Early Childhood Education
CHILD DEVELOPMENT: BIRTH TO SIX
ECE 100
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Online course in child growth and development from birth to age six years, including physical, emotional, cultural, cognitive, and creative age-related changes. Application to early childhood programs in centers and homes. [GE]
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
ECE 102
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Explores the theories, issues and applications of science and math concepts in activities and environments for preschool aged children. Investigates the strategies of teaching through the discovery and use of science and math curriculums in their surroundings. [GE]
CHILD NUTRITION, HEALTH AND SAFETY
ECE 103
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Nutrition, health and safety information for parents, teachers, and others interested in young children. Promoting good eating habits, wholesome foods and menu planning for preschool and day care groups. Creating safe and healthy environments at home and at school. Childhood diseases. [GE]
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION I
ECE 105
2 Credits
22 hours of lecture
Theories and practices for inclusive early childhood education programs. Explores personal perceptions of disabilities and commonly held biases and the impact of environmental influences on ability. Prerequisite: EDUC& 203 (or ECE 104). [GE]
INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION II
ECE 106
2 Credits
11 hours of lecture - 22 hours of lab
Theories and practices for inclusive early childhood programs. Documents a student's interests, strengths, and needs and develops an inclusion plan that supports those areas. Prerequisite: ECE 105. [GE]
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
ECE 111
1 - 3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
In-service and special topic seminars for those currently working with groups of young children. Each 3-week session is offered for one credit. Students may take any or all of the sessions. A maximum of six credits of ECE 111 may be applied to major area requirements for a degree in Early Childhood Education. [GE]
CURRICULUM AND GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL-AGERS
ECE 112
4 Credits
44 hours of lecture
An overview of curriculum and programming for school-agers. Topics include environmental planning and organization, developmentally appropriate practices, guidance practices and the dynamics involved i.e., societal and family culture, documentation, emergent inclusive, and culturally responsive curriculum, the Project Approach, group games, and summer programming. NO onsite lab required for this course; observations conducted at off-site community locations. [GE]
ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN
ECE 114
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Planning physical space appropriate to children's cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. Develop an understanding of the role of environments on children's learning and behavior including schedules, materials, room arrangement, and center-based learning. Incorporating diversity through the environment. [GE]
LITERATURE AND STORYTELLING FOR CHILDREN
ECE 116
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
An overall look at the role storytelling and literature play in the development of the young child. Focuses on how storytelling and literature impact literacy, aesthetic development, cultural development, as well as how they support the whole child. Includes resources in the community, delivery techniques and how to select appropriate books and literature. [GE]
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
ECE 121
4 Credits
33 hours of lecture - 22 hours of lab
History, philosophy, research, current trends and issues in early education. Developmentally appropriate practices in programs for children aged birth through 6 years. Two hours per week participation in the Early Childhood Education Laboratory School. One observation in an outside agency. [SE]
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM REG & BEST PRACT
ECE 123
2 Credits
22 hours of lecture
Overview of the minimum licensing requirements for ECE programs in the State of Washington as well as recommended best practices as set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other professional organizations. Includes application of the Americans With Disabilities Act to programs and practices. Covers recognition and reporting of child maltreatment. [GE]
GUIDING BEHAVIOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN
ECE 124
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Developing observational and interpretive skills in the guidance of young children. Specific approaches and guidance techniques. Focus on communication and negotiation skills. Curriculum planning from a developmental multicultural perspective. [GE]
ISSUES & TRENDS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
ECE 131
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
History, philosophy, research, current trends, and issues in early education. Developmentally appropriate practices in programs for children, birth through 6 years. One outside observation required in an early childhood program. Statewide, on-line only. Credit not allowed for both ECE 121 and 131. [GE]
OBSERVATION, DOCUMENTATION AND RECORDING
ECE 132
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Introduction to age appropriate observation techniques for individual and groups of children in the early learning years, including methods of observations, collecting data, assessment tools and authentic assessment and the issues and trends of data collection in Early Childhood Education. [GE]
REFLECTIVE PRACTICES IN EARLY LEARNING
ECE 133
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
A comprehensive overview and theoretical exploration of perspectives regarding multiple contexts including race, culture, ethnicity, language, class, gender, sexual orientation, atypical and typical abilities. Focus on biases that may impact learners' work as reflective practitioners working with children and families. Focus on effective anti-bias strategies. Meets General Education transfer requirements. [GE]
ADMINISTRATION OF EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS
ECE 134
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
