Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC)
- Foundations of Early Childhood Development (3-3-0)
This course provides an overview of Early Childhood, including personal and professional growth and development, ethical standards, learning theories, principles of child development and learning, developmentally appropriate practices, working with families, and current issues and trends in Early Childhood Education.
- The Learning Environment (3-3-0)
This course focuses on promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of young children. Topics include: safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting abuse and neglect, current state licensing and health regulations, and resources for creating developmentally appropriate environments for young children.
- Creative Expression in Early Childhood Development (3-3-0)
This course is based on developmentally appropriate practices to reflect a creative arts concentration, emphasizing child-directed, as opposed to teacher-directed activities. It acknowledges the philosophy of process-oriented art, instead of product-oriented activity. Also, this course will present an art studio approach; maximizing responsible freedom, decision-making, discovery, creative thinking and expression integrated within the early childhood curriculum.
- Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (3-3-0)
This course introduces students to the developmental stages and theories of language and promotes an understanding of individual and cultural differences in language. Actual methods and developmentally appropriate practices are discussed, demonstrated and practiced.
- Child Guidance (3-3-0)
Positive guidance, discipline and behavior management techniques are learned skills that create competent, effective early childhood educators. Many educators leave the field because they lack knowledge and skills in positive guidance. This course will not only give students a background in discipline techniques but will also provide limited practical experiences with children and caregivers. This course will also incorporate parenting skills so that educators can effectively present helpful techniques to parents of young children.
- Observation and Participation (3 cr.)
This course presents research based knowledge about developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) in the care and development of infants and toddlers in childcare settings. The approach of this course acknowledges the concept of: "The Three Rs: Respectful, Responsive, and Reciprocal Caregiving." Focus is placed on accepted and current theories of development and stages and ages of children from conception through thirty-six months. Topics include: health and safety regulations; including diapering and feeding, the environment, brain growth, the importance of play, movement, attachment, observation of infants and toddlers, professionalism, and communication with caregivers and parents.
- Observation and Participation (3-2-1)
Prerequisite: CDYC 101 and permission from program coordinator
This course presents an overview of child development with several varied methods of observing and assessing development in an actual child care setting.
- Special Needs in Early Childhood Programs (3 cr.)
Permission from the CDYC program coordinator
The focus of this course is to provide education about children with special needs. This course covers topics about children (ages birth through 8 years) with physical, cognitive, and social-emotional exceptionalities. Broad areas of study will include programs which provide care for children who are: gifted, talented, hearing or vision impaired, physically challenged, or health impaired and may possess characteristics which indicate learning or behavior disorders, developmental delays, or speech and language deficits. Students will gain knowledge about various developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) strategies and methods, communication techniques with parents, service providers, paraprofessionals, and community resource agencies. Students will learn various state and federal laws concerning children with exceptionalities.
- Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Materials in Early Childhood (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CDYC 101
Planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials for young children; required knowledge and skills in curriculum content area and in developmentally appropriate practice.
- Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3-3-0)
Prerequisites: Three (3) years experience as a director in a child care setting or CDA credential (or test-out equivalent), and permission from the CDYC program coordinator.
This course is designed for directors of childcare centers or students who have plans to become a director in a childcare facility. Topics include: quality programs in childcare, determining the needs of the community, planning the budget, writing a business proposal, childcare licensing and other laws, facility regulations, supplies and equipment, staff issues, marketing, daily program, responsibilities, parenting concerns and other administrative matters.
- Practicum in Early Childhood Development (6-1-5)
Prerequisites: all CDYC courses with a grade of "C" or better, a candidate for graduation, and permission from the program coordinator.
Supervised work experience in an approved childcare setting.
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