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EDU 101 Intro to Early Childhood Education

This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the role of the early childhood education professional and services in the field of educating children from birth through the age of eight. It examines the profession of early childhood education in the context of historical, philosophical and social influences and current trends, issues and practices. Hours: 39 lecture and 15 observation. Usually offered in the fall and spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 102 Child Development

This course reviews the cognitive, social, physiological and psychological growth and development of children from birth through the age of 14. Together, EDU 102 and 103 meet the 90 hours of approved training for senior staff members required by the child care administration of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Hours: 39 lecture. Usually offered in the fall and spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 103 Preschool Child Care

This course covers the design and implementation of the preschool curriculum. Specific consideration is given to language development, mathematics, science and the arts. Together, EDU 102 and 103 meet the 90 hours of approved training for senior staff members required by the child care administration of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Hours: 39 lecture and 15 observation. Prerequisites: EDU 101 and EDU 102 with grades of "C" or better. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 104 Teaching Mathematics to Early Learners

This course prepares students to teach mathematical concepts to children in child care agencies and organizations. Teaching strategies focus on the skills defined by the Maryland State Department of Education as indicators of kindergarten readiness. Students are taught in a manner similar to how they are to teach. They are expected to actively participate in class activities. Students experience how concepts and skills are developed from the concrete stage to the symbolic state. The use of manipulatives is emphasized to promote the direct observation of mathematical kindergarten readiness skills. Hours: 15 lecture. Prerequisite: MTH 092 with a grade of "C" or better or an acceptable mathematics placement test score. Usually offered in the fall and spring. (1.0 Credit)

EDU 151 Infant and Toddler Care

This course is an introduction to the field of infant and toddler child care in family care and group care settings. The design and implementation of age-appropriate activities and routines for infants and toddlers are explored. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: EDU 102 with a grade of "C" or better. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 152 School-Age Group Child Care

This course is an introduction to school-age child care. The design and implementation of age-appropriate activities and routines for children from age five through eight are explored. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: EDU 102 with a grade of "C" or better. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 153 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition

This course focuses on assessing the health and safety of young children, with an emphasis on preventive health maintenance and nutritional requirements. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: EDU 102 with a grade of "C" or better. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 155 Foundations of Education

This course, which covers the major developments in the history of American education, offers a comprehensive overview of the historical, philosophical, sociological, political and legal foundations of education. Emphasis is placed on the structure and organization of schools, roles of classroom teachers, influences on teaching and learning, diversity, and contemporary educational policy and issues. Hours: 39 lecture and 15 observation. Usually offered in the fall and spring.  (3.0 Credits)

EDU 156 Educational Psychology

This course covers the basic theories of learning and teaching and the application of theory to educational environments. Content includes the adaptation of the concepts of behavioral, cognitive and constructivist learning theories to teaching and managing an effective learning environment. Units of study also include the principles of motivation, classroom management and assessment of student performance. Hours: 39 lecture and 15 observation. Prerequisites: EDU 155 and PSY 101 with grades of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Usually offered in the fall.  (3.0 Credits)

EDU 201 Foundations of Reading

This course examines the theories, processes and acquisition of reading and language arts as well as cognitive, linguistic, social and physiological factors involved in oral and written language development. This course meets the "early childhood, elementary and special education -- process and acquisition of reading" requirement of the Maryland State Department of Education. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisites: EDU 102 and ENG 101 (for early childhood education students) or EDU 102 or PSY 251, and ENG 101 (for elementary education students), with grades of "C" or better. Usually offered in the fall.  (3.0 Credits)

EDU 204 Center Management

This course covers management practices and the administrative functions of center directors. Focus is placed on listening, facility operation and management, as well as legal, financial and personnel issues. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: EDU 101 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the department head. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 205 Children's Literature

This course focuses on the study of classic and contemporary literature for children, with an emphasis on selecting and incorporating a wide variety of literature into the curricula for young children. This course satisfies the general education arts and humanities requirement only for students enrolled in the early childhood education associate of arts in teaching degree program. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: ENG 151 with a grade of "C" or better. Usually offered in the fall. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 210 Effective Teaching Methodology

This course introduces students to a broad spectrum of instructional methodologies used in today's classrooms and to frameworks that will guide their instructional decisions. Topics include teaching strategies, classroom interactive procedures, principles of instruction and the adaptation of instruction to diverse populations. Students are taught how to design instruction to meet the needs of diverse student populations and to apply instructional techniques to manage and teach these children. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education requirement for individuals seeking recertification and is intended for secondary content-area, special education and N-12 teachers. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisites: EDU 101, EDU 102 and EDU 103 (for early childhood education students) or EDU 155 and EDU 156 (for elementary and secondary education students) with grades of "C" or better, or permission of the department head. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 214 Classroom Assessment of Students

This course provides balanced coverage of contemporary issues concerning classroom assessment. The emphasis is on real-world applications of student assessment using mainstream assessment principles. The subject matter covers a broad range of educational settings, including classroom teaching, school administration, school counseling, special education and related special services for students with special needs. Measurement concepts and tools are presented, focusing on the development of an understanding of the range of products available for student assessment, interpreting results and maintaining alignment with learning goals. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 251 Introduction to Special Education

This course is an introduction to the field of special education in which various historical and theoretical aspects of the psychological, sociological, intellectual, emotional and physical characteristics of exceptional children are explored. Contributions of research to program development, educational approaches and the application of developmentally-appropriate classroom materials and instructional techniques are designed to help prepare practitioners to teach effectively in a pluralistic society. This course meets the special education requirement of the Maryland State Department of Education. Hours: 39 lecture and 15 observation. Prerequisites: EDU 101, EDU 102 and PSY 101 (for early childhood education students) or EDU 155 and PSY 101 (for elementary and secondary education students) with grades of "C" or better. Usually offered in the spring.  (3.0 Credits)

EDU 252 Family and Community Relations

This course covers the parent-school partnership and home-school participation. Students practice techniques to help parents, teachers and the community use and coordinate their resources. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: EDU 101 with a grade of "C" or better. Usually offered in the spring. (3.0 Credits)

EDU 260 Early Childhood Ed Field Experience

In order to obtain an actual training experience, the student secures or is placed in an approved position relevant to his or her area of emphasis. The student is required to develop, in cooperation with the instructor and field supervisor, a learning contract for the field experience. Supervision and grading of the training experience are provided by both the instructor and the field supervisor. Hours: 140 as an intern. Prerequisites: EDU 103, EDU 151 and EDU 153 with grades of "C" or better and permission of the department head. Insurance: $24. Usually offered in the fall, spring and summer. (3.0 Credits)

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