BA in Early Childhood
BACHELOR OF ARTS (124 UNITS)
- General education units required – 40
- Major units earned in degree program – 55
- Elective units – 29
SPECIAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS COURSES INCLUDE:
- The Exceptional Child and the Inclusive Classroom
- Exceptional Children: Teaching Language Arts, Math and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities
- Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism
- Functional Assessment and Evaluation for Exceptional Learners
- ECED 100 - Cornerstone for ECE Degree(s): 3 units
- ECED 300 - Guiding the Young Child’s Behavior: 3 units
- ECED 305 - The Exceptional Child and the Inclusive Classroom : 3 units
- ECED 306 - Exceptional Children: Teaching languaage arts, math, and science for students with severe disabilities : 3 units
- ECED 315 - Math and Science for the Young Child: 3 units
- ECED 320 - Language and Literacy for Young Children: 3 units
- ECED 327 - Creative Learning for the Young Child: 3 units
- ECED 330 - Early Foundations for Moral and Character Development: 3 units
- ECED 338 - advanced administration of early childhood education programs: 3 units
- ECED 340 - Transitional Kindergarten Programs: 3 units
- ECED 345 - Advancing Early Childhood Programs through Technology: 3 units
- ECED 350 - ministering to parents and families: 3 units
- ECED 400 - Early Communication Skills and Literacy in Multilingual Communities: 3 units
- ECED 405 - Advanced Curriculum Design and Development in ECE: 3 units
- ECED 410 - Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education: 3 units
- ECED 420 - principles of applied behavior analysis: autism: 3 units
- ECED 425 - functional assessment and evaluation for exceptional learners: 3 units
- ECED 460 - Advanced Practicum I: 3 units
- ECED 465 - Advanced Practicum II: 3 Units
- ECED 499 - Capstone for ECE B.A. Degree: 4 units
This course provides an introduction to university life and online learning, and to the academic and social skills needed for success. Students will be introduced to the library and information literacy/research skills. The course management system and skills for successful online learning along with the integration of faith and learning through a Biblical worldview will be covered. Becoming a professional in the field of early education will be discussed. This course is required for all ECE degree-seeking students. Required.
This course examines appropriate child guidance principles and practice. Positive teacher/child interactions along with guidance techniques will be examined. A Biblical emphasis will be placed on teaching self-regulation and self-control concepts that result in responsibility and ownership of behavior. Setting clear expectations and affirming positive behavior will be examined along with appropriate respect for authority and effective conflict resolution strategies. Classroom management techniques will be discussed. Parental involvement and school/family partnerships will be incorporated to serve children in their supporting environments. Required.
This course provides an overview of children with exceptional cognitive, physical, social, and/or emotional characteristics, including learning disabilities. Students will be introduced to special education laws and their implications for delivery systems, transition plans, and identification and placement procedures. Assessment and screening strategies will be discussed to meet the educational needs of all students. A Biblical perspective of serving all children will be a part of the course, including rationale and strategies for honoring young children and families. Required.
Required. This course is to equip early childhood educators with special need students to become 21st century educators and to demonstrate best practices in his or her classroom: This course covers, embedding instruction in inclusion classroom, teaching common core Language Arts, Math and Science, creating instructions and assessment. Required.
This course reviews developmental theory and research about science and math education in the early childhood years. Early childhood educators will investigate the interrelationship of math and science, and explore an organized, sequential approach to creating a developmentally appropriate math and science curriculum for preschool children. Concepts of God as the creator and master designer will be presented as children construct knowledge through a dynamic, interactive process that facilitates their development of working theories relating to math and science. Required.
This course focuses on language and literacy development for young children. Students examine theories of language development, including theories of second language acquisition and the needs of English language learners. They also explore strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. Integration of content area standards and development of hands-on learning experiences are emphasized. Evaluation of God-honoring children’s literature will be covered along with communicating with God through prayer. Additionally, developmentally effective assessments are discussed as a means of informing instruction. Required.
This course introduces concepts related to creativity and its application across the curriculum, with emphasis on creativity in the arts including visual art, drama, music, movement and creative play. Topics include: the theoretical and Biblical basis for creativity; concepts of creativity and aesthetics; planning and implementing creative activities that are developmentally appropriate for young children; art media, methods and materials for creative activities; planning and preparation of art experiences; developmental stages in art; and fostering creativity across the curriculum. Required.
This course examines the role of educators in developing moral and ethical behavior in young children. Character traits will be defined and identified that are reflective of a Spirit-filled classroom. Students will explore different theories of moral development and identify knowledge, skills, and dispositions that can be integrated into the life of the classroom. Biblical principles of moral development will be studied along with strategies that integrate these concepts into the curriculum content. Students will examine early education centers for moral and character development curriculum content and a strategic plan will be developed to enhance moral development. Students will be challenged to be an effective role model and will identify their own personal strengths and growth areas. Developmentally-effective methods of instruction will be discussed, including the use of a variety of hands-on materials to reinforce concrete learning. Elective.
