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Early Childhood: Birth to Second Grade Advanced Study Certificate

EECE 710 Ecological Perspectives on Development: The Early Years

3 cr

This course provides a contextually based study of developmental processes in infants, toddlers, and young children through age 8.Emphasizingthe importance of looking at the whole child, the contributions of family and culture to the child's construction of meaning are examined, with special attention to the broad range of variability within normal development in the early years. Cultural and socioeconomic differences in child-rearing practices and parental expectations are discussed in terms of their significance for children's early linguistic and cognitive functioning. The significance of attachment and autonomy issues for children in early childhood educational and care settings are addressed.

EECE 721 Professional Issues in Early Childhood

3 cr

Students Based upon review of research data, students examine current issues in the education of children in the B-2 range and alternative views of these issues to develop an understanding of optimal practice.

EECE 722 Language Learning in Cross Cultural Perspectives

3 cr

This course examines the social and cultural bases of language acquisition and formal language education, highlighting the interrelationships between language acquisition and enculturation processes. Major topics include: examination of cross-cultural perspectives on language acquisition, the identification of the cultural bases of school language programs, and the development of effective strategies for teaching B-1 students who come to school with diverse language experiences and capabilities.

EECE 724 Curriculum and Environmental Design for Early Childhood, Part I

3 cr

This course examines environmental design, instructional strategies, and materials to serve goals of curriculum for B-5 year old children. Professional study features the role of play, goal-directed teaching within an action-based learning environment, multicultural and technological resources for program development, assessment, working with families in cultural contexts, and meeting individual needs of children.

EECE 725 Curriculum and Environmental Design for Early Childhood, Part II

3 cr

This is the second course of a two-course sequence that examines the major ideas and practices that govern the design of educational programs serving grades 1 and 2.


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