Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
67 Hours

Early Childhood ZS Requirements

25 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
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 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 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 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 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 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 4910
Senior Seminar: Early Childhood Education
3

Focuses on multiple influences on child growth and development through cross content curricular applications with a focus on health, safety, and nutrition. Students will recognize themselves within the framework of the professional community of early childhood educators. Licensing, regulation, and program administration issues will be highlighted. This is the capstone course for students seeking the ZS teaching endorsement. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and pedagogical knowledge are required. Must complete with a C or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Education Program.

EDU 3710
Early Childhood Education ZS Practicum
3

Focuses on planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate, child-centered classroom environment across curricular and developmental domains. Students will demonstrate competence in child assessment, group guidance, advocacy, peer collaboration, and parent communication. 15 hours of lecture and 120 hours of lead teaching in a pre-school program with special needs students is required. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 2510, EDU 3310

Requirement(s):
Student background check.

Elementary Studies Requirements

30 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
EDU 1410
Health and Physical Education for Elementary Educators
3

Focuses on the importance of health and physical education for children in grades K-8. Students will learn how to incorporate health and physical education into their curriculum using research-based teaching strategies. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

EDU 1510
Visual and Performing Arts for Elementary Educators
3

Explores the integration of the visual and performing arts (music, dance, and drama) into the elementary classroom. Introduces the techniques, processes, materials, and concepts of the visual and performing arts. Provides opportunities to create meaningful learning experiences using the visual and performing arts. Establishes a foundation of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the visual and performing arts.

EDU 2110
Number Concepts for Educators
3

Introduces key mathematical concepts in a problem-solving environment with a focus on number sense and numeration, whole number operations, fractions and decimals, computational algorithms, patterns, relations, functions, and informal algebra. A variety of materials, electronic tools, activities, and strategies are used to investigate patterns and test conjectures. Strategies appropriate for teaching elementary school mathematics are utilized. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

EDU 2120
Geometric and Statistical Concepts for Educators
3

Introduces the principles of key mathematical concepts in a problem-solving environment. Focuses on mathematical logic, properties of two- and three-dimensional figures, similarity and congruence, motion geometry, common and metric measurement, statistical methods to describe, analyze, and use data, and probability applied in everyday life. Includes a variety of materials, electronic tools, activities, and strategies for teaching elementary school mathematics. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 2110

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

EDU 2510
Science Foundations I: Chemistry and Life Science
3

Introduces the basic concepts of inorganic chemistry: atoms, molecules, the periodic table, chemical reactions, and chemical equations. This course also introduces the principles of life science: plant and animal cells, ecosystems, human body systems, genetics, evolutionary change, and natural selection. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

Concurrent requisite(s):
EDU 2510L

EDU 2520
Science Foundations II: Astronomy, Earth Science, and Physics
3

Studies the solar system, the earth's structure, and the laws and forces which govern our planet and the universe as a whole. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

Concurrent requisite(s):
EDU 2520L

EDU 3110
Social Studies for Elementary Teachers
3

Integrates the disciplines of economics, geography, history, and political science, to provide an overview of the concepts, methods, and relationship between the disciplines. Provides necessary content, resources, and pedagogy for the elementary social studies teacher. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020, GEO 1010, GEO 1110, HIS 3410, POL 3010

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Education Program.

EDU 3410
Language Arts and Linguistic Foundations
3

Applies linguistic theory to language arts education. Includes an overview of structural and transformational linguistics and the impact on oral and written communication, including an examination of first and second language acquisition. Explores theory and techniques of listening, speaking, and writing effectively in the English language. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1020

SPN 1010
Spanish I
3

Introduces the beginning study of Spanish designed for students with minimal or no experience in Spanish. The main goal of this course is to begin to learn to speak, read, write, and comprehend Spanish. Special emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and on increasing awareness of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world.

Professional Education Requirements

12 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
EDU 3210
Theory and Principles of Reading Instruction
3

Focuses on theory and process in developmentally appropriate reading and writing instruction, including language and literacy acquisition, comprehension, word recognition, methods of instruction and assessment, program development, and planning for individual instructional needs. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3120

Requirement(s):
Student background check.

EDU 4210
Reading in the Content Areas
3

Studies the principles, techniques, and processes of literacy instruction needed to help candidates become independent, strategic learners in the content areas taught in the elementary school. Applies learning principles and practices to real-world teaching situations. Includes 32.5 hours of lecture and 20 hours of observation and participation in K-8 classroom settings. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Prerequisite(s):
EDU 3210

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Education Program. Student background check.

EDU 4760
Theory and Techniques Practicum
6

Requires candidates to participate in a minimum of 240 hours in P-12 classrooms student teaching at the appropriate grade level as approved by the Dean. Also includes 30 hours with a supervisory working on instructional strategies and planning. Must complete with a C or better in order to complete the Teacher Preparation Program.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Education Program.

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