Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
ECE103Intro to Early Childhood Ed3Gives students a historical and philosophical foundation of the field of early childhood education. Includes as overview of assessment and evidence-based practices. Addresses the influences of family-centered practice, inclusion, culture and language in the field. Explores early childhood careers.Loading...
ECE106Child Dev Associate Standard1Develop and prepare for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program for individuals seeking a Center-Based Infant/Toddler, Center-Based Preschool or Family Child Care CDA Credential. Develop a professional portfolio including the collection of resources, writing of reflective statements of competence and professional philosophy statement as outlined by the CDA application requirements. Prepare for the CDA verification visit. (This course is Pass/Fail.) May be repeated for an additional three semesters for a total of 4 elective credit hours. Prerequisites: ECE 103, 133, 243, 343, and 158 or ECE 221, or instructor permissionLoading...
ECE114Dual Language Learners in ECE3Evidence-based evaluation and instructional practices with young dual language learners. Focuses on the language, reading, writing, and communication development of children who are dual language learners (DLLs). Understanding of bilingual development and incorporation of strategies for bilingual development into instructional planning. Reviews assessment and instruction that promotes early language and literacy learning. Developing collaborative and culturally responsive relationships with families who speak languages other than English to support language and literacy learning. This course includes field assignments. Prerequisite: 12 credits in ECE or instructor permission. Completed criminal history, including background and fingerprinting check.Loading...
ECE130Emergency Care1Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and First Aid according to Iowa DHS requirements for child care providers. Identify health and safety practices for early childhood settings. CPR/First Aid and Universal Precautions certification awarded upon satisfactory completion of assignments. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits.Loading...
ECE133Child Health,Safety andNutrition3Focuses on evidence-based concepts in the fields of health, safety and nutrition and their relationship to the growth and development of the young child ages birth to eight. Blends current theory with problem-solving, practical applications and assessments. Includes collaboration with families and assesses the role of culture, language and ability on health, safety and nutrition decisions in early childhood settings.Loading...
ECE151Individualizing for Children3Introduction to effective practices that support the development and learning of young children with disabilities and other special needs. Focus is on evidence-based, individualized instructional methods and strategies used in teaching and facilitating the development of young children. This course involves field assignments.Loading...
ECE152Learning with Digital Media3Covers understanding of media impact on learning practices, the use of media to enhance learning in early childhood, joint adult-child interactions with digital media that enhance learning. Students explore and evaluate the effectiveness of digital media for enhancing literacy, math and science learning and plan lessons incorporating digital media. This course involves field assignmentsLoading...
ECE158Early Childhood Curriculum I3Focuses on the development, implementation and assessment of appropriate environments and curricula for young children ages three through eight. Students prepare to utilize evidence-based, developmentally appropriate practices in a context of children's family, culture, language and abilities. Emphasis is on understanding children's developmental stages and developing appropriate learning opportunities, interactions and environments to support each child in the following areas: dramatic play, art, music and fine and gross motor play.Loading...
ECE159Early Childhood Curriculum II3Focuses on the development, implementation and assessment of appropriate environments and curricula for young children ages three through eight. Students prepare to utilize developmentally appropriate evidence-based practices in a context of children’s family, culture, language and abilities. Emphasis is on understanding children’s developmental stages and developing appropriate learning opportunities, interactions and environments to support each child in thefollowing areas: emergent literacy, math, science, technology and social studies. Prerequisite: ECE 158 with a grade or "C" or better or instructor approval. Corequisite: ECE 359 or instructor approval.Loading...
ECE170Child Growth and Development3Reviews typical and atypical development of children from conception to adolescence in all developmental domains. Examines interactions between child, family and society within a variety of community and cultural contexts. Examines theories and evidence-based practices associated with understanding and supporting young children.Loading...
ECE215Home, School and Comm Relations3Focuses on current understanding of supporting children and families in relation to home, school and community contexts. Emphasis is on building respectful, culturally sensitive relationships with families, utilizing community resources and working with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse families.Loading...
ECE216Tchg Young Dual Lang Learners1Evidence-based evaluation and instructional practices with young dual language learners. Understanding of bilingual development and incorporation of strategies for bilingual development into instructional planning. Developing collaborative and culturally responsive relationships with families who speak languages other than English.Loading...
ECE221Infant/Toddler Care and Educ.3Focuses on care, education and assessment of children from birth to 36 months. Prepares students to utilize developmentally appropriate evidenced-based practices, including responsive caregiving, routines as curriculum, collaborative relationships with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse children and families, and a focus on the whole child in inclusive settings.Loading...
