ECH100 Fundamentals of Early Childhood (3)
This course will present basic information and help develop skills needed to work with young children in an early care and education program in northeast Kansas. The course will cover professional guidelines, information related to child growth and development, recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, and the steps in preparing for National Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing. The course will also include observing operations in an approved early care and education program in northeast Kansas. Students will also complete a Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) background check, provide a copy of a current physical exam and TB test results, and become first aid/CPR certified. In order to work in the early childhood field, students must pass the KBI check and document successful physical exam and TB test results.
ECH101 Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect (1)
This course focuses on the categories of child abuse and neglect as well as the signs and symptoms of the various types of abuse and neglect. The course will cover appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect and what to do in the event of child disclosure. Kansas mandated reporter laws are also discussed. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.
ECH102 Understanding Multiple Intelligences and Children's Learning Styles (1)
This course will focus on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and how different learning styles are affected by the environment, physiology, processing, emotions, and social choices. Practical information will be given on how to create educational environments by applying activities that use different learning styles. Students will also examine their own personal teaching style as applied to teaching multiple intelligences to a variety of students. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.
ECH103 Infant Toddler Creative Curriculum (3)
This course will provide basic information about what professionals need to know and be able to do to provide quality care for infants and toddlers. The course will use the research-based Creative Curriculum model and will explore the integrated roles of the caregiver/teacher, the children, the families, and the community, using a strength-based model that defines developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers and the role of the curriculum.
ECH104 Pre-School Creative Curriculum (3)
This course will provide basic information about what professionals need to know and be able to do to provide quality care for preschool children. The course will use the research-based Creative Curriculum model and will explore the integrated roles of the caregiver/teacher, the children, the families, and the community, using a strength-based model that defines developmentally appropriate practices for preschoolers and the role of the curriculum.
ECH105 Early Childhood Cultural Competency (1)
This course will examine cultural competency when working with children and families. The course will focus on cultural norms, values, codes of conduct, traditions, and child rearing practices of ethnic, cultural, and other groups served by social programs. The course will also consider how racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination can affect individual and family development and functioning. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussion boards and assignments.
ECH106 Understanding Children's Temperament (1)
This course provides an overview of temperament traits and the variety of influences on temperament styles. The course will examine challenging temperaments, such as flexible, fearful, and feisty, and will include personal assessment as well as evaluation of children. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussion boards and assignments.
ECH107 Supporting Children's Learning Through Play (1)
This course will examine the nature and characteristics of play and why play is important in a child’s development. The course will cover the development domains and milestones that affect children’s learning through play, as well as the social and cognitive stages of play and the behavior children exhibit in those stages. The course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.
ECH108 Childhood Obesity and Good Nutrition (1)
This course will examine the common reasons for childhood obesity and the complications of being overweight or obese. The course will focus on the new food pyramid, MyPlate, and will look at ways to encourage healthy eating habits and ways to integrate learning activities about healthy eating into daily routines. The course will also cover movement activities that encourage and support development and learning in children, as well as ways to share information on healthy eating and active living with parents and families. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.
ECH109 Bullying Prevention and Response (1)
This course will examine types of bullying and consequences for bullying behaviors. The course will cover the dynamics of bullying behaviors and the roles of targets, bullies, and witnesses. Emphasis will be placed on intervention strategies for dealing with bullying behaviors, as well as strategies to prevent bullying behaviors. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.
ECH110 Functions of Child Development I (3)
This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge for creating safe, healthy learning environments for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children. The course will cover the growth and development of physical and intellectual competence, creative expression, and communication skills for those age groups. The course will also focus on establishing and managing effective programs and maintaining a commitment to professionalism. The course will include portfolio preparation for National Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing.
ECH111 Caring for Children with Special Needs (1)
This course will examine child development milestones and how to recognize signs of early childhood delays. The course will cover guiding terms, as well as laws and principles regarding special needs, including common questions and answers for childcare providers. The course will focus on observation, assessment, documentation, communication with families, and resources available to families and caregivers. This course is instructor-led and interactive through discussions and assignments in course discussion boards.
ECH115 Functions of Child Development II (3)
This course will cover the development of self-esteem, guidance techniques, using a family questionnaire, and developing strategies for working with families. The course will also include working on the final steps necessary for requesting National Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing: writing a professional philosophy statement, identifying areas of strength and areas for future professional growth as an early childhood professional, and completing the direct assessment application for the CDA.
ECH120 Family Child Care Administration (2)
This course covers the management aspects of operating a family child care business. The course will focus on contracts, policies, legal issues, fee structure, collection, budgeting, cash flow, keeping records, taxes, and developing sound fiscal and management skills.
ECH150 Creative Experiences (3)
This course is designed for early childhood classroom practitioners. The course will focus on how to to develop interesting and secure environments and activities that encourage play, exploration, learning, and creative expression.
ECH160 Observing and Interacting with Young Children (3)
Prerequisites: ECH 100, ECH 110, ECH 115
This course is designed for practitioners who work with children and families. Students will develop skills for quality observation and documentation associated with young children. Ethical considerations and confidentiality are discussed. Students will conduct an in-depth child study. Students must identify a child and set up and conduct observations. Students will also conduct structured observations targeting specific developmental areas. Students will create a professional report illustrating the developmental level of the child. The child portfolio will include completed checklists, work samples, pictures, and interviews.
ECH180 Early Childhood Literacry and Language Development (3)
Prerequisites: 9 credit hours of Early Childhood
This course will prepare current or future early childhood teachers to enhance the early literacy outcomes of young children by improving teachers' knowledge of early literacy development. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of language development and acquisition. Students will acquire skills and knowledge in facilitating early literacy to young children, and how to involve parents and families in the process.
ECH182 Early Childhood CDA Renewal (3)
Prerequisites: A valid pre-school or infant/toddler child development associate
This course is for students who have a current Preschool or Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and are interested in renewing their credential. Students will learn to act with specific goals in mind for all domains of children’s development. This course provides specific ideas and strategies for interacting with children in key subject areas during both child-guided and adult-guided experiences. Students will complete all of the documentation and requirements for CDA renewal.
ECH200 Program Planning and Development (3)
Prerequisites: ECH100, ECH110, ECH115
This course will examine the administrative and curriculum demands in different types of early childhood education centers. Funding, budgeting, evaluating, hiring, planning, collecting fees, and writing reports are some of the topics that will be covered. The course will emphasize developing sound fiscal and program management skills with a focus on interpersonal relationships.
ECH210 Family Involvement in Education (3)
Prerequisites: ECH100, ECH110, and ECH115 or equivalent
This course will provide a study of family involvement in education from an interdisciplinary approach. The course will cover history, current research, and diversity in families and will also present information, activities, and programs to enrich family-school partnerships and collaborations.
ECH220 Principles of Inclusion (3)
Prerequisites: ECH100, ECH160
This course examines inclusive education settings for young children, and also looks at potential influences and barriers. The course will cover instructional strategies, individualized instruction, family perceptions of inclusion, collaborative relationships among adults, classroom ecology, social policy, and cultural and linguistic diversity.
ECH250 Early Childhood Practicum (3)
This course is designed for students who are assuming teaching responsibility under guided supervision. Students must meet all state and national requirements for working in an Early Childhood facility. The purpose of the practicum is to put theory into practice. Students will spend 15 hours in classroom activities and 225 hours teaching in the Early Childhood classroom. The course will cover working with parents, classroom management, observation and assessment, values identification, trends and issues in Early Childhood, personal reflections, and educational philosophy.