This course provides instruction on the advanced skills needed to manage and lead in Early Childhood Education settings. Students will develop skills in personal and professional self-awareness, fiscal management, facilities management, family support and educational programming. Special emphasis will be placed on management theory and decision making. Students will develop an understanding of their own leadership and management style. Elective.
This course examines transitional kindergarten programs in the private and public sector. An in-depth look at the developmental needs of 4-1/2- to 6-year-olds will be included. Aspects of current brain research on the connection of curriculum to targeted learning outcomes will be reviewed. Specific strategies for measuring developmental milestones for learning will be included, preparing early educators to adequately assess developmentally-effective progression. Aspects of creating effective transitions from preschool to kindergarten programs, including perceptions, expectations, and practices that build strong partnerships with families and elementary schools, will be covered. Appropriate levels of instruction and developmentally-effective environments will be explored. Elective.
This course introduces the use of technology in the early education setting to enhance teaching, learning, and program support. Topics will include the use of technology in the classroom, the supportive use in administrative management, communication with families, teacher training, and marketing. Ethical issues surrounding the use of technology will be discussed along with the appropriate use of technology in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to apply technology-enhanced instruction, use a variety of technology resources, and demonstrate appropriate technology skills in educational environments. Elective.
This course emphasizes the significance of parents and families as the basic unit of society according to God’s design. Significant issues surrounding the health of the family unit will be discussed. Topics included in this course will focus on the wellbeing of individuals and society supported by strong family units. Various parenting styles will be examined for understanding the family dynamics. Students will learn how to minister effectively through the integration of faith practices, prayer, God’s word, and Biblical insight that will support a strong home life for young children. The importance of instilling Biblically-based values in the home and the supportive role of early education programs in supporting children and their families will be examined, including family education and advocacy. Elective.
This course develops students’ understanding of language development specific to the early years and the principles that govern this process. Language learning development will be studied as an important part of thinking and communicating as God’s design for each child. Students will learn the distinct differences between language, competence, and performance as it relates to multicultural communities. The role of adults, peers, and siblings in fostering language development will be discussed. Students will explore specific strategies for working with multilingual families in meeting the functional needs of the child in the classroom setting to maximize language development. Delays in the language process will be reviewed along with the necessary resources to help serve children at risk. Elective.
This course focuses on curriculum planning and design from a Biblical perspective for programs that serve young children. Issues and trends in curriculum development will be examined, along with the components of a philosophy of teaching and learning based on a school’s foundational statements. The students will explore the sequenced components of a curriculum guide that support each learning domain, including student- based outcomes, goals, and benchmarks. Monthly and weekly guides along with lesson planning with be discussed and developed. The process of evaluating the planned instructional program will be covered as it relates to improving the curriculum and effectively achieving student learning outcomes. Learning outcomes will be integrated into this course as a foundation for curriculum development. Required.
This course will focus on child and family advocacy, leadership, public policy, research, and advocacy initiatives in the field of early education. Students will analyze critical issues in early education from a Biblical-worldview and develop strategies for articulating positions and becoming change agents. Students will develop and implement a service-learning project to apply strategies for change. A professional code of ethics, integrating Biblical standards and principles, will be discussed. Elective.
This course is to introduce Behavioral Analysis in daily life and how the events in daily life affect autistic students’ behavior. Students will learn how to apply behavioral principles to their classes and dealing with challenging behaviors, building positive relationship with their students’ family and students. Elective. (Required for Special Education emphasis.)
This course covers how to collect and use educational data to assess diverse learning needs in multiple developmental aspects, educational planning and progress monitoring, instructional models, curricular access, mapping, and development. Various types and uses of assessments to identify needs of exceptional learners will be introduced. Elective. (Required for Special Education emphasis.)
This course is a supervised experience in working with young children in a classroom setting. The focus will be on the application of developmentally effective early childhood teaching theories, techniques, and skills. The emphasis will be on designing, implementing, and evaluating classroom experiences for young children. Observation and evaluation of classroom experiences, environmental design, classroom management, and parent communication will be emphasized to promote optimal development for young children. Biblical perspectives will be integrated throughout the course. Required.
The student will be evaluated by a mentor teacher in the classroom, as well as by the instructor and peers via video of the student in the classroom. This course will require an early childhood practicum. The practicum site and mentor teacher must be approved by the instructor during Advanced Practicum I. Advanced Practicum I is a prerequisite for Advanced Practicum II. Required.
This course will be the culmination of the students’ coursework in early education for the baccalaureate degree. This course includes analysis and evaluation of current research in early education and the integration of faith and learning in the field. Students will demonstrate their competence and achievement of the program learning outcomes through the completion of the portfolio begun in the Cornerstone class, including personal reflections. Students will examine and evaluate their service learning experience from the Leadership and Advocacy class and analyze the issues related to teacher education, advocacy, policy, and working with families to further the spiritual and educational needs of young children. The next steps in professional development will be discussed and a plan for further growth as a professional in the early education field will be developed. Required.