Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion - Program Courses
|CI 479/579 The Young Child As Scientist||3||X||X|
|CI 410/510 The Emotional Life of Toddlers||3||X|
|CI 410/510 Numeracy Development in Young Children||3||X|
|CI 410/510 Bilingual Children: Program Models, Assessment, and Classroom Methods||3||X||X|
|CI 478/578 Constructivist Curriculum: Big Ideas in ECE||3||X|
|CI 410/510 Early Language and Literacy||3|
|CI 410/510 Planning for Children with Challenging Behavior in the Classroom||3||X||X|
|SPED 410/510 Introduction to Infant/Toddler Mental Health||3||X||X|
|SPED 410/595 Prevention and Intervention in Infant Mental Health||3||X|
|SPED 480/580 Introduction to Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education||3||X|
|SPED 483/583 Communication & Language Development: EI/SE||3||X|
|ED 410/510 Inclusive Early Childhood Models||3||X|
|CI 410/510 Teaching and Learning with Competent Infants and Toddlers||3||X|
Interested in additional ECE course offerings? Check out the Master's in Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood Specialization.
CI 410/510 Bilingual Children: Program Models, Assessment, and Classroom Methods (3 credits)
The rapid diversification of our nation brings with it great promise as well as challenges. For early childhood educators, it is imperative that programs be developed that effectively serve all students. This course is an introductory course on culturally and linguistically appropriate instruction, assessment, and development, framed within the context of linking the program to the families. Specific topics include first and second language acquisition, culture and acculturation, culturally appropriate curriculum and assessment, engaging families, and program models that build on the strengths that preschool children, ages 2-5, bring with them from home into the classroom.
SPED 483/583 Communication and Language Development: EI/SE (Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education) (3 credits)
Designed to provide information about typical and atypical communication development, birth through early childhood. In addition, information will include strategies for EI/SE to promote communication development for all children.
Recommended prerequisites: SPED 480/580
CI 410/510 Constructivist Curriculum: Big Ideas in ECE (3 credits)
In this course you will consider the possibilities of taking a big idea, such as "balance" or "light", and exploring it deeply over time and across the curriculum with preschool and primary age children. Informed by Chaille's new book, Constructivism across the Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms: Big Ideas as Inspiration, participants will examine the ways that integrated curriculum and project work support children's learning and foster the connections necessary for them to construct knowledge. You will have the opportunity to develop resources and design activities related to a particular big idea, and to consider the challenges and rewards of bringing what you learn into your work with young children.
CI 410/510 Early Language and Literacy (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the issues, ideas, and practices that help young children learn literacy. Examine how literacy grows out of children's experiences with and use of language. Look closely at the role of play in literacy development and how early childhood teachers and caregivers support and influence young children's literacy, share, and create activities that are grounded in current knowledge about children's literacy development.
CI 410/510 Emotional Life of Toddlers (3 credits)
Ages 15-36 months
This course explores caregiving practices designed to support learning during this critical period of social and emotional development. Links are made between brain development research and theories to the things that teachers and caregivers do everyday with toddlers. Topics include observation, establishing nurturing relationships, planning secure environments, activities designed to engage very young children, and positive guidance strategies.
ED 410/510 Inclusive Early Childhood Models (3 credits)
Presents different approaches to early childhood education with a focus on inclusion and consultation in typical early childhood settings. Provides a framework for recommended practices for supporting young children with disabilities in early childhood settings. Discusses the underlying concepts and application of developmentally appropriate practice.
SPED 480/580 Introduction to Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
Provides historical, social and legal foundations for early intervention and early childhood special education and other services to young children with special needs. Introduces concepts and processes for screening and assessment, family-centered planning, blending developmentally and individually appropriate practices, providing learning opportunities in natural environments and activities to include all children and transition planning. Specific attention is given to the various federal and state laws, rules, and regulations regarding the prohibition of discrimination about which Oregon teachers must be knowledgeable as required by Oregon Revised Statute 342.123.
SPED 410/510 Introduction to Infant/Toddler Mental Health (3 credits)
Learn the basics of infant/toddler mental health (ITMH) from an interdisciplinary perspective. Gain knowledge about current research and interventions from the field of infant mental health. Special attention is placed on infant/toddler development, risk factors, assessment methods, prevention/intervention, and collaboration in the field. Also emphasized is the history of ITMH as a field and incorporating ITMH into policies and systems.
SPED 595 Prevention and Intervention in Infant Mental Health (3 credits)
Develop an appreciation of the concepts of early intervention and prevention. Examine the range of interventions used in the field of infant mental health. Emphasis is on the importance of treating infants and toddlers in the context of their families and communities. Discuss intervention strategies, including those targeted at children with psychosocial/relational and developmental disturbances as well as those determined to be at risk. Review international, national, and regional programs, established and pilot, in early intervention and prevention. Improve ability to assess and critically evaluate the current science around treatment efficacy of various interventions.
CI 410/510 Numeracy Development in Young Children (3 credits)
This course introduces the issues, ideas, and practices that help young children learn mathematics. Throughout the course, examine how numeracy grows out of children's real-life experiences. You also look closely at the role of play in numeracy development, and how we early childhood teachers and caregivers can best support and influence young children's math acquisition. In addition, learn and create activities that are grounded in current research and knowledge about children's numeracy development, and focus on practical classroom applications of math instruction in early childhood classrooms. This course also explores nurturing numeracy development through the use of children's literature, songs, journals, poetry, and games.
CI 410/510 Planning for Children with Challenging Behavior in the Classroom (3 credits)
This course focuses on how to assess challenging behavior and implement effective interventions in the classroom to reduce and/or prevent challenging behavior displayed by young children. This is an introductory course designed to provide students with knowledge on how to analyze a behavior situation from a variety of viewpoints. Students will also learn how to conduct an informal functional behavioral assessment, design a behavioral support plan, and implement various procedures to help children manage their behavior.
CI 410/510 The Young Child as Scientist (3 credits)
In this course developmentally appropriate science for preschool and primary age children is explored. Activities focus on experimentation and problem solving. Using the book by Chaille and Britain, “The Young Child as Scientist,” participants experience and design activities for young children around three questions that derive from traditional science content. They are: Can I make it move?, Can I make it change?, and How does it fit? In the process, they learn more about constructivist teaching and curriculum, particularly as applied to science education.
CI 410/510 Teaching and Learning with Competent Infants and Toddlers (3 credits)
This course offers an opportunity to explore a social constructivist perspective for developing curriculum that honors infants and toddlers as theory builders and competent learners. Students will study relevant theories about cognitive development and how infants and toddlers learn. Additionally, they will consider how the environment and materials set the stage for learning. The role of teachers as researchers who learn from and about infants and toddlers through careful observation will be examined, as well as their potential for making infant and toddler learning visible through documentation.