Early Childhood Educ (EDEC)

EDEC 510  - Parent/Family Dynamics in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

Principles, practices, and content of family dynamics, including practicum/service learning.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Community Service

EDEC 540  - The Young Child: Behavior and Development in Early Childhood  (3 Credits)  

Service-learning and seminar experiences addressing intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development, prenatal through grade three, within an ecological context. Child’s critical thinking, creative expression, and diagnosis/assessment emphasized.

EDEC 546  - Education of Young Children: An Ecological Approach  (3 Credits)  

An ecological study with emphasis on home-school relations, parent involvement, and community resources. Multicultural perspectives and needs of exceptional children addressed.

Corequisite: EDEC 469.
EDEC 547  - Field Problems: Teaching Mathematics Using Manipulative Materials, Grades K-3  (3 Credits)  

Instructional approaches and materials for teaching elementary school mathematics, grades K-3.

EDEC 570  - Internship in Environments for Teaching and Learning  (3 Credits)  

Internship for practice in classrooms appropriate to early childhood education related to curriculum design and assessment. Admission to the professional program in early childhood education.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Internships

EDEC 591  - Seminar on Teaching in Early Childhood  (3 Credits)  

Exploration of the principles and theories about teaching and learning as they apply to early childhood education in the context of schools in democratic societies.

Prerequisites: admission to internship in early childhood education.
Corequisite: EDTE 590A, EDTE 590B, and EDTE 590C.

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement Internships, GLD: Research

EDEC 608  - Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

Analysis of programs and practices for involving parents in early childhood educational settings. Emphasizes objectives, methods, techniques, and materials for program development. Community resources for supporting programs for children in various instructional settings.

EDEC 690  - Independent Study  (1-3 Credits)  
EDEC 712  - Practicum in Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

School- and home-based experience with parents. Emphasis upon home-school relationships and their effects upon the young child’s development and learning. Participation with advisory groups, parent activities in the classroom, home visits, and parent-teacher communication. Weekly seminar sessions.

Prerequisites: EDEC 540 and EDEC 608 or EDEC 610.
EDEC 740  - The Young Child: Applying Theory and Research  (3 Credits)  

Analysis and discussion of theory and research related to the education of young children. Intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of infants, toddlers, and young children will be examined. Special emphasis on implication for developing.

Prerequisites: EDEC 540 and EDPY 705.
EDEC 742  - Advanced Study of Early Childhood Curricula and Program Models  (3 Credits)  

An analysis of early childhood program models and curricula with theoretical orientation, related research, societal needs, and the student’s philosophy of education.

Prerequisites: EDEC 540, EDEC 542, EDEC 544.
EDEC 744  - Advanced Study of Language Development and Communication Skills in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

Provides classroom teachers with an overview of the development of language and communication skills in children, birth through eight.

Prerequisites: EDEC 544 or equivalent.
EDEC 745  - Emergent Literacy  (3 Credits)  

Theories of emergent literacy and implications for literacy learning and instruction.

Prerequisites: EDEC 744.
EDEC 750  - Play Theory and Early Learning  (3 Credits)  

Theory, research, and practice related to the play of young children in various settings.

EDEC 754  - Studies and Internships I In Teaching Social Studies -Early Childhood  (3 Credits)  

Planning, designing and implementing a developmentally appropriate socio-cultural curriculum for young children, preschool through grade four.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MAT program.
EDEC 755  - Studies and Internship in Teaching Science  (3 Credits)  

The study and practice of science education for preschool and primary students focusing on appropriate content, goals, and methods.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MAT program.
EDEC 769A  - Internship II: Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment  (4 Credits)  

Internship for practice in prekindergarten through primary grade classrooms related to curriculum design and assessment, leading to initial certification.

Prerequisites: Admission to MAT program and successful completion of first semester internship.
Corequisite: EDEC 769B, EDEC 769C, and EDEC 770.
EDEC 769B  - Internship II: Early Childhood Teaching  (4 Credits)  

Internship for practice in prekindergarten through primary grade classrooms related to interactive teaching, leading to initial certification.

Prerequisites: Admission to MAT program and successful completion of first semester internship.
Corequisite: EDEC 769A, EDEC 769C, and EDEC 770.
EDEC 769C  - Internship II: Early Childhood Professional Roles  (4 Credits)  

Internship for practice in school settings related to professional development, leading to initial certification.

Prerequisites: Admission to MAT program and successful completion of first semester internship.
Corequisite: EDEC 769A, EDEC 769B, and EDEC 770.
EDEC 770  - Early Childhood Internship Seminar  (3 Credits)  

Seminar for students seeking initial certification. Consideration of principles and theories of teaching and learning and strategies to translate theory into personal classroom practice.

Prerequisites: Admission to MAT program and successful completion of first semester internship.
Corequisite: EDEC 769A, EDEC 769B, and EDEC 769C.
EDEC 794  - Leadership, Advocacy and Collaboration in Early Childhood Settings  (3 Credits)  

An overview of the purposes, organizational structure, sponsorship, funding sources, and advocacy for care and education programs and the characteristics, roles, and responsibilities of leaders in the field.

EDEC 795  - Technology in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

Strategies for integrating technology in early childhood education.

Prerequisites: EDTE 631.
EDEC 797  - Seminar in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

Synthesis of development, curriculum, cognition, and related issues in early childhood education.

Prerequisites: degree candidacy in early childhood education and 21 graduate hours completed.
EDEC 810  - Special Topics in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

Special and specific analyses of crucial issues in the field as they exist and emerge in the future. Provides an opportunity for students to do in-depth study of definitive areas of concern.

EDEC 811  - Current Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

Analysis of innovations in the field within a historical perspective.

EDEC 812  - Advanced Internship in Early Childhood Education  (3-6 Credits)  

Supervised internship and related seminar participation in an approved setting.

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program.
EDEC 813  - Program Development and Implementation in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

Analysis of and participation in the development of program content, policy, and advocacy.

Prerequisites: EDEC 740, EDEC 742, EDEC 744, and admission to doctoral candidacy.
EDEC 814  - Analysis of Current Research in Early Childhood Education  (3 Credits)  

A critical evaluation of reported research in early childhood with special emphasis on recent and ongoing research programs.

Prerequisites: EDEC 740, EDEC 742, EDEC 744, and admission to doctoral candidacy.
EDEC 815  - Advanced Study of Early Childhood Curricula  (3 Credits)  

An analysis of early childhood curriculum alternatives that focus on theoretical orientation, related research, societal needs, and the student’s philosophy of education.

Prerequisites: EDEC 740, EDEC 742, EDEC 744, and admission to doctoral candidacy.
EDEC 890  - Independent Study  (3 Credits)