Early Childhood Education (EARL)

EARL 102 Introduction to School Age Child Care (Cr3) (3:0)
Students use observation and assessment to learn about the development of children and youth; and to plan school-age programs, including effective interaction strategies and appropriate learning/recreation environments that support the development, ability and interest of each youth. Assignments require access to school-age child care programs. Also available through Online Learning.

EARL 103 Society and the School Age Child (Cr3) (3:0)
Students learn about the role of families, communities and culture in the development of children and youth. Dominant theories of children's social-emotional development, crises in children's lives, and developmentally appropriate responses will be introduced. Family communication and support, cultural competence, the importance of inclusive teaching practices and respect for diversity are central themes. Assignments require access to school-age child care programs. Also available through Online Learning.

EARL 104 School Age Child Care Professional (Cr3) (3:0)
Students learn to use the professions' Code of Ethics and Standards as a basis for developing a professional identity. Management and leadership skills required for working collaboratively to ensure a quality program, and advocacy skills for improving the condition of before and after schoool programs are included. Assignments require access to school-age child care programs. Also available through Online Learning.

EARL 106 Early Childhood Development and Learning (Cr3) (3:0)
Students learn child development theories and milestones from prenatal to age 9 in the context of cultural and developmental variations. They learn inclusive teaching skills and strategies for all children including English Language Learners (ELL). They will understand the value of developing respectful, reciprocal relationships with families and community partners is a foundational skill. Students will be introduced to Art is a Way of Learning (AWL) as a curriculum framework. The course requires five observational visits to a variety of educational settings: infant/toddler, Preschool/Head Start program, 1st/2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, and special education classroom. Observation visits total ten hours (two hours each). Also available through Online Learning. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required.

EARL 107 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood (Cr3) (3:0)

Students learn methods of observing, documenting, and assessing children's learning from 0 to age 9 in the context of cultural and developmental variations. They are introduced to learning standards and assessment tools for evaluating safe and healthy indoor and outdoor learning environments integrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Students learn how to use the Art as a Way of Learning (AWL) framework to observe and assess children's development and learning environments. The course requires five observational visits in one of the following settings: infant/toddler through grade 4. Observation visits total ten hours (two hours each). Also available through Online Learning. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required.

EARL 126 Arts in Early Childhood (Cr3) (2:2)
Students learn about children's artistic development within the context of cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity. They learn that the arts are symbol systems for representing and constructing meaning. Students create and implement standards-based arts learning experiences and environments using evidence based practice emphasizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL). They assess children's artistic development and learn to build reciprocal partnerships with families, professionals, arts specialists and arts organizations to support each child's learning. Course requires 20 hrs. (2 hrs/wk) field experiences (lab) in programs serving children pre-k to grade 4. Early childhood programs must be a licensed family, group, center, Head Start, faith-based, pre-k or nursery school setting. Additional course fees: $10.00. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Also available through Online Learning. Video/DVD documentation of student teaching required (online students only). Prereq.- EARL 106 and EARL 107.

EARL 128 Infant-Toddler Development and Learning (Cr3) (2:2)
Students learn developmental theories and milestones of children aged 0 to 3 within the context of cultural, linguistic, and abilities diversity. They are introduced to learning standards and infant/toddler curricula including the framework of Art as a Way of Learning (AWL). Students evaluate healthy and safe indoor and outdoor learning environments integrating Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Course requires 20 hrs. (2 hrs/wk) field experiences (lab) in programs serving children 0 to 36 months of age. Early childhood programs must be a licensed family, group, center, Head Start, faith-based, pre-k or nursery school setting. Additional course fees: $10.00. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Also available through Online Learning. Video/DVD documentation of student teaching required (online students only). Prereq.- EARL 106 and EARL 107.

EARL 160 Child Care Health Advocate (Cr3) (3:0)
This course prepares the Child Care Practitioner to function in the role of a Child Care Health Advocate (CCHA), and will address 15 different health and safety modules as a resource for child care directors, teachers, assistant teachers, and child care practitioners. The CCHA that will be working in a child care setting will learn to assess, identify, and prioritize health and safety needs of children and staff. The participant learns their role in participating in health and safety activities to ensure activities occur in their facility. This course will also link the CCHA in a child care setting with a registered nurse child care health consultant. Also available through Online Learning.

EARL 208 Math in Early Childhood (Cr3) (2:2)
Students learn theories and stages of cognitive development within the context of cultural, linguistic and ability diversity. They learn about children's use of math as a language to represent, construct, problem-solve and reason with the Art as a Way of Learning (AWL) framework. Students create and implement standards-based math learning experiences and environments using evidence based practice emphasizing Universal Design for Learning. Students assess children's learning and build reciprocal partnerships with families and professionals; they use community resources to support children's growth and development. Course requires 20 hours of (2 hrs/wk) field experiences (labs) in programs serving children Pre-K to Grade 4. Early childhood programs must be a license family, group, center, Head Start, faith-based, pre-k or nursery school setting. Additional course fees: $10.00. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Also available through Online Learning. Video/DVD documentation of student teaching required (online students). Prereq.- EARL 106 and EARL 107.

