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Early Childhood Endorsement #106 (PK - Grade 3)

Online/West Des Moines/Course Descriptions - Early Childhood
 

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Face to Face Class Hours (unless otherwise noted):

·         Weekends Friday 5 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

·         Weekdays during summer 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Online Course Offerings:
 

Location:  Online

EDUC 557:  Creative Arts for Young Children

Dates:  June 6-July 11

Instructor:  Kate Wonders

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Location:  Online

EDUC 558:  Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Dates:  July 11-Aug. 15

Instructor:  Kate Wonders

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Location:  Online

EDUC 562:  Organization & Admin. of ECE  

Dates:  July 18-Sept. 5

Instructor:   Norene Bunt 

 

West Des Moines Course Offerings: 

Location:  Viterbo Iowa Center, 4949 Westown Pkwy., Suite 195, WDM

EDUC 681:  Emergent Literacy Pre-K-3

Dates:  June 26-28 and July 1-2

Instructor:  Lori Vicker

ATTENTION 

Students who enroll in the field experience placement courses must locate an appropriate site with a licensed ECE teacher who is currently working with pre-school or kindergarten students whose age matches the placement that you are seeking.  After locating a site for the field experience, each student must complete the Early Childhood Field Experience Application and submit the application to their instructor for approval prior to beginning to log their hours. Field experience sites can be either public or private schools or licensed daycare settings. For each of the field experiences, students must log a minimum of 25 hours time in the setting. Students are encouraged to gradually assume responsibility in the classroom, and to make the experience as hands-on as possible. Things to include in your experience are observing, tutoring, prep work, lesson planning, and instructing. The minimum expectation is that each student will independently prepare and teach one lesson prior to the end of the experience. Field experience log sheets must be returned to the course instructor as soon as the student has completed the required hours. 


EDUC 571:  Field Experience Birth - 24 months

Dates:  June 3 - Aug. 30

Instructor:  Eugene Fracek                                      

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EDUC 572:  Field Experience 3-4 year olds            

Dates:  June 3 - Aug. 30

Instructor:  Eugene Fracek                           

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EDUC 574:  Field Experience Kindergarten

Dates:  June 3 - Aug. 30

Instructor:  Eugene Fracek   

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EDUC 575:  Field Experience Grade 1-3      

Dates:  June 3 - Aug. 30

Instructor:  Eugene Fracek               

 

Course Descriptions for Early Childhood Endorsement #106 (PK- Grade 3):
 

EDUC 526:  Introduction to Early Childhood   

History of early childhood programs for children birth through age eight.  Considers developmentally appropriate practice, NAEYC standards, and program expectations including portfolio development.  *Must be taken early (no later than the third course) in your program schedule. - 1 credit

 

EDUC 530:  Movement and Play in Early Childhood

Elements and characteristics of motor development and play and their roles in the growth and progress of children from birth through age 8.  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 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 II

Development of competencies in planning, teaching, and evaluating the integrated curriculum for young children in the areas of health and physical development, social and emotional development, language development and communication, approaches to learning, and cognition and general knowledge in an inclusive, integrated setting.  Examines process, ethics, and methods of observing, documenting and reporting children's behavior, progress, and development. - 2 credits (Prerequisite: 552)

 

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 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 564:  Family and Community in ECE

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 558:  Issues and Trends in Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Issues in behavior management, assessment of children, children at risk, early intervention programs, programs for children with special needs, nutrition, program and facility planning and evaluation as well as current trends.

   

This course is designed to provide an introduction and overview to best practices for creating inclusive settings for young children and their families, and for building partnerships with school and community resources. The purpose of this course is to help early childhood professionals develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to meet the needs of all children, with a specific focus on children with differing abilities. Issues addressed in this course include anti-bias perspectives; family-centered practices; state and federal laws pertaining to children with disabilities and their families; appropriate curriculum and assessment practices; typical and atypical child development including characteristics of physical, cognitive, and communicative disabilities, and behavior/social emotional disorders; and curriculum adaptations and strategies to meet the needs of children with differing abilities in school and community settings. - 3 credits

 

EDUC 571:  Field Experience in ECE Birth through 24 months

(Recommended:  EDUC 526, EDUC 530, EDUC 569 and EDUC 552 be completed prior to EDUC 571) Students will intern in a field experience at Birth through 24 months integrating prior early childhood coursework through the preparation of interdisciplinary units designed and delivered in a Birth through 24 months environment.

- 1 credit (Prerequisite: admission to Early Childhood program.)

 

EDUC 572:  Field Experience in ECE with 3-4 year old children

(Recommended:  EDUC 557, EDUC 558 and EDUC 553 be completed prior to

EDUC 572) 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.
- 1 credit (Prerequisite: admission to Early Childhood program.)

 

EDUC 574:  Field Experience in ECE with Kindergarten

(Recommended:  EDUC 681, EDUC 564 and EDUC 562 be completed prior to

EDUC 574) 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.

- 1 credit (Prerequisite: admission to Early Childhood program.)

   

EDUC 575:  Field Experience in ECE Grades 1-3

(Recommended:  EDUC 681, EDUC 564 and EDUC 562 be completed prior to

EDUC 575) 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 grades 1-3.

- 2 credits (Prerequisite: admission to Early Childhood program.)