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Early Childhood

2012-2014 Catalog

Early Childhood


James M Geidner, Associate Professor

Early Childhood Program Description

The Early Childhood minor is designed to acquaint the student with developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age 8. The minor is planned to prepare the student with the professional knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for designing programs to foster the growth and development of children during the period of early childhood. Specific coursework and field experiences are required.

The minor is excellent preparation for students interested in Education (e.g., early childhood, administration, parent education), in Law (e.g., Child and Family advocacy), Social Service (e.g., family casework, child welfare, licensing, child protection, child policy) or in various health related areas (e.g., pediatrics, nursing, Child Life Specialist) involving children. It is also appropriate for students who are interested in gaining a broader understanding of children and families in contemporary society. 

If the student chooses to take the minor in conjunction with the Elementary Education Major, the Early Childhood minor is required for students seeking the Wisconsin EC-MC license (ages birth to 11; Early Childhood through Middle Childhood Regular Education), and requires a student teaching placement in a kindergarten (nine weeks; six credits) and a placement in grades 1-6 (nine weeks; six credits). This minor is open to any student, regardless of their major. A Criminal Background Check and negative TB Test (Mantoux) are required to complete the required field experiences. The required forms can be found online at http://www.uwsuper.edu/acaddept/edl/forms/ted/index.cfm. The advisor for the Early Childhood minor is Dr. James M. Geidner, MWC 1412, (715) 395-4690.

Early Childhood Requirements

22 total credits

Required courses (22 credits required):

ECED 252 Foundations of Early Childhood -- 3 credits
ECED 353 Exceptional Needs of Young Children -- 3 credits
ECED 355 Early Childhood Methods I -- 3 credits
ECED 357 Early Childhood Methods II --3 credits
ENGED 463 Developing Literacy PreK-3 -- 3 credits
ECED 479 Family and Culture -- 3 credits
ECED 486 Administration of Child Development Programs -- 3 credits
ECED 481 Seminars in Early Childhood -- 0.5 - 4.0 credits

Seminars in Early Childhood are offered each fall and each spring semester. Students must enroll for a minimum of 1 credit. Enrollment for ECED 481 is through the Continuing Education office.

Child Life Certification Program Description

The Child Life program provides students with the expertise in helping children and their families overcome life's most challenging events. Armed with a strong background in child development and family systems, child life specialists promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization.

Child Life Certification is conferred through the Child Life Council. To achieve Child Life Certification, each candidate must satisfy all educational and experiential requirements established by the CLCC, and must demonstrate an acceptable level of knowledge of child life theory and practice by successfully completing the Child Life Professional Certification Examination as well as an internship in Child Life.

Child Life Certification is open to any student interested in working with children and families, primarily in a hospital setting. The Certification can be taken in conjunction with any major, or can be completed as an Interdisciplinary Major.

The Child Life program is designed to prepare students to sit for the Child Life Certification examination. Since the Child Life Council may, on an occasional basis, modify requirements for certification it is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with these requirements.

Child Life Certification Requirements

This Certificate is NOT listed on a UW-Superior transcript.

The following sequence of courses prepares the student to apply to sit for the Child Life Certification exam.

52 total credits

Child Life Specific required courses (15 credits required):

ECED 470 Child Life -- 3 credits
HHP 496 Internship -- 12 credits

Early Childhood required courses (15 credits required):

ECED 353 Exceptional Needs of Young Children -- 3 credits
ECED 355 Early Childhood Methods I -- 3 credits
ECED 357 Early Childhood Methods II -- 3 credits
ECED 479 Family and Culture -- 3 credits
ECED 486 Administration of Child Development Programs

Health and Human Performance Required required courses (16 credits required):

HLTH 267 Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management -- 3 credits
HLTH 158 Responding to Emergencies -- 2 credits
HLTH 160 Introduction to Health Science & Terminology -- 2 credits
HLTH 264 Human Structure and Function -- 3 credits
HLTH 265 Human Structure and Function -- 3 credits
HLTH 366 Principles of Nutrition -- 3 credits

Elective courses in Child Development required courses (6 credits required):

PSYC 451 OR TED 253 OR other course approved by the student's advisor.

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