Academics

CHILD 110 INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This survey course provides an overview of early childhood care and education including historical and cultural perspectives, organization, structure, programming, and evidence-based practices. Professional and evidence-based practices of highly qualified early childhood educators are outlined with an emphasis on their ability to enhance development and learning of each and every child between the ages of birth and eight. Considerations for diversity of culture, language, race, socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, and ability will be included. This course includes seven (7) hour-long field experiences outside of class time and requires a current ICC background check. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 2, 3, and 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent


CHILD 120 GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CHILD

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of human growth and development from conception to age eleven. Content includes an in-depth study of the inter-relatedness of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive aspects of development. Development is studied in the context of family, gender, culture, language, ability, socioeconomic, diversity, and society. The theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, and Gardner will be emphasized in this course. Two, one-hour field observations are required outside of class time. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 2, 3, and 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score or equivalent


CHILD 130 CURRICULUM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
The course focuses on relationships among developmental theories, philosophies, practices, and development of curriculum based on the needs and interests of young children, including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse. Students will study the principles of effective early childhood teaching and learning that include planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate, evidence-based curriculum for young children. This course includes six (6) one-hour field experiences of practice teaching to be completed outside of class time, and requires a current ICC background check. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 2, 3, and 4 Credentials.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 110 and CHILD 120 both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


CHILD 132 INFANT-TODDLER CARE AND EDUCATION

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course focuses on the relationship-based care and education of infants and toddlers, their growth and development, and programs serving infants, toddlers, and their families. Content is based on theoretical and research foundations. Students will observe and interact with infants and toddlers through ten hour-long field experiences outside of class time, requiring a current ICC background check. Successful completion of this course applies toward ECE Advanced Certificate, AAS in ECE, and Gateways Infant-Toddler Level 3 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 110 and CHILD 120 both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


CHILD 134 OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course informs students of many authentic assessments as they relate to Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three, and the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. The course introduces applications to Illinois Kindergarten Standards. Students will practice the teaching cycle, that includes ongoing observation/documentation/assessment, in class and in the field. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to interpret and use assessments to plan curriculum that is responsive to and supportive of children's learning and development. Standardized assessments and how to appropriately use these test results, are introduced. Students will spend ten (10) hours of field experiences outside of class time, requiring current background check through ICC. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 credentials.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 110 and CHILD 120 both with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval


CHILD 140 CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course focuses on the diverse needs of the child within the context of family, school and community. Students will examine the interplay of diverse cultures, lifestyles, abilities, language and communication with the role of the early childhood environment and other community institutions. Students will gain an understanding of their professional role in supporting evidence-based practices that strengthen respectful, collaborative family/child partnerships through effective use of community and family resources. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 Credentials.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score or equivalent.


CHILD 142 HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides an overview of the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children and early childhood practices to ensure the health and well-being of each child in a group setting. Content includes roles and responsibilities of adults in meeting children's diverse needs, the promotion of healthy life style practices, understanding common childhood illnesses and injuries, meeting health, nutrition and safety standards, and planning nutritious meals that are appropriate for each child. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 Credentials.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading score or equivalent


CHILD 220 MATH METHODS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an exploration and examination of developmental theory and research, as well as principles, methods, and materials as they apply to mathematics teaching and learning in early childhood settings, birth through kindergarten. This course includes field experiences to be completed outside of class time, requiring current background check through ICC. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 3 and 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 130 with a grade of "C" or better


CHILD 221 TEACHING MATH & SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an exploration and examination of developmental theory and research, as well as principles, methods, and materials as they apply to mathematics and science teaching and learning in early childhood settings, birth through age eight. This course requires six field experiences to be completed outside of class time, and current ICC background check. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 3 and 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 130 with a grade of "C" or better


CHILD 222 FINE ARTS AND SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an exploration and examination of developmental theory and research, as well as principles, methods, and materials as they apply to fine arts and social studies teaching and learning in early childhood settings, birth through age eight. This course requires six field experiences to be completed outside of class time, requiring current background check through ICC. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 130 with a grade of "C" or better


CHILD 225 GUIDING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course focuses on developmentally appropriate, evidence-based approaches and positive guidance strategies for supporting the psychosocial development and prosocial behaviors of each child. The course emphasizes supportive interactions and developmentally appropriate environments; uses assessment to analyze and guide behaviors; and studies the impact of diversity (cultural, linguistic, and ability) and family on the guidance of children, birth through age 8. This course requires six (6) hour-long field experiences outside of class time and requires a current ICC background check. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 130 with a grade of "C" or better


CHILD 231 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course examines genres and categories of children's literature. Students will examine literature appropriate for children up to age fourteen (14). Students will engage in a deep assessment of the elements of good literature, authors, and illustrators. This course also examines the impact literature has on children, and how it is used to expand a child's knowledge. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score or equivalent


CHILD 232 LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course involves a comprehensive study of the acquisition of spoken and written language from infancy through adolescence, which includes the ability to communicate with English language learners. This course includes three (3) field experiences to be completed outside of class time and requires a current ICC background check. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 120 with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval


CHILD 235 TEACHING DIVERSE POPULATIONS

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course presents extensive research and data on the sociopolitical nature of schools and society, information about different sociocultural groups, and a conceptual framework for examining multicultural education that include family, racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and LGBTQ diversity. Suggestions for classroom activities and community actions offer aspiring teachers concrete suggestions to provide high-quality, inclusive education. Multicultural education considers not just schooling, but also the larger social, economic, and political factors that affect students’ success or failure in the classroom.This course requires three (3) hour-long field experiences outside of class time and requires a current ICC background check. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 120 with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval


CHILD 240 CHILD DEVELOPMENT PRACTICUM I

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course deals with the practical application of evidence-based practices based on early childhood education principles and theories. Students work with diverse young children and families in high-quality, culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse early childhood settings under the supervision of a cooperating teacher/site supervisor as well as a college course work supervisor. Student will spend ninety hours of field experience in an assigned early childhood setting, requiring a current background check through ICC. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: Department approval