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Early Childhood Education Development


ECED 100  Basic STARS Training  (3)

Offers students the required training set forth by the Washington state Training and Registry System (STARS), a career development system for those who work in child care, early education, and school-age care. Content areas include child growth and development, child guidance, and health and safety.

ECED& 105  Introduction to Early Childhood Education  (5)

Provides an introduction to childhood education from infants through the early elementary years. Includes an overview of various programs, research on effective teaching strategies, cultural and developmentally appropriate practices, resources, and assessment tools. Current issues related to the early learning profession are discussed. Appropriate for those interested in entering the field of early childhood education. Includes optional site visits to various ECE programs.

ECED& 107  Health, Safety and Nutrition  (5)

Explores the interrelated roles of the home, school and community in meeting the health, safety, and nutritional needs of young children. Topics include nutrition, common childhood diseases, immunizations, accident prevention, emergency care, and special health problems. Presents referral procedures in using school and community resources to meet the health and safety needs of children.

ECED 112  Technology in Education  (3)

Students use technology in a manner related to the education field. Appropriate for experienced, as well as inexperienced computer users.

ECED& 120  ECE Practicum 1-Nurturing Relationships  (2)

Apply theories of best practice in an early learning setting with a focus on developing supportive relationships while keeping children healthy and safe. Students observe and interact with children under the age of six. Satisfies an activity requirement.

ECED 124  Early Childhood Education Practicum 2  (2)

Provides students practical work experience in an ECE setting with the purpose of applying theoretical knowledge. Students are under the guidance and supervision of a college instructor while working with children under the age of six. PREREQUISITE: ECED& 120 or instructor's permission. Satisfies an activity requirement.

ECED 125  Introduction to Child Development Associates  (3)

Introduces the Child Development Associates (CDA) process to help students understand the terminology and requirements needed to earn this ECE teaching credential. Covers the first four functional areas and the first competency goal of the CDA process.

ECED 126  Child Development Associate Practicum 1  (3)

Provides students practical work experience in an educational setting appropriate to the CDA specialization, with the purpose of applying CDA course content. Students are under the guidance and supervision of a college instructor while working with children. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in any CDA class.

ECED 127  Child Development Associate Practicum 2  (3)

Provides students practical work experience in an educational setting appropriate to the CDA specialization, with the purpose of applying CDA course content. Students are under the guidance and supervision of a college instructor while working with children. PREREQUISITE: ECED 126 and concurrent enrollment in any CDA class.

ECED& 132  Infants and Toddlers-Nurturing Care  (3)

Examines the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Study includes the role of the caregiver, the relationships with families, developmentally appropriate practices, culturally-relevant care and nurturing environments for infants and toddlers.

ECED& 134  Family Child Care  (3)

Learn the basics of program management for home/family child care. Topics include licensing requirements, business management, relationship building, health, safety, nutrition, guiding behavior and promoting growth and development.

ECED& 136  School-Age Care  (3)

Provides skills to create developmentally appropriate and culturally-relevant activities and care for school-age children. Includes guidance techniques, building relationships, supporting academic and social skills, preparing the environment, curriculum development, and community outreach.

ECED& 139  Administration of Early Learning Programs  (3)

Develops administrative skills required to successfully operate an early learning program based on state licensing, early learning initiatives and NAEYC accreditation standards.

ECED 145  Foster Parent Scope  (5)

Taught by a team of professionals. Meets the ongoing in-service training needs of licensed foster parents. Gives attention to the foster parent, the foster child, and to developing effective working relationships with the biological parents and caseworker. Emphasizes developing the guidance and discipline strategies necessary to deal with the special needs of foster children.

ECED 152  Multicultural Books  (3)

Introduces high-quality developmentally-appropriate children's books for early childhood and elementary classrooms. Students read and evaluate multicultural and anti-bias books that portray characters with authentic and realistic behaviors with an emphasis on race, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, age, culture, disability, and family lifestyle. Identifies children’s books which may be explicitly and/or subtly biased.

ECED 155  Exploring Science and Math  (5)

Focuses on the process of planning, creating, presenting and evaluating hands-on, relevant science and math activities for children in preschool through grade three. Serves as the foundation course for building developmentally appropriate science and math skills that lead to discovery, exploration and understanding. Open-ended science activities involve children at a wide range of developmental levels, connecting to other areas, including math, artistic expression, and social studies. Allows students to work collaboratively in small groups and to practice presenting lessons to young children.

ECED& 160  Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education  (5)

Investigates learning theory, program planning and tools for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in young children (birth-age 8).

