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Early Childhood Education


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

EDGEC 407

Foundations and Methods of Teaching Literacy and Social Studies K-Grade 2

3 credit hours

This course focuses on Literacy and Social Studies methods and application in K-2 classrooms. Candidates will model and use sound, research-based literacy strategies for teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Candidates will examine and use a variety of texts that support students' learning of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts will be explored. An emphasis will be placed on holistic learning, the inter-relatedness of curricular areas, and the developmental appropriateness of integrating teaching and learning in the primary grades. Candidates will become familiar with various educational technologies that support engaged learning activities in literacy. This course also examines the content and methods of teaching social science in diverse and inclusive settings. The course explores the core areas of the Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science (2016): Inquiry Skills, Civics Standards, Geography Standards, Economics & Financial Literacy Standards, and History Standards. The focus will be on methods of curriculum development, pedagogy, and assessment for the social sciences that help teacher candidates' structure learning activities where children learn to think, discuss, and inquire about topics in the discipline. An emphasis will be placed on holistic learning, the inter-relatedness of curricular areas, and the developmental appropriateness of integrating teaching and learning in the primary grades. Candidates will become familiar with various educational technologies that support engaged learning activities in social science.

EDGEC 408

Foundations, Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Mathematics and Science K-Gr.2

3 credit hours

This course examines the content and methods of teaching mathematics and science in diverse and inclusive settings. The course prepares teacher candidates to use their knowledge of mathematics to develop children's ability to approach and solve problems in the various areas of mathematical thinking including number concept, geometry, probability, and measurement. The Common Core Standards for Mathematics will be explored. An emphasis will be placed on holistic learning, the inter-relatedness of curricular areas, and the developmental appropriateness of integrating teaching and learning in the primary grades. Candidates will become familiar with various educational technologies that support engaged learning activities in mathematics. This course also examines the content and methods of teaching science in diverse and inclusive settings. The course explores the dimensions to learning science: Crosscutting Concepts, Science & Engineering Practices, and Disciplinary Core ideas. The course explores the four domains of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design. Candidates will become familiar with methods of curriculum development, pedagogy, and assessment for science that help teacher candidates' structure learning activities where children learn to think, discuss, and inquire about topics in the discipline. An emphasis will be placed on holistic learning, the inter-relatedness of curricular areas, and the developmental appropriateness of integrating teaching and learning in the primary grades. Candidates will become familiar with various educational technologies that support engaged learning activities in science.

EDGEC 409

Infants and Toddlers: Environments, Programs, and Activities

2 credit hours

This course will focus on the creation of engaging and emotionally responsive environments that support the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children birth to age three. Candidates will explore constructivist curriculum designs with an emphasis on the adult's role in supporting play that fosters language and literacy development, creative expression, and mathematical and scientific thinking. Partnerships with families, attachment theory, health, and safety will be discussed as essential aspects of early care and education.

EDGEC 411

Emergent Literacy and Language Development

2 credit hours

This course investigates the nature of language and literacy development in the young child. The process of verbal and non-verbal language acquisition in children that incorporates the most recent theories and practices are examined. Emphasis is on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Instructional strategies to promote language and literacy development in inter-disciplinary contexts with attention to the interrelated processes of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and visually representing for children is emphasized. Candidates will become familiar with various educational technologies that support engaged learning activities in literacy.

EDGEC 451

Physical, Psychosocial, and Cognitive Development: Pre K - Grade 2

2 credit hours

This course focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children ages three through eight. It considers the role of relationships, social context, and play in shaping development. Candidates will explore tools for observing and analyzing the development of children from Pre K - Grade 2.

EDGEC 452

Inquiry and Play in Early Childhood Education

2 credit hours

This course focuses on the centrality of inquiry and play in children's learning. The emphasis will be on facilitating integrated and developmentally appropriate experiences that support children's construction of knowledge and interpersonal relationships. The roles of teacher as observer, collaborator, facilitator, and creator of indoor and outdoor learning environments will be discussed. Candidates will explore multiple ways to observe and document learning experiences to support reflective teaching and the development of children's critical thinking skills.

EDGEC 453

Integrated Curriculum and Methods

2 credit hours

This course focuses on the curriculum, methods, materials, and technological resources for the integrated teaching of mathematics, science, social studies, and the fine arts to young children in diverse and inclusive settings. Candidates will explore an integrated approach to teaching foundational concepts and will develop learning experiences that develop inquiry, symbolic representation, and problem solving in each domain. The centrality of play, the role of creativity, the integration of technology, and the importance of the physical and interpersonal environment will be discussed. Students will utilize observation strategies and documentation as they plan, assess, adapt, and reflect on learning experiences.

EDGEC 503

Foundations, Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Literacy and Social Studies in K-2

3 credit hours

Candidates will examine and use a variety of texts that support students' learning of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts will be explored. In addition, this course examines the content and methods of teaching social science in diverse and inclusive settings. The course explores the core areas of the Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science (2016): Inquiry Skills, Civics Standards, Geography Standards, Economics & Financial Literacy Standards, and History Standards. An emphasis will be placed on holistic learning, the inter-relatedness of these two curricular areas, and the developmental appropriateness of integrating teaching and learning in the primary grades. Candidates will become familiar with various educational technologies that support engaged learning activities.

