Bachelor of Arts in Child Development

The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development program at Ellis University seeks to ensure the quality of care and education for young children and their families by providing state of the art preparation in best practices to caregivers and educators. The program is designed to provide a high quality, innovative program of study for students who seek to gain new knowledge and skills, as well as those who wish to improve and expand their competencies. It is geared toward students who have had some or limited experience working with young children, as well as practising teachers and administrators, such as those employed in child care centers, family child care, independent schools, and community agencies. The bachelors program is also a great stepping stone for students who already possess an associate’s degree in early childhood education or child development.

The B.A. in Child Development will provide graduates with appropriate skills to assume leadership positions working with young children as lead teachers, center directors, after school care directors and teachers, and as teachers of infants and toddlers.

At the conclusion of this degree students should be able to:

  • Promote child development and learning in different contexts
  • Build family and community relationships
  • Observe, document and assess relevant education and training programs
  • Teach and facilitate learning
  • Contribute to the continuing professionalization of the field and discipline.

The program outcomes are established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This program is NOT designed to lead to any kind of certification or licensure.

The curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development include:

  • General Education Core Courses - 42 credits
  • Child Development Core Courses - 63 credits
  • General Electives – 6 credits (any two courses that are not already required)
  • Concentration Courses - 9 Credits


  • Early Childhood Leadership
  • Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Infant/Toddler Care 

Total Semester Hours: 120

A Note About General Education Core Courses

All course selections in the bachelor's degree program should be made in consultation with an academic advisor to assure program requirements and prerequisites for completing your bachelor's of science degree are met.

Placement testing is required of all incoming undergraduate students in the subject area of English Composition unless specific transfer credit has been successfully completed in this specific discipline of study. Some students may need to take a fundamental writing course (WRT 100) before taking WRT 101. This fundamental course cannot count towards Ellis University's bachelor's degree core requirements.

Placement testing is required of all incoming undergraduate students in the subject area of Mathematics unless specific transfer credit has been successfully completed in this specific discipline of study. Some students may need to take fundamental math courses (MAT 096, MAT 100) before taking MATH 125 or higher. These fundamental courses cannot count towards Ellis University's bachelor's degree core requirements.

To fulfill the Liberal Arts credit requirement, undergraduate students may choose a course from the following areas: Behavioral Science, English, Humanities, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science or Social Science. Please note that certain CRJ courses may not be used.

Students may use their military or veteran's benefits toward their tuition costs for this degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Child Development - Program Outline

Core Courses

English Composition Courses

Code Course Name Credits
  • WRT 101 College Composition I 3

    • Instruction in the application of the principles and skills involved in effective expository writing, with most readings from nonfiction prose. Introduces students to the writing process with special attention to constructing arguments, working with sources, and crafting effective sentences and paragraphs.
  • WRT 151 College Composition II 3

    • Further development of the expository and writing and reading skills taught in English. An introduction to literature and the development of library skills leading to a documented research paper. Prerequisite: WRT 101.

English Courses (Choose 6 Credits)

Code Course Name Credits
  • COM 240 Writing for the Mass Media 3

    • This practical introductory course exposes students to the basics of effective writing and the variety of writing challenges posed by the mass media. Simple forms of writing for various media are explored as are elements of good writing such as internal conflict, word economy, objectivity, subjectivity, and the use of nonverbal messages. Prerequisites: WRT 101 and WRT 151.
  • LIT 210 The Art of Poetry 3

    • An intermediate-level course in which the student learns the technique of reading, interpreting, and evaluating poetry of increasing difficulty and brilliance. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • LIT 220 The Art of Drama 3

    • An intermediate-level course in which the student explores dramatic literature in an effort to discover its ritual origins, historical role and current significance. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • LIT 230 The Art of Fiction 3

    • An intermediate-level course in which selected works of fiction are examined in an effort to understand the approaches, strategies and techniques of artists in this compelling medium. Students will also produce an original, creative piece. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • LIT 240 The Art of Prose: Scientific and Technical Literature 3

    • An intermediate-level course in which the art of prose writing is explored in depth. This course focuses on stylistics and rhetoric and covers the development of scientific and technical literature. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • LIT 310 Modern Poetry 3

