Education—Early Childhood

 

300s

EDEC 301 Child Development and Implications for Teaching and Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom 4
Prereqs: Admission to the Professional Program in Early Childhood Education. Theoretical principles and practices of developmentally appropriate integrated curriculum in early childhood programs serving children 0 – 5 years of age. Implications for practice in inclusive classrooms to include learning through play and exploration, planning, implementation, observation, assessment and evaluation of student learning and instruction. Role of the child, teacher, parent and other professionals working collaboratively for the benefit of the student will be explored. Reflection on practice in the place-based setting is required. 45 hours of Field Experience.

EDEC 302 Literacy for Early Childhood 3
Prereq.: Admission to the Professional Program in Early Childhood Education. This course provides critical understandings central to birth-3 language and literacy development. Analysis of different theoretical views on the connections between language and culture, use of children’s literature, and play-based curriculum. Application of scientifically-based research and best practices aligned with the Common Core State Standards to language and literacy instruction for all children, with emphasis on language development, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency for English and non-English first language speakers, and children with exceptionalities. 30 hours of Field Experience required.

EDEC 303 Arts and Aesthetics in Early Childhood Education 3
Prereq.: Admission to the Professional Program in Early Childhood Education. Exploration of the imagination of children in relationship to curriculum and teaching through play. Examination of developmentally appropriate teaching for young children, diversity, and the roles teachers play as leaders and learners in diverse early childhood learning communities will be analyzed. Inquiry-based approach throughout the course includes participation in aesthetic experiences, place-based learning, multiple intelligences, case analysis, and examination of beliefs and research on learning and teaching.

EDEC 321 Curriculum and Instruction for English Language Learners 3
Prereq.: Admission to the Professional Program in Early Childhood Education. Designed to provide teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and insights, to effectively organize and implement instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in pre-K-3 grade levels. Students will learn about language acquisition and explore practical strategies in curriculum and instruction for English Language Learners. They will apply principles of developmentally appropriate practice in the context of educating dual language learners.

 

400s

EDEC 401 Integrated Methods for Early Childhood: Teaching and Learning of Mathematics and Science 4
Prereq.: Admission to the Professional Program in Early Childhood Education. Integrated methods of math and science curriculum, instruction, and assessment using developmentally appropriate practices. Introduction to the Common Core State Standards for Math and Literacy, the Framework for K-12 Science Education, and the CT Science Standards. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of class.

EDEC 402 Child development and Implications for Teaching in the Primary Classroom 3
Prereq.: Admission to the Professional Program In Early Childhood Education. Exploration of developmentally appropriate integrated models of curriculum, instruction and assessment strategies in alignment with appropriate standards to meet the needs of a diverse learning community serving children 6 – 8 years of age. Reflection on practice in the place-based setting is required. 30 hours of field experience required.

EDEC 430 Early Childhood Student Teaching 9
Prereqs: Admission to professional Program in early Childhood. Student teachers in elementary schools work with teachers and children in professional activities. They take on interesting obligations for planning, implementing, assessing and reflecting on units of instruction for a diverse population. They are also expected to demonstrate effective leadership skills. Full semester of supervised field-based work is required. Only the required concurrent courses may be taken during student teaching. CT law requires fingerprinting and a criminal background check for the field experiences in this class. Fingerprinting must be completed prior to the beginning of Student Teaching.

EDEC 431 Early Childhood Student Teaching Seminar 1
Prereq.: Admission to the Professional Program. As a community of learners, student teachers reflect upon the student teaching experience and work collaboratively to address pertinent matters related to the classroom experience. Information related to certification, preparation for employment and current trends are addressed

 

 

500s

 

EDEC 551 Programs and Curricula in Early Childhood Education 3
Prereq.: Matriculation in the M.S. program. Analysis of contemporary early childhood program models and practices including their historical and philosophical foundations. Includes an examination of criteria for establishing and evaluating contemporary early childhood programs. On-site observations and interaction with young children required. Fall. (O)

EDEC 552 Programs and Curricula in Early Childhood Education II 3
Prereq.: EDEC 551 and matriculation in the M.S. program. Study of the implementation of developmentally appropriate curricula for children, ages three to eight. Emphasis on integrated curricula, learning centers, effective management, and active parent involvement. On-site observations and interaction with young children required. Spring. (O)

EDEC 553 Family, School and Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Education 3
Prereq.: Matriculation in the M.S. program. In-depth exploration of impact of family and community on the education of young children. Study of school-child-family relationships which foster healthy development. Examination of comprehensive community and governmental support systems for children and families. Fall. (E)

EDEC 554 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
Prereq.: EDEC 552 and matriculation in M.S. program. Study of appropriate assessment of young children's development and progress and their relationship to child-centered curricula and home-school communication. Strategies for assessing children's cognitive/language, social/emotional, and psycho-motor development. Play assessment and student portfolios are also included. Spring. (E)

EDEC 561 Administration in Early Childhood Education 3
Prereq.: EDEC 552. Policies, procedures, and leadership responsibilities for the management of early childhood education programs. Topics include implementation of goals, budgeting and financial management, and meeting standards for a State of CT Child Day Care license. Summer.

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