Education and Social Sciences

Course Descriptions

 

Early Childhood

ECH 1003 Child Guidance 3 Credits
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.

ECH 1103 Child Growth and Development 3 Credits
This course is the study of environmental and hereditary effects on the cognitive, affective, psychomotor, and sociolinguistic development of typically and atypically developing children from conception to middle school (conception through age 8) with diverse cultural backgrounds within and outside of the United States. The students will be introduced to methods used to observe 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 a minimum of five (5) hours of observation.

ECH 1113 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 CreditsThis 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 an effective program 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.

ECH 1203 Business Administration in Early Childhood Education 3 Credits
Students will learn how to develop policies and procedures pertaining to child care facilities based on Arkansas State Licensing Regulations. They will develop a parent handbook, personnel policies, job descriptions and teacher evaluations. Students will design a building blueprint and will create an operating budget and a one-time start up budget. Students will also participate in simulated job interviews and will demonstrate questioning techniques that facilitate answers that provide insight into personalities and attitudes within the statutes of the law. Students will also become familiar with child care software and how to run programs that will monitor student attendance, emergency information and billing. Students will also learn how to use the Arkansas State Voucher Program.

ECH 1213 Perspectives in Early Childhood Education 3 CreditsThis course introduces students to current research in the field of Early Childhood Education. Students will develop a knowledge base of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct through analyzing case studies designed to demonstrate competencies compatible with current research and practice, development of a professional protfolio to demonstrate competencies in the skills relating to the NAEYC Associate Degree Standards.

ECH 1301 Practicum I 1 Credit
This course provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the field of early childhood education. Students will observe infants, toddlers, and preschool children in a child care facility approved by the instructor. A total of 96 hours of observation is required. The in-class instruction will focus on the development of the following skills: observation, record keeping, and interpretation of data. The instructor will help with placement for those students who are not currently employed at a child care facility.

ECH 1302 Practicum II 2 CreditsStudents must be employed or volunteer in a licensed childcare facility to apply the knowledge acquired and skills learned in previous coursework. Observation of the student's work and evaluation of student skills are conducted by instructors following the NAEYC Asscociate Standards. Students must demonstrate competency in all areas observed and complete a minimum number of clock hours, determined by the institution, of observation and work experience with children birth to five. An emphasis will be on the observation of physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development in connection with previous courses.

ECH 2013 Survey of Early Childhood 3 Credits
This course will provide a study of the history, theory, and practice of Early Childhood Education in context as well as supervised observation and experience in the Early Childhood field. This course requires four hours of observation in four separate early childhood settings.

ECH 2023 Child Development 3 CreditsThis course is a study of the nature and development of children from pre-birth to the middle years of childhood. It includes physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development.

ECH 2113 Health, First Aid, and Safety 3 Credits
Students will become proficient and certified in CPR and first aid. Students will also become familiar with signs and symptoms of communicable illnesses that pertain to children. Students will become proficient in dealing with emergency situations. Upon completion of the CPR and first aid portion of the course, students will participate in a simulated trauma where they will be required to prioritize and treat injuries until emergency medical personnel arrive. Students will also become familiar with childhood immunizations and how to track them manually and on the computer. Students will also learn how to monitor children’s normal growth patterns and how to identify and seek treatment for abnormalities. In the safety portion of the course, students will become familiar with basic classroom and playground safety issues and how to avoid problems. They will also learn how to inspect playgrounds and identify hazards on playgrounds. Students will design a developmentally appropriate playground and budget that complies with Arkansas Licensing Regulations. Students will also be able to demonstrate proper fire and emergency procedures and will develop evacuation plans that meet Arkansas State Regulations.

ECH 2123 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education 3 CreditsThis 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 (ages 0-5 years) 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.

ECH 2203 Exceptional Children 3 Credits
Students will become familiar with the laws pertaining to disabled children in child care facilities and special accommodations that child care facilities are required to make according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students will also learn how to tailor classroom curriculum to meet the individual needs of each child. Students will become familiar with signs and symptoms of a variety of physical, mental and learning disabilities, their prognosis, treatment, educational implications and expected outcomes. Students will also compare and contrast the pros and cons of integrating special needs children into the regular classroom.

ECH 2303 Math & Science for Early Childhood 3 CreditsStudents 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.

ECH 1313 Literacy & Language for Early Childhood 3 Credits
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, reading, and writing.

ECH 2323 Infant and Toddler Curriculum 3 CreditsThis 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 Associate for the Education of Young Children for quality early childhood settings. Also covered:
• Information on the Quality Approval process and Accreditation for Early Childhood settings in Arkansas, also called Better Beginnings
• Arkansas Frameworks Handbook for Infants and Toddlers

Education

EDU 1013 Fundamental Teaching Techniques in Technical Education 3 CreditsThis course is designed to help the "Professional" fro mthe workplace, make the transition to the "Education/Training" environment, thus increasing the effectiveness of the classroom and lab instruction. Developing objectives and curriculum on both the course and daily levels will be discussed as well as techniques for evaluating the learning in both the classroom and lab. Singular attention will be given to instructing the lab/shop environment.

EDU 2001 Introduction to Teaching Lab 1 Credit
A career in education involves a great deal more than knowledge in a subject matter and provides opportunities other than classroom teaching. Direct experiences with students and a certified teacher in a public school will assist you in deciding whether a career in education is a good choice for you.

EDU 2013 Educational Technology 3 CreditsAn introduction to the use of technology for the classroom teacher. Emphasis will be on the computer as an instructional, administrative, and information-gathering tool.

EDU 2023 Introduction to Teaching 3 Credits
An introduction to the teaching profession. Provides a basic understanding of the foundations of the education system in the United States and the role of teachers. Course requires 30 hours of observation and directed experiences in a public school.

EDU 2033 Child and Adolescent Development 3 CreditsA study of the nature and development of the child and adolescent, including physical, cognitive and psychosocial development.

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