CHILD 110INTRODUCTION 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 ten 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 120GROWTH 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. Special emphasis will be the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, and Gardner. 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 130CURRICULUM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
The principals involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate, evidence-based curriculum for young children are studied. The course focuses on relationships among developmental theory, philosophy, practice, and development of curriculum based on the needs and interests of young children, including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse. The analysis of a wide range of early childhood curriculum models is emphasized. This course includes 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 2, 3, and 4 Credentials.

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


CHILD 132INFANT-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 Gateways Infant-Toddler Level 3 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 130 and CHILD 134 both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


CHILD 134OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to demonstrate to the student how to do authentic, alternative, classroom- based assessment on young children and how to appropriately use standardized test information. The course will further provide the student with the knowledge and skills to interpret and use the information gained to plan curriculum that is responsive to and supportive of children's learning and development. Students will have the opportunity to engage in assessment processes through means of classroom observations, providing each student with a stronger understanding of child development skills. Students learn about and explore a variety of age, individually, linguistically and culturally appropriate formal and informal assessments to gather and share information on each child's skills, abilities, interests and needs, birth through age 8. Student will spend ten 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 140CHILD, 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. The course 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


CHILD 142HEALTH, 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: CHILD 110 and CHILD 120 both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


CHILD 220MATH 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 222FINE 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 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 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 130 and CHILD 134 both with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval


CHILD 224SCIENCE METHODS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

2 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 science teaching and learning in early childhood settings, birth through kindergarten. This course includes field experiences to be completed outside of class time and requires a valid, current ICC background check. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: CHILD 130 and CHILD 134


CHILD 225GUIDING 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 to age 8. This course includes 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 and CHILD 134 both with a grade of "C" or better


CHILD 231LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course examines genres of children's literature. It considers plot, narration, character development, setting, and theme in age-appropriate literature. Successful completion of this course applies toward Gateways ECE Level 4 Credential.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score.


CHILD 232LANGUAGE 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. Bilingual development is included. This course includes 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 235TEACHING DIVERSE POPULATIONS

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course explores theories and processes for understanding and working with culturally diverse groups in educational settings, and implications for educational programs for children from birth to eight years. This course includes 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 240CHILD 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 site supervisor and a college course work supervisor. Student will spend ninety hours of field experience in an assigned early childhood setting, 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: Department approval.