Introduction to incorporating cultural, ethnic, racial, gender and physical diversity into the early childhood setting. Includes recognizing and resisting stereotypical and discriminatory behavior and working with parents and communities to create a supportive environment for diversity.
Provides an overview of the early childhood education program expectations and philosophy. Students will gain knowledge and skills in collecting work samples for the professional portfolio which they are required to develop in ECE 260.
Complete 20 hours of field experience in each of the following three approved early childhood education settings: infant/toddler program, preschool program, kindergarten, first, second or third-grade classroom (60 hours total). Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in ECED& 190 required.
Student completes 60 hours of field experience in an approved early childhood setting with a qualified teacher. Apply classroom theory from EDUC&150 to actual practice of technical skills per Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC&150 required for students who are pursuing ECE certificate or ATS degree.
Assists students in final preparation for CDA Assessment. Students develop CDA professional resource files, distribute parent questionnaires and review CDA competency goals/functional areas. Prerequisites: ECED& 105, ECED&107, ECED&120, first aid/CPR training, blood-borne pathogen education, and at least 480 hours of experience working with preschool children within the past five years.
Covers the fundamental concepts of how language is acquired and literacy emerges in children from birth through eight years. Methods of enhancing language development, listening skills, and emergent reading and writing skills in the early childhood setting and family environment will be explored. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115, ECED& 180 (formerly ECE 206).
Methods, materials and vocabulary to use in individualized and developmentally appropriate math and science experiences in early childhood and family environments. Role of technology will be explored. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115.
Students will learn to select, create and use activities to foster development of muscle coordination and strength, body awareness, movement, balance, and endurance. Individual areas of physical and creative activities will be explored, as will family and community influences. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115.
Provides students with skills to plan and implement creative experiences in art, music, drama, dance and literature. Community resources will be identified. The relationship of the creative domain to other developmental domains is a focus. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115.
Complete 60 hours of field experience in an approved early childhood setting with a qualified teacher. Apply classroom theory from ECE 220 to actual practice of technical skills as defined in the Washington Skill Standards for Early Childhood Professionals. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 220 required. Prerequisites: ECED&105, EDUC&115.
Completes 60 hours of field experience in an approved early childhood setting with a qualified teacher. Apply classroom theory from ECE 222 to actual practice of technical skills per Washington Skill Standards. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 222 required for students pursuing ECE certificate or ATS degree. Prerequisites: ECED& 105, EDUC& 115.
Provides the knowledge and skills needed to develop and maintain a professional portfolio to use in job searches and other career endeavors. Prerequisites: ENGL 097, ECE 117, 119, 132, 219, 220, 222, ECED& 105, 107, 120, 132, 160, 170, 180, 190, EDUC& 115, 130, 150.
Student completes 90 hours of field experience in an approved early childhood setting. Under the direct supervision of a qualified early childhood professional, student takes on the role of lead teacher to demonstrate skills in curriculum planning and implementation, child guidance, environmental design, and communication with families and program staff. Students will meet once a week with course instructor to discuss practicum experiences. Prerequisites: ENGL 097, ECE 117, 119, 132, 219, 220, 222, ECED&105, 107, 120, 132, 160, 170, 180, 190, EDUC&115, 130, 150.
Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals and programs in action. Formerly ECE 101.
Develop knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition and safety of children in group care and education programs. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, responsibilities for mandated reporting, and available community resources. Formerly ECE 108.
In an early learning setting, apply best practice for engaging in nurturing relationships with children. Focus on keeping children healthy and safe while promoting growth and development. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in ECED& 105.
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 relevant care. Formerly ECE 215.
Learn the basics of home/family child care program management. Topics include: licensing requirements; business management; relationship building; health, safety, and nutrition: guiding behavior and promoting growth and development.
Develop administrative skills required to develop, open, operate, manage and assess early childhood education and care programs. Explore techniques and resources available for Washington State licensing and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standard compliance. Formerly ECE 290.
Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in young children (birth-age 8). Prerequisites: ECED& 105 (formerly ECE 101), EDUC& 115.
Design, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments which ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children.
Develop teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing and reading. Formerly ECE 206.
Collect and record observation of 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. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in ECED& 132.