This course focuses on facilitating creative activities and environments for young children ages three through eight. Course includes experiences in art, music, language arts, science, mathematics, and dramatic/social play. Each class involves discussion of child development theory, hands-on experiences in planning and implementing appropriate activities, exchange of ideas, and collaborative strategies. Note: Materials fee required.
Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness
Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.
Offered Summer 2018: Yes
This course focuses on developing appropriate creative experiences and environments for children from birth through age three. Content includes choosing quality books, planning and implementing sensory activities, music and movement experiences, language play, exposure to the natural world, developing fine and gross motor skills, exploring art media, pretend play, and social interaction. Note: Materials fee required.
Offered Summer 2018: No
This survey course provides an overview of early childhood care and education including historical and cultural perspectives, organization, structure, programming, and evidence-based practices. Professional and evidence-based practices of highly-qualified early childhood educators are outlined with an emphasis on their ability to enhance development and learning of each and every child between the ages of birth and eight. Considerations for diversity of culture, language, race, socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, and ability will be included. Note: Students are required to complete ten hours of field observations in diverse early childhood settings. Current Illinois State Police criminal background check may be required.
This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of human growth and development from conception through adolescence. Content includes an in-depth study of the inter-relatedness of physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development. Development is studied in the context of family, gender, culture, language, ability, socioeconomics, diversity, and society. Special emphasis will be on the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, and Gardner with implications for applied classroom practice.ECE 124 and EDU 124 are cross-listed.
This course acquaints the student with the importance of professional ethics in early childhood education as they apply to children, families, colleagues, community/society and administrators. Students will develop skill in making responsible professional judgments based on the Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Prerequisite: ECE 121 (C or better)
This course provides an overview of the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children and early childhood practices to ensure the health and well-being of each child in a group setting. Content includes roles and responsibilities of adults in meeting children's diverse needs, the promotion of healthy lifestyle practices, understanding common childhood illnesses and injuries, meeting health, nutrition and safety standards, and planning nutritious meals that are appropriate for each child.
This course is an overview of infant and toddler early care and education programs. Emphasis is on the care and protection of very young children; developmentally appropriate curriculum; working with diverse families; the impact and interaction of the physical environment and social climate on the young child. This course includes a required field experience of 20 daytime hours at a site determined by the Instructor.
Prerequisite: ECE 121 and ECE 124 (both C or better), and current Illinois State Police criminal background check required. Current medical documentation may be required.
(Formerly ECE 115) This course emphasizes the role of music in the early childhood program through descriptive lecture and experiential music activities. The sequence of children’s musical development and the relationship between early music exposure and children’s physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development will be covered. Skills in singing, listening, creative movement, and using rhythm instruments will be developed. Previous music experience is not required.
Prerequisite: ECE 124 or EDU 124 (both C or better)
This course prepares students to complete authentic, alternative, classroom-based assessments on young children, as well as mange standardized tests in an appropriate manner. The course will further provide the student with the knowledge and skills to interpret and use the information gained to plan curriculum that is responsive to and supportive of children's learning and development. Students will have the opportunity to engage in assessment processes through classroom observations, providing each student with a stronger understanding of child development skills. Students learn about and explore a variety of age, linguistically, individually, and culturally appropriate formal and informal assessments. Students will practice gathering and sharing information on each child's skills, abilities, interests and needs, birth through age 8. Includes required daytime field experience hours in diverse settings.
Note: Current Illinois State Police criminal background check required.
Prerequisite: ECE 121 and ECE 124 (both C or better)
This course focuses on the diverse needs of the child within the context of family, school and community. The course will examine the interplay of diverse cultures, lifestyles, abilities, language and communication with the role of the early childhood environment and other community institutions. Students will gain an understanding of their professional role in supporting evidence-based practices that strengthen respectful, collaborative family/child partnerships through effective use of community and family resources.
This course focuses on the development of speech, language, and emergent literacy in the young child. Students will gain an understanding of how children progress through stages of language acquisition, as well as the influence of culture and diversity on language and literacy development. Students will explore and develop strategies for facilitating language development and emergent literacy, create integrated curriculum activities, and assess children's literature for developmental and cultural appropriateness.
