Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Early Childhood Development

Course Information Cr Hrs
ECD-101 Introduction to Early Childhood

This is an introductory lecture/laboratory course which offers prospective early childhood providers an overview of early childhood education, history, developmentally appropriate practice, professionalism, and philosophies of various programs.  The laboratory component of this course requires students to obtain (at their own expense) a tuberculin (TB) skin test and a background screening from the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) within the first two weeks of class.  

4-3-3
ECD-110 Early Childhood Growth and Development

This is a foundational lecture/laboratory course which provides a sequenced study of typical growth and development from infancy to 8 years of age. Emphasis is placed on the whole child principle and its importance in early childhood.  The laboratory component of this course requires students to obtain (at their own expense) a tuberculin (TB) skin test and a background screening from the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) within the first two weeks of class.  

4-3-3
ECD-120 Early Childhood Literature and LanguageThis is a foundational lecture/laboratory course which offers a practical study of childrenís literature in the early childhood classroom. The history, elements, and strategies for presenting literature experiences to young children will be explored as well as the four  areas of language arts: speaking, listening, writing and reading.  The laboratory component of this course requires students to obtain (at their own expense) a tuberculin (TB) skin test and a background screening from the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) within the first two weeks of class.   4-3-3
ECD-125 Challenging Behaviors in the Young Child

This elective course offers students an overview of challenging behaviors commonly seen in young children.  Identification of problem behaviors and recognition of potential causes are examined with an emphasis on providing practical and appropriate response strategies.

1-1-0
ECD-165 Relationships in Early ChildhoodThis is a foundational lecture/laboratory course which focuses on young childrenís relationships from a sociological and ecological approach. The influences of society, family, schools, communities and relationships in the young years will be explored. The laboratory component of this course requires students to obtain (at their own expense) a tuberculin (TB) skin test and a background screening from the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) within the first two weeks of class.  
4-3-3
ECD-170 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood

A foundational lecture course focusing on basic factors that affect the health, nutrition, and safety of the young child.  Nutritional needs, feeding, health routines, safety, hygiene, and childhood illnesses will be examined as well as Missouri child care licensing requirements.

4-3-2
ECD-205 Historical and Philosophical Trends in Early Childhood

An elective course that examines historical and philosophical influences in the field of early childhood with an emphasis on major events and theorists having an impact on early childhood education.  Students will explore historical figures and past issues in a current, contemporary perspective.

3-3-0
ECD-210 Zero to Three: The Early Years

An advanced lecture course which concentrates on the development of the young child from conception to three years of age.  Emphasis is placed on prenatal development, responsive care giving, the importance of routines, and developmentally appropriate expectations and activities.

3-3-0
ECD-215 Science and Math in Early Childhood

An elective course which emphasizes the development of an integrated math and science curriculum for young children in the early childhood setting. Appropriate content, processes, environment and materials and child-centered choices will be examined. Topics of special consideration are developing problem-solving skills in children and planning discovery experiences for the individual child.

3-3-0
ECD-225 Abuse and Neglect in Early Childhood

An advanced lecture course which provides an in-depth study on child maltreatment.  Identification of signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect will be studied.  Emphasis is placed on the role of the early childhood professional as a mandated reporter and the prescribed policies and procedures required when reporting child abuse and neglect.

3-3-0
ECD-230 The Young Exceptional Child

An advanced lecture course which explores the different types of exceptionalities found in "atypical" young children.  Topics include speech, language, hearing and visual impairments, gifted and talented, mental retardation, emotional, behavorial, and neurological disorders.  Federal and state legislation will also be examined as well as educational techniques.

3-3-0
ECD-235 Multicultural Perspectives in Early Childhood

This advanced elective course offers students an exploration of the concept of cultural diversity including ethnicity, social class, customs, heritage, gender roles, values, and morals.  Emphasis is placed on how multiple perspectives affect young children and how educators can provide an anti-bias environment.

1-1-0
ECD-240 Creativity and the Young Child

An elective course that introduces the concept of fostering creativity in preschool children and developing a creative attitude in teachers.  Topics include selecting and developing creative experiences in music, art, movement, and drama as well as developing self-expression and creativity in young children.

3-3-0
ECD-245 Leadership and Ethics in Early Childhood

This advanced elective course offers students an overview of collaborative and motivational leadership.  It is designed to promote creative, innovative leadership among emerging leaders in the early childhood profession.  Through interactive, teambuilding experiences, students will explore various leadership roles and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct and Standards.

1-1-0
ECD-260 Curriculum Development in Early ChildhoodThis is an advanced lecture/laboratory course which offers a practical study of the teacherís role in planning curriculum to support the development of young children birth to 8 years of age. Students develop and implement activity and lessons plans in the laboratory component of this course. Anti-bias perspectives and diversity in materials and teaching is also explored.   The laboratory component of this course requires students to obtain (at their own expense) a tuberculin (TB) skin test and a background screening from the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) within the first two weeks of class.    Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ECD 110. 4-3-3
ECD-280 Administration of Early Childhood Programs

An elective course that examines the management and supervision of early childhood programs.  Topics of special consideration include legal issues and regulations, administrative responsibilites, budget planning, record keeping, personnel policies, parent involvement, and public relations.

3-3-0
ECD-290 Internship/Field Experiences in Early ChildhoodThis elective course provides supervised work experience in the major field and the opportunity to make practical application of the knowledge and skills attained.  An individualized instructional management plan determines goals to be accomplished. One hundred, eighty (180) hours of work in an early childhood program is required as well as the ability to work independently to exhibit competencies learned in previous early childhood courses.  The laboratory component of this course requires students to obtain (at their own expense) a tuberculin (TB) skin test and a background screening from the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) within the first two weeks of class.   See Department Chair for course application.  Prerequisites: Completion of 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Development courses and 2.0 GPA or Program permission. Variable 1-3
ECD-299 Capstone for Early Childhood DevelopmentThis advanced capstone course provides students the opportunity to be reflective, use critical and creative thinking skills and examine their pedagogical knowledge and skills from a multicultural perspective. One hundred, eighty (180) hours of work in an early childhood program is required. Students will compile a professional portfolio aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and participate in a teacher research project.  The laboratory component of this course requires students to obtain (at their own expense) a tuberculin (TB) skin test and a background screening from the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) within the first two weeks of class.    Prerequisites: ECD 101, ECD 110, ECD 120, ECD 165, ECD 170, ECD 210, ECD 225, ECD 230 and ECD 260 or Program Permission. 4-1-3