2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

ECED - Early Childhood EducationTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ECED 189Early Childhood Education Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ECED 252Foundations of Early Childhood3.00
Study and evaluation of early childhood models, theory, and practice. Students study major developmental systems, including motor, socio-emotional, and cognitive-linguistic within a cultural framework. Students review major constructs in contemporary child development, such as attachment, personality and temperament, as well as develop skills in observation and assessment. Includes up to 15 hours of field experience in programs serving young children.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ECED 289Early Childhood Education0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ECED 353Exceptional Needs of Young Children3.00
Examines the knowledge and skills required to assess and identify children birth through age 8 with exceptional educational needs and talents. Principles and theories of atypical child growth and development, learning theory, child maltreatment group organization and management for young children are explored. Develops an understanding of clinical diagnoses common to infants and young children, the knowledge necessary to implement developmentally appropriate assessment tools and to promote parent education and family involvement with young children within an interdisciplinary framework. Includes up to 10 hours of field experience in Early Childhood programs.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ECED 355Early Childhood Methods I3.00
One of two courses focusing on developmentally appropriate practices, implementation, and evaluation based on typical and atypical child development, learning theory and research. Focuses on theories of play in early childhood, implementing play based activities for children birth to age 8 through the integration of creative arts, physical activity, social-emotional development and mental health, and basic techniques for therapeutic play. This course includes an examination of early stress and coping, guided imagery, separation and loss. Includes 15 to 20 hours of field experience in Early Childhood programs.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ECED 357Early Childhood Methods II3.00
One of two courses focusing on developmentally appropriate practices, implementation, and evaluation based on typical and atypical child development and research. Examination of pre-academic and academic skills in a wide range of areas, including mathematics, environment, science, and social studies for young children birth through age 8. The relationship among the developmental domains of cognitive-linguistic, social-emotional and motor development literacy and language development are explored. Also requires the study of program, curriculum, and instructional approaches that contribute to the preparation of young children for work, including career exploration, practical application of basic skills, and employability skills and attitudes. Includes 15 to 20 hours of field experience in Early Childhood programs.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ECED 389Early Childhood Education Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits AAONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW- Superior course.
ECED 470Child Life3.00
Seminar course for students completing the Child Life concentration. Theoretical foundations of Child Life practice, the therapeutic relationship, family care, assessment and documentation are covered in depth in this course. Attention is given to understanding children in the context of medical issues as they arise in hospital settings, such as end of life care, chronic disease and emergency care. Includes up to 15 hours of field experience.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ECED 479Family and Culture3.00
Seminar is placed on understanding diversity and cultural competence. Students study and develop communication skills for interacting effectively with children, family systems, and co-workers. Attention is given to understanding children in the context of family and culture, to teaching conflict resolution skills, and to implementing anti-bias practices. Includes up to 15 hours of field experience in an early childhood program setting.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ECED 481Seminars in Early Childhood0.50 - 4.00
Selected topics and problems in the area of early childhood. May be taken in several units provided a different topic or problem is studied each time.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ECED 486Administration of Child Development Programs3.00
Focuses on the rapidly changing field of child development programming. Emphasis on developing the business skills and knowledge that every director must have: funding, budgeting, selecting, training and supervising staff, housing the program, purchasing the equipment, and implementing a standards-based evaluation for the program. Specific licensing procedures, grant writing, and program accreditation are also covered in considerable depth. Designing accessible programs for both typical and atypically developing children is emphasized. Includes up to 10 hours of field experience in child development programs.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ECED 489Early Childhood Education Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.

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