Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE 321   Preschool Education 2 credits

The focus of the course is on developmentally appropriate practices across all curricular areas and developmental domains for three to five-year-olds.

ECE 322   Kindergarten Endorsement Methods 2 credits

Students learn how to design developmentally appropriate learning environments, activities, and strategies for intentional teaching in all curricula areas.

ECE 323   Kindergarten Education 2 credits

The focus of the course includes the development of appropriate learning environments, schedules, routines, learning experiences, and teaching strategies, incorporating all curricular areas and developmental domains.

ECE 324   Language Development and Emergent Literacy 3 credits

This course prepares educators and allied professionals to guide young children through the process of language acquistion and emergent literacy.

ECE 325   Education of Infants and Toddlers 3 credits

This course includes the study of the emerging skills and developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers (birth to age three) and how to create an educational environment to promote their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

ECE 326   Building Primary Classrooms 3 credits

Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the history, goals, and current trends in the education of primary children. The focus of the course includes the development of a creative primary learning environment and strategies in achieving the standards set by the State of Minnesota.

ECE 425   Young Children with Special Needs 2 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the laws and techniques needed to develop curricula and instruction to meet the unique special needs of individual children in the early childhood setting.

ECE 427   Authentic Assessment and Guidance in ECE 3 credits

Students will examine the various methods authentic assessment strategies as a way to assess children's knowledge and skills. Additionally, classroom management strategies will be explored.

ECE 498   Early Childhood Internship 1-12 credits

ECE 522   Play: Theoretical Foundations and Applications 3 credits

This course is a study of the various theoretical foundations of play and their application to young children's development and learning. Students examine the role of the teacher in children's play, analyze play environments, and review the issues and research affecting children and curricula.

ECE 526   Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education 3 credits

Along with the presentation of curriculum and instruction theory, this course will explore the development and implementation of early childhood curriculum and instruction. The link between assessment and program evaluation will be made.

ECE 527   Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3 credits

The various methods of child study, observation, portfolio development, and other assessment strategies are studied as a way to assess children's growth and the development of knowledge and skills. In addition, current classroom practices and learning environments are explored to identify changes that benefit children, their families, and communication between program and home.

ECE 541   The Diverse Classroom 3 credits

This course presents studies of education in multicultural settings. Students explore the values, beliefs, customs, and perceptions of racial and ethnic groups which affect social life and the education of children. Concepts of culture, social class, and power are developed.

ECE 544   Language Development and Emergent Literacy 3 credits

Current research is studied in regard to emergent literacy and language development in children with implications for the classroom teacher. Whole language strategies are explored for children from birth through age seven.

ECE 576   Methods, Advocacy, and Leadership in ECE 3 credits

A focus on effective programming methods, advocacy, and leadership in Early Childhood Education.