EDUC 1000 – Introduction to Child Development

3 credits

This course focuses on applying knowledge of the characteristics and needs of young children, prenatal to age twelve, for the creation of healthy, respectful, supportive, challenging, and effective learning environments. Multiple and interrelated influences on the development and learning of young children will be examined.

EDUC 1101 – Introduction to Education

3 credits

This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the field of education. In this course the student will examine social problems and how they relate to schools, technology and its impact on schools, ethical and legal issues facing educators, effective teaching strategies, diversity in the classroom, standard-based education, professionalism in education and current curricula. Students will explore teaching as a profession and will write reflective essays on key topics.

EDUC 1102 – Foundations of Education

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1101

This course is an examination of the relationship between school and society through the lens of current issues in education. A variety of perspectives will be examined, including historical, philosophical, ethical, and legal. Through classroom observations and journal entries, students will develop an understanding what it means to be a reflective practitioner. A forty-hour field component is required. Students will be required to pass a background check. Your observation hours will be divided among the three areas of licensure grades. You will spend 10 hours in each of the following: early elementary (preschool - 5), middle school (4-8), high school (9-12). You will also spend 10 hours in a special education/intervention classroom.

EDUC 1110 – Creative Arts for the Young Child

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1140

This course is designed to prepare those in early childhood education with basic music and art activities for the young child. An exploration of art and music instructional methods, learning sequences and teaching strategies will be emphasized. Eight hours of classroom observation of young children involved in art and/or music are required.

EDUC 1118 – Guiding Children's Behavior & Learning

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1140

This course is designed to prepare those in education with conceptualizations of adult-child and child-child relationships. Students will be introduced to principles and skills that will allow them as future educators to relate to children in ways that will maximize their potential. Students in the Early Childhood program will observe in a preschool setting. Students in the Paraprofessional Program may choose an older grade.

EDUC 1120 – Language / Literacy Development in the Young Child

2 credits

This course is a study of the stages of language and literacy development in the young child. The student will observe a minimum of four hours in an early childhood classroom setting.

EDUC 1140 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

Candidates will demonstrate essential understanding of young children's characteristics and needs, knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning and using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments. Candidates will be subject to pass a mandatory background check.

EDUC 1145 – Observation / Assessment of Children

3 credits

This course is a study of various methods of observation and assessment techniques that are utilized in an early childhood classroom setting. Students will observe a minimum of twenty hours in and approved early childhood classroom setting. Candidates will be subject to pass a mandatory background check.

EDUC 1163 – Social Studies for the Young Child

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1140

This course is designed to provide students with the natural and social science concepts that are taught in the early childhood and elementary classroom. This course will focus on the relevance of history and geography, the study of people, and the interaction of people with others and the world around them. The course will touch upon children's sense of self and the importance of developing social skills. Strategies for engaging and empowering young learners to become active, democratic citizens will also be presented.

EDUC 1199 – Seminar

1–3 credits

This course will be a discussion of particular problems related to the student’s chosen program and areas of interest.

EDUC 2210 – Administration of Early Childhood Programs

2 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1140

This course is designed to prepare students for administrative and leadership roles in the field of early childhood education. An overview of various types of early childhood programs and philosophies will be presented. Relevant topics including program planning, implementing, leading and managing personnel, financing and budgeting and establishing policies will be discussed. A review of current licensing laws as established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will also be included in the course. Four hours in an approved setting is required.

EDUC 2215 – Health, Safety and Nutrition

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1140

In this course, students will examine and discuss content and issues related to the health, safety, and nutrition of young children birth through age 5. Student will explore information that relates to the development of safe learning environments, healthy nutrition, and other positive interactions that support optimal growth and development of young children. Ways to engage the family in supporting these practices as well as licensing rules and information about required training will be included.

EDUC 2217 – Science & Math Experiences for the Young Child

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1140

This course is a study of principles, methods, and materials for teaching children math and science concepts and process skills through discovery and play. The course introduces students to engaging math and science experiences for early childhood and early elementary education children. The student will observe a total of 4 hours in an approved early childhood classroom setting.

EDUC 2219 – Infant / Toddler Care & Education

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1140

This course uses a relationship-based model as a framework for understanding how infants and toddlers grow and learn with the support of their families and teachers. The course consists of three main sections. The first section sets the stage by focusing on early experiences, family relationships, theoretical perspectives, and why and how to observe and document children's interests, development, and behavior. The second section describes the remarkable development of children in the prenatal period and in the emotional, social, cognitive, language, and motor domains. The third section of the course covers responsive program planning including the importance of developing relationships, providing guidance, and working with children with special needs.

