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Early Childhood Education Courses & Curriculum

The curriculum and the eight-semester recommended course sequence for the Early Childhood Education program are described below.  The program requires a specified number of courses in the college’s core curriculum and area studies, 10 courses in one of the seven academic disciplines (academic concentration) and appropriate professional education courses (pedagogical core).

Early Childhood

Candidates may choose to major in one of four programs designed for teachers in grades 6 and below: Early Childhood; Childhood; Early Childhood/Childhood; Students with Disabilities/Childhood. The curriculum and the eight-semester recommended course sequence for each program is described below. Each of these programs requires a specified number of courses in the college’s core curriculum and area studies (General Education), 10 courses in one of the eight academic disciplines (Academic Concentration) and appropriate professional education courses (Pedagogical Core). The eight academic concentration areas are the same for each area of certification. In all, there are 32 program options at this level.

Early Childhood Curriculum [Birth to Grade 2]:

1. Core Requirements
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2. Concentration: English, French, German, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, or Spanish (8-10 courses)    
3. Pedagogical Core: (19 courses)   57 credits
  EDE 100 Human Growth and Social Development: Birth- Childhood   3 credits
  EDE 121 Introduction to Literacy, Children's Literature and the Arts    3 credits
  EDU 122 Technology in Education    3 credits
  EDY 208 Infant/Toddler Care and Education (Field Experience: Infant/toddler 15 hours)   3 credits
  EDY 209 Practice in EC Classrooms: Playing to Learn (Field Experience: Grades Pre-K/K 15 hours)   3 credits
  ECCH 221 Literacy I    3 credits
  ECCH 222 Literacy II   3 credits
  EDU 250 Foundations of Education    3 credits
  EDY 306 Music, Movement, and the Arts in EC Classrooms    3 credits
  EDY 310 Teaching Math/Science in EC Classrooms (Field Experience Gr. 1-2 15 hours)   3 credits
  SPE 341 Inclusive Strategies    3 credits
  EDE 390 Cognition, Learning, and Assessment Birth-Childhood    3 credits
  EDY 433 Seminar in Teaching and Assessment-EC (Field Experience Grades 1-2 50 hours)   3 credits
  ECCH 412 Managing the Early Childhood & Elementary Classroom   3 credits
  EDY 494 Capstone Seminar for the Reflective Teacher   3 credits
  EDY 493 Student Teaching   12 credits
  EDU 495 Child Abuse Seminar   0 credits
  EDU 496 Prevention of School Violence Workshop   0 credits
  EDU 497 Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)   0 credits
  Students need at least 120 credits to graduate.  Free electives comprise the remainder of the program.


Courses

ECCH 221 Literacy I   3 credits
Examines theories and components of reading and writing processes. Addresses traditional and whole language approaches emphasizing methods and materials for teaching language arts. 


ECCH 222 Literacy II   4 credits
Provides opportunities to apply teaching strategies for literacy development in the classroom setting. Reading and writing processes and integration of language arts are reinforced. Requires 40 hours of field placement.


ECCH 412 Managing the Early Childhood & Elementary Classroom  3 credits
Concentrates on development, implementation and assessment of curricula as it addresses the NY State standards. Promotes building classroom communities to meet the needs of diverse learners. 


ECCH 493 Student Teaching - EC/CH   12 credits
Highlights knowledge, skills, and dispositions of professional educators. One full-time 7-week placement in each childhood and early childhood classroom requires candidates to become the instructional leader under the supervision of cooperating teachers and college faculty. Prerequisites: Signature, concurrent registration in EDE 450.


ECCH 494 Student Teaching Seminar     0 credits
Includes mandatory training by NY State Education Department and professional reflection. Training includes drug abuse, tobacco health issues, child abduction, AIDS and prevention of school violence. Prerequisites: Signature; concurrent registration in Student Teaching.


EDE 100 Human Growth and Development - Birth through Childhood   3 credits
Introduces multiple dimensions of development including 
influence of family, culture, and society. Examines physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral theories and emphasizes education’s role in promoting wellness. 


