Courses

ECED-301. Curriculum And Instruction In Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

Relationship of theory to practice is studied in a variety of early childhood curricula with respect to teaching-learning processes. Special attention is directed to activity/learning centers, individualization, educational play, classroom management, along with planning and preparation of curricular materials (including audio - visual) for multicultural settings for normal and children with special needs. (Must be taken concurrently with ECED-328I).
Prerequisite: College of Education Admission YES.
Corequisite: ECED-328I.

ECED-302. Methods Of Teaching Language Arts-Primary Through Upper Grades. 3 Hours.

ECED-306. Methods Of Teaching Reading In Early Childhood. 3 Hours.

This course presents methods, techniques and materials for the early stages of literacy instruction; the nature of the literacy processes (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and visual representation); literacy development in the typically developing child, and the child with special needs. Attention is given to the use of strategies for identifying words, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Topics include response to intervention (RTI) strategies and differentiated instruction for all students (including students with different learning styles, giftedness, dual language learners and students with special needs). Must be taken concurrently with ECED-338, ECED-328T and have consent of program advisor.
Prerequisites: ECED-301 minimum grade of C and ECED-352 minimum grade of D and College of Education Admission YES.

ECED-313. Writing Intensive Program: Language Development And Educational Implications. 3 Hours.

Focuses upon language growth and development of young children with particular emphasis upon programs and techniques designed to facilitate acquisition of language skills. Major language acquisition theories are studied. The relationship of language development to cognitive and social-emotional growth is explored. Basic language development inventories are reviewed.
Prerequisites: ENGL-101 minimum grade of C and EDFN-302 minimum grade of C and EDFN-303 minimum grade of C.

ECED-316. Child, Family And Community. 3 Hours.

The study of family and community relations: working with parents; locating and using resources/programs in the community; ways of coordinating community, family and school cooperation in a culturally diverse environment. Includes a focus upon the needs of young children, 0-3 years of age.
Prerequisite: College of Education Admission YES.

ECED-325. Children's Literature Across The Curriculum. 3 Hours.

Presented in this course are methods, strategies and materials for integrating children’s literature across the curriculum in the early grades. Instruction focuses on reading to learn. Emphasis is on learning to provide authentic experiences with exposition, in order to lay the foundation for students’ understanding of the expository text that dominates in later grades. Text structures are mediated through literature to support children’s curiosity and inquiry.
Prerequisites: ECED-301 minimum grade of C and ECED-306 minimum grade of C.
Corequisites: ECED-355, ECED-352, ECED-328T.

ECED-328I. Clinical Experiences In Early Childhood/Infants And Toddlers. 1 Hour.

Extended field and laboratory experiences in a variety of teaching/learning activities with infants/toddlers. The supervised, guided experiences are integrated with studies in ECED-301 Curriculum and instruction in Early Childhood, and fulfill a minimum of 40 clock hours of the 100 clock hours required by the State of Illinois for certification in Early Childhood Education. Supervision and individual conferences with university instructor. Concurrent course: ECED-301.
Prerequisites: EDFN-302 minimum grade of C and EDFN-303 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES.
Corequisite: ECED-301.

ECED-328M. Clinical Experiences In Early Childhood Educ/Kindergarten & Primary Grades/Multicultural Emphasis. 1 Hour.

Teaching/ learning activities with preschool kindergarten and primary children in private and public school classrooms with a variety of multi ethnic populations. Sixteen weeks will be spent in a preschool-kindergarten setting or a primary classroom. The supervised, guided experiences are integrated with studies in methods conferences, and bi-weekly seminars. Fulfills a minimum of 50 clock hours of the 100 clock hours required by the State of Illinois for certification in Early Childhood Education. Concurrent courses: ECED-355, ECED-306.
Prerequisite: College of Education Admission YES.

ECED-328S. Practicum In Early Childhood With Special Education. 1 Hour.

This course provides on-site experiences with young children who have special needs. An in-depth understanding of models and strategies for working with this population will be supported by seminar topics and discussions. Thirty hours of clinical experience will be required. Concurrent courses: ECED-306, ECED-355 and ECED-328M.
Prerequisite: College of Education Admission YES.
Corequisite: ECED-328M.

ECED-328T. Clinical Experiences In Early Childhood Educ:Preschool-Kindergarten & Primary/Technology Emphasis. 1 Hour.

