Early Childhood Education - Diploma

West Burlington Campus (Keokuk Campus offers select courses)

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
ECE-103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
EDU-212 Educational Foundations 3
EDU-920 Field Experience 2
SDV-108 The College Experience 1
WBL-103 Exploring Careers: Human Services 1-3
ECE-133 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ENG-105 Composition I 3
Semester Total: 15
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
ECE-158 Early Childhood Curriculum I 3
ECE-170 Child Growth and Development 3
Take ECE-221 or (ART-133 and MUS-100):
ECE-221 Infant/Toddler Care and Education 3
ART-133 Drawing 3
MUS-100 Music Appreciation 3
Take 1 of 2 courses:
ECE-287 Exceptional Learner 3
EDU-247 Teaching Exceptional Learners 3.5
Semester Total: 12-15.5
PROGRAM TOTAL: 27-30.5

ECE-103 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is an overview of early childhood programs and curricula, historical and present, and an examination of qualities and skills necessary for working with young children.

EDU-212 - Educational Foundations

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This survey course is designed to examine the historical, philosophical, sociological, political, economic and legal foundations of the American public education system. Students will explore the nature of school environments, design and organization of school curriculum and characteristics of effective schools and instruction in grades P-12. Educational structures, practices and projections for the future will be studied. Corequisite: EDU-920.

EDU-920 - Field Experience

Lab: 4

Credit: 2

Field Experience provides the student an opportunity to observe a teacher in a local classroom and to work with students in that classroom under direct supervision of the cooperating teacher. The student will keep a reflective journal. Corequisite: EDU-212.

SDV-108 - The College Experience

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course is designed to empower new students to successfully transition to college. Students will learn academic success skills, strategies for personal development and exploration, college culture and expectations, and how to access college resources and services.

WBL-103 - Exploring Careers: Human Services

This course will provide guidance in choosing a career goal and preparing for employment in Human Services careers. Emphasis will be placed on identifying interests,abilities and values and exploring options for careers. Students will learn how to access labor market information and employment trends. Additionally, students will develop the skills and aptitudes necessary to obtain employment in these fields, emphasizing the development of characteristics associated with job success.

ECE-133 - Child Health, Safety and Nutrition

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course focuses on evidence-based concepts in the fields of health, safety and nutrition and their relationship to the growth and development of the young child ages birth to eight. The course blends current theory with problem solving, practical applications and assessments. The course includes collaboration with families, and assesses the role of culture, language and ability on health, safety and nutrition decisions in early childhood settings.

ENG-105 - Composition I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisite: Meet minimum test score requirements.

ECE-158 - Early Childhood Curriculum I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course focuses on the development, implementation and assessment of appropriate environments and curricula for young children ages birth through eight. Students prepare to utilize evidence-based, developmentally appropriate practices in a context of children's family, culture, language and abilities. An emphasis will be placed on understanding children's developmental stages and developing appropriate learning opportunities, interactions and environments to support each child in the following areas: dramatic play, art, music and fine and gross motor play.

ECE-170 - Child Growth and Development

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course reviews typical and atypical development of children from conception to adolescence in all developmental domains. Students will examine interactions between child, family and society within a variety of community and cultural contexts. The course will explore theories and evidence-based practices associated with understanding and supporting young children.

ECE-221 - Infant/Toddler Care and Education

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Focuses on care, education and assessment of children from birth to 36 months. Prepares students to utilize developmentally appropriate evidence-based practices including responsive caregiving, routines as curriculum, collaborative relationships with culturally, linguistically and ability diverse children and families, and a focus on the whole child in inclusive settings.

ART-133 - Drawing

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A beginning drawing class in a variety of media using an assortment of subjects. The student will explore theories and concepts of drawing.

MUS-100 - Music Appreciation

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a general overview course which includes basic music concepts and elements of the art, a general historical look and critical approach. Music as it has evolved from the beginning to present-day is studied. This involves listening to musical examples.

ECE-287 - Exceptional Learner

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is an introductory course designed to provide the student with an overview of the field of special education and the policies and programs established for the education of exceptional students. It includes an analysis of the nature, incidence and characteristics of the students with physical and mental disabilities, the behavior disordered, the talented and gifted, and the learning disabled. Students will complete observations of early childhood settings throughout the course.

EDU-247 - Teaching Exceptional Learners

Lecture: 3

Lab: 1

Credit: 3.5

A survey course introducing current and prospective teachers to the field of special education. Topics of study include the following: foundational knowledge, the new relationship between special and general education, legislation, characteristics of different types of learners and research-based teaching strategies and accommodations.

Beth Ash - Education Program Coordinator/Adjunct Faculty, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5242

Email: bash@scciowa.edu
MA, University of Tulsa
BA, Oral Roberts University

Amy Drew - Instructor/Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5135

Email: adrew@scciowa.edu
Advanced Studies Certificate: Literacy Coach, University of Northern Iowa
MS, Walden University
BA, Iowa Wesleyan
AA, Southeastern Community College

Bailea Grier - Instructor/Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5211

Email: bgrier@scciowa.edu
Advanced Studies Certificate: Literacy Coach, University of Northern Iowa
MA, Viterbo University
BA, University of Northern Iowa
AA, Southeastern Community College

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