EDE 121 Children’s Literature, Introduction to Literacy & the Arts   3 credits
Addresses the impo rtance of reading and writing and use of children’s books across curriculum areas. Authors, illustrators, types of literature, and developmental appropriateness are emphasized.


EDE 311 Science in the Schools   3 credits
Addresses objectives, curriculum, strategies, materials and evaluation necessary for teaching science. Emphasizes content, inquiry skills, problem solving and scientific attitude highlighting the NY State Standards. 


EDE 317 Teaching Math in Elementary Schools   3 credits
Addresses objectives, curriculum, strategies, materials and evaluation necessary for teaching mathematical concepts. Emphasizes content, inquiry skills and problem solving highlighting the NY State Standards. 


EDE 331 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools   3 credits
Addresses the objectives, curriculum, strategies, materials and evaluation necessary for teaching social studies content. Emphasizes historic, geographic, economic, political and social concepts highlighting the NY State Standards.


EDE 390 Cognition, Learning and Assessment — Birth through Childhood   3 credits
Investigates theories of learning, and current brain research. Integrates emotion and motivation and the neurological basis for learning. Analyzes formal and informal procedures for reporting student progress.


EDE 432 Seminar in Teaching and Assessment  3 credits
Includes practica and seminars that focus on professional reflection and topics related to classroom management, increasing family involvement, teaching to higher standards and assessment at the childhood level. Requires fifty hours of field placement


EDE 493 Student Teaching - CH   12 credits
Highlights knowledge, skills, and dispositions of professional educators. Two full-time 7-week placements in childhood classrooms require candidates to become the instructional leader under the supervision of cooperating teachers and college faculty. Prerequisites: Signature; concurrent registration in EDE 450.


EDE 494 Student Teaching Seminar   0 credits
Includes mandatory training by NY State Education Department and professional reflection. Training includes drug abuse, tobacco health issues, child abduction, AIDS and prevention of school violence. Prerequisites: Signature; concurrent registration in Student Teaching.


EDS 223 Development of Literacy and Language in Early Childhood and Childhood   3 credits
Addresses language acquisition and literacy development in young children, both native speakers and new English language learners. Focuses on teaching strategies to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities.


EDS 224 Teaching for Literacy in Grades 5-12    3 credits
Focuses on methods for assessing and improving students’ reading, speaking, listening and writing abilities in middle and high school. Requires 20 hours of field placement.


EDS 251 Human Growth and Social Development   3 credits
Introduces human developmental processes and variations in the middle and high school years: effects of culture, heritage, socioeconomic level, health and environment on student performance. 


EDS 360 Evaluation and Teaching Strategies   4 credits
Addresses instructional planning, curriculum development, formal and informal assessment methods and reflecting on one’s own teaching practice. Highlights instruction modifications and various resources to enhance teaching. Requires 30 hours of field placement. 


EDS 370 Teaching Young Adolescent Literature  3 credits
Prepares teacher candidates to teach young adult literature and  literature to young adults, grades 6-12. Candidates will consider what, why and how literature is currently taught and learned in middle and high school classrooms.  National and state standards, curriculum, and assessment, as well as contemporary theory and research in English Language Arts will be focal points.


EDS 390 Cognition, Learning and Assessment of Adolescents  3 credits
Investigates learning processes, classroom management, and the roles of transfer, retention, motivation, communication and achievement on student performance. Emphasizes the effects of differentiated instruction, cooperation and reinforcement. 


