Focuses on introductory concepts of Early Childhood Education professions including professionalism, ethics, and standards. Historical events as well as current issues are reviewed. Students participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices within learning environments. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on typical and atypical developmental milestones of physical, cognitive, language, and social/emotional development of children from birth to age 12 with a focus on the preschool years. Theories of child development and contributions of theorists are reviewed in the context of application to developmental milestones. The effects that multiple, interrelated environmental factors have on the growth and development of the child will be explored. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on the creation of a safe and healthy learning environment to encourage play, exploration, and learning. Students learn how to use space, relationships, materials, and routines as resources for ensuring an inclusive safe indoor and outdoor learning environment. Focus on how environment affects growth and development through proper nutrition, self-wellness for adults and sanitation guidelines are reviewed. Legal and ethical guidelines for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect are covered. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on understanding creativity and the development of skills to assist and encourage young children to express their creative natures. Through a hands-on approach, students will compare creative materials and processes using multiple teaching strategies and disciplines. A focus on child-centered and teacher-guided experiences with attention to accommodations for children identified with special needs will be included through both process and product instructional methods. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on the essential organization, planning, operations, legal issues related to children and staff and ongoing quality improvement of child care centers, preschool environments, and out-of-school care. Licensing, program structure, and accreditation standards, including professionalism and ethics are reviewed. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on developmentally appropriate, ethical assessment of preschool children. Students will participate in hands-on child evaluation and practice developing assessment documents for parents and institutions for the purposes of determining current levels of functioning and directing curriculum development. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of the referral process for IEPs and IFSPs, and the roles of the teachers, parents and helping professional in these processes. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on milestones of language development in children from birth to age 12. An exploration of language arts theory and techniques to assist children in developing foundational skills through curriculum planning that will allow them to be proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing is reviewed. Techniques include creative drama, puppetry, whole language exploration and phonemic awareness. Students will also review structural and transformational linguistics theories. Specific attention is paid to English Language Learners as they acquire language in the classroom. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on the development of documentation for the CDA credential as outlined by the Council for Professional Recognition. The course is designed to develop the CDA Resource File and prepare students for the Observational Assessment. This is a 12 week course. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on developmental milestones for children birth through 35 months in cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional domains, including typical and atypical development. Provides an intense look at methods of designing and implementing appropriate programs, including curriculum and assessment, physical space adaptations, and parent/school/community partnerships. Review of applicable early intervention procedures, including IEPs and IFSPs is explored. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on developmentally appropriate interactions between adults and children birth through 35 months in and infant/toddler ECSE, or licensed infant or toddler program. Field work components will include a focus on relationship building, environmental structure and professionalism in infant/toddler environments. Includes 30 hours of fieldwork. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on multiple influences of bias as well as the possible effects of personal attitudes and dispositions on children's development and learning. Students will analyze classroom environments for practices of equality, respect, and tolerance. Curriculum will be developed that will promote anti-bias ideals, create a strong classroom community, and empower families through positive reciprocal relationships. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on the integration of developmentally appropriate math, science, and technology and engineering content into the early childhood classroom curriculum. The process of using inquiry tools and problem-solving strategies and focused learning centers with content embedded in all other classroom areas is explored. Emphasis is placed on development of activities and procedures that put the child in the position of problem solving through hands-on, exploratory processes in groups or individually. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on typical and atypical social and emotional development of children birth to age 12. After reviewing assessment strategies, students will review the process for additional consultation and/or referral for children displaying atypical development, including referrals to Child Protective Services for suspected abuse or neglect. Students will apply child development theories and research through development of curriculum that enhances each child's social skills as an individual and through community group building activities. Includes 30 hours of fieldwork. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on developmentally appropriate design of curricula that promotes the growth and development of the preschool child (ages 3 and 4) with curricular connections to early elementary. Differentiation for special needs is reviewed. Curricular domains covered are aesthetic, affective, cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate, anti-bias, child-centered classroom environment across curricular and developmental domains. Students will demonstrate competence in child assessment, group guidance, advocacy, peer collaboration, and parent communication. Includes 125 hours of supervised participation in a licensed preschool for children for ages 3 and 4, or an ECSE preschool program. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on information and strategies that can be used by teachers to encourage parents to work in partnership with schools. Promoting holistic child development with the parent in the role of the teacher in the home and community with the teacher as support to the parent is explored. The teacher's role as a child advocate through mandated reporting for child abuse or neglect and family advocate through the IEP/IFSP process is reviewed. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on investigating public policies that support young children. Defines role of early childhood professional as advocate in various situations, including child abuse and neglect/mandated reporting, IEP's and IFSP's, anti-bias behaviors, addressing preconceived gender identity and gender roles, encouraging healthy living and supporting chronically ill children. Investigates historical perspectives that have served as an agent for change. Examines global perspectives. Discusses application of child growth and development to strengthen families. Must complete with a C or better.
