Course Descriptions - Early Childhood and Family Studies


EC 1000 Developing Skills of Child Care Staff Who Work With Families (2)
A beginning course to help child care staff interact with families in productive ways.
Course may not apply toward degree.

EC 1010 Overview of EC Education for High School Students (1)
Course explores basic concepts, issues, curricula areas and career opportunities in early childhood education.
Prerequisites: Completion of high school junior year with at least a “B” average or with permission of guidance counselor.
Course may not apply toward degree.

EC 2900 Field Experiences in Multicultural Early Childhood Settings (3)
Sophomores attend a seminar class and participate in six full-day observations in both urban and suburban school districts.
Prerequisites: Eng 1030 and Comm 1402, GPA 2.75 or higher. Required of all students in Early Childhood before formal admission to major.


EC 3100 Exploring Books with Young Children (3)
An analysis of literary trends in literature for the young child. Development of proficiency in methods of selecting literature, techniques for storytelling, and writing for young children.

EC 4260 Supporting Emergent Literacy at Home and at School (3)
An exploration of culturally responsive support and assessment strategies for language and literacy acquisition in young children.

Curriculum and Methods

EC 3220 An Educational View of Young Children Through Film (3)
Through viewing selected films, the student will contrast and compare child rearing practices and educational systems across cultures. Emphasis will be on children from birth through age 8.

EC 3250 Perspectives on Early Childhood Practice (3)
Students will examine theories of child development as well as philosophical and theoretical models of young children’s learning. Observations in a variety of early childhood settings will focus on the continuum of development and learning.

EC 3300 Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education I (3)
Developing teaching strategies, planning curriculum, creating learning environments in preschool and kindergarten settings. Co-requisites: EC 3400 and EMSE 3903.
Prerequisites: EC 2900, ID 2950, ID 3210, EC 2900, EDUC 3000, EDUC 3400 and EC 3250.  Completion of 65 S.H. of course work, and GPA of 3.0 or higher. Required for Early Childhood majors.

EC 4220 Teaching Young Children Math (3)
Process and content standards for the teaching of mathematics pre-K through grade 4, with emphasis on problem solving, reasoning, communications and connections within mathematics and to other disciplines.

EC 4230 Teaching Science to Young Children (3)
Introduction to science content with an emphasis on design and presentation of learning experiences in science for the pre-school kindergarten and the primary grades.
Prerequisites: EC 2900, EDUC 3000.

EC 4300 Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education II (3)
Focuses on the integration of teaching/learning activities in the areas of science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and aesthetics for elementary children, ages 6-11.
Prerequisites: EC 3300, and G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher. Required for Early Childhood majors.
Writing Emphasis Course


Through their student teaching internships, students are expected to experience a combination of preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade field work. At least one internship should occur in a public school setting.

EC 3400 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education I (2):
Three days per week, three-and one-half hours per day, direct teaching experiences under the guidance and direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Twenty hours of observation in a kindergarten setting is required.
Prerequisites: ID 2950, ID 3210, EC 2900, EDUC 3000, EC 3250, and EDUC 3400.  Co-requisites: EC 3300 and EMSE 3903.  Completion of 65 S.H. of course work, and a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. Required for Early Childhood majors.

EC 4400 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education II (9)
One full semester of supervised teaching under the guidance and direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor during the senior year.
Prerequisite: All required professional courses, G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher, and completion of 95 S.H. of coursework.

Required for Early Childhood majors

SEMINARS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY EC 4000 Teacher and Classroom (3)
Analysis of classroom dynamics, the application of knowledge or individual differences in development to learning in the classroom, making teaching decisions and using instructional formats are emphasized. Classroom management and organization techniques are examined.
This course is taken with EC 4400.

EC 4325 Practicum: Educational Implications for Serving Families (6)
Practicum in a specific human service organization such as: day care, library, museum, legal center, hospital ward, clinic, or youth service bureau with concurrent seminar to develop skills in helping families actualize their educative understandings and abilities.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and enrollment in Family Studies Collateral. Soc 2100, ID 3200, ID 3610 and joint advisement by instructor and major departmental advisor. (This is of special importance to social work students for whom certain requirements will be waived because they have been met by social work courses.)


The following courses are found under Interdisciplinary Courses. (See Index.)

ID 2950 Technology and the Young Child (3)
Exploration of developmentally appropriate use of technology by young children in home and school. Emphasis is on computer and Internet technologies.

ID 2955 Disabled Persons in American Society (3)
Explore issues related to adaptation and modification for those with disabilities in American Society. Settings such as the school, home, and workplace will be examined.

ID 3200 The Family as Educator (3)
Exploration of the ways members of families educate each other and of the outcomes of these efforts. Emphasis on the development of skills for observing, recording, and analyzing family educational interactions. The role of identity and diversity in a pluralistic society is stressed.

ID 3202 Understanding Parenthood (3)
This course will explore child rearing issues in contemporary society and examine the impact of social change, pluralism, and the social and behavioral sciences on parenthood and parent/child relationships.
ID 3210 Working with Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children in Diverse Settings (3)
In-depth study of typical and atypical cognitive affective and physical growth and development, birth through eight, with observations in infant/toddler/child care centers, hospital-based intervention programs, therapeutic nursery programs, family support programs and public schools.

ID 3610 Child Advocacy: Issues, Policies and Interventions for the Helping Practitioner (3)
To help practitioners serving children and families understand the history, current socio-economic factors, and policy implications for advocacy issues that affect the welfare of children; and to improve intervention techniques directed toward services and institutions serving children and families in a multi-cultural society.

ID 4240 Understanding Family and Community Partnerships in Education (3)
Relationships between families, teachers, schools and other community institutions. History and significance of parent and community involvement in education. Evaluation of techniques for forming effective partnerships in diverse educational settings.



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