ECED 165  Art for Children  (3)

Develops and enhances creative expression in children using a process approach. Students plan, present and evaluate developmentally appropriate curriculum units in art for preschool, elementary and special needs students. This lab course provides experiences with creative materials and activities that are multicultural, and build self-esteem, social skills, and small motor skills.

ECED& 170  Environments-Young Child  (3)

Students design, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments which ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimal development of young children.

ECED 175  Music/Movement Activities  (3)

Students plan, present, and evaluate developmentally appropriate curriculum activities in music and movement. Appropriate for teachers who wish to work in a preschool setting, early elementary program or child care center. Students learn about the importance of creative expression, and providing movement and music activities that promote social skills, are multicultural, and self-esteem building. Covers physical development of children through the elementary years with attention toward their fine and gross motor development. Satisfies an activity requirement.

ECED& 180  Language and Literacy Development  (3)

Literacy skills and teaching strategies are examined and defined at each developmental stage through the four interrelated areas of speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Topics include language acquisition, children's literature, environment and curriculum assessment, and program planning.

ECED 181  Montessori Practicum I  (4)

Provides students practical work experience in a Montessori classroom setting for the purpose of applying theoretical knowledge. Students are under the guidance and supervision of a Montessori-certified college instructor while working with children between the ages of 3-6.

ECED 182  Montessori Practicum 2  (4)

Provides students practical work experience in a Montessori classroom setting for the purpose of applying theoretical knowledge. Students are under the guidance and supervision of a Montessori-certified college instructor while working with children between the ages of 3-6. PREREQUISITE: ECED 181 or instructor's permission.

ECED& 190  Observation and Assessment  (3)

Collect and record observation and assessment data in order to plan for and support the child, the family, the group and the community. Practice reflection techniques, summarizing conclusions and communicating findings.

ECED 194  Early Child Education Special Topics 1  (1-5)

Enables students to pursue areas of special interest in the Early Childhood Education field. Students participate in approved regularly scheduled workshops, seminars, or classes sponsored by the college or by a recognized institution or organization, e.g. Child Care Resources, Educational Service District, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children or local affiliate, health department, or childcare agency.

ECED 195  Early Child Education Special Topics 2  (1-5)

Enables students to pursue areas of special interest in the Early Childhood Education field. Students participate in approved regularly scheduled workshops, seminars, or classes sponsored by the college or by a recognized institution or organization, e.g. Child Care Resources, Educational Service District, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children or local affiliate, health department, or childcare agency.

ECED 196  Early Child Education Special Topics 3  (1-5)

Enables students to pursue areas of special interest in the Early Childhood Education field. Students participate in approved regularly scheduled workshops, seminars, or classes sponsored by the college or by a recognized institution or organization, e.g. Child Care Resources, Educational Service District, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children or local affiliate, health department, or childcare agency.

ECED 211  Introduction to Montessori  (4)

Introduces the Montessori philosophy and method focusing on the 3-6 year old child. Presents practical life and sensorial exercises along with a general overview of Montessori subjects. Uses a contemporary approach to the method with added emphasis on cultural relevancy and anti-bias curriculum practices.

ECED 212  Montessori 2  (4)

Continues the study of the Montessori philosophy and method focusing on the 3-6 year old child. Presents language and math lessons and exercises along with the continued overview of the Montessori classroom. Uses a contemporary approach to the method with added emphasis on cultural relevancy and anti-bias curriculum practices. PREREQUISITE: ECED 211 or instructor's permission.

ECED 213  Montessori 3  (4)

Concludes the study of the Montessori philosophy and method focusing on the 3-6 year old child. Emphasizes cultural subject's developmentally appropriate practices. Students study environment, equipment, materials, and teacher behaviors that support the Montessori method of education. PREREQUISITE: ECED 212 or instructor's permission.

ECED 214  Early Childhood Education Practicum 2  (3)

Provides second year practical work experience in an ECE setting for the purpose of applying theoretical knowledge. Students work under the guidance and supervision of a college instructor while working with children under the age of six. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

ECED 215  Early Childhood Education Practicum 3  (3)

Provides second year practical work experience in an ECE setting for the purpose of applying theoretical knowledge. Students work under the guidance and supervision of a college instructor while working with children under the age of six. PREREQUISITE: ECED 214 or instructor's permission. Satisfies an activity requirement.

ECED 220  Introduction to Sign Language  (2)

Introduces sign language. Presents alphabet and vocabulary using Signed English. Finger-spelling activities include a variety of games and songs. Satisfies an activity requirement.