    • This course is more an in depth study than an introduction to representative British and American poets of the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on the manner in which modern poetry derives from traditional patterns yet manages to create new forms and messages for our time.
      Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • LIT 330 Survey of World Literature 3

    • Study of outstanding writers from all over the world except England and America, from ancient times to the 20th century. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • LIT 331 Art of the Novel 3

    • An advanced study of selected masterpieces in the novel form.
  • LIT 340 The African-American Writer in American Literature 3

    • Reading and discussion of representative works of African-American writers. Historical and social backgrounds are explored to interpret African-American literature as meaningful as part of the American literary tradition. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • LIT 341 Twentieth-Century American Literature 3

    • An advanced study of major American literature of the 20th century. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • WRT 310 Business Writing 3

    • An intermediate-level writing course for students in business. Instruction and practice in all phases of business communications. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • WRT 316 Writing for the Technical Professions 3

    • An intermediate-level writing course for students of the physical and life sciences and technology. Emphasis on style in technical writing, modes of technical discourse (definition, description, analysis, interpretation) and strategies for effective business communication, including resume writing, technical reports and oral presentations. Methods and procedures of research are explored in depth. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • WRT 330 Writing for Communication Arts 3

    • An intermediate-level writing course for students in the communication field with emphasis on developing writing fluency. Focus on expository, persuasive writing; in-depth study of research methods; and strategies for effective business communication, including resume writing and oral presentations. Prerequisite: WRT 151.
  • WRT 335 Writing for Publication 3

    • An advanced writing course with special emphasis on published work. Students interested in writing and those seriously committed to their own writing improvement and to the writing of prose articles, fiction or poetry are especially encouraged to take this course. Prerequisite: WRT 151.

Speech Courses (Choose 3 Credits)

Code Course Name Credits
  • COM 101 Communication: Principles and Process 3

    • This survey course introduces the nature, principles, elements and mechanism of the communication process. How, why, in what forms, and through what stages communication occurs is explored along with the nature of human perception and the role of verbal and nonverbal language in conveying meaning. Emphasis is placed on providing a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of communication as they apply to the design and delivery of the message via such media as print, radio, television, film and the Internet.
  • SPH 105 Basic Speech Communication 3

    • Study of the fundamentals of verbal communication including public speaking, interpersonal communication and small group interaction. Training in methods of obtaining and organizing materials and ideas for effective verbal communication.

Humanities Courses (Choose 6 Credits)

Code Course Name Credits
  • HIS 110 American History I 3

    • This is a survey course of American history from the colonial period, the Revolution to the establishment of the Republic, the first half of the nineteenth century, up through the period of the Civil War, ending in 1865. The impact of geography on the growth of the Republic is considered. The political, economic and cultural evolution of the American people is examined, providing the student with historical foundations for an informed political awareness of present-day issues.
  • HIS 150 American History II 3

    • This is a survey course of American history from the end of the Civil War to the present: the period of the Reconstruction, the industrialization of the United States, the emergence of the country as a great power, U.S. role in the 20th century are considered. The political, economic and cultural evolution of the American people is examined, providing the student with historical foundations for an informed political awareness of present-day issues.
  • HIS 210 The Contemporary World 3

    • This is a survey course of 20th century global history: it covers the period of imperialism leading to World War I, the emergence of the USSR as a major power, the transformation of Europe as a result of World War II, the period of the Cold War, the role of the USA in the post-cold war world. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of geography, science and technology on political, economic and cultural development of the world.
  • PHI 110 Problems of Philosophy 3

    • An introduction to philosophy by way of selected problems from various areas of philosophy. Topics include: the nature of a priori knowledge and of scientific explanation, the existence of God, whether or not there can be moral knowledge, and the problem of free will. The course objective is to acquaint students with these philosophical issues, and through detailed discussion, to teach them how to analyze ideas critically.
  • PHI 220 Ethics and Social Philosophy 3

    • An examination of some of the most critical issues of moral and social philosophy. These include subjects such as the linguistic analysis of terms such as “good,” “evil,” “duty,” “right” and others. The basis of different moral systems will be studied and the selections from ethical and social philosophers will be read.
  • PHI 230 Technology, Society, and Values 3

    • An examination of models and case studies concerned with the impact of machines on man, of technological systems on social structure, and modes of production on value systems. Special attention is paid to the ethical problems connected with newly emerging technologies.
  • PLS 110 American Government and Politics 3

    • This course is an introduction to the processes of the American form of democratic government, the nature and structure of US government, its chief characteristics and functions. Special attention is paid to the intimate relation and mutual impact of government and the people on each other, expanding the students’ awareness of the effects of governmental decision on the American People.

