Childhood Development (CHD)

CHD 118 - Language Arts for Young Children

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Emphasizes the early development of children's language and literacy skills. Presents techniques and methods for supporting all aspects of early literacy. Surveys children's literature, and examines elements of promoting oral literacy, print awareness, phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, quality storytelling and story reading. Addresses strategies for intervention and support for exceptional children and English Language Learners.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To prepare students to work with young children in a variety of settings, supporting all aspects of language development including listening, speaking, pre-reading and pre-writing skills.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 118

CHD 119 - Introduction to Reading Methods

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Focuses on promoting language and literacy skills as the foundation for emergent reading. Emphasizes phonetic awareness and alphabetic principles, print awareness and concepts, comprehension and early reading and writing. Addresses strategies for intervention and support for exceptional children and English Language Learners.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To develop the students skills in planning and implementing language arts activities for children in late preschool and kindergarten through third grade. Emphasis is placed on assessment of language arts materials and trends in reading and writing instruction. The course is designed for educators teaching children in the early childhood age range.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

Optional Topics

<- Back to CHD 119

CHD 120 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Introduces early childhood development through activities and experiences in early childhood, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and primary programs. Investigates classroom organization and procedures, and use of classroom time and materials, approaches to education for young children, professionalism, and curricular procedures.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To introduce the student to the field of early childhood education, including characteristics and needs of children in a variety of early care and education settings, the role of the professional, and requirements for employment in the field.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 120

CHD 145 - Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Focuses on children's exploration, play, and creative expression in the areas of art, music, and movement. Emphasis will be on developing strategies for using various open-ended media representing a range of approaches in creative thinking. Addresses strategies for intervention and support for exceptional children and English Language Learners.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To prepare the student to provide for the development of children's creativity in art, music and movement using materials and activities which promote thinking and exploration of materials and concepts.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 145

CHD 146 - Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Provides experiences in content, methods, and materials for the development of math, science, and social studies skills in children. Emphasis will be on developing strategies for using various resources to facilitate children's construction of knowledge. Addresses strategies for intervention and support for children with special needs and English Language Learners.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To develop the student's skills in preparing. presenting, and evaluating preschool activities in the areas of developing math, science and social studies concepts. The course is designed for educators teaching children in the early childhood age range.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 146

CHD 165 - Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

Focuses on observation as the primary method for gathering information about children in early childhood settings. Emphasizes development of skills in the implementation of a range of observation techniques. Includes 40 hours of field placement in early learning setting.
Seminar 2 hours. Field placement 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To present information on and provide experience using various descriptive and qualitative methods of gathering and analyzing observational data on young children, with emphasis on patterns of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 165

CHD 166 - Infant and Toddler Programs

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Examines child growth and development from birth to 36 months. Focuses on development in the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language domains. Emphasizes the importance of the environment and relationships for healthy brain development during the child's first three years of life. Investigates regulatory standards for infant/toddler care giving.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To provide a foundation for those working with, or preparing to work with infants and toddlers, including strategies for providing safe and healthy learning environments for young children, as well as strategies to maintain positive relationships with families.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 166

CHD 167 - CDA Theories and Applications: Resource File

Course Description

Effective: 2010-08-01

Supports the student/CDA candidate in completing the Professional Resource File and all documentation required for the national CDA credential.
(3 Cr.) Lecture 3 hours per week. 3 Contact Hours.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

Students will demonstrate knowledge of and competence in meeting the CDA requirements, including completion of the six Competency Statements; researching, organizing and synthesizing required materials and resources; and completing all necessary paperwork for the CDA credential.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

This course is designed for students pursuing the CDA (Child Development Associate) credential.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 167

CHD 205 - Guiding the Behavior of Children

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Explores the role of the early childhood educator in supporting emotional and social development of children, and in fostering a sense of community. Presents practical strategies for encouraging prosocial behavior, conflict resolution and problem solving. Emphasizes basic skills and techniques in child guidance.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To familiarize the student with the development and range of typical childhood emotions and behavior, and provide the student with practical techniques for helping to guide young children's behavior in positive ways.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 205

CHD 210 - Introduction to Exceptional Children

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Reviews the history of and legal requirements for providing intervention and educational services for young children with special needs. Studies the characteristics of children with a diverse array of needs and developmental abilities. Explores concepts of early intervention, inclusion, guiding behavior and adapting environments to meet children's needs.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To prepare early care and education professionals who are employed or are preparing to be employed in child care programs, Head Start, or family child care homes, to work with young children having or at risk for having special needs.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 210

CHD 216 - Early Childhood Programs, School, and Social Change

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

Explores methods of developing positive, effective relations with families to enhance their developmental goals for children. Considers culture and other diverse needs, perspectives, and abilities of families and educators. Emphasizes advocacy and public policy awareness as an important role of early childhood educators. Describes risk factors and identifies community resources.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To develop the student's skills in working effectively with families, schools, and other professionals and agencies in support of the positive developmental outcomes for children. The course is designed for pre-service and practicing educators teaching children in the early childhood age range, and others who may work in allied fields.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 216

CHD 265 - Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

Focuses on implementation of activity planning and observation of children through participation in early childhood settings. Emphasizes responsive teaching practices and assessment of children's development. Reviews legal and ethical implications of working with children. Supports the student in creating a professional educational portfolio. Includes 40 hours of field placement in early learning setting.
Seminar 2 hours. Field Placement 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To provide students with a field experience, focusing on teaching practices and child observation skills. Students will participate with different age groups, and will develop and implement learning activities for children.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

<- Back to CHD 265