Teaching/learning activities with preschool-kindergarten and primary children in private and public school classrooms with a technology emphasis. Sixteen weeks will be spent in a preschool-kindergarten setting or a primary classroom. The supervised, guided experiences are integrated with studies in methods classes. Supervision by unversity faculty, student conferences and biweekly seminars. Fulfills a minimum of 50 clock hours of the 100 clock hours required by the State of Illinois for certification in Early Childhood Education. Concurrent course: ECED-352.
Prerequisites: EDFN-302 minimum grade of C and EDFN-303 minimum grade of C and ECED-301 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES.
Corequisite: ECED-352.

ECED-329. Student Teaching In Early Childhood. 9 Hours.

Sixteen weeks of full-day student teaching under the supervision of a certified cooperating teacher. Students are required to take full responsibility for assigned classes of early childhood students. Weekly seminars. Regular visits and conferences with university supervisor.
Prerequisites: ECED-328I minimum grade of B and ECED-328M minimum grade of B and Illinois Content Area Test PASS and College of Education Admission YES and ECED-328T minimum grade of B and ECED-328S minimum grade of B.

ECED-338. Developmental Assessment Of Young Children. 3 Hours.

Focuses on the diagnosis and assessment of developing needs of the young child from birth through age five; special emphasis on measuring physical, emotional, mental and social growth to determine intervention needs. Specific programs to facilitate normal development will be planned.
Prerequisites: EDFN-303 minimum grade of C or PSYC-212 minimum grade of D and College of Education Admission YES.

ECED-352. Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music And Art In Early Childhood. 3 Hours.

Methods and materials for teaching language arts (literature, listening, speaking, written composition, drama), music and art to normal, learning diisabled and mainstreamed exceptional children in multicultural classes. Explores theories, concepts and approaches in the three areas as well as their relationships to one another. (Must be taken concurrently with ECED-328T).
Prerequisites: ART-170A minimum grade of D and MUS-102 minimum grade of D and ECED-301 minimum grade of C and ART-180 minimum grade of D and (CMTC-202 minimum grade of D or COMM-202 minimum grade of D) and College of Education Admission YES.

ECED-355. Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science And Social Studies In Early Childhood. 3 Hours.

A study of instructional methods and materials for teaching mathematics, science, and social studies to normal, learning disabled and mainstreamed exceptional children in multicultural classrooms. Explores major concepts and approaches in the three areas as well as their relationships to one another and other content areas. Classroom management techniques conducive to the implementation of succesful individual and group lessons are investigated. Emphasis is on preschool and primary grades. Eced-306 and ECED-328M taken concurrently.
Prerequisites: ECED-301 minimum grade of C and ECED-352 minimum grade of D and College of Education Admission YES.

ECED-402. Application Of Learning Theories To Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

This course reviews philosophies and theories of early childhood development with classroom implications. Topics include: early philosophies, developmental theories, teaching techniques, individualizing instruction to meet the needs of all children, and strategies for facilitation of active learning.

ECED-403. Early Childhood Assessment. 3 Hours.

Focuses upon the use and development of evaluation instruments for collecting information about young children. Instruments used will focus on individuality of the child and his unique grwoth trends and patterns of developmental needs. The materials studied will help the teacher to identify where the child is developmentally and to use instruments and techniques to evolve ways to help the individual child grow.
Prerequisites: PSYC-212 minimum grade of C and SPED-303 minimum grade of C.

ECED-407. Family, Child And Teacher Interaction In Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

A course designed for teachers of young children who are working to integrate parents into educational program. Family styles and parenthood are examined followed by methodologies for involvement in children's education. Practical realitites of teaching including home visits, communication skills and alternative avenues for communication will be discussed. An exploration of the culture of the early childhood setting and implication for teachers and families will be included.

ECED-408. Language Acquistion And Intervention Strategies For Teachers Of Young Children. 3 Hours.

Focuses upon the acquisition of language as the young child develops syntactic, semantic and pragmatic understanding. Differing viewpoints of language learning and cognitive interaction are presented. Techniques for both language assessment and intervention by the teacher of the young child are discussed. Reviews recent research and its applicability to assist the preschool teacher in facilitating language learning and evaluating existing language programs for using language as a tool of communication.
Prerequisites: (ECED-313 minimum grade of D or CIEC-313 minimum grade of D) and PSYC-215 minimum grade of C.

ECED-410. Curriculum Development In Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

Study of the implications of theories of child development for early childhood curriculum development. Investigation of strategies for planning, teaching and evaluating learning ecperiences which promote cognitive and affective development. Techniques for working with small and large groups are explored through observation and anlysis of classroom interaction. Issues related to multicultural education, the utilization of community resources, and parent-teacher relationships are examined. Major early childhood programs are evaluated.

