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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Creative Arts and Movement for Young Children

Students will have an opportunity to develop techniques in enhancing young children’s fine and gross motor skills through hands-on activities incorporating the arts, music, language, space, materials, sound, and physical movement in early childhood learning environments. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices. Lab Fee

Anti-Bias Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings

This course teaches strategies for effectively managing prejudice, gender, and racial differences within early childhood settings. Focus is on cultural respect and disability awareness through the development and application of anti-bias curricula. Students gain skills in ethical decision making relating to a bias-free environment. 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.