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Child Care & Early Education Course Descriptions

CDC 101   Introduction to Early Childhood ...   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. Comparative site observations are part of course work. Fall and Spring. Summer, even years.

CDC 102   Creative Activities for Young Children ...   3

Introduces techniques and materials to foster creativity, imagination, and artistic expression. Examines teacher's role in planning and implementing process-oriented activities.

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.

CDC 104   Principles of Early Childhood Education ...   3

Prerequisites: CDC 101, CDC 112

Investigates theory and practice of early childhood education in variety of program settings. Includes survey of teaching models and techniques, curriculum planning and scheduling, and classroom management.

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

Corequisites: CDC 105, CDC 109

CDC 105   Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Settings ...   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.

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

Corequisites: CDC 104, 109

CDC 106   Issues in Early Childhood ...   1-3 hrs

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. Includes class lectures and discussion as well as site visits.

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, recordkeeping for assessment, and interaction with infants and toddlers. Summer, odd years.

CDC 109   Observation and Participation Seminar ...   1

Prerequisites: CDC 101, CDC 112

Corequisite seminar for CDC 105.

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

Corequisites: CDC 104, CDC 105

CDC 112   Child Growth and Development I ...   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.

CDC 113   Child Growth and Development II ...   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.

CDC 201   Cognitive Activities for Young Children ...   3

Prerequisites: CDC 112

Focus on developmentally appropriate methods and materials to enhance young children's awareness of math, science, and social studies concepts. Emphasizes techniques to develop observation, problem solving, and thinking skills

CDC 202   Music and Movement in Early Childhood ...   3

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

CDC 203   Child Care and Education Practicum I ...   2

Prerequisites: CDC 105 and permission of the program coordinator required.

Involves practical teaching experience with young children, under qualified supervision, in early childhood classroom setting. Contact instructor for placement information before enrollment.

Corequisites: CDC 206, CDC 209

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. 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   Child Care and Education Practicum II ...   2

Prerequisites: CDC 105 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 recordkeeping, communicating with parents and families, and all other phases of classroom operation.

Corequisites: CDC 203 and CDC 209

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.

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.

CDC 209   Child Care and Education Practicum Seminar II ...   2

Prerequisites: CDC 105 and 30 hours completed course work from Child Care Program

Corequisite seminar for CDC 203 and CDC 206

Corequisites: Corequisite seminar for CDC 203 and CDC 206