ECED-411A. Practicum In Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

To provide an opportunity for supervised observation and teaching with normal young children. Practical application of methods and techniques with an integrating seminar will help the practitioner develop teaching strategies. Emphasis will be on the development of skill and a self-analysis of techniques. 135 Clinical hours required.

ECED-411B. Practicum In Early Childhood Education (04 Certification). 3 Hours.

To provide an opportunity for supervised observation and teaching with normal young children. Practical application of methods and techniques with an integrating seminar to help the practitioner develop teaching strategies. Emphasis will be on the development of skills and self analysis of techings. 135 clinical hours are required for 04 certification with three grade levels (Infant-toddler, preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grades).
Prerequisites: ECED-402 minimum grade of C and ECED-410 minimum grade of C and ECED-403 minimum grade of C and ECED-407 minimum grade of C and ECED-408 minimum grade of C.

ECED-412. Research Seminar In Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

Criteria for selecting research problems and evaluating hypotheses are explored. Various types of experimental designs and descriptive approaches to research design are investigated. Techniques for writing research proposals and reports are studied. There is an examination of recent developments in data processing related to educational research. Other topics include sampling procedures, reliability, validity, interviews, questionaires, and observational techniques. Research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

ECED-429. Internship/Student Teaching In Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

Supervised teaching experience for students in the MAT: ECED program. The intern spends 16 weeks in a professional development school working with a mentor teacher. Student gradually increases teaching responsibilities, leading to a minimum of four weeks of intensive teaching. University Supervisor makes regular visits to the school and conferences with the stduent. Weekly two-hour seminars are conducted throughout the semester, addressing topics appropriate for age/grade levels and professional needs.
Prerequisites: ECED-402 minimum grade of C and ECED-410 minimum grade of C and ECED-408 minimum grade of C and ECED-403 minimum grade of C and ECED-407 minimum grade of C and ECED-452 minimum grade of C and ECED-455 minimum grade of C and ECED-411B minimum grade of C and (READ-416 minimum grade of C or LTCY-501 minimum grade of C).

ECED-452. Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music & Art In Early Childhood. 3 Hours.

This course explores advanced knowledge of the theoretical foundations, concepts and methods of teaching language arts, music and art in Early Childhood. Presents the creative and language arts research, as well as instructional techniques/strategies and learning materials for teaching language arts, music, drama and visual art to all students in culturally diverse classrooms.
Prerequisite: ECED-410 minimum grade of C.

ECED-455. Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science & Social Studies In Early Childhood. 3 Hours.

This class is a methods class designed to help students learn to teach math, science and social studies to young children in the preschool and primary grades. The course explores major concepts and approaches in all three areas as well as the process of using thematic learning to implement the integration of the three areas. The class will also explore learning styles, special needs and multicultural backgrounds to facilitate the teacher's skill in providing for individual student needs as well as classroom management.
Prerequisites: ECED-410 minimum grade of C and ECED-402 minimum grade of C.

ECED-510. Early Acquisition & Maintenance Of Multiple Languages. 3 Hours.

Students will study acquisition of multiple languages at an early age (by age 8), and analyze sociolinguistic factors that help maintain multiple languages throughout early childhood and beyond. Students will view and discuss language modules developed from brain research and relate them to individual experiences of early acquisition of multiple languages after interviewing individuals who grew up with two or more languages from early childhood and observing young children (0-8 years) who have been exposed to more than one language in their natural settings. Students will explore their personal philosophies of educating young children in multilingual classrooms.

ECED-511. Evaluation & Use Of Research In Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to evaluating and using research in early childhood education, especially research on early brain development. Employing principles of systematic inquiry and fundamentals of early development and learning, students examine different kinds of research processes and reports to determine application within contexts of working with young children. In particular, students will analyze research reports on early development of the brain, and devise practical and contextually beneficial ways to utilize the research finding to enhance children's development and learning. Students will develop and use research-based, culturally and linguistically sensitive strategies to enrich children's experiences.

ECED-512. Global Perspectives In Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

Students will study, compare and contrast early childhood education policies, programs and practices in selected countries for the purpose of broadening and deepening knowledge about global education systems and how they interrelate. Students will create profiles of early education practices and the circumstances determining those practices. Electronic contacts will be created between NEIU students and students in other countries (preferably NEIU partnership schools) in order to provide opportunities for students to interact with teacher education candidates in other countries. Students will continue developing their personal philosophies of effective education for young children within multicultural and global contexts.