EDS 402 Methods of Teaching English   3 credits
EDS 403 Methods of Teaching Math   3 credits
EDS 404 Methods of Teaching Language   3 credits
EDS 405 Methods of Teaching Science   3 credits
EDS 406 Methods of Teaching Social Studies   3 credits
Highlights a variety of teaching strategies including technology applications utilizing the NY State Standards in each subject area. Focuses on research-validated instructional strategies for students with diverse learning needs. Teacher candidates perfect lesson and unit planning; in addition, they present teaching demonstrations to the class. Prerequisite: EDS 360


EDS 432 Applied Methods of Teaching Adolescence: English  3 credits
EDS 433 Applied Methods of Teaching Adolescence: Mathematics  3 credits
EDS 434 Applied Methods of Teaching Adolescence: Modern Languages  3 credits
EDS 435 Applied Methods of Teaching Adolescence: Science  3 credits
EDS 436 Applied Methods of Teaching Adolescence: Social Studies  3 credits
Choose One:  Includes practica and seminars that focus on professional reflection and topics related to classroom management, increasing family involvement, teaching to higher standards and assessment at the adolescent level. Requires fifty hours of field placement.  Prerequisite: EDS 360.


EDS 493 Supervised Student Teaching   12 credits
Highlights knowledge, skills, and dispositions of professional educators. Two full-time 7-week placements in adolescent classrooms require candidates to become the instructional leader under the supervision of cooperating teachers and college faculty.  Prerequisites: Overall G.P.A. of 2.50 to date: “C” in each required subject area course (modern language majors must also pass proficiency examination); “C” in each required Education course; interview; EDS 450. Some schools may require certain health tests.


EDS 494 Student Teaching Seminar   0 credits
Includes mandatory training by NY State Education Department and professional reflection. Training includes drug abuse, tobacco health issues, child abduction, AIDS and prevention of school violence. Prerequisite: Signature; concurrent registration in EDS 493.


EDU 122 Technology in Education   3 credits
Explores applications of technology in education. Emphasizes evaluation and selection of software, high and low-tech devices, distance learning and state of the art technologies that impact teaching.


EDU 250 Foundations of Education  3 credits
Addresses social, philosophical, legal, historical, organizational, theoretical perspectives on education, including multicultural perspectives. Highlights rights and responsibilities of teachers, students and others involved in education. 


EDU/CMP 405 Teaching Writing in the Schools   3 credits
Emphasizes integrating current theories of writing into classroom curricula. Candidates develop their own composing abilities and strengthen their ability to teach writing in school settings.


EDU 495 Child Abuse Workshop   0 credits
Mandatory training by NY State Education Department for teacher certification. Occurs during the student teaching seminar.


EDU 496 Prevention of School Violence Workshop   0 credits
Mandatory training by NY State Education Department for teacher certification. Occurs during the student teaching seminar

EDU 497 Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)  0 credits                                            Provides six hours of online and face-to-face training on the components of the Dignity Act, how school climate impacts student achievement and behavior, reporting requirements for Educators as defined by the Dignity Act, understanding diversity and multi-cultural environments and examining personal biases, developing and enhancing awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act, and understanding bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors. Face-to-Face scheduled sessions will take place during the interim week between the two student teaching placements.  Candidates enrolled in online programs may take this course synchronously using distance education technology or take the course elsewhere. Corequisite: EDU 493.

EDY 208 Infant/Toddler Care and Education   3 credits
Utilizes developmental theory and research findings to examine issues of attachment, perception, motor skills, cognition, language, emotions and social skills of the infant/toddler. Emphasizes planning healthy environments that foster understanding of children in the context of their families and cultures.Requires fifteen hours of field placement: infant/toddler. 


EDY 209 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms   3 credits
Emphasizes research-supported practice for enhancing children’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral development within the framework of the NY State standards. Focuses on developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. Requires fifteen hours of field placement: Grades 1-2. 


EDY 306 Music, Movement and the Arts in Early Childhood Classrooms   3  credits
Emphasizes the integration of music, movement, and the arts into the curriculum in early childhood classrooms. Explores various media and materials utilized to enrich learning and stimulate children’s creativity. 


EDY 310 Teaching Math/Science in Early Childhood Classrooms   3 credits
Focuses on inquiry methods, problem solving, and diagnostic teaching addressing the NY State standards. Emphasizes hands-on materials, visuals and other multi-model experiences in math/science learning. Requires fifteen hours of field placement: PreK-K. 