Explores contemporary early childhood educational practices and theoretical foundations of curriculum. The following philosophies will be explored and compared: Reggio Emilia, Montessori, High Scope, Creative Curriculum, Waldorf, Project Approach, and others with a focus on developmentally appropriate practices within each philosophy/curriculum model. Student creates personal philosophy, integrating educational learning theories with child growth and development best practices. Must complete with a C or better.
Compares and contrasts the quality of early childhood education programs within the community, both onsite and through research. Standardized data collection tools—ECERS and PQA predominant—are utilized to form clear and concise data-support conclusions about programs. Students will use data collected to identify program strengths and opportunities for growth in multiple program areas including staff training, implementation of procedures and materials, and communication processes. Includes 120 hours of fieldwork. Must complete with a C or better.
Explores how stress, trauma and violence impact young children's development and the lives of their families. Students will investigate the role of early Childhood Education professionals and the professional ethical responsibility. A major emphasis will be on understanding the special learning needs of young children. Working with adult family members and agencies will also be emphasized. Must complete with a C or better.
Provides students with a direct fieldwork experience implementing curriculum content in a lead teacher role under a qualified teacher. Michigan curriculum standards will serve as the basis for instruction. Includes 135 hours of participation in a structured program for 3-5 year olds. Must complete with a C or better.
Develops daily, weekly, and monthly lesson plans to be implemented within the practicum. Developmentally appropriate practices and Michigan curriculum standards will provide the framework for on-going assessment of the curriculum implementation. Must complete with a C or better.
Examines the importance of parent and caregiver relationships in developing quality care for infants and toddlers. The essentials of infant and toddler caregiving, developmental growth patterns, and direct observations will be emphasized. A 30-hour fieldwork observation is required. Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on the physical development, music curriculum, and movement activities in an early childhood education environment. This course will require a hands-on demonstration of skills. Must complete with a C or better.
Provides a supervised fieldwork experience in an administrative role that focuses on leadership and management techniques. Includes 135 hours of participation in a quality licensed program for birth-five year olds. Must complete with a C or better.
Provides critical application of essential administrative duties as performed in an early childhood education environment. Knowledge of professional and ethical responsibilities will be evaluated. The duties shall include supervising, organizing, budgeting, accounting, and scheduling skills. Licensing standards and NAEYC accreditation will be emphasized. Includes 135 hours of fieldwork.Must complete with a C or better.
Focuses on knowledge of characteristics and classifications of common delays, impairments, and disabilities. Tools of assessment and methods of referral for young children demonstrating atypical development with an emphasis on the goals and benefits of developmentally appropriate assessment is explored. IFSP, IEP, early intervention, and legal issues surrounding these topics will be featured. Must complete with a C or better.
Provides essential background into speech, cultural, linguistic and language development of young children. An emphasis will be placed on the link between home and educational environment. Home-to-school activities will be developed. Must complete with a C or better.
Analyzes and evaluates various classical and contemporary works written for children. Students will apply critical reading and writing skills to the exploration of various genres and the conventions that define those genres. In addition, the course will focus on developing strategies for engaging young readers in developmentally appropriate books. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.
Analyzes the English language through history, considering regional variations and dialect acquisition. Students learn to appreciate language by studying language in everyday social interactions in their own lives and communities. The relationship of linguistic variation to social and cultural identity is discussed, along with multilingualism, expressive speech, sociopolitical uses of language, censorship, and language learning and preservation.
"Serves as an overview of the historical developments in the field of human service and provides an introduction to the philosophical framework, the major theoretical models, and the interdisciplinary nature of human service. Students will explore human service occupations, professional organizations, community resources, and ethical and legal issues. Must complete with a C or better. "
Explores family systems concepts and diversity within family systems, culturally and relationally. Provides students with a foundation of knowledge and skills for building strong relationships and families, with an emphasis on family strengths and benefits that come from diversity. The concepts and ideas presented are directly applicable to students’ lives as well as their future professional work. Must complete with a C (73%) or higher to qualify for internship.
Explores the types of substance abuse prevalent in communities, factors that lead to substance abuse and the impact on families, the workplace, and society in general. This course introduces students to current treatment programs and their various philosophies. Must complete with a C or better.
Examines the background, theory, and process of cognitive behavioral therapy. Topics include maladaptive thought patterns and cognitive behavioral therapy solutions, several expressions of cognitive behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy applications to common problems such as fear, anger, addiction, anxiety, and depression.
Equips students with a psychological foundation of theories related to death, dying, and bereavement. Prepares students who are entering a helping profession to work with others to understand and cope with death, dying, and bereavement.
Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.
Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.
Identifies and analyzes ethical situations in modern society. Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics.
