Early Childhood Education

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About the Programs

The four-year programs in Early Childhood (PreK-4) is designed to offer students a curriculum of general education and professional and early childhood education theory, application, and practice in teaching children. The curriculum is designed to develop a community of learners who are competent and reflective professionals able to teach any child in any setting.

The courses and extensive field based component develops beginning educator's knowledge, skills, and dispositions relevant to content, the learner and the learning environment, teaching and learning process, and professionalism.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education major will be certified to teach in PreK to grade 4 (new program). Students interested in this age level can also combine Special Education certification with Early Childhood (PreK-4) Certification (see Special Education major for details).

Are you interested in...

  • Working with children
  • Teaching others
  • Using your creativity

Choose Early Childhood at ESU

  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Practical experience

Is Early Childhood a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Preschool teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Elementary school teacher

Bachelor Science in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 4)

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      PSED 150: Teaching All Students

      6

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education

      3

      FIT Elective

      1

      Take PEARSON Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) Reading, Writing, & Math

       

      PSY 105 GE: Infant and Early Childhood Developmental Psychology

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      ECED 232: Child Development & Cognition

      3

      General Education

      3

      MATH 105 GE: Mathematical Problem Solving for Pre-K to Grade 8 Education Majors

      3

      GE: English Literature

      3

      SOC 102 GE: Introduction to Cultural Diversity

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      ECED 263: Foundations of Early Childhood Education

      (PEARSON Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) Passing Scores Required)

      3

      General Education Course

      9

      MATH 205 GE: Geometry for Pre-K to Grade 8 Education Majors

      3

      FIT Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      MCOM 262: Educational Communications & Technology

      3

      General Education Course

      12

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      ECED 321: Enhancing Language & Cognitive Development

      3

      ECED 322: Family & Community Partnerships

      3

      ECED 323: Integrating the Curriculum: Projects and Play

      3

      ECED 333: Math 1 Investigations and Integrations

      3

      ECED 334: Designing & Managing Early Childhood Literacy Environment

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      REED 314: Foundations of Reading for the Developing Child

      3

      General Education

      3

      ECED 411: Arts for the Developing Child

      3

      ECED 414: Social Studies for the Developing Child

      3

      SPED 350: Assessment of Student Learning and Behavior in Diverse Communities

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      ECED 332: Language Arts for Academic Success

      3

      SPED 351: Collaboration for Inclusion

      3

      ECED 412: Math for Academic Success

      3

      ECED 413: Science for the Developing Child

      3

      ECED 420: Advocacy, Leadership and Collaboration

      1

      Subtotal

      13

      Spring

      ECED 331: Teacher as Researcher

      3

      ECED 430: Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education

      12

      Subtotal

      15

      Total Credits

      120

      Note: Before registering for a course, students must satisfy prerequisites. Students should see "Course Description" in the latest catalog. (Descriptions are available online for Undergraduate Courses and Graduate Course Description.)

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • ECED 232 Child Development and Cognition (3)

    • This course presents typical and atypical development from conception through age nine; interaction between heredity and environment; parent-child relations; development and stabilization of personality; attitudes toward self and others, physical, social, and cognitive development. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding special needs of students. Prerequisite: ENGL 103 is recommended. This course is a prerequisite to all methods courses.

  • ECED 262 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3)

    • This course includes the study of infants, toddlers, nursery school, kindergarten and primary school-aged children; a historical perspective of early intervention models, materials, equipment, and developmentally appropriate practices for use in a pre-school center, primary school, and the home; an evaluation of current trends and issues related to guiding and educating young children including the exceptional child. This course is directed toward prospective teachers and parents. Prerequisite: PRAXIS I, ELED 132. Corequisites: PSED 161, PSED 242.

  • ECED 263 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)

    • This course includes the study of programs serving all children from birth to fourth grades in a variety of settings. A survey of the early childhood field, historical perspectives, evidence-based models, and current best practices are explored both in the classroom and through observations and fieldwork. The formal application for admittance to the department occurs in this course. Prerequisite: ECED 232; Corequisites: PSED 150. PRAXIS I. This course is a prerequisite to all methods courses.

  • ECED 321 Enhancing Language and Cognitive Development (3)

    • The student will explore the links between brain development and their developing cognitive and language skills of the typically and atypically developing young child. The student will examine the role of supportive adult-child interaction in the development of language, security, and self regulation and the link in these early developments to academic skills, social skills and a positive disposition to learning. The student will examine the benefits and challenges of bilingualism and biculturalism on the developing child. The student will interact with children and families in culturally and linguistically diverse settings. Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263 and admittance to department.

