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Associate in Applied Science



Early Childhood Education and Development - Course Description

Course Descriptions

MCC Campus(s):Penn Valley

Program Coordinator: Jennifer Copeland 816.604.4208

Course Descriptions

ECED 101 - Fundamentals of Early Care and Education - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30/90 and READ 11/31 with a grade of C or better or appropriate placement test score or concurrent enrollment. This introductory course focuses on an overview of the field of early childhood care and education. The wide variety of types of early childhood program is explored, as are the characteristics and needs of young children. The preparation of environment and curriculum are examined, as are instructional and guidance techniques. Strategies for observation, documentation, and assessment are discussed. Teacher certification, ethics, and communication skills are detailed. This course covers the eight (8) subject areas of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. The guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards are followed in this course.

ECED 110 - Child Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30/90 with a grade of C or higher or appropriate placement test score or concurrent enrollment. The Child Health, Safety and Nutrition course covers basic factors that affect children's health, safety and nutrition. Subject matter includes feeding habits, nutritional needs, health routines, hygiene, growth patterns, childhood diseases, first aid, CPR, safety and implications for children.The guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards are followed in this course.

ECED 113 - Child Growth and Development I - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30/90 with a grade of C or higher or appropriate placement test score and ECED 101 with a grade of C or higher or concurrent enrollment. This course explores knowing and understanding young children's characteristics and needs; the multiple influences on development and learning, and how to use this developmental knowledge to create health, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments. The principles of child development are emphasized including language acquisition, creative expression, physical, cognitive and social/emotional development. The course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Child Care and Education Professionals and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 115 - Teaching Infants and Toddlers - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ECED 113 with a grade of C or higher. Students will gain an understanding of the unique characteristics of the growth and development of children from birth through 36 months. Emphasis will be placed on brain research, attachment relationships with caregivers as well as implementing developmentally appropriate activities and learning environments for infants and toddlers. The course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Child Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards

ECED 121 - Issues, Advocacy and Trends - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECED 101 with a grade of C or higher or concurrent enrollment. This course explores current topics and trends in the early care and education field. Advocacy will be emphasized as it relates to professionalism, children, families and the communities. The course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Child Care and Education Professionals and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 128 - Curriculum in Early Childhood Education - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ECED 113 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment. This course will examine developmentally appropriate practices and the teacher's role in curriculum and instruction for young children. The purpose and characteristics of curriculum models past and present will be examined. Curriculum adaptation to accommodate diverse learners will be examined. Play as an overriding component of early childhood curriculum will be stressed. Development of activity plans, lesson plans based on developmentally appropriate practice for children at varying ages and stages will be required. The guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards are followed in this course.

ECED 132 - Learning Environments - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30/90 with a grade of C or higher or appropriate placement test score or concurrent enrollment. The Learning Environments I course prepares students to understand and implement developmentally appropriate creative art experiences with children. In addition, the course teaches strategies to plan, develop, evaluate and integrate other subject matter such as math, science, language, literacy, and social studies into the curriculum. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 149 - Observation and Assessment - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECED 113 with a C or higher. This course will engage students in a practical understanding of an early care and education environment and a practical understanding of methods of observing children. Students will actively interact with children in these settings. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Child Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 201 - Language Development - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECED 113 and ENGL 101 with a grade of C or higher. This course is an in-depth study of the basic use of tools and materials that stimulate imagination, reasoning, concept formation and communications through language development. The guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Child Care and Education Professionals and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards are followed in this course.

ECED 213 - Child Growth Development II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECED 113 with a grade of C or higher. This course provides an in-depth study of physical, social-emotional, language, and cognitive development of children, including those with different types of special needs and those who represent different cultures. The importance of the roles of the caregiver, the environment and the family will also be explored as it relates to the development of the child. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 217 - Literature for Young Children - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30/90 with a grade of C or better or appropriate placement test score or concurrent enrollment. This course is a survey and history of literature appropriate for young children (birth through age 8). Criteria for selection and evaluation of children's literature are included. Techniques for integrating children¿s literature into the curriculum are emphasized. Reading and telling stories for various developmental stages are stressed. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 220 - Child Care Management - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECED 113 with a C or better. This course is a survey of early-care and education programs. Students will study planning, developing and operating and earl-care and education center. Licensing, curriculum, and parent involvement will be included. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Child Care and Education Professionals and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 236 - Child Guidance - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECED 113 with a grade of C or higher. In this course students will gain knowledge of developmentally appropriate, research based, practices of positive child guidance and effective classroom management strategies in the early childhood classroom. Students will learn how to build relationships with children and families, how to guide children directly and indirectly and implement effective conflict resolution techniques. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards.

ECED 255 - Capstone Practicum Experience - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECED 149 and ECED 236 with a grade of C or higher or concurrent enrollment. This course is a supervised field experience designed for students to apply their knowledge of teaching young children. In their approved practicum classroom, students will practice health and safety guidelines, observation and positive interactions with young children, plan developmentally appropriate activities, implement positive guidance and plan learning environments that reflect intentional teaching and best practices in the field. The student will spend a minimum of 6 hours per week (a total of 120 clock hours) in the practicum classroom. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 260 - Education of the Exceptional Child - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ECED 113 with a C or higher. An introduction to the education of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-agers with special needs and the interaction with their families. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Child Care and Education Professionals and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 262 - Families, Early Care, and Communities - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ECED 101 with a C or better. This course will prepare students to develop opportunities for partnership among families, schools, and communities. The course provides an in-depth study of the principles of parenting and family relationships as well as the skills necessary to work with the family unit. The importance of the teacher¿s role in the school and community as applied to working with families of young children and the community is emphasized. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

ECED 270 - Portfolio Design - 2.00 credits

Prerequisite: Student must be in the final semester of their Associates degree in Applied Science (AAS). This Portfolio Design course documents a student's competency in early care and education and will include a variety of artifacts from various courses taken throughout the Associates of Applied Science Program. This course prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions. This course follows the guidelines of Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Child Care and Education Professionals and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

 

Last Modified: 11/17/16