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Early Childhood Education (ECD)
Program Course Descriptions

CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
ECE101 Child Growth and Development
Course material will be dealt with through lecture/discussions, workshops, observations, and field work and should enable the student to: observe and record children's behavior; describe stages children go through in the major areas of growth and discuss appropriate methods of guiding behavior at each stage; discuss major developmental and learning theories; defend the value of play and design play experiences to enhance growth at each developmental stage.
ECE110 Foundations of Early Childhood Education
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Field observation and research will augment classroom activities and enable students to: describe the role of teacher of young children and devise a plan for their own professional development; trace the historical traditions of ECE and describe their impact on current practice; identify issues and trends in the field and articulate a professional position; analyze and evaluate approaches to ECE using the principles of developmentally appropriate practice and construct a personal philosophy of ECE based on this analysis.
HUS101 The Human Services Worker
Provides the instruments to explore and evaluate personal values, motives, feelings, needs, attitudes, interests and personality traits especially as they pertain to awarenesses which will help a Human Services worker; and explores personal and societal prejudices, stereotyping behaviors, and biases.
PSY102 Introductory Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
ECE202 Using the Expressive Arts With Young Children
Identifies the elements of the creative process and traces the development of this process within the student; develops expressive experiences that will guide young children in the discovery of their own creative potential; designs experiences appropriate for children in the specific expressive arts curriculum areas of music, body movement, art, storytelling, drama, and play for their own use both as creative outlets and as therapeutic tools. Fulfills open elective only. (3 hours of lecture per week)
ECE245 Field Placement/Seminar 1 in Early Childhood Ed
Pre: ECE101
Co: ECE202
Through 240 hours of professionally supervised work with children in preschool settings and weekly on-campus faculty guided seminars, students will learn to: critically examine their own values and personal attitudes toward young children; interact with children in ways that enhance their mental health; formulate constructive relationships with adults.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
BEH-ELECTIVE Behavioral Science Elective(s)
ECE102 Planning Programs for the Young Child
Pre: ECE101 and ECE202
Through participation in the workshops, classroom discussion, field trips and projects in the course, students should be able to: apply the principles of curriculum development to planning for young children (i.e., defining objectives, selecting age-appropriate experiences for children in specific curriculum areas such as science, math, the arts, language arts, dramatic play); implement curriculum based on knowledge of how children learn, individuality in development, and special needs in children; design learning environments that enhance the growth and development of the whole child.
ECE204 Children with Special Needs
Pre: ECE101
Students will learn to: identify criteria and describe procedures for early identification of children with diverse abilities; identify and describe special needs in the areas of sensory and communication impairments, developmental and physical disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders, and evaluate their impact on family and peers; plan for inclusion by designing environments and activities that enhance the strengths of individual children and reflect an awareness of each child's needs.
ECE246 Field Placement/Seminar 2 in Early Childhood Ed
Pre: ECE245
Co: ECE102
Through 240 hours of professionally supervised work with children in preschool settings and weekly on-campus faculty guided seminars, students will learn to: interact with children in ways that enhance their mental health; formulate constructive relationships with adults; provide developmentally appropriate experiences for young children, and design experiences for parents.
ECE201 Supporting the Young Child's Physical & Mental Health (OL)
Students completing this course should be able to: provide experience in nutrition, motor development, and health care for young children based on their knowledge of the young child's developmental needs and the principles of curriculum development; design accident free environments and experiences for young children based on their developmental needs; identify children under stress and utilize methods designed to promote their mental health during these life crises; knowledge of first aid procedures.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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