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Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood

Students learn the components of intentional teaching to ensure all children reach their full potential and are school-ready. Students learn how to use reflection and purposeful planning to ensure each child acquires the skills needed to be successful based on individual assessment. Students learn how to balance child and adult-guided experiences to promote effective learning across developmental domains. Students will be introduced to NAEYC ethical standards, coaching, mentoring, and service learning conceptual models in their respective relationships to early childhood education. 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.

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 Relationships with Families

Students learn how to establish and maintain positive relationships with diverse families of young children. Effective communication strategies are emphasized encouraging equal partnerships with families. Advocacy for families is explored. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices.

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.

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

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course introduces students to developmentally-appropriate, high-quality child care programming for children ages birth to eight. Students will complete routines, scheduling, and activities that encourage children’s healthy growth and development. Topics include the state of Michigan Child Care Licensing Regulations, career opportunities in child care, and types of child care programs. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices. A 4 clock hour observation outside of course in an approved setting is required.

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.

Trends in Early Childhood Education

This course expands student’s knowledge through exploration of early childhood education topics including developmentally appropriate practice, program quality assessment, and inclusion of special needs children, positive child guidance and curriculum development for young children. Lab Fee

School-Age Learning Environments

This course introduces students to designing exciting, secure, and developmentally-appropriate school-age programs for children ages 5-12. Students explore the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development of school-age children. Students gain skills in selecting equipment and individual and group management techniques. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices.

Early Childhood Internship I

Students will need to successfully pass a criminal background check and a State of Michigan Department of Human Services Child Abuse and Neglect Registry (CANR) according to College and Department policy. Students work in early childhood settings to gain professional work experience in the application of competencies based on the NAEYC standards for associate degree programs. Students must be able to meet site requirements which may include a health physical and a TB check. Students must complete a minimum of 275 clock hours of work experience and must file and receive an approved internship application with the Early Childhood Education office prior to registering. Lab Fee