Early Childhood Education Courses

 

ECED100 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An examination of the historical, theoretical, and developmental foundations for young children, birth to 4th grade. While providing an orientation to early education of young children, topics will include the history of education, school law, ECED programs, current issues, families, and community.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


ECED105 Becoming a Teacher Leader

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed for those currently working in early childhood settings.  Students are introduced to what it means to be an ethical professional and leader in the field of Early Childhood Education.  Exploration of the field's history provides the basis for development of a personal philosophy of education.  Students also explore the importance of cultural competence and collaboration with peers and families in the implementation of effective educational programs.  Technology is utilized to explore these issues.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

ECED110 Child Development and Brain Building Science

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed for those who are currently working in early childhood settings.  The course covers foundational knowledge of developmental trajectories of children from birth to age 5 with an emphasis on brain development.  Students will learn how to create early childhood environments that promote physical, language, social and emotional, and cognitive development.  Students will also explore the key roles individual differences, family, and socio-cultural context play in development, and acquire strategies to build relationships that support each child's individual development.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

ECED119 First Year Seminar for Education Students

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1sh ]

Designed to embed education program requirements into a required course and to support student achievement of Education program requirements. This course reviews campus services, certification requirements, and provides students with an overview of teacher education at Lock Haven University.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED150 Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3.0 sh)

An introduction to diversity, multicultural and global education.  Students will explore their personal attitudes about global and cultural diversity impacting PreK-Grade 4 education.  They will consider their own family history and consider how it may influence their effectiveness as teachers of children from international and diverse backgrounds.  They will be introduced to effective instructional strategies and resources for global and multicultural education from birth through 4th grade.

Prerequisite:  PSYC102


 

ECED200 Observing and Assessing Young Children
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to observing, documenting and assessing young children, aged birth-five years, using formal and informal assessment tools across all areas of development.  This course requires 20 hours of observation in a preschool/preprimary setting.  The content of this course relates to standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC).

Prerequisite:  None

Corequisite: None


 

ECED204 Primary Reading (3.0 sh)

An introduction to theories and methods for helping primary grade children acquire reading and writing skills.  The focus of this course is to provide students with information specific to children from 1st through 4th grade.  Students will learn to:  assess, instruct, and support primary children's reading and writing development; write appropriate activity plans; identify and choose appropriate literature for primary children; and integrate children's reading and writing development with children's literature across multiple curricular areas.  Students will complete 10 hours of observation in a primary school setting.

Prerequisite: ( ECED212 )


ECED205 Positivie Behavior Support for Young Children (3.0 sh)

Designed for those who are currently working in early childhood settings.  Students learn to utilize evidence-based strategies for promoting social and emotional development and preventing and addressing challenging behaviors in preschool-aged children.  Through course readings, discussions, activities, and related experiences, participants will learn about a variety of these research-based practices.

Prerequisite: None

 

ECED212 Language Development in Early Childhood

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to provide a foundation of basic knowledge regarding language development in young children, including dual language learners/English language learners.  Observation of and participation with young children is required.

Prerequisite: ( ECED100 AND PSYC111 ) OR (ECED100 AND PSYC102)

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED220 Emerging Mathematics: Children from Birth through Age 4

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Addresses the acquisition of knowledge and skills related to the development of mathematics and science concepts for preprimary children.

Prerequisite: ( ECED100 )

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED225 Beginning Literacy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to theories and methods for helping young children acquire literacy skills.  The focus of this course is to provide students with information specific to children from Pre K through Kindergarten.  Students will learn to assess and support young children's literacy, write appropriate activity plans, identify and choose appropriate picturebook literature for young children, and integrate children's literacy skills development and children's picturebook literature with multiple curricular areas.

Prerequisite:  PSYC102 OR PSYC111

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED230 Family, School and Community Collaboration

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to the complex social, cultural and family factors that influence children's development and learning, as well as, collaboration across family, school and community.

