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IA Early Childhood Education 106

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Required Courses - Course Descriptions

EDUC526:  Introduction to Early Childhood Education 
History of early childhood programs for children birth through age eight. Considers developmentally appropriate practice, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, legal and ethical responsibilities, and program expectations including portfolio development. - 1 credit

EDUC530:  Movement and Play in Early Childhood Education 
Elements and characteristics of motor development and play and their roles in the growth and progress of children from infancy through kindergarten. Assessment of individual stages of play and movement will form the basis for planning developmentally appropriate curricula and evaluation in these areas. - 2 credits

EDUC 552:  Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment I 
Current philosophies, methodology and materials for facilitating health and physical development, social and emotional development, language and communication growth, cognition and effective approaches to learning in an inclusive, integrated setting. Emphasis on process skills while fostering foundational knowledge in all areas for children infant through age five. - 2 credits

EDUC 553:  Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment II 
Development of competencies in planning, teaching, and evaluating the integrated curriculum for young children in the areas of literacy skills, language development, math, science, social studies, health, and physical education in an inclusive, integrated setting. Examines process, ethics, and methods of observing documenting children's behavior, progress, and development. - 2 credits

EDUC 557:  Creative Arts for Young Children 

Philosophy and role of creative drama, music, and art in early childhood education with emphasis on the creative activity as it relates to developmental stages in the child's life. Focus on appreciation of the value and function of creativity and construction of developmentally appropriate curriculum. - 2 credits

EDUC 558:  Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Issues in behavior management, assessment of children, children at risk, infant stimulation programs, programs for children with special needs, nutrition, program and facility planning and evaluation as well as current trends. - 2 credits

EDUC 562:  Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Education
This course is designed to acquaint classroom teachers with the research based on skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating programming in early childhood education. Staff supervision and evaluation, in-service training and orientation, and harmonious working relationships, are other topics included in this course. - 3 credits

EDUC 564:  Family and Community in Early Childhood Education
A study of theoretical and practical problems in designing programs which take into consideration social, political, and economic characteristics and resources of communities. An emphasis is placed upon involvement of primary caregivers, parents, community resources and social service agencies in the organization, operation, communication, management of behavior and learning environments as well as on evaluation of school-community relations. 2 credits

EDUC 569:  Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
This course is designed to acquaint classroom teachers with the research based on nutrition for early childhood education. Information presented will develop an understanding of safe, healthy nutritional needs of young children. There will be a focus on promoting, protecting, and providing good nutrition in early childhood. - 1 credit

EDUC 681:  Emergent Literacy Pre-K-3 
The focus of this course is the literacy development of the pre-K-3 child. The course covers the developmental process of literacy acquisition and the use of appropriate methods, models, and strategies for encouraging literacy growth. Early literacy concepts of phonemic awareness, word identification, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension cultural and linguistic diversity, and language differences and delays are examined. The role of parents, community, and assessment tools will be explored. -- 3 credits

EDUC 571:  Field Experience: Birth Through 36 Months 
Students will intern in a field experience at birth through 36 months integrating prior early childhood coursework through the preparation of interdisciplinary units designed and delivered in a birth through 36 months environment. Field experience reflections addressing the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards will be compiled into a field experience portfolio. Restricted to students admitted to the early childhood endorsement/licensure program. May be repeated for credit. -- 1 credit

EDUC 572:  Field Experience: Three-Four-Year-Old Children 
Students will intern in a field experience with children 3-4 years of age integrating prior early childhood coursework through the preparation of interdisciplinary units designed and delivered within an environment of children 3-4 years of age. Field experience reflections addressing the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards will be compiled into a field experience portfolio. Restricted to students admitted to the early childhood endorsement/licensure program. May be repeated for credit. - 1 credit

EDUC 574:  Field Experience: Kindergarten 
Students will intern in a field experience with kindergarten children integrating prior early childhood coursework through the preparation of interdisciplinary units designed and delivered in a kindergarten environment. Field experience reflections addressing the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards will be compiled into a field experience portfolio. Restricted to students admitted to the early childhood endorsement/licensure program. May be repeated for credit. 1 credit

EDUC 575:  Field Experience: Grades 1-3 
Students will intern in a field experience in grade one, two, or three integrating prior early childhood coursework through the preparation of interdisciplinary units designed and delivered within an environment of children in grade 1-3. Field experience reflections addressing the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards will be compiled into a field experience portfolio. Restricted to students admitted to the early childhood endorsement/licensure program. May be repeated for credit. - 1 credit

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Kathleen Wynn, Iowa Graduate Student Advisor at kmwynn@viterbo.edu or 515-224-5944

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