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Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Course Code
EECE 190  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Elementary and Early Childhood Education 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a topics course and may be repeated as topics vary. 



Course Code
EECE 220  Credits
Title Foundations of Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education 
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Description This is an introductory course to the field of the early childhood and early childhood special education. Basic aspects of programming for children from birth to age eight will be studied. Referral and intervention procedures are included as well as various educational and service delivery models. Terminology, key professionals, historical and contemporary issues are included. 



Course Code
EECE 275  Credits
Title Effective Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education 
Prerequisite EECE 220 and STL 230 
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Description This course explores developmentally appropriate practices for methods and materials in early childhood curriculum. In this course, students explore child-centered educational practices and early childhood curriculum models. Students will examine learning materials and environments that foster creativity in children’s learning and development. Constructivist approaches to hands-on learning of children age 3-8 will be emphasized through analyzing materials and developing creative resources to use in an integrated curriculum. 



Course Code
EECE 290  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Elementary and Early Childhood Education 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a topics course and may be repeated as topics vary. 



Course Code
EECE 297  Credits 1-3 
Title Independent Study in Education 
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Description Extends study beyond regular course work at the sophomore level. 



Course Code
EECE 397  Credits 1-3 
Title Independent Study in Education 
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Description Extends study beyond regular course work at junior level. 



Course Code
EECE 420  Credits
Title Kindergarten Methods 
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Description This course is organized around the unique developmental characteristics of kindergarten children. The focus includes designing appropriate learning environments, meaningful activities, and integrated curriculum resulting in intentional teaching of the whole child. Emphasis is on appropriate methods and materials, and includes the history of kindergarten and current trends. 



Course Code
EECE 426  Credits
Title Primary Methods: Math, Science, Social Studies 
Prerequisite EECE 333 MATH 303 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A methodology course for early childhood majors to explore constructivist approaches to hands-on discovery learning of math, science, and social studies in the primary grades of 1-3. 



Course Code
EECE 428  Credits
Title Building Partnerships 
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Description This course will focus on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for building relationships among teachers, other school professionals, and families in the field of education. The nature of contemporary families and their relationship to schools is studied. Communication strategies, consultation, and cross-cultural sensitivity are all examined. Emphasis is on the teacher’s role in building effective relationships with families and other professionals. 



Course Code
EECE 430  Credits
Title Infant/Toddler Programs and Practices 
Prerequisite EECE 230 
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Description An orientation to planning and implementing programs for children ages birth to three years and their families. Guidelines for supporting development and for providing quality care and education will be examined and applied in a field experience in an infant or toddler program. 



Course Code
EECE 433  Credits
Title Preschool Curriculum 
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Description This course examines how to design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum in programs serving preschool children and their families. The focus is on how to provide children with integrated learning experiences across all developmental domains. Candidates will plan and teach lessons using a variety of strategies and which are grounded in their knowledge of children’s developmental, individual, and sociocultural contexts. A practicum experience in a preschool classroom is embedded in the course. (Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education through SARTE, completion of all other EC courses prior to EC Senior Block or permission from instructor) 



Course Code
EECE 437  Credits
Title Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Education 
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Writing Intensive No  
Description This course focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to develop leadership and administrative abilities needed in the field of Early Childhood Education. With a focus on both large and small programs, the course will address a variety of facets of administration including enrollment, staffing, supervision, policy development, communication, budgeting and evaluation of early childhood programs. In addition this course includes the examination of leadership, advocacy and contemporary issues within the field, culminating in the writing and presentation of an independent scholarly advocacy paper.  



Course Code
EECE 438  Credits
Title Guidance and Play 
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Description This course explores guidance and play with young children. Emphasis on using relationship-based guidance approaches to support the development of self-regulation and positive self-concept. Methods for designing a learning environment and using play to optimize children's leaning will be taught. Guidance strategies and group management approaches are addressed. 



Course Code
EECE 441  Credits
Title Children's Literature: Content and Methods 
Prerequisite EECE 341 SPED 225 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Close reading and study of children's literature--folktales, myth, hero tales, picture books, poetry, modern fantasy, biographies and realism. Emphasis on the nature of children's literature, literature from diverse cultures, criteria for selection, and strategies for reading/teaching literature as a content field in the elementary school. This course meets the upper-level writing requirement. 



Course Code
EECE 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Early Childhood Internship 
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Description This internship will provide students with the opportunity to apply and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required in the field of early childhood education. Students will work with groups of children in an early childhood setting for up to 12 weeks. Students will complete experiences typical in an early childhood setting, overseen by a faculty supervisor and a site-based early childhood professional.  



Course Code
EECE 480E  Credits
Title Student Teaching: Elementary 
Prerequisite Admitted into teacher education program: SARTE, complete Ed 310, Ed 498, Ed 448. Student teachers must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Early Childhood, Sped, Elementary Ed) or 2.50 (Secondary and K-12) at the time of application for student teaching. All courses required for the major must be completed. 
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Description Supervised student teaching experience at the elementary level for students receiving a K-12 license only. Enrollment in ED 460S (5 credits) is also required. 



Course Code
EECE 481C  Credits 1-12 
Title Student Teaching: Early Childhood 
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Description Supervised student teaching experience in an elementary school and in an early childhood program. Students will teach at two levels, preschool through third grade. 



Course Code
EECE 481E  Credits 1-16 
Title Student Teaching: Kindergarten/Elementary 
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Description Supervised teaching experience in a kindergarten and/or elementary setting. Retention in Teacher Education Program through SARTE. Satisfactory completion of/or co-enrollment in all prior Early Childhood Education program requirements. 



Course Code
EECE 481V  Credits 1-16 
Title Student Teaching: Elementary/Early Childhood 
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Description Supervised student teaching experience in an elementary school or early education center. Only students who are student teaching in the Student Teaching Abroad Program, or being hosted by MSUM via the Common Market Program, or other approved exchange program, should register for this course. 



Course Code
EECE 490  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Elementary and Early Childhood Education 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This is a topics course and may be repeated as topics vary.