ECED 225  Child Development Associate Course Content  (3)

Helps students meet the requirement for the Child Development Associates (CDA) process, by earning the credits and clock hours required in five of the 13 functional areas. Covers cognitive, communication, creative, self-esteem, and social development.

ECED 230  Child Development Associate Work Ethics  (3)

Helps students meet the requirements for the Child Development Associates (CDA) process, by earning the credits and clock hours specific to the last four functional areas and four of the competency goals. Covers guidance and discipline, working with families, program management, and professionalism.

ECED 250  Early Childhood Education Final Practicum  (3)

Intended as the final course in the ECE degree program, ECED 250 allows students to present and document their abilities and experiences gained while in the ECE program. Students are expected to assume a lead teaching role in which they demonstrate application of all previous coursework emphasizing developmentally and culturally appropriate practices based on NAEYC criteria. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

ECED 260  CDA Performance Documentation  (3)

Provides students with information to help them prepare their Child Development Associates (CDA) resource file for submittal in order to apply for the nationally-recognized CDA credential. Helps students understand, define, and clarify the requirements established by the CDA Council. Instructor observes and assesses each student at their early learning workplace, documenting the student's performance as it relates to CDA standards. May be taken in conjunction with one of the other CDA courses. Students may use this course to satisfy five credits of practicum in their ECE certificate or degree. PREREQUISITE: ECED 125, 225, 230; or instructor's permission.

ECED 265  Supervised Montessori Teaching  (4)

Provides an opportunity for leadership experience in a Montessori setting with the purpose of applying the Montessori philosophy and method in all areas of the classroom. Students are under the guidance and supervision of a Montessori-certified college instructor working with children between the ages of 3-6. PREREQUISITE: ECED 211, 212, and 213; or instructor's permission.

ECED 294  Special Topics-Education in Early Childhood 4  (1-5)

Provides students with a basic knowledge to pursue areas of special interest in the field of education. Students participate in approved regularly scheduled workshops and seminars sponsored by the college or by a recognized institution or organization, e.g., Educational Service District, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children or local affiliate, health department, or childcare agency.

ECED 295  Special Topics-Education in Early Childhood 5  (1-5)

Provides students with a basic knowledge to pursue areas of special interest in the field of education. Students participate in approved regularly scheduled workshops and seminars sponsored by the college or by a recognized institution or organization, e.g., Educational Service District, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children or local affiliate, health department, or childcare agency.

ECED 296  Special Topics-Education in Early Childhood 6  (1-5)

Provides students with a basic knowledge to pursue areas of special interest in the field of education. Students participate in approved regularly scheduled workshops and seminars sponsored by the college or by a recognized institution or organization, e.g., Educational Service District, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children or local affiliate, health department, or childcare agency.

ECED 297  Montessori Intensive  (6)

An intensive overview of the Montessori Method of Education that includes a synopsis of the entire Montessori curriculum for children ages 3-6 years. Through online study, video-viewing, field trips, and four full days of face to face instruction, students will be introduced into both the theory and practice of the system. Course is appropriate for those who are either new or experienced to the study of Montessori.

ECED 301  Reflective Observation with Field Experience 1  (2)

Students will work a minimum of 20 hours per week with children and families in an early childhood setting. Through regular group meetings, students will have the opportunity to engage in reflective practice, with faculty facilitation, around their field experience. Students will be encouraged to carefully consider the qualities and characteristics of their actions and ideas. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 302  Reflective Observation with Field Experience 2  (2)

Students will work a minimum of 20 hours per week with children and families in an early childhood setting. Through regular group meetings, students will have the opportunity to engage in reflective practice, with faculty facilitation, around their field experience. Students will be encouraged to carefully consider the qualities and characteristics of their actions and ideas. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education and ECED 301; or instructor's permission.

ECED 303  Reflective Observation with Field Experience 3  (2)

Students will work a minimum of 20 hours per week with children and families in an early childhood setting. Through regular group meetings, students will have the opportunity to engage in reflective practice, with faculty facilitation, around their field experience. Students will be encouraged to carefully consider the qualities and characteristics of their actions and ideas. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education; and ECED 301 and 302; or instructor's permission.

