NOTICE: Course descriptions reflected on this page are for Fall 2020, if you are looking for course information for a prior semester please view our 2019-2020 Catalog

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE 100 (3)

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course is an introduction to the profession of Early Childhood Education, including a historical overview, developmentally appropriate practices, cultural diversity, family roles, teacher roles, professional development, and current issues. Students will perform 30 hours of classroom experiential involvement in local organizations that care for children 0-8 years of age. Three lecture.


ECE 110 (3)

Early Childhood Curriculum

The fundamentals of curriculum theory and design appropriate to the developmental needs of young children. Three lecture.


ECE 120 (3)

Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child

Provides a study of health, safety and nutrition with related activities including current issues, guidelines and practices in early childhood settings. Three lecture.


ECE 200 (3)

Child Guidance

Exploration, through observation and recording, of behaviors of young children. Emphasis placed on positive guidance techniques to promote pro-social behaviors and self-guidance for young children. Three lecture.


ECE 210 (3) New Fall 2020

Creative Arts for Young Children

Evaluating and designing developmentally appropriate activities for the young child. Emphasis given to visual arts, dramatic play, creative music and movement, exploration and discovery. Three lecture.


ECE 220 (3) New Fall 2020

Language Arts for the Young Child

Study of theories and practices to assist young children in language and literacy development. Focus on both oral and written literacy through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Three lecture.


ECE 230 (3) New Fall 2020

Exploration and Discovery for the Young Child

Study of theories, methods, and materials for promoting questioning and problem-solving in young children.  An emphasis on math and science through discovery and play. Three lecture.

ECE 234 (3)

Child Growth and Development

Child development from conception to eight years old, emphasizing cognitive, social and physical growth. Including theories of development. Three lecture.


ECE 240 (3)

School, Family & Community Relations

Study of the relationship between the child, the family, the community and the early childhood educators. Involves multicultural issues and diversity. Prerequisite: ECE 100 consent of instructor. Three lecture.


ECE 250 (3) New Fall 2020

Children with Special Needs

Study of young children ages 0-8 with special needs including assessment of needs, current practices, curriculum development, available resources, advocacy roles and legislative issues. Prerequisite: ECE 234. Three lecture.

ECE 260 (2)

Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment 

Candidates for the CDA Credential complete the application for the CDA and are observed working as lead teacher in a federally approved  setting. Prerequisite: ECE 100, 110, 120, 200, 234, or 240 or approval of ECE department advisor . One lecture; two lab.


ECE 198/298 (1–6)

Special Topics

Designed to meet the needs of an individual(s) who has an interest in pursuing an original topic in an instructional area under faculty supervision.