This course focuses on practical techniques for working with young children, from birth through age five, in inclusive early childhood settings. Characteristics of children with various types of special needs, as well as curriculum, routines, and classroom management strategies, are identified. The historical, philosophical, and legal basis for the importance of family involvement in early intervention services and programs is explored.
This course introduces practical principles and techniques for providing a balanced, child-centered approach to addressing the developmental needs and abilities of children in the early childhood years. Course content includes review of general theories of child guidance and how guidance encourages autonomy and self-discipline while promoting development of positive self-concept and early social development. Emphasis is placed on encouraging self-esteem, activities to promote pro-social behaviors, the relationship between the classroom environment and behavior, and the importance of observation to understand the underlying causes of behavior.
This course incorporates theories, research, and pedagogy as it relates to the emergence and development of mathematical concepts, knowledge, and skill development in young children. Includes review of basic mathematical concepts and terminology for teacher preparation in early childhood education. Emphasis is on the exploration of principles, methods, and developmentally appropriate materials within the early childhood classroom. Students learn and demonstrate how to promote children's emerging math skills and concepts through hands-on discovery and play. Includes planning, preparation, and assessment techniques for relevant early childhood math curriculum.
Prerequisite: ECE 121 AND ECE 124 or EDU 124 (all C or better)
Recommended: Basic Algebra Readiness
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply evidence-based practices based on early childhood education principles and theories and is focused on the unique needs of infants and toddlers. Students work with diverse young children and families in high-quality, culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse early childhood settings under the supervision of a site supervisor and a college course work supervisor. 10-12 hours of classroom work with infants and/or toddlers will be required each week for a total of 150 hours.
Note: Students taking this course must be enrolled in the Early Childhood Education A.A.S. Current Illinois State Police criminal background check required along with current medical documentation.
Prerequisite: 30 cr hrs in ECE courses to include ECE 117, 132, 141, 214, 215, 220, 223, 229 and 241 (all C or better); CLC GPA 2.40 or above; Dept Chair approval 60 days prior to the first day of the semester.
Concurrent Enrollment: ECE 250 and 251
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply evidence-based practices based on early childhood education principles and theories, focused on young children ages 3 - 5. Students work with diverse young children and families in high-quality, culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse early childhood settings under the supervision of a site supervisor and a college course work supervisor. 10-12 hours of classroom work with preschool-age children will be required each week for a total of 150 hours.
Note: Students taking this course must be enrolled in the Early Childhood Education A.A.S. Current Illinois State Police criminal background check required along with current medical documentation.
Prerequisite: 30 cr hrs in ECE courses to include ECE 116, 121, 124, 132, 141, 215, 220, 229 and 241 (all C or better); CLC GPA 2.40 or above; Dept Chair approval 60 days prior to the first day of the semester.
Concurrent Enrollment: ECE 252 and 253
This course is a practicum designed for those individuals who are interested in serving as administrators or directors of early childhood programs. The focus of this practicum experience is the application of early childhood leadership strategies, administrative skills and knowledge. Students are supervised by a college instructor, while working closely with an assigned early childhood program administrator or director. Course assignments are focused on program assessment and improvement, staff training, parent education, and fiscal and business management. The student will be supervised by a qualified director for 300 documented hours as mandated by the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Director Credential - Level I. Other requirements for this Illinois Director Credential also apply. See Department Chair for further information.
Prerequisite: Completion of all other course requirements for Administration and Leadership of Early Childhood Education Certificate 25EF; Overall G.P.A. of 2.5; and Consent of Department Chair 60 days prior to enrollment.
This course is intended for students who are interested in becoming or who are currently serving as leaders of early childhood programs (directors, assistant directors, program coordinators). The course will acquaint students with the organization, regulation, management, and evaluation of programs serving young children. Course content includes staff management including staff selection, mentoring, supervision, and evaluation; parent and community relationships; children’s educational programming; safety, design, and arrangement of the physical environment; use of technology; advocacy. Issues of culture and diversity are explored, as well as strategies for respectful communication, problem-solving, and collaboration with families and the community.
Prerequisite: ECE 121, ECE 124, and 9 additional credit hours in Early Childhood Education (all with grades C or better).
These special topic courses will focus on a specific current issue in the area of early childhood care and education. A maximum of 6 credit hours of ECE 299 or EDU 299 may be used as elective toward an AAS or AA degree in early childhood education.
Prerequisite: To be determined relative to topic
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