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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE)

ECE100 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education Credits: 3
This course, while examining the history and rationale for early childhood programs, provides an introduction to the theories of child development, the types and philosophies of children's programs, and the role of the early childhood professional which create the foundation for Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Designed to provide an overview of the foundation and scope of the field, the course gives students a basic understanding of the field of early childhood education. Observation (PDE Field Experience Stage 1) experience in children's programs for a total of twenty hours is an integral part of the course. * *Prerequisite for all other ECE classes.

Prerequisites: ECE ECR.

ECE101 - Infants and Toddlers Credits: 3
This course examines the development (cognitive, motor, language, emotional-social), growth, education, and care of the child birth to three years of age. Recognizing the importance of interactions during this age this specialized methodology is observed and practiced. It combines theories of infant and toddler development with activities and techniques to use in programs for infants and toddlers. Emphasis is placed on building a relationship with the family and establishing a responsive environment. The Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale-revised (ITERS-R) is examined and used as a tool for assessing infant and toddler programs. Exploration (PDE Field Experience Stage 2) experience in infant and toddler programs for a total of ten hours is an integral part of the course.

Corequisite: ECE 100, ECE ECR.

ECE201 - Music and Movement for Children Credits: 3
This course examines the roles music and movement play in child development across all domains and on brain development, the development of movements, the development and health of the child voice, the importance of movement, music, and rhythm activities for children, and basic music theory. It includes the use of methods and appropriate materials for developing the physical and musical capabilities of the young child through planned activities. Looking at music and movement as both art forms and intelligences, the course examines how the classroom teacher supports the music teacher's role and uses music as an entry point to other curriculum areas. Exploration (PDE Field Experience Stage 2) experience in an early childhood+ education program for a total of ten hours is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisite: ECE ECR, ECE 100.

ECE202 - Artistic Development Credits: 3
This course surveys the creative development of young children and the role it plays across developmental domains. Students explore a variety of art media and techniques with an emphasis on process and communicating with children about their art. There is an emphasis on integrating art throughout the curriculum, authentic assessment through art work, and creating a supportive environment. Exploration (PDE Field Experience Stage 2) experience in an early childhood education+ program for a total of ten hours is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisite: ECE ECR, ECE 100.

ECE203 - Children's Literature: Foundation for Language and Literacy Credits: 3
This course explores the use of quality literature in the young child's environment to foster language and literacy development (speaking, listening, writing, reading). It emphasizes an exposure to, and evaluation of quality children's literature in a variety of genres and examines emergent literacy, language development, and theories of language. The course enables students to transpose theoretical knowledge of children's literature into lively, engaging activities supporting language and literacy development. Assessment of language development, literacy development, and the supportive environment is addressed. Exploration (PDE Field Experience Stage 2) experience in an early childhood+ education program for a total of ten hours is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisite: ECE ECR, ECE 100.

ECE204 - Children's Science and Math Credits: 3
This course explores mathematical and scientific concepts and skills in relation to children's cognitive development. It involves materials and methods for incorporating these concepts into the early childhood curriculum. Exploration (PDE Field Experience Stage 2) experience in an early childhood+ education program for a total of ten hours is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisite: ECE ECR, ECE 100.

ECE205 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition Credits: 3
This course examines the implementation of health, safety, and nutrition practices in the early childhood setting and the teaching of health, safety, and nutrition. Emphasizing established health, safety and nutritional regulations and practices in children's programs, it stresses the responsibilities of early childhood professionals in the prevention of disease and accident, and the promotion of positive health, safety, and nutrition habits in children. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) is examined and used as a tool for assessing the early childhood environment. Exploration (PDE Field Experience Stage 2) experience in a Pre-K-Grade 4 setting for a total of ten hours is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisite: ECE ECR, ECE 100.

ECE207 - Child, Family, and Community Credits: 3
This course focuses on the role family and society play in the development of the child. The diversity of family structure, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnic and racial origins, culture, etc., stressing and modeling anti-bias, is explored. Strategies for working with family and community in order to enhance child development and the learning environment are examined.

Prerequisite: ECE ECR, ECE 100.

ECE208 - Child Psychology Credits: 3
Refer to PSY 204

ECE210 - Children with Disabilities Credits: 3
This course defines and analyzes exceptional conditions in the young children. Emphasis is placed on the purposes and legislation for early intervention, the IEP/IFSP process, and the interdisciplinary team approach including the role of the family and community. The course includes assessment and instructional techniques as well as current issues and trends in early childhood education. Exploration (PDE Field Experience Stage 2) experience in an early intervention setting or an early childhood education program serving children with IEP's or IFSP's for a total of ten hours is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisites: ECE ECR, ECE 100.

ECE216 - Early Childhood Program Management Credits: 3
This course examines the issues surrounding the development and administration of an early childhood program. Students are given an opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in the directorship, the development of budgets, funding acquisition, the writing of program policies, the management of a facility, and the formation of professional relationships with staff, parents, volunteers, and the community.

Prerequisites: ECE ECR, ECE 100

ECE220 - Practicum I: Understanding the Role of Play in Learning Credits: 3
This course integrates practical experience and theoretical knowledge as the student works directly with young children for 10 hours a week in early childhood education settings such as: Head Start, Kindergarten, primary grades, preschools, Pre-K counts classrooms, day cares, and programs for children with disabilities. Working with a qualified cooperative teacher and supervised by Luzerne faculty, students focus on the role of play in learning. Students examine and develop environments, materials, interactions, and planning which foster meaningful play. Weekly seminars give students opportunity to discuss theory, strategies, curriculum, and observations related to play. Pre-student teaching (PDE Field Experience Stage 3) experience in an early childhood setting for a total of 135 hours is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisites: ECE ECR, ECE 100 and four additional ECE course. Students must maintain a "C" grade in all Early Childhood Education courses in order to take ECE 220.

ECE221 - Practicum II: Observation, Assessment, and Recordkeeping Credits: 3
This course builds on the ECE 220 practicum experience by providing opportunity for students to examine and practice observation, assessment, and documentation in the early childhood setting. Students explore and practice using various observation, assessment, and documentation tools. Weekly seminars focus on the theoretical basis of observation and assessment. Pre-student teaching (PDE Field Experience Stage 3) experience in an early childhood setting for a total of 140 hours is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisite: ECE ECR, ECE 100, and ECE 220. Students must maintain a "C" grade in all Early Childhood Education courses in order to take ECE 221.

ECEECR - Early Childhood Regulations Credits: 0
This course ensures that students entering the Early Childhood Education Program meet the required credentialing for employees in the field or for students entering a PA Pre-K-Grade 4 certificate program. Students who register for ECE 100 (Introduction to Early Childhood Education) will be required to register for ECE ECR. This is a Pass/Repeat course. Note: Current requirements are the Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse Clearance, the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Clearance, the FBI Fingerprinting, a health appraisal, and a negative TB screening.

Corequisite: ECE 100.