Prerequisite:  ECED100

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED240 Topics in PreK-4/Early Childhood Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 2 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 2 sh]

Designed to review the PreK-4/Early Childhood Education program requirements for the developing portfolio. This Topics course will include an opportunity for students to observe children in diverse populations, discuss special topics in the field, and complete a framework for the developing portfolio.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED325 Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Designed to address the acquisition of knowledge and skills related to the development, as well as the interpretation, of assessments used in Early Childhood classrooms.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED326 Child Guidance and Classroom Management (3.0 sh)

An introduction to child guidance, communication skills and classroom management techniques that promote positive relationships and learning in settings birth through fourth grade.


 

ECED331 Planning & Administering Early Childhood Programs: Fostering Partnerships w/Families&Communts
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Designed to exam the principles of effective program design and administration appropriate for infants to kindergarten in a variety of settings. Content includes child development theory, educational practice and governmental regulations.

Prerequisite: ECED230

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED332 Developing Creative Expression
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
This junior level course is designed to examine the content and methods available to facilitate children’s expression through art, music and dramatic play within childcare, educational and academic settings.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

ECED340 Creating Healthy Environments for Infants and Toddlers

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to examine the content and methods of environments for infant and toddlers in caring, educational, academic and family/home and play settings.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED415 Integrating Curriculum and Instruction

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to assist the students in synthesizing theory and content from a variety of pre-professional courses through actual teaching of preprimary and primary grade children.  Students plan, teach, analyze, and reflect on segments of instruction under the supervision of college instructors in area school classrooms.

Prerequisite:  None


 

ECED431 Science: Early Childhood Professional Semester

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to examine the content and methods of science education for young children in caregiving, educational and academic settings as a part of the PreK-4/Early Childhood Education Professional Semester.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED432 Language Arts for Young Children

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

This course is designed to provide pre-service teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills to confidently teach children in PreK-grade 4 to communication effectively.  The course presents approaches to teach six language arts using four patterns of practice.  Supports culturally diverse learners and English Language Learners (ELL).  This course meets standards for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) and the General Education Competency of Written Communication.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED433 Math Methods for Grades K-4
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Examines the content and methods of math education for young children in primary settings.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


ECED436 Social Studies Methods for K-4

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to examine the content and methods of social studies education for K-4 classroom settings. This course helps students develop an understanding of the concepts and skills for effective instruction in all aspects of social studies for young children.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED493 Student Teaching & Practicum 1: PreK-4/Early Childhood

[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6 sh]

The capstone experience for pre-service teachers. Two student teaching experiences are provided at two levels (appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges).  Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day.  University professors supervise the student teachers and conduct weekly practicum sessions.


 

ECED494 Student Teaching & Practicum 2: PreK/Early Childhood

[Minimum Semester Hours: 6 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 6 sh]

The capstone experience for pre-service teachers. Two student teaching experiences are provided at two levels (appropriate to certification areas and grade level ranges).  Supervised practice in classrooms with certified teachers introduces the student to all aspects of the teaching day.  University professors supervise the student teachers and conduct weekly practicum sessions.


 

ECED605 Diversity in Development from Infancy through 4th Grade

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to provide graduate students with the opportunity to explore diversity factors in depth and examine and analyze the implications for teaching and learning.  This is an advanced course and it is assumed that students already have solid knowledge of development of children from birth through 4th grade.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED610 Childhood Play: Theory and Practice

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to provide graduate students with an in depth look at play theories and the importance of play in child development and learning.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED615 Family, Community and Educational Collaboration

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Designed to provide graduate students with a review of frameworks for viewing educational collaboration from a family and community perspective. These two factors are explored in depth to examine and analyze their implications for teaching and learning.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED620 Assessment, Evaluation, and Observation
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Designed to provide graduate students with an in depth look at various methods of assessment and evaluation, theories of measurement, and the role of assessment as an essential part of the instructional process.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

ECED625 Leadership in Early Childhood Education
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Provide graduate students with opportunities to identify and examine critical leadership issues in early childhood education programs for children from birth to age 5. This course prepares educators for leadership roles working with staff and families in early childhood education settings.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

ECED631 Planning and Administering Childcare Programs 
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines the principles of effective program design and administration appropriate for infants through kindergarten.  Students develop an early childhood program based on child development theory, administrative theory, educational practice, and government regulations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

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