Education (EDU)

EDU 119     Introduction to Early Childhood Education4/4

This course introduces the foundations of early childhood education, the diverse educational settings for young children, professionalism and planning intentional developmentally appropriate experiences for each child. Topics include theoretical foundations, national early learning standards, NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, state regulations, program types, career options, professionalism, ethical conduct, quality inclusive environments, and curriculum responsive to the needs of each child/family. Upon completion, students should be able to design a career/professional development plan, appropriate environments, schedules, and activity plans.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EDU 131     Child, Family, and Community3/3

This course covers the development of partnerships between culturally, linguistically and ability diverse families, children, schools and communities through the use of evidence-based strategies. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying benefits for establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between diverse families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources reflective of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. Upon completion, students should be able to identify appropriate relationship building strategies between diverse families, children, schools, and communities and demonstrate a variety of communication skills including appropriate use of technology to support every child.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 144     Child Development I3/3

This course includes the theories of child development, observation and assessment, milestones, and factors that influence development, from conception through approximately 36 months. Emphasis is placed on knowledge, observation and assessment of developmental sequences in approaches to play/learning, emotional/social, health/physical, language/communication and cognitive domains. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain biological and environmental factors that impact development, and identify evidence-based strategies for enhancing development for children that are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 145     Child Development II3/3

This course includes the theories of child development, observation and assessment, milestones, and factors that influence development, from preschool through middle childhood. Emphasis is placed on knowledge, observation and assessment of developmental sequences in approaches to play/learning, emotional/social, health/physical, language/communication and cognitive domains. Upon completion, students should be able to compare/contrast typical/atypical developmental characteristics, explain biological and environmental factors that impact development, and identify evidence-based strategies for enhancing development for children that are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 146     Child Guidance3/3

This course introduces evidence-based strategies to build nurturing relationships with each child by applying principles and practical techniques to facilitate developmentally appropriate guidance. Topics include designing responsive/supportive learning environments, cultural, linguistic and socio-economic influences on behavior, appropriate expectations, the importance of communication with children/families including using technology and the use of formative assessments in establishing intentional strategies for children with unique needs. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate direct/indirect strategies to encourage social skills, self-regulation, emotional expression and positive behaviors while recognizing the relationship between children's social, emotional and cognitive development.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 151     Creative Activities3/3

This course introduces developmentally supportive creative learning environments with attention to divergent thinking, creative problem-solving, evidence-based teaching practices, and open-ended learning materials while applying NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development. Emphasis is placed on observation of process driven learning experiences in art, music, creative movement, dance, and dramatics for every young child age birth through eight, integrated through all domains and academic content. Upon completion, students should be able to examine, create, and adapt developmentally creative learning materials, experiences, and environments for children that are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 153     Health, Safety and Nutrition3/3

This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of every child. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, health benefits of active play, recognition and reporting of abuse/neglect, and state regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to apply knowledge of NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development for health, safety, nutritional needs and safe learning environments.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 154     Social/Emotion/Behavior Development3/3

This course covers the emotional/social development of children and the causes, expressions, prevention and management of challenging behaviors in all children. Emphasis is placed on caregiver/family/child relationships, positive emotional/social environments, developmental concerns, risk factors, and intervention strategies. Upon completion, students should be able to identify factors influencing emotional/social development, utilizing screening measures, and designing positive behavioral supports.

Prerequisite: Take DRE 097;

Corequisite: None

EDU 157     Active Play4/3

This course introduces physical activities to promote the development of the whole child, birth through middle childhood. Topics include active play, outdoor learning, design of the environment, development of play skills, loose parts play, nature play, risk benefit assessment, advocacy, and family/community connection. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the stages of play, the role of teachers in play, active play environments, advocate for the child's right to play, and plan and assess appropriate experiences using NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 162     Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education3/3

This course introduces the research, benefits, goals, and ethical considerations associated with observation and formative assessment in early childhood education. Emphasis is placed on the implementation of multiple observation/assessment strategies including anecdotal records, event samples, rating scales, and portfolios to create appropriate learning experiences. Upon completion, students should be able to practice responsible assessment and effectively use tools to assess the child, teacher practices and indoor and outdoor environments to enhance programming; and explain the importance of assessment partnerships with families and other professionals.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 163     Classroom Management and Instruction3/3

This course covers management and instructional techniques with school-age populations. Topics include classroom management and organization, teaching strategies, individual student differences and learning styles, and developmentally appropriate classroom guidance techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize developmentally appropriate behavior management and instructional strategies that enhance the teaching/learning process and promote students' academic success.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 184     Early Childhood Introductory Practicum4/2

This course introduces students to early childhood settings and applying skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on observing children and assisting in the implementation of developmentally appropriate activities/environments for all children; and modeling reflective/professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate interactions with children and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 097; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 080;

Corequisite: None

EDU 216     Foundations of Education4/4

This course introduces the American educational system and the teaching profession. Topics include historical and philosophical foundations of education, contemporary educational, structural, legal, and financial issues, and experiences in public school classrooms. Upon completion, students should be able to relate classroom observations to the roles of teachers and schools and the process of teacher education.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 080 RED 080; # Take ENG 085;

Corequisite: None

EDU 221     Children With Exceptionalities3/3

This course covers atypical patterns of child development, inclusive/diverse settings, evidenced-based educational/family plans, differentiated instruction, adaptive materials, and assistive technology. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of exceptionalities and delays, early intervention/special education, transitions, observation, developmental screening, formative assessment of children, and collaborating with families and community partners. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize diverse abilities, describe the referral process, identify community resources, explain the importance of collaboration with families/professionals, and develop appropriate strategies/adaptations to support children in all environments with best practices as defined by laws, policies and the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 234     Infants, Toddlers, and Twos3/3

