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Early Childhood Education Courses offered at NICC

ECE 1050 Expressive Arts (3)

This course focuses on the selection, construction, and use of materials, activities and experiences that encourage the young child’s creativity and aesthetic appreciation through the visual arts, music, body movement, and dramatic play. Curriculum is designed for 3-8 year olds.

ECE 1060 Observation, Assessment, and Guidance (3)

This course introduces a variety of observation, assessment, and guidance strategies used in early childhood education settings birth to age eight.

ECE 1100 Teaching in a Democratic Society (3)

This is the first course in the professional sequence for all UNK/NICC education majors. The key course themes are democracy and diversity; additionally, current educational issues and technology will be explored, and students will complete a service learning project.

ECE 1110 Infant/Toddler Development (3)

This course focuses on typical / atypical development of children in the prenatal period of development through 36 months. Planning curriculum in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social / emotional development are examined.

ECE 1120 Preschool Child Development (2)

This course focuses on typical / atypical development of the child ages 3 to 5 years, in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social / emotional development.

ECE 1150 Introduction to Early Childhood Ed. (3)

An overview of early childhood education, history, trends and the philosophies of various programs, diversity, inclusion, licensing standards, current legislation, professionalism, and advocacy are examined.

ECE 1160 Early Language and Literacy* (3)

This course will focus on the development of literacy and language skills from birth to age eight. The student will plan and prepare developmentally appropriate language and literacy activities.

ECE 1220 Pre-practica Seminar (1)

This course is designed to provide an orientation to practicum experiences in the early childhood education program. Students will review the process for setting up a practicum, forms used during practicum, understand child care licensing requirements for their state, and have their names cleared through appropriate background checks. Students will understand practicum expectations and responsibilities, methods of evaluation, and the importance of professionalism in the work place. Co requisite: ECE1221 or ECE1240

ECE 1221 Infant/Toddler Practicum (2)

Students will complete at least 90 hours of practical work experience in a licensed site. Students will demonstrate application of concepts learned through prior early childhood education courses relating to infants and toddlers. Students will be supervised and evaluated on their ability to apply prior learning regarding curriculum planning, developmentally appropriate practice, and creating an effective learning environment for infants and toddlers. Pre- or co-requisites: ECE 1220, ECE 1110, and instructor permission.

ECE 1230 School-Age Child Development (2)

This course focuses on typical/atypical development of the child ages 5-12 years in the domains of physical growth and motor skills, cognition and language, and social/emotional development.

ECE 1240 Pre-school and School Age Practicum (2)

This course is designed o provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children from 3 to 8 years of age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected childcare settings. Students will develop an awareness of appropriate adult/child interaction while developing positive employee skills. Basic skills in planning and implementing a daily routine and curriculum activities for children from 3-8 years of age are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 57 clock hours of practical work experience. Attendance at discussion session is required. A passing grade of C or better is required for all ECE majors. Pre- or co-requisites: ECE 1120, ECE 1230, ECE 1060 and ECE 1220.

ECE 1260 Children’s Health and Nutrition (3)

The goal of this course is to assist in the preparation of educators to serve preschool children. Emphasis will be placed upon establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. Students will identify space, materials, relationships, and routines as resources for constructing an interesting, secure, and enjoyable environment that encourages play, exploration and learning.

ECE 2050 Children with Exceptionalities (3)

This course focuses on the awareness of the theory, development and philosophy of early childhood education programs serving children with exceptionalities. Topics include working with families, legislation, role of the interventionist, interdisciplinary teams, and inclusion of children with special needs in natural environments. Prior knowledge of child growth and development is strongly suggested for enrollment in this course.

ECE 2060 Early Childhood Education Curriculum Planning (3)

This course prepares students to plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for children ages 3-8 years of age. Topics include writing goals and objectives, lesson plans, daily schedules, working with parents, and inclusionary practices. Prerequisite: Previous ECE coursework

ECE 2070 Family and Community Relationships (3)

This course focuses on the development of skills, techniques, and attitudes needed to form successful collaboration with diverse family systems and communities. Ten hours of community service learning is required.

ECE 2350 Children’s Literature (3)

This course provides history and types of children's literature through wide reading, evaluation, and discussion of children's books. Includes folklore, poetry, fantasy, modern realistic fiction, biography, historical fiction, multicultural and informational books.

ECE 2500 Early Childhood Program Administration (3)

This course will focus on a systematic approach to effective program planning and operations and will include specific plans for meeting the needs of children and their families. Emphasis will be placed on organization, policy and procedures, record keeping, staff management, and budgeting. Future trends toward childcare operations will be examined.