  • ECED 322 Family and Community Partnerships (3)

    • This course uses ecological perspectives and systems theories to examine the influence of families and communities on children's success in schools. Students will be sensitive to the need for bi-directional interactions between families, teachers and community, examine the effect of language and culture on the home-school relationship and understand early intervention processes. The course provides opportunities for developing collaborative relationships with all parents, including those with limited English proficiency, disabilities and culturally diverse communities. Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263, SOC 102 and admittance to department.

  • ECED 323 Integrating the Curriculum: Projects and Play (3)

    • This course will provide opportunity for students to plan, implement and document the integrative possibilities in the Prekindergarten-Kindergarten curriculum. Play theories, research and methods are examined that encourage the development of intellectual dispositions in various cultures and contexts. Project work in Pre-K classrooms will provide opportunities to observe, facilitate, differentiate, and document emergent curriculum and aspects of all children's learning. Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263, admittance to department.

  • ECED 331 Teacher as Researcher (3)

    • This course offers students strategies and tools for developing a comprehensive approach to assessing student learning. Various assessment topics will be discussed, including how to use various types of data to make instructional decisions to advance student success.

  • ECED 332 Language Arts for Academic Success (3)

    • This course is designed to provide candidates with language and literacy skills for children in kindergarten through fourth grade in elementary school. The three major focuses of the course include language and literacy, children's literature, and English Language learners. Appropriate teaching strategies, techniques and assessments to implement these essential elements into an effective language learning environment for young learners will be explored. Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263, admittance to department.

  • ECED 333 Math I: Investigations and Integration (3)

    • This course is a study of early mathematical development and math concepts appropriate for P-K learners, including numbers, patterns, space/shape, measurement, data and problem-solving. Developmentally appropriate, experiences in math, integrated with music and movement will focus on standards, curriculum, assessment and planning to advance early learning. Prerequisites: ECED 232, ECED 263, and admittance to department.

  • ECED 334 Designing and Managing the Early Childhood Literacy Environment (3)

    • This course will provide the studentswith the building blocks for designing and managing a healthy, respectful, literacy-rich, and challenging learning environment for young children. Topics will include techniques for establishing routines and classroom management, designing the indoor and outdoor environments, planning experiences to promote multiple literacies and develop a community of learners. Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263, admittance to department.

  • ECED 363 Creativity in Childhood Education (3)

    • This course is designed to facilitate the exploration of the creative process on two levels. Students are encouraged to develop their own creative process while studying methods and theories that encourage creative behaviors in the classroom for children. Emphasis is placed on the development of procedures that will ensure a climate conducive to creativity in pre-school and primary classrooms. Prerequisite: ELED 132, ECED 262, and admittance to department.

  • ECED 411 The Arts for the Developing Child (3)

    • Candidates will examine the unique role of dance, drama, music and the visual arts in the learning and development of all children Pre K through age 9. Students will engage in a variety of experiences to develop the knowledge, creative dispositions, and pedagogical skills to effectively integrate the arts in the Pre K classroom. The lab portion of this course is taught in local schools through the Professional Development School program . Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263, admittance to department.

  • ECED 412 Math for Academic Success (3)

    • Students in this course will learn how to plan, implement , and reflect on manipulative based math lessons that are based on a coherent curriculum and that meet the developmental needs of children in early childhood mathematics classroom. They will also learn how to integrate technology and alternative assessment strategies in an early childhood mathematics classroom. The lab portion of this course is taught in local schools through the Professional Development School program. Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263, admittance to department.

  • ECED 413 Science for the Developing Child (3)

    • This course engages students in developing their understanding of concepts, standards, methods, and materials for teaching science for the developing child. The primary focus is on the use of inquiry and activity-based methods. Weekly field experience in a Professional Development School will emphasize the application of course content and instructional theories to teaching. The lab portion of this course is taught in local schools through the Professional Development School program. Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263, admittance to department.

  • ECED 414 Social Studies for the Developing Child (3)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with theoretical base, knowledge, skills, and practice in teaching social studies to students in Pre-K through fourth grade. This course builds on and enhances social science content knowledge in civics and government, geography, history, and economics to support successful classroom teaching and student academic achievement. It includes a focus on Pennsylvania history to facilitate appropriate instruction in the fourth grade across the Commonwealth. Content includes knowledge of the ways in which students learn social science disciplines; the ability to plan and deliver effective instruction; and skills in assessing student learning in order to modify instruction and deliver successful intervention. The lab portion of this course is taught in local schools through the Professional Development School program. Prerequisite: ECED 232, ECED 263, admittance to department.