Behavioral Sciences (Choose 3 Credits)

Code Course Name Credits
  • CRJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3

    • An introduction to the contemporary American criminal justice system. Discussion of the role of police, courts and prisons. Also examined is the juvenile justice system. General issues considered include: police discretion, due process, and change as an integral element of the
      American criminal justice system.
  • CRJ 386 Police Psychology 3

    • The focus of the course will be on the personality, character, behavioral changes and social isolation that result from the inherent high levels of stress and trauma associated with police work (from entry level to retirement). Factors such as managerial planning, supervision, specialized assignments, high hazard work, tour changes, work environments, alcoholism, substance abuse, other addictive behavior patterns, suicide, and codependent family issues will be identified and addressed. Prerequisites: CRJ 110, PSY 110.
  • PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3

    • An introduction to selected concepts, methods, and vocabulary of psychology. Focus of study will be on the individual and the conditions that influence behavior. Topics that will be covered include: growth and development, learning and thinking, emotions and motivations, personality and assessment, maladjustment and mental health, groups and social interaction, and social influence and society.
  • SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3

    • An analysis of the social and cultural forces that govern human behavior. The principal topics include: social interaction and organization, socialization processes, primary groups and the family (associations, bureaucracy and other social institutions), collective behavior, population and ecology.

Economics Courses (Choose 3 Credits)

Code Course Name Credits
  • ECO 105 Principles of Economics I 3

    • A study of basic economic concepts emphasizing analysis of the aggregate economy. The fundamental concepts of national income and its determination, economic fluctuations, monetary and fiscal policies, and economic growth are covered.
  • ECO 110 Principles of Economics II 3

    • An examination of processes of price determination, output, and resource allocation in perfect and in imperfect competition. Also covers labor economics, international trade and finance, and alternative economic systems. Prerequisite: ECO 105.

Science Courses (Choose 6 Credits)

Code Course Name Credits
  • BIO 101 Humanity and the Biological Universe 3

    • This course acquaints students with basic biological, health and environmental issues of the modern world. To achieve intended awareness, students will study basic anatomy, physiology, genetics and microbiology. Special attention will be given to contemporary problems such as AIDS, genetic engineering, cancer, heart disease, and pollution. The student will use basic mathematical, computer and quantitative reasoning skills to present cohesive written summations of learning.
  • BIO 103 Nutrition 3

    • An introduction to the principles of nutrition in food management. Includes food customs, patterns and habits, nutrients in foods, applied nutrition, and world nutrition problems and programs.
  • BIO 105 Food Microbiology 3

    • A course in basic food microbiology outlining important micro-organisms, food preservation and spoilage, food contamination, enzymes produced by micro-organisms, foods in relation to disease, food sanitation, control and inspection, and microbiological laboratory methods.
  • PHY 115 Humanity and the Physical Universe 3

    • A survey course utilizing inquiry-based strategies in the physical sciences for non-science students. This course examines a broad range of topics including: Newtonian mechanics, electricity, magnetism, sound, optics, heat, energy and power, earth science including weather and climate, modern physics and the solar system. The interactions between physical science and technology and their impact on society and the quality of life will be considered.
  • PHY 120 Journey Through the Universe 3

    • Introductory and descriptive course in astronomy. Topics include: study of the universe, planetary motion, the solar system; stars and galaxies; quasars, pulsars, and black holes; possibility of extra-terrestrial life.
  • PHY 170 General Physics I 3

    • General Physics I is the study of the relationships between matter and energy in the world. In this course, students will examine Newton's laws of motion, particle kinematics and dynamics, vectors, work, energy, and momentum. Students will also conduct experiments in lab assignments to experience the science in action. Prerequisite: MAT 170.

