Category Archives: Infant-Toddler Specialization

ECE 210 Course Description & Academic Artifact

Social Foundations of Early Care and Education

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the social context of early care and education. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, sociological, and political foundations of programs for young children, birth to eight years. The following topics will be explored in depth: historical and contemporary theories of early childhood education; multicultural and social ecological factors in early care and schooling, particularly for diverse urban settings; early childhood programming; family and community involvement; advocacy, trends and current issues in early childhood practice. This course requires 30 hours of fieldwork.

Artifact: Advocacy Project

ECE 110-Seminar Course Description & Academic Artifact

ECE 110 Seminar

Course Description:

ECE 110-Seminar explores professionalism in the field of early childhood education. Career pathways in early childhood are discussed, including NYS teacher certification. Students examine different age groups an early childhood professional can work with, analyzing the skills, qualities and dilemmas accompanying age.

Artifact: Professional Development Plan

 

ECE 110 Course Description & Academic Artifact

Psychological Foundations of Early Development and Education

Course Description:

This course examines the psychological and psychosocial foundations of early childhood and relates these foundations to educational practice with young children, birth to eight years. It focuses on historical and contemporary theories of childhood development. Early learning is considered in relation to biological factors, child and family factors, program factors and social factors, particularly in diverse urban settings. Young children’s physical, cognitive, communicative, social and emotional development is explored as contributors to and as consequences of early learning experiences.

Artifact: Analysis of Child Development Commentary Paper

ECE 209-Seminar Course Description & Academic Artifact

ECE 209- Seminar

Course Description:

This course focuses on the theories, methods and materials of early childhood education for infants (birth to eighteen months), with an emphasis on addressing developmental needs and culturally appropriate practices in their education and care. The following topics are explored in depth: social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of infants; basic principles of infant care giving, including providing culturally sensitive and consistent care; arrangement of the environment and developmentally appropriate experiences to promote infant growth and learning; the role of parents and establishing partnerships with families.

Artifact: Teaching Philosophy Paper

 

ECE 410 Course Description & Academic Artifact

Educational Foundations and Pedagogy for The Exceptional Child

Course Description:

This course examines the education of children (birth to eight years) with special needs, along with the historical, social, cultural, and legal foundations of special education in the U.S. It explores the causes and effects of various exceptionalities, including: emotional, intellectual, physical, visual, auditory, orthopedic, speech and/or language and giftedness. Techniques for differentiated learning and universal design are analyzed; issues of ethno-cultural diversity are explored, including methods for working with the families of children with special needs in respectful, non-biased ways. This course requires 30 hours of fieldwork.

Artifact: Identifying and Assessing a Focus Child

ECE 409 Course Description & Academic Artifact

Infants and Toddlers Practicum II: Pedagogy for Infants and Toddlers

Course Description:

This is a capstone fieldwork course that enables students to demonstrate their competencies teaching infants and toddlers. It requires supervised participation in an assigned early childhood education setting (birth to thirty-six months) and attendance at a weekly seminar. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning and assessment; and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for infants and toddlers with diverse learning styles and needs. Students spend a minimum of 90 hours in the field.

Artifact: Intentional Teaching Capstone Project

ECE 309 Course Description & Academic Artifact

Toddler Care and Curriculum

Course Description:

This course is a continuation of ECE 209, focusing on the theories, methods and materials of early childhood education for toddlers (ages eighteen months to thirty-six months). The following topics are explored in depth: social, emotional, cognitive, physical and self-help development of toddlers; basic principles of toddler care giving, including providing culturally sensitive and consistent care; arrangement of the learning environment and developmentally and culturally appropriate experiences to promote toddler growth and learning; the role of parents and establishing partnerships with families.

Artifact: Toddler Classroom Model Project

ECE 308 Course Description & Academic Artifact

Infants and Toddlers Practicum I: Observing and Recording

Course Description:

This is a fieldwork course focusing on the observation and assessment of infants and toddlers. It requires supervised participation in an assigned early childhood setting (birth to thirty-six months) and attendance at a weekly seminar. Students will learn the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document the development, growth, play and learning of infants and toddlers; and how authentic assessment methods can be used to tailor curriculum to promote children’s success.  Recording strategies, rating systems, child studies/portfolios, and various assessment tools are explored. Students spend a minimum of 60 hours in the field.

Artifact: Child Case Study Portfolio Project

ECE 209 Course Description & Academic Artifact

Infant Care and Curriculum

Course Description:

This course focuses on the theories, methods and materials of early childhood education for infants (birth to eighteen months), with an emphasis on addressing developmental needs and culturally appropriate practices in their education and care. The following topics are explored in depth: social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of infants; basic principles of infant care giving, including providing culturally sensitive and consistent care; arrangement of the environment and developmentally appropriate experiences to promote infant growth and learning; the role of parents and establishing partnerships with families.

Artifact: Infant-Family Case Study Commentary Paper