Child Development (CHLD)
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The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
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- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
CHLD 0100 CDA Prep 1: 6 semester hours.
This course will prepare students for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program. Content in this course will be an introduction to Early Childhood professionalism, health, safety, learning environments, social and emotional development, and guidance in ECCE. Includes lecture and practicum. F, D
CHLD 0101 CDA Prep 2: 6 semester hours.
This course will prepare students for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program. Content in this course will be an introduction to Early Childhood physical and cognitive development, language development, creativity, program management, and families. Includes lecture and practicum. PREREQ: CHLD 0100. S, D
CHLD 0105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: 3 semester hours.
Orientation to Early Childhood Education including role of the teacher, professionalism, an overview of child growth and development, observation and assessment, and inclusive practices. F
CHLD 0111 Health, Safety, and Nutrition: 3 semester hours.
Course covers Health, Safety and nutritional practices in group settings: accident and illness prevention; nutrition requirements and menu planning; and development of good health habits in children. F
CHLD 0112 Learning Environments in Early Childhood Care and Education: 1 semester hour.
Establishing and maintaining quality learning environments for optimal child experience and learning. Includes indoor and outdoor environments, schedules and routines in ECCE. F
CHLD 0113 Curriculum Practicum in Early Childhood Care and Education: 4-20 semester hours.
Practical experience with planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum that enhances children's development in all domains. Upon completion, students who have completed the BTC will meet requirements for entry into the second year of the A.A.S. Includes credit for documented work experience after obtaining a CDA. May be repeated for up to 20 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S
CHLD 0120 Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood Care and Education: 6 semester hours.
Emphasizes stages of social and emotional development, encouraging self-esteem, cultural awareness, and effective communication skills. Introduces observation and assessment of social and emotional skills; describes strategies to promote healthy social and emotional development. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. F, S
CHLD 0125 Guidance in Early Childhood Care and Education: 3 semester hours.
Principles and techniques for providing developmentally appropriate guidance. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, strategies, and observation to understand the underlying causes of behavior. Students will demonstrate appropriate interaction with children, families, and promote conflict resolution, self-control, and self-motivation. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. F, S
CHLD 0130 Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: 6 semester hours.
Introduction to children's physical and cognitive development, including discovery experiences in math and science, block play, social studies, verbal and written language acquisition, and foundations in gross and fine motor development, brain development, multiple intelligences and learning styles. Includes classroom lectures and practicum. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P. F, S
CHLD 0135 Fostering Creativity: 3 semester hours.
Creative learning environments, planning and implementing developmentally appropriate experiences, and developing appropriate teaching materials for the classroom. Emphasizes creative activities for children in art, music, movement and physical skills, and dramatics. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. F, S
CHLD 0141 Family Centered Care and Program Management in Early Childhood Care and Education: 3 semester hours.
Relationships between families and programs. Emphasis on requisite skills and benefits for successfully establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships between today's diverse families, centers and school, and community resources. Strategies to ensure effective program operation are introduced. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. S
CHLD 0151 Curriculum Planning and Implementation in Early Childhood Care and Education: 4 semester hours.
Philosophy, curriculum, scheduling, observation and assessment, and instructional planning and evaluation. Students will assess children and curriculum; plan for daily, weekly, and long-range instruction; and design environments with appropriate equipment and supplies. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. S
CHLD 0210 Advanced Topics in Early Childhood Care and Education: 3 semester hours.
Elaborates on developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education and care and research into other current topics, as related to student needs and interest. A focus on anti-bias curriculum and children's literature is also included. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. PREREQ: ENGL 1101. PREREQ or COREQ: ENGL 1102, and COMM 1101. F
CHLD 0215 Children with Exceptionalities: 2 semester hours.
Introduces working with children with exceptionalities. Emphasis on the characteristics of children and strategies for adapting the learning environment. Students will recognize atypical development, make appropriate referrals, and collaborate with families and professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate inclusion strategies. Includes classroom lecture and practicum. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P. PREREQ or COREQ: ENGL 1102, and COMM 1101. F
CHLD 0220 Administration and Program Management in Early Childhood Care and Education: 3 semester hours.
Policies, procedures, personnel management for ECCE programs, including budgeting needs, marketing, and issues of insurance and applicable laws. Implementation of program goals, development of effective personnel supervision and managerial styles, and meeting NAEYC standards. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P, and CHLD 0210 OR CHLD 0215. COREQ: ENGL 1102, COMM 1101 and BT 0170. S
CHLD 0250 Capstone Project in Early Childhood Care and Education: 1 semester hour.
Students will demonstrate, through either a teaching role or an administrative role, their competence in integrating academic skills with early childhood knowledge. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S
CHLD 0296 Independent Study: 1-8 semester hours.
Addresses specific learning needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D
CHLD 0298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hours.
Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D