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Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE 1003 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the historical roles of families in their child's development. The student will become familiar with the theories supporting early childhood education and learn how to develop effective programs designed uniquely for children (ages birth to eight). The students will also obtain knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to the care and education of young children.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1113 - Child Growth & Development

This course is the study of environmental and hereditary effects on the cognitive, affective, psycomotor, and sociolinguistic development of typically and atypically developing children from conception to middle childhood (conception through age 8) with diverse cultural backgrounds within and outside of the United States. The students will be introduced to methods used to obserce and evaluate children's development and recognize possible delays in development. Practical application of theory is provided through a variety of hands-on experiences and observations.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1123 - Environments for Young Children

This course is designed to provide the student with a broad knowledge base on how to design a program for children developing both typically and atypically. The course provides the opportunity to plan environments that are physically and emotionally secure. The students will plan and implement activities that are age, stage and culturally appropriate for children birth to eight.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1133 - Child Guidance

This course relates principles of child development to appropriate methods of guiding children's behavior for children birth through pre-kindergarten, including children with special needs. Techniques for managing groups of children in the various childcare settings are practiced.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1163 - Program Administration

Covers general management concepts, personnel, legal concerns, financial record keeping, food management, and management of daily operations. Includes study of local, state, and federal regulations for child care facilities, guidelines for conducting a community needs assessment, location of child care facility, components of the facility design, facility space arrangements, storage needs, surfaces and materials for indoor facilities, and listening techniques useful in finding, applying for, and getting a job. It includes an introduction to self-improvement and non-verbal communications. Required for CDA, Owner/Director, and Associate Degree Options. Fall.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1173 - Literacy & Language Arts for Early Childhood

This course is designed to make the early childhood educator aware of the acquisition of language and how to provide children birth through pre-kindergarten, including children with special needs, with language-rich environments by incorporating the four areas of language: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1183 - Health, Safety & Nutrition

This class explores the fundamentals of children's good health. It provides training in the ability to recognize and appropriately assume responsibility for the well being of children. Fall.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1203 - Practicum

A lab experience designed to provide opportunities to teach children in the child development center under the supervision of the program staff. Course time is divided between the lab (children's program) and classroom. Lab includes working with children, food lab, resource, and office administration. Fall & Spring.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1223 - Infant/Toddler Curriculum

This course is based on the foundation of research in child development and focuses on planning and implementing enriching environments with appropriate interactions and activities for young children (birth through 2) including those with special needs, to maximize physical, cognitive, communication, creative, language/literacy, and social/emotional growth and development. Competencies are based on standards developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for quality early childhood settings. Also covered: 1) Information of the Quality Approval process and Accreditation for Early Childhood settings in Arkansas, now called BETTER BEGINNINGS; 2) Arkansas Frameworks Handbook for Infants and Toddlers
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1253 - Preschool Curriculum

This course is based on the foundation of research in child development and focuses on planning and implementing enriching environments with appropriate interactions and activities for young children (3 through 5) including those with special needs, to maximize physical, cognitive, communication, creative, language/literacy, and social/emotional growth and development. Competencies are based on standards developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for quality early childhood settings. Also covered: 1) Information of the Quality Approval process and Accreditation for Early Childhood settings in Arkansas, now called BETTER BEGINNINGS; 2) Arkansas Frameworks Handbook for Three and Four Year Olds
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1283 - Special Needs

A survey of the most frequent kinds of disabilities likely to be encountered in child care. Includes name recognition of common syndromes, acceptable professional attitudes, ways of communicating with parents, use of equipment helpful in management, and when and how to refer special needs children. Required for all options. Spring.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 1423 - Field Experience

A lab experience designed to provide opportunities to teach children in the child development center under the supervision of the program staff. Course time is divided between the lab (children's program) and classroom. Lab includes working with children, food lab, resource, and office administration. Fall & Spring.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 2403 - Math & Science for Early Childhood

Students will become familiar with a variety of ways to introduce children birth through pre-kindergarten, including children with special needs, to ideas and concepts related to math and science. Students will create activities, plan and practice developmentally appropriate experiences that would meet recognized standards (NAEYC, NCTM, etc.) for these areas.
Units: 3
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Technical

ECE 2903 - Future Perspectives of Early Childhood

This course introduces students to current research in the field of Early Childhood Education. Student will develop and knowledge base of the NAEYC Code of Conduct through analyzing case studies and practice, development of a professional portfolio to demonstrate competencies in the skills relating to the NAEYC Associate Degree Standards.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Technical