An overview of components necessary for child care personnel (family child care providers and center directors) to open, operate, and manage early learning programs that meet licensing, accreditation and other quality standards with a focus on program administration and operations. [GE]
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES IN EARLY CARE & E
ECE 135
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Developing effective partnerships with families in early care and education programs. Topics include family-centered theories and practices related to welcoming families and building relationships, communicating, working through conflicts, honoring diversity, family involvement and support, and parent education. [GE]
PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
ECE 136
4 Credits
44 hours of lecture
Principles and theories of infant and toddler implications for curriculum. Focus on responsive learning environment approach that supports infant-toddler growth and total well-being. Includes care-giving practices, the schedule, the routines, the furnishings, and materials. [GE]
CHILD DEVELOPMENT: PRENATAL THROUGH AGE EIGHT
ECE 137
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Introduction to the physical, racial, ethnic, cultural, emotional, social, cognitive, and creative development of children from conception through eight years old. This course is designed for those who are majoring in Early Childhood Education or Education. [SE]
CHILD DEVELOPMENT:SCHOOL AGE THROUGH ADOLESCENCE
ECE 138
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Introduction to the physical, racial, ethnic, cultural, emotional, social, cognitive, creative development of children in middle childhood through adolescence years. This course is designed for those who are majoring in Early Childhood Education or Education. [SE]
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
ECE 199
1 - 5 Credits
165 hours of clinical
Supervised work experience in an approved job. Completion of specific learning objectives and employer evaluations. Completion of, or concurrent in, HDEV 195, 198, or 200 required. Prerequisite: ECE 121, 209 and 210, and consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
CHILD AND FAMILY
ECE 202
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
An ecological perspective of the family and the socialization of children. Areas of focus include an examination of family structures, historical and economic perspectives, stressors, family dynamics and multiple perspectives of culture with ensuing impacts on families participating in early childhood programs. [GE]
EARLY LANGUAGE FACILITATION
ECE 208
2 Credits
22 hours of lecture
A comprehensive overview of early speech and language development. Theoretical exploration of language acquisition in the context of psychosocial, socio-cultural, biosocial, and cognitive development. [GE]
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I
ECE 209
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Explore curriculum planning processes with a special focus on an environmental approach using observations of children's play and knowledge of child development. Areas of study include the self, social development, dramatic play, literacy and art. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 210 required. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ECE 124. [GE]
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN I LAB
ECE 210
3 Credits
66 hours of lab
Lab experience in Early Childhood Education Laboratory School. Plan, implement and analyze plans in relation to relevant topics in ECE 209. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 209 required. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ECE 124. [GE]
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II
ECE 211
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Further develop curriculum planning processes with a special emphasis on scheduling and project approach planning using observations of children's play and knowledge of child development. Areas of study include science, math, group experiences, music/movement, and outdoors. Conduct case studies and provide peer support and feedback. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 212 required. Prerequisite: ECE 209, or consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN II LAB
ECE 212
3 Credits
66 hours of lab
Lab experience in Early Childhood Education Laboratory School. Plan, implement and analyze plans in relation to relevant topics in ECE 211. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 211 required. Prerequisite: ECE 210, or consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III
ECE 213
3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Further develop curriculum planning processes with special emphasis on emergent and integrated thematic approaches while applying knowledge of multiple intelligences. Areas of study include parent/teacher relationships, teacher development stages, staff communication and relationships. In-depth study of individual and cultural diversity as related to knowledge of child development. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 214 required. Prerequisite: ECE 211, or consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
LEARNING EXP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN III LAB
ECE 214
3 Credits
66 hours of lab
Lab experiences in Early Childhood Education Laboratory School. Plan, implement and analyze plans in relation to relevant topics in ECE 213. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 213 required. Prerequisite: ECE 212, or consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
EARLY CHILDHOOD SEMINAR
ECE 215
2 Credits
22 hours of lecture
Seminar on professionalism, ethics and issues in teaching and administration. Concurrent enrollment in ECE 199, 15 hours per week required as field placement for students in teaching degree program. Prerequisite: ECE 214, or consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]
SELECTED TOPICS
ECE 280
1 - 3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Selected topics in Early Childhood Education as listed in the quarterly class schedule. May be repeated for credit. [GE]
SPECIAL PROJECTS
ECE 290
1 - 3 Credits
Opportunity to plan, organize and complete special projects approved by the department. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructional Unit. [GE]