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Early Childhood Education Courses offered at NICC

Associate of Arts-Early Childhood Education

Designed to provide students with knowledge of pre-school children. Courses leading to this emphasis is designed to prepare the students for work in childcare and various governmental agencies. This program is also designed to provide sufficient general education courses to promote transfer into a four-year degree programs for education. 

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 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.

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 to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children six weeks through 3-8 years of-age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected child care 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 preschool and school age children are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 90 clock hours of practical work experience. A passing grade of “C” or better is required for ECE majors. Prerequisite: ECE 1220, Pre or co/requisite: ECE 1230

ECE 1520 PRESCHOOL PRACTICUM (1)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children from three to five years of age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected early care and education 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 3-5 years of age are also presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 clock hours of practical work experience. A passing grade of “C” or better is required for all ECE majors. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ECE 1230

ECE 1521 INFANT PRACTICUM (1)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children six weeks through 18 months-of-age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected early childhood care and education 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 infants are presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 clock hours of practical work experience. A passing grade of “C” or better is required for ECE majors. Pre or co/requisite: ECE 1110

ECE 1522 TODDLER PRACTICUM (1)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children six weeks through 18 months-of-age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected early childhood care and education 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 infants are presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 clock hours of practical work experience. A passing grade of “C” or better is required for ECE majors.

ECE 1545 SCHOOL-AGE PRACTICUM (1)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the developmental stages of children from five to eight years of age by participating in hands-on learning experiences in selected early care and education 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 school age children presented. Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 clock hours of practical work experience. A passing grade of “C” or better is required for all ECE majors.

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.

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 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.

ECE 290 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

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