  • ECED 420 Advocacy, Leadership and Collaboration (1)

    • This practicum course, taken during Student Teaching, will afford opportunities for students to expand their role as reflective and deliberate decision makers in the Prekindergarten- 4th classroom, school and community. Students will discover creative ways to communicate their findings and advocate for young children and their families in the school and community. Prerequisite(s): ECED 232, ECED 263 and Program Admittance

  • ECED 430 Resident Student Teaching in Pre K-4th Grade (6)

    • This course is a semester of guided teaching in two settings: a Pre K or Kindergarten and a 1st - 4th primary classroom in an elementary school. As the capstone experience of your teacher education at East Stroudsburg University, the Resident Student Teaching Semester is an integral experience in the transition from university student to Beginning Educator. During this semester you will have the opportunity to integrate your knowledge, skills and professional dispositions, embedding theory in practice as you craft your own unique identity as a Beginning Educator. Prerequisites: students must have Department approval which is obtained when all requirements for Student Teaching have been met including: Admission to the teacher education program; completion of all ECED major courses with no grade lower than a C; passing score on Praxis II (0511) - Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge; Act 34 and/or FBI clearance and Act 34; negative TB test. Students must have a 3.0 GPA overall and in their major to student teach and to be certified in the State of Pennsylvania.

  • ECED 460 Language and Literacy for Young Children (3)

    • This course explore the theories, research and practice on language and literacy development for young children. Strategies to assess development in reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as experience to enhance and nurture growth will developed. Emphasis is given to meeting the individual needs of learners, providing success-oriented experiences, and instilling a positive self concept in the young child.

  • ECED 464 Early Childhood Curriculum I - Birth to Age 3 (3)

    • This course uses observations and interactions with children, teachers, and families to examine typical and atypical development of infants and toddlers. Students observe and participate in programs to examine appropriate physical and psychological environments, learn to construct appropriate curriculum, gain practice in responsive teacher-child interactions, engage in systematic observations and begin to establish collaborative professional relationships with families and other early childhood educators. Prerequisites: ECED 262; ELED 132 and admittance to department.

  • ECED 465 Early Childhood Curriculum II - 3 to 6 Years (3)

    • This course uses observations and interactions with children, teachers, and families to examine typical and atypical development of preschoolers. Students observe and participate in programs to examine appropriate physical and psychological environments, learn to construct appropriate curriculum, gain practice in responsive teacher-child interactions, engage in systematic observations and begin to establish collaborative professional relationships with families and other early childhood educators. Prerequisites: ECED 262; ELED 132 and admittance to department.

  • ECED 466 Early Childhood Curriculum III - 6 to 8 Years (3)

    • This course uses observations and interactions with children, teachers, and families to examine typical and atypical development of primary grade children. Students observe and participate in programs to examine appropriate physical and psychological environments, learn to construct appropriate curriculum, gain practice in responsive teacher-child interactions, engage in systematic observations and begin to establish collaborative professional relationships with families and other early childhood educators. Prerequisites: ECED 262; ELED 132 and admittance to department.

  • ECED 486 Internship in Early Childhood (6)

    • This internship is designed for the student who is interested in working with young children and their families in a non-public school setting. It is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop further competencies and understandings of one or more aspects of early childhood education. Placement is arranged on an individual basis. It is expected that the Intern will contribute to the welfare of the organization by engaging in experiences that are "value added" and it is expected that the placement site will contribute to the professional development of the intern by providing experiences that are standards-based, substantial, relevant, and developmental and will facilitate the contribution of the intern to the professional community. Prerequisites: All courses for EC Professional Program and Department Admittance.

  • ECED 489 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3)

    • This course emphasis is on organization and administration of high quality pre-school programs, including supervising, staffing, housing, equipment, programs, records, financing and budgeting, and parent involvement. The course is directed toward prospective early childhood teachers and day care center personnel. Prerequisites: ECED 262, ELED 132 and admittance to department.

  • ECED 495 Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3)

    • This course emphasizes current trends, issues, and problems related to educating young children. It includes a survey of the many resources available as well as opportunities to meet with and benefit from the experiences of several practicing professionals. Prerequisites: ECED 262, ELED 132; and admittance to department.