ECED 305  Introduction to Infant/Child Mental Health  (5)

A comprehensive overview of community agencies and professionals who work with and support early learning programs and families. Students will learn and practice communication skills and strategies that enable them to connect with and encourage parents and other family members to be involved in their child’s growth and education. Special emphasis will be placed on intercultural communication. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 310  Building Networks with Families and Community  (3)

A comprehensive overview of community agencies and professionals who work with and support early learning programs and families. Students will learn and practice communication skills and strategies that enable them to connect with and encourage parents and other family members to be involved in their child’s growth and education. Special emphasis will be placed on intercultural communication. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 315  Foundations of Infant/Toddler Development  (5)

Provides an overview of knowledge and research in the area of infant/toddler development through a mental health lens. All domains of development will be studied, with a special focus on social/emotional development and the importance of responsive, respectful interactions. Students will explore research related to how infants “make meaning” and how this learning can be supported. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 340  Equity and Social Justice in Early Care and Educ  (3)

Equity and Social Justice examines attitudes and practices that are explicitly and/or subtly biased on the basis of race, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, age, culture, disability, family/lifestyle, sexual identity and gender orientation. Students will explore historical and current issues of how systemic power, privilege, and oppression impact early childhood education systems and the individuals within those systems. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 350  Theories, Relationships and Attachment  (5)

Theories related to attachment and relationships will be studied and analyzed, providing a solid foundation for informed caregiving. Students will study attachment theorists, their ideas, and their continuing impact on early learning. They will also examine how early relationships have a significant impact on the social emotional development of the young child, and how brain development is influenced by these early relationships. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 370  Curric & Environ Design Supports Social/Emotional Learnin  (5)

A study of the importance of the environment as an integral support for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) focused on children from birth to three. Provides valuable insights into how to design environments, plan curriculum, assess learning, and work with families. Environments and curriculum will be addressed regarding space, aesthetics, furnishings, materials, age groupings, human interactions, adult-child ratios and safety. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 401  Reflective Consultation with Field Experience 1  (2)

Students will work a minimum of 20 hours per week with children and families in an early childhood setting. Through regular group meetings, students will have the opportunity to engage in reflective consultation with faculty facilitation around their field experience. Students will go beyond just reflecting on simple application and knowledge, and will begin to integrate ideas and concepts into their work. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education; and ECED 301, 302 and 303; or instructor's permission.

ECED 402  Reflective Consultation with Field Experience 2  (2)

Students will work a minimum of 20 hours per week with children and families in an early childhood setting. Through regular group meetings, students will have the opportunity to engage in reflective consultation with faculty facilitation around their field experience. Students will go beyond just reflecting on simple application and knowledge, and will begin to integrate ideas and concepts into their work. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education; and ECED 301, 302, 303 and 401; or instructor's permission.

ECED 405  Trauma Exposed and Vulnerable Families/Child  (5)

An examination of the concept of trauma-informed care: an understanding of how trauma changes the brain and affects relationships, self-regulation, sensory processing, learning, and behavior. Students will learn to recognize the behavioral signs of trauma, and how to respond in ways that maintain respect and bring healing for young children and families. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 410  Foundations of Challenging Behavior: Emotional  (3)

An analysis of how aspects of child development and early learning potentially affect children’s behavior, including the relationship between trauma, brain development, and emotional dysregulation. Emphasis will be placed on nurturing respectful relationships in an inclusive social climate between teachers and young children as the essential basis for prevention and intervention. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 415  Early Identification and Intervention: Children  (5)

Through the use of a biopsychosocial framework, programs of assessment and intervention for children with developmental delays and mental health issues will be studied. Emphasis on interactive disorders, regulatory-sensory processing disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders. A review of historical and legal precedence for providing early intervention and early childhood special education services, and practical and effective techniques for working with this population. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 420  Assessment Tools and Documentation  (3)

Students will learn why observation, assessment, and documentation are essential elements of reflective practice. They will study and analyze various assessment tools used to document a child’s development and early learning experiences. Observations of children while using these tools will provide students the skills necessary for assessing the needs of each child, taking into account individual and cultural differences. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 425  Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Educ  (3)

Students will implement ethical guidelines and other professional standards, learn techniques for collaboration, demonstrate reflective practice, make informed decisions, act as effective advocates for sound educational practices and policies, and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor's permission.

ECED 445  Reflective Seminar  (2)

Through small-group seminars and individual meetings with core faculty, students will reflect on their coursework and the experiences they have had in the Infant/ Child Mental Health BAS Degree, and how this program has impacted their life, both personally and professionally. PREREQUISITE: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education; and ECED 301, 302, 303, 401 and 402; or instructor's permission.

ECED 450  Capstone Project  (5)

The final capstone course provides students an opportunity to synthesize and demonstrate their learning across the program, bringing together research, theory and application. Students will demonstrate overall degree competencies and show how research informs their professional work in the field of early learning. Students, in consultation with their program adviser will create a final culminating project to be presented to classmates and program faculty. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.