Mathematics Courses (Choose 3 Credits)

Code Course Name Credits
  • MAT 115 Introductory Concepts of Mathematics 3

    • This course focuses on selected topics in mathematics for students of the humanities (not students pursuing math-related degrees). Students will engage in problem-solving techniques, including inductive and deductive reasoning, along with estimation to determine reasonableness of answers. Topics include: the history of numeration systems and calculating devices; logic and set theory including statements, truth tables, Venn diagrams and set operations; real number system; geometry dealing with polygons, angles, area, volume and capacity; calculating simple and compound interest, including continuous compounding. Applications to real-life situations are emphasized. Calculators and computers are used whenever they add to the understanding of the concepts. Prerequisite: satisfactory placement exam score or “C” or better in MAT 096 and MAT 100.
  • MAT 125 Finite Mathematics 3

    • Review of elementary algebra and selected topics in statistics and probability. Sets, real numbers, graphing, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, relations and functions, solving systems of linear equations, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical displays of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, introduction to probability. Prerequisite: satisfactory placement exam score, MAT 100 or equivalent.
  • MAT 141 Pre-calculus 4

    • College algebra and trigonometry gives students a strong preparation for taking calculus. Topics include functions, their graphs, domain, range, inverse functions, standard algebraic transformations of functions and their corresponding geometric transformations of their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and their applications, addition formulas and double angle formulas. Prerequisite: satisfactory placement exam score.
  • MAT 161 Basic Applied Calculus 3

    • An introduction to calculus and its applications. Topics covered in this course include functions, limits, derivatives, tangent lines, the chain rule, maxima and minima, curve sketching, applications, anti-derivatives, fundamental theorem of calculus, integration by simple substitution and finding areas.

Liberal Arts Elective Courses (Choose 6 Credits)

Select from behavioral science, English, humanities, life science, mathematics, physical science, or social sciences courses

Child Development Track 1 Courses

Code Course Name Credits
  • ECE 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3

    • Examines the world of early childhood education. This course assists those individuals that are interested in a professional career as an early childhood educator. In addition, it covers current issues and trends regarding the benefits of early childhood education including the basic values, structure, organization, and programming in early childhood. Focuses on creating and maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment for young children. Students learn about the basic nutritional needs of children, good health practices and accident prevention in the home and classroom.
  • EDP 101 Early Childhood Growth and Development 3

    • Focuses on how a teacher or caregiver can foster physical, emotional, social, creative, and cognitive development. This course provides instruction on the quality care techniques for children, from infancy to five years of age. It highlights the development of teaching and interaction skills that can be applied to a wide range of children from a variety of backgrounds and at all developmental levels. Students learn to support children’s physical and cognitive development, communication skills, and creative expression.
      Prerequisite: ECE 101
  • EDP 102 Early Childhood Learning Communities 3

    • Focuses on the child in the context of family and community. This course looks at issues of communication, diversity, professionalism and social policy. It also promotes awareness and effective use of community resources. Students gain knowledge of the importance of parent-teacher partnerships in the education of young children. Skills will be developed to support families and enhance parent involvement in early childhood programs. Students learn to involve parents in understanding the child’s home and school environments.
      Prerequisite: EDP 101

Child Development Track 2 Courses

Code Course Name Credits
  • CHD 111 Health, Safety & Nutrition in Early Childhood 3

    • This course is an examination of the contributions of effective health, safety and nutrition practices on the well-being of children. Course will include a review of basic hygiene practices, health maintenance and illness prevention, as well as environmental safety practices, accident prevention, and nutritious meal planning for promoting optimal growth, development and learning. Community resources will be explored. (Not required for students from CDA program with credits in ECE 101)
  • CHD 241 Child, Family and Community Relations 3

    • Provides students with skills needed for observation of children, documentation, and interpretation to develop curriculum, long term projects and parent communication in early childhood programs. Overview of common assessment and observation tools in early childhood. Students observe children in structured and unstructured situations, record their observation, and use records as a way of assessing strengths and needs of individual children. Field observation is required.
      Prerequisite: EDP 201
  • EDP 202 Child Growth and Development: Conception to Age Eight 3

    • Focus on children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development from conception to age eight. Students will examine major theories of growth and development. Concepts will be analyzed from the perspective of adult expectations of children at various ages, stages, exceptionalities and culture in relationship to developmentally appropriate program planning and curriculum implementation in early childhood settings. (Not required for students from CDA program with credits in EDP 101)

Child Development Courses

Code Course Name Credits
  • CHD 201 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood 3

