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Course Descriptions

CDC 101   Introduction to Early Childhood Education ...   3

Overviews historical and contemporary early childhood programs and curriculum. Examines qualities and skills necessary for working effectively with young children. Surveys range of opportunities open to child care personnel in various early childhood settings. Site observations are part of course work. Fall and Spring. Summer, even years.

CDC 102   Creative Activities and Play for Young Children ...   3

Introduces techniques and materials to foster creativity, imagination, and artistic expression. It investigates the role of play in children's development. Examines teacher's role in planning and implementing process-oriented activities. Site observations are a part of the course work.

CDC 103   Literacy and Literature for Young Children ...   3

Utilizes various genres of children's literature and other materials to support emergent literacy and language development in young children. Site observations are a part of the course work.

CDC 104   Principles of Early Childhood Curriculum ...   3

Prerequisites: CDC 101, CDC 112

Investigates theory and practice of early childhood education in variety of program settings. Includes survey of program models, teaching techniques, curriculum planning and scheduling, and classroom management. Site observations are a part of the course work. Fall

Approval needed from the CDC program coordinator in order to register for this class.

Corequisites: CDC 105, CDC 109

CDC 105   Early Childhood Practicum I ...   2

Prerequisites: CDC 101, CDC 112; permission of the program coordinator required.

Involves observation and participation, under qualified supervision, in early childhood education settings. Coordinates with course objectives from CDC 104. The practicum experience is also paired with a coordinating seminar, CDC 109. Site observations are a part of the course work.

Approval needed from the CDC program coordinator in order to register for this class.

Corequisites: CDC 104, 109

CDC 106   Experiences in Early Childhood Education ...   1-3 hrs

This course provides for variable credit for prior professional development learning experiences related to working with young children from birth to age 8. Variable credit for prior learning experience based upon evaluation by child care program director.

CDC 107   Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs ...   3

Introduces characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities and overviews history and educational theories related to individuals with exceptionalities, especially children. Examines impact of disabilities and other special needs on individuals, families, schools and communities. Site observations are a part of the course work.

CDC 108   Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum ...   3

Follows development of infants and toddlers (conception to 3 years of age). Examines theories of physical, cognitive (including language), social and emotional areas of development. Emphasis on developmentally appropriate activities, materials, room arrangement, and scheduling. Guided observation, record-keeping for assessment, and interaction with infants and toddlers. Site observations are a part of the course work. Summer, odd years.

CDC 109   Early Childhood Practicum I Seminar ...   1

Prerequisites: CDC 101, CDC 112

Provides opportunities for discussion and collaboration among students about field experiences. it supports course objectives from CDC 105. Requires concurrent enrollment in CDC 104, 105. Permission of program coordinator is required to enroll in this course. Fall

Corequisites: CDC 104, CDC 105

CDC 112   Child Growth and Development I: Prenatal through Early Childhood ...   3

Study of human development from conception to approximately age 6. Investigates theories related to physical, cognitive (including language), social and emotional growth and development. Examines relationship among areas of development and the connection between development and children's behaviors. Site observations are a part of the coursework.

CDC 113   Child Growth and Development II: Birth through Adolescence ...   3

Prerequisites: CDC 112

Exploration of human development throughout the lifespan and investigation of theories related to physical, cognitive (including language), social and emotional growth and development. Examines relationships among areas of development as well as the connection between development and behavior. Focus is also on developmental issues in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Site observations are a part of this course work.

CDC 201   Cognitive Activities & STEM for Young Children ...   3

Prerequisites: CDC 112

Focus on developmentally appropriate methods and materials to enhance young children's awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts. Emphasizes techniques to develop observation, problem solving, and thinking skills. Site observations are a part of the course work.

CDC 202   Music and Movement for Young Children ...   3

Explores music and movement activities to support perceptual, fine, and gross motor development. Overviews techniques to enhance creative movement and singing. Spring

CDC 203   Early Childhood Practicum II ...   2

Prerequisites: CDC 101, 104, 105, 109, 112 and permission of the program coordinator required.

Involves practical teaching experience with young children, under qualified supervision, in early childhood classroom setting. It includes lesson planning and implementation, assessment and record keeping, communicating with parents and families, and all other phases of classroom operation. Site observations are part of the course work. Permission of Program Coordinator required.

Corequisites: CDC 206, 209, 210

CDC 204   Management of Early Childhood Programs ...   3

Emphasizes operation and management of early childhood programs including issues related to staffing, curriculum and program planning, funding, facilities, public relations, and licensing and accreditation. Site observations are a part of the course work. Spring & Summer - even years.

CDC 205   Children, Families, and Communities ...   3

Overviews interrelationships between children, families, and society. Highlights topics of home/school, communication and involvement, community resources, and societal influences such as violence and divorce.

CDC 206   Early Childhood Practicum III ...   2

Prerequisites: CDC 101, 104, 105, 109, 112 and permission of program coordinator required.

Involves comprehensive teaching experience with young children, under qualified supervision, in early childhood classroom setting. Includes lesson planning and implementation, assessment and record-keeping, communicating with parents and families, and all other phases of classroom operation. Site observations are a part of the course work.

Corequisites: CDC 203, 209, 210

CDC 207   Curriculum and Materials for Young Children with Special Needs ...   3

Prerequisites: CDC 107

Reviews methods and techniques for planning and adapting instruction for learners with special needs. Provides experience with observing and recording, screening and assessment instruments, and other resources for implementing individualized learning plans. Site observations are a part of the course work.

CDC 208   Nutrition, Health, and Safety of Children ...   3

Examines nutrition, health, and safety factors affecting children from birth through adolescence. Topics include dietary requirements and nutrition education, health assessment, childhood illnesses and immunizations, first aid, accident prevention, and child abuse recognition and intervention.

CDC 209   Early Childhood Practicum II Seminar ...   1

Prerequisites: CDC 101, 104, 105, 109, 112

This is a co-requisite seminar that supports course objectives for CDC 203 Early Childhood Practicum II. It provides opportunities for discussion and collaboration among students about field experiences.

Corequisites: CDC 203, 206, 210

CDC 210   Early Childhood Practicum III Seminar ...   1

Prerequisites: CDC 101, CDC 112, and one other CDC course.

Provides opportunities for discussion and collaboration among students about field experiences. The seminar supports course objectives from CDC 206. Permission of program coordinator is required to enroll in this course.