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Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition

This course introduces students to health, safety, and nutrition issues and practices in child care centers and homes (including universal health precautions, community health, and the respective legal implications). Students will study the eating practices and nutrition of young children and the implication they play in promoting healthy physical, social, language, and cognitive development. Emphasis will be placed on preventing communicable diseases and providing safe environments. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices. Each student will be required to spend 2-4 clock hours completing field experience outside of scheduled class times which may include working with young children, families, and early childhood professionals. Lab Fee

Early Childhood Literacy

This course will examine early literacy development and how early childhood providers can support children’s literacy development. Emphasis is on functional and meaningful literacy activities that will help to build the necessary foundation for young children to learn to read and write. Each student is required to spend at least 30 minutes reading with young children outside of scheduled class times. Lab Fee

Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education

This course introduces students to various theories and philosophies of child care, developmentally-appropriate practice, and the CDA functional areas. The critical periods of growth and development for children ages newborn to eight are emphasized.

Infant and Toddler Care

This course provides students with experience in programming, designing, and sequencing learning experiences for children ages newborn to three including providing secure learning environments, and how space and equipment influence children. Students learn how culture affects young children’s development, and how the state of Michigan licensing regulations may pertain to infant and toddler. Students are required to complete 16 hours of field experience outside of scheduled class times. Lab Fee

Child Growth and Development

This course examines the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language development of children ages newborn through adolescence, including the genetic and prenatal influences on the child, the importance of play and consistent routines, the role of the family, and how nutrition and health issues affect a child’s development. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices. Students acquire skills in observing, recording, and interpreting child behavior. Each student will be required to spend 4-6 clock hours completing field experience outside of scheduled class times which may include working with young children, families, and early childhood professionals. Lab Fee

Early Childhood Environments

This course provides hands-on experience in selecting, preparing, and presenting appropriate curriculum for children in licensed preschool and before-and-after school care settings. Specific areas of study include the development of appropriate learning experiences using music, art, dramatic play, outdoor play, fine and gross motor skills, and literacy. Students learn how to plan appropriate routines. Students are required to complete 16 hours of field experience outside of scheduled class times. Lab Fee

Appropriate Assessment with Young Children

Students explore developmentally-appropriate assessment and observation techniques for children ages newborn to eight based on NAEYC standards. Both standardized and non-standardized assessment tests are reviewed. Advanced behavior management, observation, and recording strategies are explored. Students learn about the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) processes. Each student is required to spend 4-6 clock hours completing field experience outside of scheduled class times which may include working with young children, families, and early childhood professionals. Lab Fee

Young Children with Special Needs

This course examines young children with disabilities and a variety of methods to help integrate them successfully into a program. Emphasis is on teaching modalities, curriculum, learning materials, environment, and personnel. The evaluation of an Individual Education Plan will be examined. This course is based on NAEYC standards for early childhood associate degree programs. Each student will be required to spend 4-6 clock hours completing field experience outside of scheduled class times which may include working with young children, families, and early childhood professionals. Lab Fee

Positive Child Guidance

This course examines theoretical approaches to guidance, positive intervention strategies, observation techniques, and group management skills. Emphasis is on the positive development of a child’s self-esteem, ages newborn to eight, and positive communications with families. Children’s social relationships are examined as are cultural influences. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices. Each student may be required to spend 4-6 clock hours completing field experience outside of scheduled class times which may include working with young children, families, and early childhood professionals.

Child Care Administration

This course is based on NAEYC standards for administration of child care centers. Students examine the child care administrator’s role in directing successful early childhood centers.  Topics include safety, child care licensing laws, sound health and nutrition practices, business practices, communication skills, professionalism, personnel management, policy development, accreditation standards, and ethical decision making. Each student will be required to spend one to two clock hours completing field experience outside of scheduled class times which may include working with young children, families, and early childhood professionals.