WI Early Childhood 70-777

Course Descriptions

The Early Childhood Education Program will no longer accept new students after September 2015

EDUC 526 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (1 credit) 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. 

EDUC 530 Movement and Play in Early Childhood Education (2 credits) 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.

EDUC 552 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment I (2 credits) 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.

EDUC 553 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment II (2 credits) 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.

EDUC 557 Creative Arts for Young Children (2 credits) 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.

EDUC 681 Emergent Literacy PreK-3 (3 credits) 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.

EDUC 564 Family and Community in Early Childhood Education (2 credits) 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.

EDUC 558 Inclusive Early Childhood Education (2 credits) 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.

EDUC 581 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (1–3 credits) Teaching at pre-kindergarten or kindergarten level integrating prior early childhood coursework through the preparation and delivery of developmentally appropriate instruction in a child-centered environment. Capstone experience. May be repeated for credit.