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IECEOL 128. Overview of the Early Childhood Profession
This survey course covers the full spectrum of early childhood education from birth through age 5 in early childhood or kindergarten settings. It provides an overview of topics that will be explored in depth in subsequent coursework and is designed to provide a general knowledge base of professional Early Childhood Education. History, curriculum, program applications, and current trends and issues are examined through a. thorough examination of day–to-day aspects of standards-based, developmentally appropriate teaching of all young children. There are 10 field hours required for this course.

IECEOL 130. Foundations of Early Childhood Education
This course is a continuation of the previous course (IECEOL-128) and provides an in- depth study of the foundations of early childhood history and practice. The theories of Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Dewey, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Lev Vygotsky, as they have impacted modern early childhood education practice, are explored. Candidates also study the Montessori, Emilia Regillo and Waldorf approaches to teaching, as well as the components of the High Scope Curriculum

IECEOL 132. Child Development and Learning I
This course explores historical and current scientific research and theory related to human development from conception through middle childhood. Emphasis is given to biological, psychological, and socio-cultural influences on the development of children and practical applications that candidates can relate to their personal and professional lives. The complex interchanges between heredity and environment are explored. The theories of Bandura, Freud, Piaget, and Erikson are a focus.

IECEOL 134. Guidance in Early Childhood
This course focuses on developmentally appropriate, evidence -based approaches and positive guidance strategies for supporting the development of each child, emphasizing supportive interactions and developmentally appropriate environments and the use of assessment to analyze and guide behaviors. This course provides a basic introduction to child guidance at the pre-school-kindergarten level.

IECEOL 236. Screening and Assessment in Early Childhood
This course focuses on providing the educator with the knowledge and skills to facilitate, implement, or review for proper use the required screenings and assessments of health, physical development, and ongoing learning status of infants, toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten children, including those with disabilities and to communicate results to students, parents, and partners.

IECEOL 232. Child Development and Learning II
This course is an in-depth study of selected topics and theories in cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development from conception through the primary years as well as the implications of these theories in the early childhood and kindergarten classroom.

IECESPOL 233. Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education
This course, required of all candidates pursuing admission to the university's Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, is an overview of young learners with exceptionalities It serves as gateway course for admission to Teacher Education. Emphasis is on characteristics analysis, understanding, identification, and prioritization of educational practices, learning environments, instruction strategies and accommodations for young learners with special needs.

IECEOL 234. Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods
This course is a blend of theory and application to help candidates understand
why and how to design, and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and practice that help children achieve national and state standards through a play-based curriculum, Emphasis is on goals, environment, materials and the collaboration of teachers and parents. There are 10 field hours required for this course.

IECEOL 330. Teaching Diverse Learners
This course is a study of the elements of diversity that affect educational outcomes for young children. Elements of diversity explored include race, gender, and cultural background including geographical location, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language, religion, and exceptionality. Legal issues including existing federal and state regulations and civil rights legislation are explored. The focus is on accommodation of the needs of diverse students.

IECEOL 331. Teaching Infants and Toddlers
This course requires candidates to apply research-based, developmentally appropriate practice to planning, implementing, and evaluating teaching and learning for infants and toddlers of all cultures, ethnicities, and abilities.

IECEOL 332. Teaching Language and Literacy
This course focuses on the principles of planning, teaching, and assessing language and literacy for all learners in early childhood settings, including kindergarten. A constructivist, inquiry-based approach will be used to create learning centers, lesson plans, and interactive games and activities.

IECEOL 333. Teaching Math, Science, and Social Studies
This course focuses on the principles of planning, teaching, and assessing math, science, and social studies for all learners in early childhood settings, including kindergarten. A constructivist, inquiry-based approach will be used to create learning center activities, lesson plans, and interactive games.

IECEOL 334. Teaching Arts and Humanities
Candidates will understand and integrate the arts across all content areas in teaching young children. Strategies and material in visual arts, music, drama, dance, and play for children of all cultures, pre-school, and abilities will be explored.

IECEOL 335. Instructional and Assistive Technology
This class will provide a hands-on examination of assistive technology usage related to teaching and learning and the successful integration of children with disabilities including an overview of development, quality routines, learning environments, materials and activities, and technology use in teaching techniques. Candidates will learn the progression of the uses technology from that appropriate for very young children to those of kindergarten age.

IECESPOL 430. Strategies and Interventions for Exceptional Learners
This course prepares candidates with the professional knowledge and skill competencies necessary to promote optimal development in children with special needs from birth through 6 years old.

IECEOL 431. Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports
This course is designed to assist teachers in developing the practical application of effective management techniques based upon current research of best practices in classroom management and encompasses all of the teacher’s interactions with students, classroom environment (rules & procedures), instructional strategies, and development of engaging work. Also, the distinction will be made between a "well-managed" class and a class of engaged learners. Other topics include Social Skills instruction and reinforcers.

IECEOL 432. Working with Parents and Families of all Cultures
This course examines current trends, research, and practice as it relates to parent and family involvement in early childhood education. Gaining parent trust and involvement in the education of all children at all levels of early childhood education from all demographic groups is explored.

IECEOL 433. Methods and Materials for Teaching Kindergarten
The course is designed to provide the student with a basis for creating meaningful learning experiences in the kindergarten classroom. Topics include methods and materials, addressing the needs of all learners, and comparison of curricula.

IEEOL 434. Advanced Assessment in Early Childhood
This course provides candidates with the knowledge and tools to assess early childhood learners, birth- kindergarten, in the areas of emotional/social, language, physical, and cognitive development. Candidates will also assess approaches to learning in young children by observing and documenting children's curiosity, excitement, and ways of learning for the purpose of planning and delivering instruction.

IECEOL 435. Early Childhood Administration and Leadership
This course examines the knowledge and skills necessary for administering early childhood education programs from infants and toddlers through kindergarten. Facilities, personnel, budgets, programming, educational philosophy, parent involvement, and other components are explored.

IECEOL 436. Advanced Curriculum Planning and Delivery
This course provides candidates with the knowledge and tools to assess early childhood learners of all ages in the areas of emotional/social, language, physical, and cognitive development. Candidates will also assess approaches to learning in young children by observing and documenting children's curiosity, excitement, and ways of learning new material.

IECEOL 437. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
This course builds on IECEOL 132 and 232, Child Development I and II, and is designed to provide the candidate with a comprehensive understanding of the nutrition, health, and safety needs of children from birth through school age. Candidates learn when, where, and how to make health care referrals for young children. Candidates develop a working knowledge of all applicable health regulations for young children. Candidates are required to become trained in CPR. There are 10 field hours required for this course.

IECE 491. Supervised Student Teaching
Classroom teaching under the supervision of a cooperating teacher(s) of the same areas or levels as required for certification. Teacher candidates will participate and refine skills in all areas of teaching such as lesson planning and implementation, assessment and analysis, management and problem solving for the best interest of the students. Reflective conferences are held with the Cooperating Teacher, University Coordinator, and the Teacher Candidate. Seminars to further professional skills are conducted at appropriate times during the semester. Prerequisite: Formal application to Student Teaching.

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