ECE242Child Life Theory3Introduction to Child Life theoretical foundations and principal intervention strategies used in Child Life Professional Practice. Prerequisite: Students must have at least 18 college credits to enroll this course.Loading...
ECE243Early Childhood Guidance3Focuses on developmentally appropriate, evidence-based approaches and positive guidance strategies for supporting the development of each child. Emphasizes supportive interactions and developmentally appropriate environments. Uses assessment to analyze and guide behaviors. Studies impact of family, each child's culture, language and ability on child guidance. Corequisite: ECE 343 or instructor permissionLoading...
ECE262Early Childhood Field Exper3Supervised practicum experience in selected early childhood settings serving children birth through eight. Includes integration of theory and developmentally appropriate evidence-based practice. Provides an understanding of working with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse young children and families. Emphasizes professional relationships and behavior, appropriate adult/child interactions, basic curriculum planning and program routines. Includes 150-hour practicum. Criminal background check is required. Prerequisite: ECE 103, 133, 170; a grade of C or better in ECE 158, 159, 243, 343 and 359; 2.0 program GPA. Current CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporter Certification. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 221. Corequisite: ECE 944 or instructor approvalLoading...
ECE268Early Childhood Field Exper4Supervised practicum experience in selected early childhood settings serving children birth through eight. Includes integration of theory and developmentally appropriate evidence-based practice. Provides an understanding of working with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse young children and families. Emphasizes professional relationships and behavior, appropriate adult/child interactions, basic curriculum planning and program routines. Includes 150-hour practicum. Criminal background check is required. Prerequisites: ECE-103, ECE-133, ECE-170, ECE-158 C or better, ECE-159 C or better, ECE-243 C or better, ECE-343 C or better, ECE-359 C or better; 2.0 GPA; Current CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporter Certification. Prerequisite OR Corequisite: ECE-221Loading...
ECE281Practicum2Placement in a program for young children and/or families. Emphasis is on the development of competencies necessary for employment in a similar setting. Prerequisite: Accepted into ECE program, 10 ECE credits or instructor approval. Current CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions, Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Certification and Cleared Criminal Records Check.Loading...
ECE290Early Childhood Program Admin3This course addresses the basic principles common to administering quality early childhood programs. Emphasis is on director's roles and responsibilities, state and federal regulations, business procedures, staff development and hiring, policy development, fiscal and facility management, marketing, program evaluation, child care advocacy, family and community involvement. Designed for second-year students and persons interested in becoming a program administrator. Prerequisite: Accepted into the Early Childhood Education program and a minimum of 12 credits in ECE or instructor permissionLoading...
ECE343Early Childhood Guidance Lab1Focuses on effective approaches and positive guidance strategies for supporting the development of all children. Students observe for and utilize strategies taught in ECE 243. Includes 30-hour lab. Criminal background check is required. Corequisite: ECE 243 or instructor permissionLoading...
ECE359ECE Curriculum II Lab1Students practice the selection and use of assessment techniques, plan and set up age, individually and culturally appropriate learning centers, activities and group experiences for young children. Emphasis is on understanding children's developmental stages, identifying and participating in appropriate learning opportunities, and interactions and environments in the following areas: emergent literacy, math, science, technology, social studies, creative art, music and movement, dramatic play, fine and gross motor play and outdoor experiences. Includes 30-hour lab. Criminal background check is required. Prerequisite: ECE 158 with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: ECE 159 or instructor approvalLoading...
ECE928Independent Study1 Loading...
ECE930Administrative Practicum1Experience in a community-based setting designed to further competencies in early childhood program administration, management and leadership. Prerequisite: 12 credits in ECE or Current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential OR Must be admitted to the ECE program OR instructor approval.Loading...
ECE932Internship2Students apply skills and knowledge related to children, families and the profession in a self-selected community-based setting. Students are encouraged to identify a placement that reflects their individual interests in the field. Emphasis on professional expectations and behavior, appropriate interactions, planning, implementation and assessment and exploring multiple facets of overall program operations. Includes 150-hour work experience. Criminal background check is required. Prerequisites: ECE 103, 133, 170; "C" or better in ECE 159, 243, 343, and 359; 2.5 program GPA. Current CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Certification. Internship application is required the semester prior to enrollment in the course. Criminal background check required. Prerequisite OR corequisite: ECE 215, 221, or instructor approvalLoading...
ECE944Field Experience Seminar I1Emphasis on professionalism, self-reflection and preparation for professional employment. Includes completion of all professional portfolio components. Corequisite: ECE 262 or instructor approval.Loading...