Early Childhood Education (ECED)

INTRO EARLY CHILD ED
ECED&105 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Concurrent enrollment in ECED& 120.

Prerequisite: Students must be cleared through the Washington State Department of Early Learning to volunteer with young children.

Overview of the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action. Students must show evidence of a current TB test. [SE]

HEALTH/NUTRITION/SAFETY
ECED&107 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Develop knowledge and skills to ensure good health, nutrition, and safety of children in group care and education programs. Recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, responsibilities for mandated reporting, and available community resources. Students may not receive credit for both ECED 107 and ECE 103 or FLFN 105. [GE]

PRACTICUM-NURTURING REL
ECED&120 2 Credits/Units

11 hours of lecture / 22 hours of lab

Concurrent enrollment in ECED& 105.

Apply theories of best practice in an early learning setting. Focus on developing supportive relationships while keeping children healthy and safe. Students must be cleared through the Washington State Department of Early Learning to volunteer with young children. Students must show evidence of a current TB test. [SE]

INFANTS/TODDLERS CARE
ECED&132 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Examine the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study the role of the caregiver, relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, nurturing environments for infants and toddlers, and culturally relevant care. [GE]

FAMILY CHILD CARE
ECED&134 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Learn the basics of home/family child care program management. Topics include licensing requirements, business management, relationship building, health, safety, and nutrition, guiding behavior and promoting growth and development. [GE]

ADMIN EARLY LRNG PROG
ECED&139 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

An overview of components necessary for child care personnel (family child care providers and center directors) to open, operate, and manage early learning programs that meet licensing, accreditation and other quality standards with a focus on program and administration and operations. [GE]

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
ECED&160 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: ECED 105, ECED 120, EDUC 130, ECE 133 and ECED 190.

An investigation of learning theory and its relationship to curriculum development for young children. Students will focus on methods for planning and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum to facilitate development in the areas of language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative expression based on the interests and cultures of families and children. [GE]

ENVIRONMENTS-YOUNG CHILD
ECED&170 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

This course will offer a broad perspective and exploration of planning physical space appropriate to children's cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. Students will develop an understanding of the role of environments on children's learning and behavior including schedules, materials, room arrangement, and center-based learning. We will learn to incorporate aspects of diversity and inclusion through the environment. [GE]

LANG/LITERACY DEVELOP
ECED&180 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Teaching strategies for language acquisition and literacy skill development examined at each developmental stage (birth-age 8) through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading. [GE]

OBSERVATION/ASSESSMENT
ECED&190 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Practice collecting and presenting observation data of children, teaching practices and learning centers in an early childhood setting. [GE]