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Early Childhood Development (EDT)
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.
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.
LS-ELECTIVE Laboratory Science Elective
SPE102 Speech
Focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
SS-ELECTIVE Social Science Elective
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.
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.
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)
HIS-ELECTIVE History Elective
SCI-ELECTIVE Science Elective
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.
HIS-ELECTIVE History Elective
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
LIT202-214 Advanced Literature Elective
Pre: 6 credits of Freshman Composition
Students read, interpret and discuss works of major British writers from Beowulf to the nineteenth century. Among the authors whose works may be studied are Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, and Swift. Fulfills open, liberal arts, advanced literature, and humanities electives.
MAT144 Math for Elementary School Teachers 1
Pre:Communications and Mathematics Proficiency and CEAR 54 or above, or SATM 510 or above, or Math Module 8 or above, or MAT 110 with C or better, or MAT002 with a C or better.
This course is designed for prospective elementary school teachers. This course focuses on the group properties of the real number system as the foundation for computation algorithms in arithmetic, the basic conceptual underpinnings of algebra, and problem solving methods using either arithmetic or algebra. Numeration systems, divisibility properties, and problem solving in various contexts are stressed. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding and appreciation for learning and teaching mathematics as described in the NCTM Standards for School Mathematics. This course includes an exposure to relevant technology, calculators, and computers and how these can effectively be used in the instruction of mathematics to enhance the understanding and visualization of mathematics. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives.
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.
ECE261 Early Childhood Practicum
Pre: ECE101, 102, 110, and 202
Co: ECE204
Direct work with children mentored by early childhood professionals, faculty guided seminars, and on-going reflection, will enable students to: demonstrate a commitment to the profession and their on-going professional development including introduction to MTEL; use their knowledge of child growth and development to guide their interactions, curricular decisions, and instructional strategies; use a variety of approaches to assess children's growth and learning; collaborate with other adults to achieve their own goals as well as developmental goals for children. (120 hours of fieldwork and 30 hours of seminar)
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Elective
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective
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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