EDY 433 Seminar in Teaching and Assessment    3  credits
Includes practica and seminars that focus on professional reflection and topics related to classroom management, increasing family involvement, teaching to higher standards and assessment at the early childhood level. Requires fifty hours of field placement: Grades 1-2. 


EDY 493 Student Teaching - Early Childhood   12 credits
Highlights knowledge, skills, and dispositions of professional educators. Two full-time seven -week placements in early childhood classrooms require candidates to become the instructional leader under the supervision of cooperating teachers and college faculty. Prerequisites: Signature; concurrent registration in EDY 450.


EDY 494 Student Teacher Seminar   1 credit
Includes mandatory training by NY State Education Department and professional reflection. Training includes drug abuse, tobacco health issues, child abduction, AIDS and prevention of school violence. Prerequisite: Signature; concurrent registration in Student Teaching.


EMC 352  Human Growth and Social Development: Middle Childhood    3 credits
Major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, and moral development of young adolescents.


EMC 391  Cognition, Learning, Assessment and Diagnostic Teaching: Middle Childhood   3 credits
Concepts, standards, and research related to middle level curriculum development stressing the importance of a curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative and exploratory. Interdisciplinary middle level curriculum standards and models will be introduced in addition to assessment strategies that promote the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of all young adolescents.


GEO 325  Introduction to Physical Geography   3 credits
Physical geography focuses on the reshaping of the Earth’s surface through the many interactions that occur between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. It entails an examination of the terrestrial and aquatic character of the Earth, its climate and biodiversity and the sources of energy that promote change. Ultimately, physical geography provides a panoramic view of our relationship to a physical setting that is undergoing constant modification. 


SPE 100 Introduction to Special Education   3 credits
Presents the definitions, causes, psychological and behavioral characteristics of disabilities outlined in the IDEA. Emphasizes assessment procedures, multicultural issues, family involvement and the referral process.


SPE 281 Nature and Needs of EC Students with Learning Disabilities   4 credits
Describes the effect of mild disabilities on early childhood. Focuses on collaborative strategies for parental involvement. Highlights the CPSE process, placement options and instructional strategies through second grade. Requires 20 hours field placement.  Prerequisite: SPE 100. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 282. 


SPE 282 Remedial Strategies in the EC Content Areas   3 credits
Describes developmentally appropriate techniques and materials for instruction to students with disabilities and those at risk of failure. Emphasizes assistive technology for students in early childhood classrooms across the curriculum. Prerequisite: SPE 100. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 281. 


SPE 291 Nature and Needs of CH Students with Learning Disabilities   4 credits
Describes the effect of mild disabilities on childhood. Focuses on collaborative strategies for parental involvement. Highlights the CSE process, placement options and instructional strategies in grades one to six. Requires 20 hours field placement.  Prerequisite: SPE 100. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 292.


SPE 292 Remedial Strategies in the CH Content Areas   3 credits
Describes appropriate techniques and materials for instruction to students with disabilities and those at risk of failure. Emphasizes assistive technology for students in childhood classrooms across the curriculum. Prerequisite: SPE 100. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 291.


SPE 301 Nature and Needs of EC Students with Developmental Disabilities   4 credits
Describes the effect of Mental Retardation and other developmental disabilities on early childhood. Focuses on collaborative strategies for parental involvement. Highlights the CPSE process and placement options through second grade.  Requies 20 hours field placement. Prerequisites: SPE 281 and 282. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 302. 


SPE 302 Multidisciplinary Assessment and EC Teaching   3 credits
Emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to meet the assessment and learning needs of early childhood students with disabilities.  Explores home-based and center-based models and strategies that promote family collaboration.Prerequisites: SPE 281 and 282. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 301. 