    • Provides students with skills needed for observation of children, documentation, and interpretation to develop curriculum, long term projects and parent communication in early childhood programs. Overview of common assessment and observation tools in early childhood. Students observe children in structured and unstructured situations, record their observation, and use records as a way of assessing strengths and needs of individual children. Field observation is required.
      Prerequisite: EDP 201
  • CHD 211 Early Childhood Methods: Science and Math 3

    • Examines theories of cognitive development as a framework for conceptualizing the way young children acquire scientific and mathematical skills, concepts, and abilities. The course enables students to research and develop appropriate individual and group scientific/mathematical activities for young children. It examines the fundamental concepts of comprehensive early childhood science and mathematics curriculums. Students learn to create an active, hands-on learning environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, confidence, and persistence. Students learn to plan a comprehensive, interactive program that meets individual and group needs, interests, abilities and development. Includes a field-based component in which students carry out activities in an early childhood setting and use scheduled conferences to evaluate current performance. (3 credits)
      Prerequisites: TIE 110, RLT 202 and CHD 201
  • CHD 212 Early Childhood Methods: Language and Social Studies 3

    • This course examines theories of social and language development as a framework for conceptualizing the way young children acquire language, literacy, and social skills, concepts, and abilities. It enables students to research and develop appropriate individual and group language arts and social studies activities for young children. The course also examines the fundamental concepts of comprehensive early childhood social studies and language arts curriculums. Students learn to create an active, hands-on learning environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, confidence, and persistence. Students learn to plan a comprehensive, interactive program that meets individual and group needs, interests, abilities and development. The course includes a field based component in which students carry out activities in an early childhood setting and use scheduled conferences to evaluate current performance.
      Prerequisites: TIE 110, RLT 202 and CHD 201
  • CHD 300 Social and Moral Development in Young Children 3

    • Review of the young child's social and emotional development. Examination of individual development and cultural issues as they relate to appropriate educational experiences for young children. 15 hours of field observation required.
  • CHD 331 Children’s Play and Learning 3

    • This course is an examination of theories of play and an analysis of how play promotes development and learning in the domains. Focus on environmental preparations, selection of materials and activities. Attention is given to the multiples roles of the teacher, such as onlooker, supervisor, and provider of scaffolding, as well as constructive adult-child interactions during children’s play time. Practicum hours required
      Prerequisites: EDP 101 for students with CDA credential or EDP 202
  • CHD 335 Creating Effective Learning Environments for Young Children 3

    • Investigation of a variety of curricular approaches in early childhood education from the United States and throughout the world, such as child-centered, teacher-directed and balanced curricula, Peace curriculum, environmental, and popular commercial curricula implemented today in many preprimary and primary programs. Indoor space and room arrangement, as well as outdoor environments are examined and analyzed in regard to their relative influence on exploration and learning. Also examined are various techniques for displaying children’s work. Practicum hours required
      Prerequisites: CHD 331
  • CHD 260 Guiding Young Children and Managing the Classroom 3

    • This course investigates developmentally appropriate guidance and discipline practices that are supportive of heterogeneous populations, including children with challenging behaviors, in early childhood learning environments. Examines a relationship-based approach to adult-child interactions. Explores current brain research on the development of executive functions, and strategies for supporting children in the development of self-regulation, pros-social behaviors, communication and conflict resolution skills.
      Prerequisite: EDP 101 for students with a CDA credential or EDP 202
  • CHD 310 Survey of Contemporary Issues in ECE 3

    • Survey of issues in the care and education of young children, involving an examination of different perspectives on controversial matters, policy developments and current research. Focus on contemporary matters, such as inclusion, anti-bias and multicultural curriculum, blending theoretical and practical information that can assist in the creation of learning environments that are supportive and respectful of heterogeneous populations. Emphasis on self-reflection and critical appraisal of developments and progress in relation to a variety of policies and practices.
  • CHD 370 Staff Supervision and Professional Development in ECE 3

    • This course is an introduction to school-age care. Involves an overview of the need for school-age care and various types of school-age program settings. Review of developmental issues of school-age children. Examination of a variety school-age programs, such as social, recreational, athletic, enrichment, and academic support programs.
      Prerequisite: EDP 201 or EDP 202
  • CHD 445 Social Policies and Advocacy for Children, Families & the Profession 3