Examines the social construction of groups based on race, ethnicity and national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and able-bodiedness. Sociological (as well as psychological, historical, economic, and anthropological) perspectives are applied to concepts such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, racial and ethnic identity, racial formation, power and privilege, assimilation and pluralism, and tolerance. Emphasis is on increasing knowledge, personal awareness, and sensitivity.
Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using organization, research, and technology to deliver effective oral presentation.
Addresses the ability to write professionally and ethically for business and technical purposes relevant to a student's major field or career aspirations. Emphasis is on learning and applying rhetorical principles for writing formal reports including researching published technical information. Less formal aspects of business and technical communication are also studied.
Provides a psychological foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional settings. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective strategies to improve human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.
Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.
Acquaints students with a variety of perspectives about existing healthcare systems. A particular emphasis on the complexity of the American healthcare system will be made. Comparisons with other health care delivery models and national trends will be discussed. Current events are incorporated throughout this course.
Focuses on the essential study of the body and associated terminology with a view toward the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.
Focuses on the physiology of the body system on a cellular level and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.
Introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the study of diseases. Emphasis will be on the definition, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of specific diseases. This course will concentrate on clinical abstracting from the medical record.
Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.
Teaches students how the logic of science is applied to basic nutrition concerns, including food groups and recommended nutritional guidelines.
Provides an overview of biochemical structures and reactions that occur in living systems. Emphasis is placed on the areas of energy, proteins, and catalysis as well as metabolism and molecular genetics.
Explores basic concepts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms including the basic composition, metabolism, genetics, immunology, and epidemiology of microorganisms. The human diseases caused by these microorganisms in addition to their treatments will be presented. A laboratory may be taken concurrently with the lecture course; students will perform several experiments to reinforce the material presented in lecture. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.
Addresses legal issues, restraints, and problems arising from organization and delivery of healthcare services. Topics to be included are: tort law; hospital, physician, nurse, and other health professional's liability; informed consent; medical records; legal reporting obligations; abortion; autopsy, donation and experimentation; sterilization and artificial insemination; euthanasia; patient rights and responsibilities; labor relation; insurance; trial procedures; and restraint of trade are topics which are included.
Researches and examines the steps to planning, implementation, and evaluation of health services. Includes the development of measurable objectives and the compilation and presentation of a report.
Studies the basic principles of healthcare administration including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. The emphasis will be on administration of hospitals, organizational structure, trustee responsibility, medical staff relationships, third-party payors, and fiscal management.
Studies current healthcare issues such as managed care, health insurance, foreign healthcare systems, and the policies of healthcare. Individual or group projects will be a component of this course.
Examines the current ethical issues in the healthcare system. Problems and conflicts posed by interpersonal, professional, and client relationships as well as business considerations will be discussed. Ethical issues explored may include right to live, right to die, transplants, informed consent, sterilization, abortion, and human experimentation.
Examines basic accounting principles and finance in healthcare settings. Considerations in budgetary preparation will be discussed.
Introduces the principles of physics. Concepts explored include mechanical, fluid, electromagnetic, and thermal systems.
Introduces students to general chemical principles, particularly emphasizing periodic properties, fundamental chemical calculations, formulas, equations, bonding, and nomenclature. Also introduced are molecular structures, chemical equilibrium, the chemistry of solutions and solubility, reduction and oxidation reactions, as well as, acids and bases. Students develop selected chemistry lab skills through the practical application of techniques and procedures. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.
Includes Newton’s laws, conservation laws, applications of Newtonian mechanics, and thermodynamics. This is the first calculus-based general physics course for science and engineering majors. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.
Includes electricity and magnetism, oscillations and waves, optics, and foundations of modern physics. This is the second calculus-based general physics course for science and engineering majors. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.
Explores the relationship between man and the environment. Students examine the balance between natural resources including wildlife, their habitats, and the needs of man in the twenty-first century.
Explores the relationship between man and the environment. Students examine the balance between natural resources including wildlife, their habitats, and the needs of man in the twenty-first century.
Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines. The combination of MTH 1050 and MTH 1060 satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Pathway. The combination of MTH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning I or MTH 1110 College Algebra I with MTH 2750 Statistical Methods satisfies the Statistics Pathway.
Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, probability, and statistics. Key topics include equations, inequalities, graphs and functions; exponential, logarithmic, and quadratic models; counting methods, probability theory, normal distribution, correlation, regression, voting methods, and graph theory. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines. The combination of MTH 1050 and MTH 1060 satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Pathway.
Introduces elements of algebra including graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, rational equations, and functions. The combination of MTH 1110 and MTH 1120 satisfy the MTA College Algebra Pathway. The combination of MTH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning I or MTH 1110 College Algebra I with MTH 2750 Statistical Methods satisfies the Statistics Pathway.
Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points. The combination of MTH 1110 and MTH 1120 satisfy the MTA College Algebra Pathway.
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