SPE 311 Nature and Needs of CH Students with Developmental Disabilities   4 credits
Describes effects of MR and other developmental disabilities on childhood. Focuses on collaborative strategies for parental involvement. Highlights instructional strategies for grades 1-6 across the continuum of services. Requires 20 hours field placement. Prerequisites: SPE 291 and SPE 292. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 312. 


SPE 312 Multidisciplinary Assessment and CH Teaching   3 credits
Emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to meet the assessment and learning needs of childhood students with disabilities. Explores assessment and evaluation using the NYS Standards for Severe Disabilities and the Alternative Performance Indicators. Prerequisites: SPE  291 and SPE 292. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 311. 


SPE 320 Nature and Needs of EC Students with Behavioral Disorders   4 credits
Describes the effect of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders on young children and their families. Highlights CPSE, placement options, collaboration and instructional strategies to address academic and behavioral issues through second grade. Requires 20 hours field placement. Prerequisites: SPE 301, 302. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 325.


SPE 325 Classroom Management in Early Childhood Classrooms   3 credits
Discusses implications of behavior management and importance of a proactive approach to prevent behavior problems. Emphasizes developmentally appropriate classroom structure that supports children with E/BD.  Prerequisites: SPE 301, 302. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 320. 


SPE 330 Nature and Needs of CH Students with Behavioral Disorders   4 credits
Describes the effect of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders on children and their families. Highlights NYSED Regulations, collaboration and instructional strategies to address academic and behavioral issues. Requires 20 hours of field placementPrerequisites: SPE 311, 312. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 335.


SPE 335 Classroom Management in Childhood Classrooms   3 credits
Discusses implications of behavior management and importance of a proactive approach to prevent behavior problems. Emphasizes appropriate classroom structure, and individual and group contingencies to support children with E/BD in grades 1-6. Prerequisites: SPE 311, 312. Concurrent enrollment in SPE 330.


SPE 341 Inclusive Strategies   3 credits
Highlights best practices in general education for students with disabilities. Illustrates current developments in special education. Emphasizes collaboration to meet the diverse needs of learners.


SPE 432 Seminar in Teaching and Assessment   3 credits
Includes practica and seminars that focus on professional reflection and topics related to classroom management, increasing family involvement, teaching to higher standards and assessment at the special education-childhood level.Requires 50 hours of field placement.


SPE 433 Seminar in Teaching and Assessment   3 credits
Includes practica and seminars that focus on professional reflection and topics related to classroom management, increasing family involvement, teaching to higher standards and assessment at the special education-early childhood level. Requires 50 hours of field placement.


SPE1 494 Student Teaching Seminar   0 credits
Includes mandatory training by NY State Education Department and professional reflection. Training includes drug abuse, tobacco health issues, child abduction, AIDS and prevention of school violence. Prerequisites: Signature; concurrent registration in Student Teaching.


SPEB 494 Student Teaching Seminar   0 credits
Includes mandatory training by NY State Education Department and professional reflection. Training includes drug abuse, tobacco health issues, child abduction, AIDS and prevention of school violence. Prerequisites: Signature; concurrent registration in Student Teaching.

SPE1 493 Supervised Student Teaching   12 credits
Highlights knowledge, skills, and dispositions of professional educators. One full-time 7-week placement in each childhood and special education-childhood classroom requires candidates to become the instructional leader under the supervision of cooperating teachers and college faculty. Prerequisites: Signature; overall G.P.A. of 2.50 to date: “C” in each required subject area course (modern language majors must also pass proficiency examination); “C” in each required Education course; interview; concurrent registration in SPE 450. Some schools may require certain health tests.


SPEB 493 Supervised Student Teaching   12 credits
Highlights knowledge, skills, and dispositions of professional educators. One full-time 7-week placement in each childhood and special education-childhood classroom requires candidates to become the instructional leader under the supervision of cooperating teachers and college faculty. Prerequisites: Signature; overall G.P.A. of 2.50 to date: “C” in each required subject area course (modern language majors must also pass proficiency examination); “C” in each required Education course; interview; concurrent registration in SPE 450. Some schools may require certain health tests.