    • Review of current social, economic, political and environmental issues and policies that are of concern at the local, state, national or global level, such as poverty, equitable pay, accessibility of affordable health care and child care, human rights violations, natural disasters, pollution, depletion of natural resources, and global warming. Identification of key stakeholders and investigation into the values, attitudes, and public opinions which contribute to the decision-making processes of policy-makers. Examination of the nature of advocacy and the roles of those who seek to remedy the situation or pursue justice. Emphasis on the development of advocacy skills and techniques for building coalitions and effective lobbies, to affect change or influence policy formation. Focus on planning and implementing an advocacy campaign to improve conditions or affect policy changes.
  • CHD 496 The Reflective Practitioner in Child Development 3

    • Students will be engaged in self-reflection of individual knowledge, skills, and dispositions leading to a final presentation of their professional portfolio. This is the final class baccalaureate students take before graduation.
  • ECE 210 Art, Music and Movement in Early Childhood 3

    • This course provides students with a conceptual and experiential base for the use of art, movement, drama, and music in the education of young children. The content will focus on actual skill development, along with the rationale and importance of using these areas in a curriculum for young children. Through active participation with hands-on experiences, students work with the concepts of age and developmental appropriateness when designing fun activities with all subjects. Students will also investigate the development of self-taught art techniques in young children. Students practice working with various media and materials as used with the young child. This course presents developmentally appropriate musical activities with emphasis on movement, songs, and simple dances. Students learn to plan and implement a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate art, music, and movement program for young children. Field work is required.
      Prerequisite: EDP 201
  • EDP 201 Educational Psychology 3

    • This course focuses on an in-depth study of physical, social/emotional, cognitive, language and aesthetic development from birth to age 8. Examines the foundations of major child development theories that are the basis of professionally defined “best practices” at the early childhood level (birth-8). An exploration of child development in the context of gender, family, culture and society. An emphasis on the implications for early childhood professional practice. Students learn key theories from an application and educational perspective for teachers of young children.
      Prerequisite: EDP 101
  • EDP 405 Brain-Behavior Relationships and Teaching Diverse Learners 3

    • This course provides an examination of current research on the functional brain. Involves critical analysis of the implications of brain research for educators. Focus on educational environments, curricula, and teaching approaches that address individual differences, including student strengths, needs, and interests, as well as personal modality and learning preferences.
      Prerequisite: EDP 202 and SPE 201
  • RLT 202 Children's Literature and Early Literacy 3

    • Focuses on knowledge and practice of how young children in a culturally diverse society develop language and literacy skills. Exploration of children’s literature is the foundation of activities and curriculum that integrates language with beginning reading and writing concepts. Students explore ways in which children develop the basis of literacy and come to understand the social world. Students learn ways of creating an integrated curriculum that includes children’s literature and provides children with developmentally appropriate activities that foster the development of language and literacy.
  • RLT 401 Language & Literacy Development 3

    • Exploration of the linguistic principles and processes underlying language development, with attention to oral language as the foundation for reading and writing. Examines current research on language and literacy, including brain research, and focuses on methods of fostering literacy development. Emphasis on techniques of reading storybooks and informational texts to children, to promote comprehension and vocabulary development, and meaningful activities for facilitating phonological awareness, writing, and reading. Practicum hours required.
      Prerequisites: RLT 202 and CHD 212
  • SPE 201 Survey of Exceptional Children 3

    • This class focuses on an overview of children with exceptional cognitive, physical, social and emotional characteristics. Analysis of developmental and educational needs imposed by exceptionality is included. Identification, intervention strategies, methods and programs designed to meet exceptional needs including both high and low incidence disabilities are discussed. The course also talks about the study of applicable federal and state laws and requirements. Content focuses on functional methods for use by educators to assist in the provision of an inclusionary environment which enriches the education of children with and without special needs. Field observation is required.
      Prerequisites: EDP 201 and TIE 110
  • TIE 110 Instructional Technology for Early Childhood 3

    • Designed to introduce students to computers and to teach appropriate uses for young children. Students survey hardware and software and examine and evaluate them in the context of the early childhood classroom. Students also learn about productivity tools for professional use.

