Standards, observation, and assessment of typical and atypical behaviors, overview of standards, observation and assessment methodologies for typical and atypical young children (birth to age eight). Includes ethics, referral and reporting procedures, and collaboration with families and other professionals.
Consideration of public health issues and safety procedures within early childhood settings, serving young children birth to age eight. Overview of nutritional needs and issues of physical fitness and well-being in young children. Includes field experiences. Prerequisites: None.
Examines family, community and cultural influences on development of the young child (birth to age eight). Considers trends and threats to attachment, relationships and cultural identity.Includes social and emotional experiences and their impact on the developing brain. Prerequisites: None.
Overview of the exceptional learner (birth - age 5 eight), one who differs from the average or the norm, with emphasis on observation, techniques, characteristics, identification, types of programs, and work with families. Issues related to learning exceptionalities, sensory and communication disorders, social and emotional problems, physical and health related disorders, and giftedness. Includes field experience. Prerequisites: None.
Considerations and evaluations of curriculum appropriate to the developmental characteristics of learners, birth through five years. Includes how early childhood standards, philosophies, and program settings relate to the teaching, learning, and assessment process. Includes field experience.
Examination of process of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language, and literacy development of typical and atypical young children; prenatal through age eight. Includes practical application and fieldwork experience. Prerequisites: None.
Overview of early childhood education (birth to age eight) in American society, including current issues and responsibilities. Emphasis on issues of professionalism, ethics and program types. Opportunities for students to explore potential career paths. Includes field experience. Prerequisites: None.
Overview of language acquisition and development, emergent literacy, early literacy development, and appropriate early experiences with books, reading, and writing for typical and atypical children birth to age eight. Emphasis placed on reading and writing readiness, methods to enhance literacy development, and strategies for selecting and using children's books. Prerequisites: None.
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