EARL 216 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (Cr3) (2:2)
Students learn literacy standards and stages of children's language development within the context of cultural, linguistic and ability diversity. They learn about children's use of language for representing and constructing meaning within the Art as a Way of Learning (AWL). framework. Students create and implement standards-based literacy learning experiences and environments using evidence based practices emphasizing University Design for Learning. Students assess children's learning and build reciprocal partnerships with families and professionals; they use community resources to support children's language growth and development. Course requires 20 hours of (2 hrs/wk) field experiences (labs) in programs serving children Pre-K to Grade 4. Early childhood programs must be a licensed family, group, center, Head Start, faith-based, pre-k or nursery school setting. Additional course fees: $10.00. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Also available through Online Learning. Video/DVD documentation of student teaching required (online students). Prereq.- EARL 106 and EARL 107.

EARL 217 Child, Family and Communities (Cr3) (3:0)
Students learn the role of families, communities, and culture in the development of children from 0 to age 9 in the context of CLAD (Cultural, Language and Ability Diversity). They examine theories of family systems and children's social emotional development.  Students study cultural competence and inclusive practices to build relationships with families and other professionals.  They use evidence based practices to collaborate with and advocate for all children and families.  Includes the development of professional competencies related to teaching English Language Learners (ELL).  Also available through Online Learning.  Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Completed coursework in Observation and Assessment (EARL107) will support student success in this course. Prereq. - EARL 106.

EARL 218 Science in Early Childhood (Cr3) (2:2)
Students learn the development of children's scientific thinking within the context of cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity. They learn that science is the study of the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation within the Art as a Way of Learning (AWL) framework. Students create and implement standards-based science learning experiences and environments using evidence based practice emphasizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Students assess children's learning and build reciprocal partnerships with families and professionals; they use community resources to support children's scientific thinking. Course requires 20 hours of (2 hrs/wk) field experiences (labs) in programs serving children Pre-K to Grade 4. Early childhood programs must be a license family, group, center, Head Start, faith-based, pre-k or nursery school setting. Additional course fees: $10.00. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Also available through Online Learning. Video/DVD documentation of student teaching required (online students). Prereq.- EARL 106, EARL 107.

EARL221 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood (Cr3)(3:0)
Students learn and apply evidence-based practices to support children (birth through five) who are culturally and linguistically diverse. They learn multiple perspectives and responsive practices, including global contexts, to support the development and full participation of each child. Students apply evidence-based practices, including Universal Design for Learning (UDL), in designing environments and creating experiences for each child. Students explain and analyze the benefits of positive reciprocal partnerships with families and professionals in all early childhood settings. They identify resources that serve children who are culturally and linguistically diverse and their families. This course is designed for early childhood education professionals in the field who have previous early childhood coursework and/or work experience.

EARL 231 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs (Cr3) (3:0)
Application of child development knowledge, state regulations and national standards to organization and administration of high quality early childhood programs; to collaborate with families, school districts and communities and to engage in strategic planning. Designed for current and future directors of child care/child development centers, Head Start programs and community-based pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs. Prereq. - 15 credits in Early Childhood Education or departmental approval. Also available through Online Learning.

EARL 232 Leadership Seminar in Early Childhood Education (Cr3) (3:0)
Focus on program director's leadership role in creating environment that supports professionalism, ethics, advocacy, strategic planning, and leadership development for self, staff, and board members. Survey of current issues, trends, problems, and resources related to education and care of young children. Designed for current and future directors and owners of community child care/child development programs, Head Start programs, and pre-kindergarten programs. Prereq. - 15 credits in Early Childhood Education/Child Development, or department approval. Also available through Online Learning.

EARL 244 Early Childhood Profession (Cr3) (3:0)
Students use evidence based knowledge to learn about their role as professionals to become informed advocates for all children, their families, and for sound educational practices and policies.  Historical perspectives of the early childhood profession and how they influence current trends and curriculum models are analyzed.  NAEYC, CEC, and DEC Codes of Ethics are used to examine ethical dilemmas including those related to cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity.  Professional competencies related to legal responsibilities, teaching models, and professional resources for Dual Language Learners (DLL) are explored.    Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Also available through Online Learning. Prereq. - EARL 106 and 217

EARL 263G Internship-Early Childhood (Cr3) (2:10)
Students apply, analyze, and synthesize their knowledge of children's development and learning within the context of cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity. They create and implement standards-based learning experiences and aesthetic environments that integrate all curricular areas within the Art as a Way of Learning (AWL) framework. Students use evidence based practices emphasizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Students assess children's learning and build reciprocal partnerships with families and professionals; they use community resources to support children's growth and development. This course requires 2 hour weekly seminar class for 15 weeks and 150 hours (10 hrs/wk) of field experiences (lab) in programs serving children Pre-K to Grade 4; hours must be spread over three mornings. Early childhood program must be a licensed family group, center, Head Start, faith-based, pre-k or nursery school setting. The course is designated as a writing intensive course. Students are required to do action research and develop a Program Assessment Portfolio. Additional course fees: $10.00. Child Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Check, and FBI clearances are required. Also available through Online Learning. Video/DVD documentation of student teaching required (online students). Prereq.- EARL 106,107,126,128, 208, 216, 217 all with a grade of C or better and ENGL 101C. Coreq.- EARL 218, EARL 244.

EARL 291 Special Studies in Early Childhood Education (Cr1)
See statement on Special Studies. Offered on demand.

EARL 292 Special Studies in Early Childhood Education (Cr2)
See statement on Special Studies. Offered on demand.

EARL 293 Special Studies in Early Childhood Education (Cr3)
See statement on Special Studies. Offered on demand.

EARL 294 Special Studies in Early Childhood Education (Cr4)
See statement on Special Studies. Offered on demand.

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