This course covers the development of high-quality, individualized, responsive/engaging relationships and experiences for infants, toddlers, and twos. Emphasis is placed on typical and atypical child development, positive early learning experiences, supporting and engaging diverse families, providing safe, warm and nurturing interactions, and the application of the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate responsive planning, respectful relationships and exposure to a variety of developmentally appropriate experiences/materials that support a foundation for healthy development and growth of culturally, linguistically and ability diverse children birth to 36 months.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 235     School-Age Development and Programs3/3

This course includes developmentally appropriate practices in group settings for school-age children. Emphasis is placed on principles of development, environmental planning, and positive guidance techniques and program development. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss developmental principles for culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse children ages five to twelve and plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs and activities.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 251     Exploration Activities3/3

This course covers fundamental concepts in the content areas of science, technology, engineering, math and social studies through investigative experiences. Emphasis is placed on exploring fundamental concepts, developmentally appropriate scope and sequence, and teaching strategies to engage each child in the discovery approach. Upon completion, students should be able to understand major concepts in each content area and implement appropriate experiences for young children.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 254     Music and Movement for Children3/2

This course covers the use of music and creative movement for children. Topics include a general survey of the basic elements of music and planning, designing, and implementing music and movement experiences for creative learning. Upon completion, students should be able to use voice and various musical instruments to provide musical and movement activities for children.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 259     Curriculum Planning3/3

This course is designed to focus on using content knowledge to build developmentally effective approaches for culturally/linguistically/ability diverse young children. Topics include components of curriculum, a variety of curriculum models, authentic observation and assessment, and planning developmentally appropriate experiences aligned with the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development. Upon completion, students should be able to understand, evaluate, and use curriculum to plan for individual/group needs.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 261     Early Childhood Administration I3/3

This course introduces principles and practices essential to preparing and supporting child care administrators. Topics include program philosophy, policies and procedures, NC Child Care Law and Rules, business planning, personnel and fiscal management, and NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Supplement for Early Childhood Program Administration. Upon completion, students should be able to articulate a developmentally appropriate program philosophy, locate current state licensing regulations, analyze a business plan and examine comprehensive program policies and procedures.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take EDU 119 DRE 098; # Take EDU 119 ENG 090 RED 090; # Take EDU 119 ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 262     Early Childhood Administration II3/3

This course focuses on advocacy/leadership, public relations/community outreach and program quality/evaluation for diverse early childhood programs. Topics include program evaluation/accreditation, involvement in early childhood professional organizations, leadership/mentoring, family, volunteer and community involvement and early childhood advocacy. Upon completion, students should be able to define and evaluate all components of early childhood programs, develop strategies for advocacy and integrate community into programs.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

EDU 263     School-Age Program Administration2/2

This course introduces the methods and procedures for development and administration of school-age programs in the public or proprietary setting. Emphasis is placed on the construction and organization of the physical environment. Upon completion, students should be able to plan, develop and administer a quality school-age program.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 271     Educational Technology4/3

This course introduces the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in all educational settings. Topics include technology concepts, instructional strategies, materials and adaptive technology for children with exceptionalities, facilitation of assessment/evaluation, and ethical issues surrounding the use of technology. Upon completion, students should be able to apply technology enhanced instructional strategies, use a variety of technology resources and demonstrate appropriate technology skills in educational environments.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 275     Effective Teacher Training2/2

This course provides specialized training using an experienced-based approach to learning. Topics include instructional preparation and presentation, student interaction, time management, learning expectations, evaluation, and curriculum principles and planning. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and present a six-step lesson plan and demonstrate ways to improve students' time-on-task.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 280     Language and Literacy Experiences3/3

This course is designed to expand students' understanding of children's language and literacy development and provides strategies for enhancing language/literacy experiences in an enriched environment. Topics include selection of diverse literature and interactive media, the integration of literacy concepts throughout the curriculum, appropriate observations/assessments and inclusive practices. Upon completion, students should be able to select, plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate and diverse language/literacy experiences.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 281     Instructional Strategies in Reading and Writing4/3

This course covers concepts, resources, and methods for teaching reading and writing to elementary through middle-grade children. Topics include the importance of literacy, learning styles, skills assessment, various reading and writing approaches and instructional strategies. Upon completion, students should be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate school-age literacy experiences as related to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 282     Early Childhood Literature3/3

This course covers the history, selection, and integration of literature and language in the early childhood curriculum. Topics include the history and selection of developmentally appropriate children's literature and the use of books and other media to enhance language and literacy in the classroom. Upon completion, students should be able to select appropriate books for storytelling, reading aloud, puppetry, flannel board use, and other techniques.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 284     Early Childhood Capstone Practicum10/4

This course is designed to allow students to apply skills in a three star (minimum) or NAEYC accredited or equivalent, quality early childhood environment. Emphasis is placed on designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities and environments for all children; supporting/involving families; and modeling reflective and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate plans/assessments, appropriate guidance techniques and ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 285     Internship Experiences-School Age10/4

This course is designed to allow students to apply skills in a quality public or private school environment. Emphasis is placed on designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities and environments for all children; supporting/involving families; and modeling reflective and professional practices. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate lesson plans/assessments, appropriate guidance techniques, ethical/professional behaviors as indicated by assignments and onsite faculty visits.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None

EDU 289     Advanced Issues/School Age2/2

This course covers advanced topics and issues that relate to school-age programs. Emphasis is placed on current advocacy issues, emerging technology, professional growth, ethics, and organizations for providers/teachers working with school-age populations. Upon completion, students should be able to list, discuss, and explain advanced current topics and issues surrounding school-aged populations.

Prerequisite: Take 1 group; # Take DRE 098; # Take ENG 090 RED 090; # Take ENG 095;

Corequisite: None