Concentration Courses

Infant/Toddler Care Courses

Code Course Name Credits
  • CHD 322 Infant/Toddler Family Studies 3

    • Exploration of how social, economic and cultural contexts influence family expectations and childrearing practices. Analysis of varying perspectives from different vantage points. Examination of cultural influences on the developing child. Emphasis on student reflections on personal biases that might impede relationship-building with diverse families. Focus on the development of nonjudgmental, professional attitudes and practices.
      Prerequisites: CHD 201, EDP 201
  • CHD 420 Infants & Toddlers in Group Care 3

    • This course is a study of biological and environmental influences on infant and toddler growth and development, and an examination of how to meet individual needs in a group setting. Exploration of infant temperament, attachment theory, and current research on the developing brain. Focus on reciprocal relationship building, with emphasis on the important role of the caretaker in facilitating attachment and individuation, and providing a secure base from which young children can explore their world. Practicum hours required
      Prerequisite: EDP 101 for students with a CDA credential or EDP 202
  • CHD 421 Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers 3

    • This course explores ways to plan high quality infant and toddler programs that are individually, culturally and developmentally appropriate. Focus on environmental concerns, scheduling issues, selection of materials and activities, and meeting child and family needs.
      Prerequisites: CHD 420, CHD 322

Early Childhood Special Education Courses

Code Course Name Credits
  • SPE 311 Screening and Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs 3

    • Overview of the purposes of engaging in early assessment. Examination of various assessment tools, such as eligibility screening, formal and informal instruments for assessing young children’s development, family strengths, concerns, priorities and needs, and school, home, and community learning environments. Focus on exercising non-discriminatory assessment, using valid and reliable measures when conducting formative and summative evaluations of programs and individuals. Practicum hours required.
      Prerequisites: SPE 201 and CHD 201
  • SPE 312 Teaming, Collaborating and Communicating: Working with Families of Young Children with Special Needs 3

    • This course involves an examination of the legal, philosophical and historical bases for family-centered services and family involvement. Focus on strategies for fostering positive, supportive relationships with parents of young children with special needs, and techniques for working with diverse families. Review of family systems theory and family stressors, grief, and coping strategies. Emphasis on building effective teams; techniques for promoting collaboration and consultation with professionals, paraprofessionals, families, and other agencies; and strategies for addressing family needs, concerns and priorities, supporting family strengths, and accessing resources within the community. Includes an introduction to practices throughout the world.
      Prerequisite: SPE 201
  • SPE 313 Methods of Teaching Young Children with Special Needs 3

    • Exploration of individually and developmentally appropriate techniques for facilitating the development and learning of young children with special needs in the communication, social, emotional, cognitive, adaptive, and motor domains, in a variety of settings. Attention will be given to compliance with pertinent legislation, individualized and family-centered plans and programming, team collaboration and practices, accommodations and modifications in the least restrictive environment, assistive technology, and educational and behavioral intervention strategies addressing a variety of disabilities. Practicum hours required.
      Prerequisites: SPE 201 and CHD 201

Early Childhood Leadership Courses

Code Course Name Credits
  • CHD 470 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3

    • This course provides an overview of organizational structures in a variety of early childhood education program settings. Models of leadership are examined and compared. Explores the various duties ECE administrators are responsible for, such as allocating physical space, budgeting and purchasing, parent and community relations, licensing and accreditation requirements. scheduling, and oversight of curriculum and lesson plans.
      Prerequisites: CHD 201
  • CHD 477 Legal and Financial Issues in the Management of ECE Programs 3

    • Examination of legal and financial issues relative to establishing and operating early childhood programs. Emphasis on compliance with regulations and laws, such as labor and equal opportunity laws, anti-discrimination and human rights legislation, licensure, insurance, confidentiality, and reporting of child abuse. Explores ways of developing sound fiscal policies that also address issues around affordability of quality child care, equitable staff compensation and benefits, and tax provisions related to the operation of different kinds of early childhood programs. Also included are methods of marketing ECE programs and developing positive family and community relations.
      Prerequisites: CHD 470
  • CHD 479 Grant Writing & Fundraising for Child Development Programs 3

    • Practical approach to the areas of school or agency needs assessment and analysis, strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing and grants management. Explores ways of identifying potential sources of funding, such as government agencies, corporations, and foundations. Focus on techniques for completing competitive Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and fidelity to the grant for continued funding.
      Prerequisites: CHD 470
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