretical, and philosophical aspects of early childhood education, along with its objectives. The curriculum covers the impact of educators and surroundings on student learning, a range of early care and educational initiatives, common developmental traits, and the essence of being a professional in the field of early childhood education. This encompasses guidelines for ethical behavior, as well as strategies for addressing the unique requirements of individual children, including those with exceptional needs.