Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
120 Hours

Early Childhood Education Major

90 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ECE 1010
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
3

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.

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 1110
Early Childhood Development
3

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.

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 1310
Healthy Environments for Early Childhood
3

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.

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 1410
Creative Activities
3

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.

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 1510
Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1110

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 1650
Observation and Assessment Techniques for Early Childhood Education Programs
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1110

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 1710
Language Development and Language Arts
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1110

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 1910
CDA Preparation
2

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1010

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 2010
Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum
3

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.

Concurrent requisite(s):
ECE 2020

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 2020
Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum Lab
1

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.

Concurrent requisite(s):
ECE 2010

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 2110
Developing Anti-Bias Curriculum
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1110

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 2210
Math, Science, Technology and Engineering for Early Childhood
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1110

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 2310
Guidance and Discipline
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1110

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 2510
Developing Curriculum for Early Childhood
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1650

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 2710
Early Childhood Education Practicum I
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 2510

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 2810
Parents and Teachers: Partners in Education
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1110

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 3010
Advocating for Young Children
3

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.

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 3510
Philosophies in Early Childhood Education
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 2510

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 3610
Survey of Early Childhood Education Programs
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 2510, ECE 2710

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 3650
Effect of Trauma and Stress on the Learning and Development of Young Children
3

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.

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 3710
Early Childhood Education Practicum II
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 2710

Concurrent requisite(s):
ECE 3750

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 3750
Implementation of Curriculum in an Early Childhood Education Environment
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 2710

Concurrent requisite(s):
ECE 3710

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 4010
Advanced Infant and Toddler Care and Curriculum
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 2010, ECE 2020

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 4410
Music and Movement for Young Children
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1410

ECE 4510
Early Childhood Education Practicum III
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1510, ECE 2710

Corequisite(s):
ECE 4550

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 4550
Administrative Operations of Early Childhood Education
3

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. Must complete with a C or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1510

Concurrent requisite(s):
ECE 4510

ECE 4610
Early Assessment and Referral
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1650

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

ECE 4710
Early Literacy Intervention
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 1710

Requirement(s):
DHS Clearance. Student background check.

EDU 2210
Children's Literature
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

ENG 2310
Language and Culture
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

Select One Course From the Following:

COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
HUS 1010
Introduction to Human Services
3

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.

Requirement(s):
Student background check.

HUS 1210
Family Dynamics
3

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 or better to qualify for internship.

Requirement(s):
Student background check.

HUS 2010
Substance Abuse
3

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.

PSY 2010
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 1110

PSY 2110
Psychology of Death and Dying
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 1010 OR PSY 1110

General Education Requirements

30 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
ELECTIVE
Scientific Inquiry
3

ENG 1010
College Composition I
3

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.

ENG 1020
College Composition II
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

HUM 4010
Philosophy of Ethics
3

Identifies and analyzes ethical situations in modern society. Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

SOC 3210
Cultural Diversity
3

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.

SPK 2010
Oral Communication
3

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.

WRI 3010
Report Writing
3

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

Choose One MTH group: A or B

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COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
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