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Early Learning & Teacher Education

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ECED& 100 Child Care Basics • 3 Cr.

This course is designed to meet licensing requirements for early learning lead teachers and family home child care providers, STARS 30 hour basics course recognized in the MERIT system. Topics: child growth/development, cultural responsiveness, community resources, guidance, health/safety/nutrition and professional practices.

ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education • 5 Cr.

Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues, trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action.

ECED& 107 Health, Safety, and Nutrition • 5 Cr.

Introduction to implementation of equitable health, safety and nutrition standards for the growing child in group care. Focus on federal Child Care Block Grant funding (CCDF) requirements, WA state licensing and Head Start Performance standards. Develop skills necessary to keep children healthy & safe, report abuse & neglect, and connect families to community resources.

ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Relationships • 2 Cr.

In an early learning setting, engage in establishing nurturing, supportive relationships with all children and professional peers. Focus on children?s health & safety, promoting growth & development, and creating a culturally responsive environment. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

ECED& 132 Infants/Toddlers Care • 3 Cr.

Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally retentive care.

ECED& 134 Family Child Care Management • 3 Cr.

Learn how to manage a family child care program. Topics include: licensing requirements, record-keeping, relationship building, communication strategies, guiding behavior, and promoting growth and development. Recommended: ECED& 105.

ECED& 139 Administration of ECE • 3 Cr.

Develop administrative skills required to develop, operate, manage and improve early childhood education and care programs. Acquire basic business management skills. Explore resources and supports for meeting Washington State licensing and professional National Association for Education Young Children (NAEYC) standards. Recommended: ECED& 105.

ECED& 160 Curriculum Development • 5 Cr.

Investigate learning theory, program planning, tools and methods for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in children birth through age 8 utilizing developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practice.

ECED& 170 Environments for Young Children • 3 Cr.

This class focuses on the adult?s role in designing, evaluating, and improving indoor and outdoor environments that ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children.

ECED& 180 Language and Literacy Development • 3 Cr.

Teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development examined at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

ECED& 190 Observation and Assessment • 3 Cr.

Collect and record observation and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group, and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions, and communicating findings.

ECED 191 Early Childhood Education Practicum I • 5 Cr.

Design, plan, and evaluate curriculum for young children. Related topics include: lesson planning, environmental arrangement, the appropriate use of learning materials, and making positive connections with young children. Includes nine hours per week of supervised laboratory participation. Prerequisites: EDUC& 130, ECED& 160, ECED& 170 and permission of instructor.

ECED 192 Early Childhood Education Practicum II • 5 Cr.

Design, plan, and evaluate curriculum for young children. Related topics include: lesson planning, environmental arrangement, the appropriate use of learning materials, and making positive connections with young children. Includes nine hours per week of supervised laboratory participation. Prerequisite: ECED 191 and permission of instructor.

ECED 198 Special Seminar in Early Childhood Education • V1-5 Cr.

Allows study of special topics related to early childhood education. Topics are announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

ECED 199 Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education • V1-5 Cr.

Covers special projects or supervised independent study by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ECED 295 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education • V1-5 Cr.

Allows in-depth study or approved work experience in the field of early childhood education. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits.

ECED 296 Special Seminar in Early Childhood Education • 5 Cr.

Allows study of special topics related to early childhood education. Topics are announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ECED 298 Special Seminar in Early Childhood Education • V1-5 Cr.

Allows study of special topics related to early childhood education. Topics are announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits.

ECED 299 Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education • V1-5 Cr.

Covers special projects or supervised independent study by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.