EDUC 2220 – Foundation of Literacy

3 credits | Prerequisites: EDUC 1101 and ENGL 1101

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the reading process. Contemporary theories and issues regarding literacy learning will be addressed. Current approaches to reading instruction including skill instruction, word-recognition instruction, ability grouping, whole-language instruction, literature-based instruction, invented spelling and phonics will be covered. Students will become familiar with influences on the reading process such as cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity as well as developmental influences including environmental, emotional, social and cognitive limitations and experiences. Classroom assessment alternatives will also be addressed. Ten hours of literacy instruction in inclusive settings are also required.

EDUC 2224 – Paraprofessional Practicum

3 credits | Corequisite: EDUC 2225

This practicum course is designed to provide students with opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge gained in college coursework to inclusive classroom settings. There are two placements for this course. Students will be placed in 2 settings within the preschool to 8th grade band. Students will do 140 hours in each placement. Students will maintain a journal and time sheet which is to be submitted weekly to the instructor. Students will provide instructional, behavioral, and other support to the mentor teacher as they request.

EDUC 2225 – Paraprofessional Seminar

3 credits | Prerequisites: minimum GPA of 2.5 | Corequisite: EDUC 2224

This seminar is designed to accompany the paraprofessional practicum, EDUC 2224. The seminar will provide students with opportunities to share and critique their onsite experiences. This course assists students in making informed decisions about becoming a teacher and ensures that they have an up-to-date picture of the ever-changing face of education. Issues in reform, professionalism, diversity, and using technology in day-to-day teaching situations are emphasized throughout the text. Students will analyze theory and practice as it relates to educational paraprofessionals.

EDUC 2228 – Families, Communities & Schools

3 credits

This course explores educational considerations for teachers including the policies, theories, practices, skills, and knowledge of home, school, and community partnerships. Candidates will examine: the multiple influences on the whole child; accessibility of community services and supports; ethical, practical, and culturally competent decisions to foster family engagement; knowledge and skills needed to address family structure, socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds, identities and customs, and advocacy for children and families.

EDUC 2230 – Children's Literature with Reading Approaches

3 credits | Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 and EDUC 1140

This course is an introduction to children's literature with emphasis placed on selection and use of books and activities for children from infancy through age 12. Students will explore the various genres of children's literature with particular attention to award-winning authors and illustrators and their books. Students will be able to identify high quality children's literature in each genre and develop age-appropriate lesson plans. Students will also explore various early literacy instruction techniques and teaching reading through literature.

EDUC 2234 – Technology in Education

3 credits

This course provides an introduction to integrating technology in the classroom. A world of ongoing technological change invites us to rethink the ways technology is used in K-12 schools. A knowledge-based, technology-driven global society demands that teachers and students possess new and expanded digital "life skills." These new competencies have been summarized as "21st Century Skills" and the "ISTE Standards for Educators and Students." Students will learn how digital tools and technologies can engage teachers and students while expanding their understanding of academic material across the grade levels.

EDUC 2238 – Young Adult Literature

3 credits | Prerequisites: EDUC 1102 and ENGL 1101

Students will learn what constitutes quality young adult literature and will be introduced to a wide range of young adult novels. Students will examine young adult literature through a literary context and develop age-appropriate lesson plans.

This course does not satisfy the general education requirements in English and humanities. Students can not receive credit for both ENGL 2238 and EDUC 2238.

EDUC 2240 – Early Childhood Practicum

3 credits | Corequisite: EDUC 2241

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate lessons and activities in a licensed preschool setting. Students will work onsite under the direct supervision of a qualified cooperating teacher for 20 hours per week for a total of 280 hours.

EDUC 2241 – Early Childhood Seminar

3 credits | Corequisite: EDUC 2240

This seminar accompanies the early childhood practicum and will enable students to read and discuss a variety of topics relevant to their student teaching. Topics may include but shall not be limited to behavior guidance, children with special needs, working with parents, professionalism, current teaching strategies, etc

EDUC 2243 – Individuals with Exceptionalities

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1140 or EDUC 1101

This course is designed as an introduction to the field of special education and is appropriate as a first course for students intending to pursue certification in special education as well as for students planning to pursue other teacher careers. Topics covered in the course include the history of the field; social and legal issues affecting the field; examinations of various areas of exceptionality; and discussion of educational responses for students with exceptionalities.

EDUC 2260 – Teaching in a Diverse Society

3 credits | Prerequisite: EDUC 1101

This course is designed to prepare the prospective teacher to effectively teach the range of students found in the typical classroom. Students will become familiar with various individual differences that characterize today's school population including children with special needs, talented and gifted learners, culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, students with low-incidence disabilities, etc. Practical strategies for adapting instruction to meet the learning styles of all students in inclusive classrooms will be addressed. Working with families of diverse backgrounds will be addressed. Ten hours of public school classroom observation in an approved diverse setting are also required.