Early Childhood (EDEC)

EDEC 5305  Graduate Research Project  
Credits: 3 (0-0-3)
  

A graduate research project must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Office for a grade to be assigned, otherwise IP notations are recorded. This course is specifically designed for Plan II and Plan III students.

Prerequisites: departmental approval.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5306  Thesis  
Credits: 3 (0-0-3)
  

This course is for Plan I students. The course requires 6 hours of grades, the first 3 hours consisting of completion of a thesis proposal and the last 3 hours consisting of completion of the thesis. Completion of the thesis proposal is a prerequisite for enrollment in the last 3 hours of thesis.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 2 time(s).

EDEC 5310  Infant/Toddler/Preschool/Famly  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course is about infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and families during the first four years of life. The primary goal of the course is for students to develop knowledge of infant, toddler and preschool development across individual differences and contexts. Attending to the contributions of familial and cultural contexts, as well as, the child’s contributions this course considers both theoretically prescribed developmental trajectories and the profound individual differences that each human being presents. Students are expected to reconceptualize traditional theories in light of the real issues faced by children and families across contexts.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5312  Undrstnd/Value Young Child/Fam  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

An intensive study of the cognitive development and socialization of young children from diverse contexts with consideration of ethnicity, gender, and social-economic background, and special needs and the manner in which these issues affect their development and learning. Culturally relevant ways of supporting the child and family within an ecological system are emphasized.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5314  Fndtns Ed Research:Early Chldh  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Course addresses basic concepts associated with research as well as historical development of research methodologies. Students will be expected to critically evaluate existing research and understand how research impacts foundational and contemporary issues in early childhood education. This course is reading and writing intensive and students are expected to synthesize information in an education al area of choice related to early childhood education. American Psychological Association manual style will be emphasized.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5315  Advocacy  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course focuses on relevant problems and contemporary challenges facing early childhood professionals. Research and theories that encompass these challenges and effective advocacy strategies to support necessary change are examined. Research on or participation with an advocacy effort is required.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5317  Expl: Inq App in Teach Soc Stu  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Content and methods for promotion development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in social studies for preschool children. Unit themes will be developed for integrating curriculum.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5318  Invstgs: Inq Appr to Teach Sci  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Content and methods for promotion development of knowledge, skills and attitudes in science for preschool children. Unit themes will be developed for integrating curriculum.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5319  Const Dev App Exp in Mathem  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Development of logical thought and reasoning in young children. Developmentally appropriate activities and materials for promoting quantitative concepts.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5320  Supporting Dev of Literacy  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Emergent literacy as simultaneous development of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Linking research findings to early childhood philosophy and integrated program implementation.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5330  Assessment Pract-Early Child  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

The history, philosophy, and practice of observing, recording and analyzing children’s behavior using current methods based upon prevailing research in the field of developmentally appropriate assessment, including investigation of issues concerning diversity in assessment. The use of assessment to improve professional practice and early learning environments. The course will facilitate development of appropriate assessment records and mechanisms across early childhood settings.

Restrictions: Prerequisite: EDEC 5310.Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5333  Foundations Early Childhood  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Historical, philosophical, sociological and psychological bases for early childhood education. The implications of research and theory on development, developmentally appropriate practice and contemporary issues in early childhood.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5334  Prof Lab Exper Early Ch Ed  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Practicum in observing and recording behavior of young children. Assignments in developmentally appropriate activities for preschool children. May be repeated once.

Prerequisites: 12 hours of Early Childhood Education.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 1 time(s).

EDEC 5335  Intergrated Curriculm EC Educ  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

An advanced course in curriculum design with an emphasis on integration of content areas for instruction. Math, science, language, arts, and social studies scope and sequence will be presented. Adaptations for special populations will be included.

Prerequisites: EDEC 5333.

Restrictions: Prerequisite: EDEC 5333.Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5349  Play in the Early Years  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course will extend the students’ understanding of play theory and include relevant research in order to advocate for the value of play in the early years.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5353  STEM-Early Childhood Classroom  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Focuses on the content and methods for promoting the development of knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for young children B-Grade 3. Integrated approaches to curriculum development with an emphasis on inquiry and emergent investigations that foster curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, scientific methods. Standards for Science, Mathematics, and Technology as well as developmentally appropriate methods of instruction and assessment with young children are examined.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5355  Humanities in Early Childhood  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

Content and methods for promoting the development of knowledge and skills in the humanities are emphasized in this graduate level course. The course integrates approaches to teaching the “what and why” of humanities which encompasses social studies, language arts, and fine arts with a multicultural perspective. The course includes information on planning relevant units of study, lessons, and activities, developing effective instructional strategies, acquiring knowledge of humanities content and methods of assessing student learning.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5360  Incorp Play in EC Curriculum  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

A study of creative thought and behavior in young children. Methods and materials for teaching art, music and dramatics for young children. Theories of play and development.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5361  Special Problems in EC Educ  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

The identification and research of specific problems as they relate to preschool programs. May be repeated once.

Prerequisites: 12 hours of Early Childhood Education.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated 1 time(s).

EDEC 5367  Foundations of EC Curriculum  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This introductory course focuses on a myriad of historical and philosophical foundations in Early Childhood education that continues to influence current research and practice. Attention is given to the basic components that are essential to the organization and effective implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum and practice. Additionally, this course offers experience and training in the techniques of analysis of curriculum and environments that are integral to the accreditation process in EC programs. Details pertaining to research, writing, and analysis of curriculum and practice are included.

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

EDEC 5370  Research in Early Childhood  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This capstone course provides students the opportunity to identify and investigate school and community-based problems and apply inquiry, writing, and research skills to a relevant issue or concern in early childhood. Students develop and implement a relevant research project. Alternatively, students may also to form the pursue a Master’s Thesis.

Prerequisites: EDEC 5314 and completion of at least 50% of all required core coursework.

Restrictions: Prerequisite: EDEC 5314.Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.