EDGEC 504

Foundations, Curriculum and Methods of Mathematics and Science in K-2

3 credit hours

The course prepares teacher candidates to use their knowledge of mathematics to develop children's ability to approach and solve problems in the various areas of mathematical thinking including number concept, geometry, probability, and measurement. The Common Core Standards for Mathematics will be explored. In addition, this course examines the content and methods of teaching science in diverse and inclusive settings. The course explores the four domains of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design. An emphasis will be placed on holistic learning, the inter-relatedness of these two curricular areas, and the developmental appropriateness of integrating teaching and learning in the primary grades. Candidates will become familiar with various educational technologies that support engaged learning activities.

EDGEC 506

Advanced Child Development

3 credit hours

This course focuses on the psychological and social development of the individual from infancy through childhood. Students engage in research-based readings on varied topics of development, including prenatal development, the major goals and theoretical issues in the study of development, major historical influences in the field, and normal and abnormal characteristics of individuals. Graduate students seeking certificate in Early Childhood or Elementary Education may not substitute this course with an undergraduate course. 5 clinical hours.

EDGEC 507

Methods of Teaching Young Children With Special Needs

2 credit hours

This course provides an overview of early childhood special education history and philosophy, reflected in current practices, curriculum development, materials selection, assistive technology use, adapted assessment, and intervention planning in the context of collaborative services to young children with disabilities.

EDGEC 509

Child, Family, and Multicultural Community

2 credit hours

This course focuses on socializing agents, structural constraints and supports by fundamental American institutions as they affect child development. Legal, commercial, religious, familial, and political institutions are explored for their effects on the development of young children. Family and community contexts in Early Childhood are explored through the lenses of historical and philosophical issues and key early childhood philosophies about the child, family, and community are highlighted. Strategies for developing positive and supportive relationships with families of young children with special needs, including the legal and philosophical basis for family participation; family-centered services; and strategies for working with socially, culturally, and linguistically diverse families are explored. The course examines ethical practices as well as issues in safety and mandatory reporting in early childhood education. Requires participation in community-based activities, some of which may occur off campus.

EDGEC 511

Infant and Toddlers: Environments, Programs, and Activities

2 credit hours

This course will focus on the creation of engaging and emotionally responsive environments that support the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development children age birth to three. Candidates will explore constructivist curriculum designs with an emphasis on the adult's role in supporting play that fosters language and literacy development, creative expression, and mathematical and scientific thinking. Partnerships with families, attachment theory, health, and safety will be discussed as essential aspects of early care and education.

EDGEC 512

Assessment of Instruction and Learning

3 credit hours

This course is designed to address the assessment and evaluation of student progress toward meeting targeted standards, learning objectives and competencies. The development of interpretive skills across learning objectives will be stressed. Topics addressed include: standards-based assessment, standardized tests and interpreting their results, performance assessment, portfolio assessment, self-evaluation and dissemination of assessment results. Offered as needed.

EDGEC 513

Educational Research Design and Development

3 credit hours

This course initiates the graduate study research requirement. Course content differentiates the foundational assumptions, elements, methods and designs of educational research through both qualitative and quantitative paradigms. A statement of original research inquiry, a literature review, and a plan for investigating a research problem are developed. Offered as needed.

EDGEC 521

Assessment of Typically and Atypically Developing Young Children

2 credit hours

This course is designed to introduce students to developmental assessment of typically and atypically developing young children from birth to the age of 8. Candidates focus on the creation and use of assessment information to facilitate children's learning and development and measure academic achievement. Candidates administer a variety of early childhood assessments and gain insight into the goals and benefits of developmental assessment, along with an understanding of the use of assessment in early childhood education. The ethical and developmentally appropriate practice of assessment in the context of family and community characteristics is explored. Candidates develop an understanding of the IEP processes; an understanding of collaborative processes in assessment and communication of assessment data is also explored. Candidates practice assessment of infant development. Emphasis is placed on the use of assessment data to plan instruction, monitor children's progress towards developmental and curricular goals, as well as children's engagement in learning.

EDGEC 551

Physical, Psychosocial, and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood

2 credit hours

This course focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, and physical development of children from birth to Grade 2. The role of general health, nutrition, relationships, culture, and play in shaping development will be discussed. Candidates will explore tools for observing and analyzing the development of children from birth to Grade 2.

EDGEC 552

Inquiry and Play: Birth-Kindergarten

2 credit hours

This course focuses on the centrality of inquiry and play in children's learning. The emphasis will be on facilitating integrated and developmentally appropriate experiences that support children's construction of knowledge and interpersonal relationships. The roles of teacher as observer, collaborator, facilitator, and creator of indoor and outdoor learning environments will be discussed. Candidates will explore multiple ways to observe and document learning experiences to support reflective teaching and the development of children's critical thinking skills.

EDGEC 553

Integrated Curriculum and Methods in PreK

2 credit hours

This course is focused on the curriculum, methods, materials, and technological resources for the integrated teaching of mathematics, science, social studies, and the fine arts to young children in diverse and inclusive settings. Candidates will explore an integrated approach to teaching foundational concepts and will develop learning experiences that develop inquiry, symbolic representation, and problem solving in each domain. The centrality of play, the role of creativity, the integration of technology, and the importance of the physical and interpersonal environment will be discussed. Students will utilize observation strategies and documentation as they plan, assess, adapt, and reflect on learning experiences.

EDGEC 554

Emergent Literacy and Language Development

2 credit hours

This course investigates the nature of language and literacy development in the young child. The process of verbal and non-verbal language acquisition in children that incorporates the most recent theories and practices is examined. Emphasis is on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Instructional strategies to promote language and literacy development in inter-disciplinary contexts with attention to the interrelated processes of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and visually representing for children are emphasized. Candidates will become familiar with various educational technologies that support engaged learning activities in literacy.