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EDEC - Education, Early Childhood


EDEC 2000. Induction into Early Childhood Education (0-0-0)
Prerequisites: EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, and EDUC 2130 with a grade of C or better. This course provides an introduction to the history of the Early Childhood profession including current trends. It is designed to help students understand the expectations and responsibilities of becoming a part of a professional community. The course concludes with an induction ceremony marking entrance to participation in professional endeavors.

EDEC 3155. Assessment in Early Childhood (3-0-3) Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education. An examination of formal and informal classroom assessment procedures, methods of action research, and standardized measurement. Students will become familiar with the Georgia Performance Standards and the use of rubrics to assess student performance. Pertinent issues relating to assessment will also be examined.

EDEC 3255. Creative Activities for Young Children (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. An examination of the creative process as applied to the education and development of young children, their families, and their environment.

EDEC 3256. Curriculum and Organization in Early Childhood (3-2-4) Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education, EDEC 3255, and EDEC 4155 with a grade of C or better in each. Corequisite: EDUF 4205.  Focus on theory, planning, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects related to curriculum, including establishing and managing an appropriate environment leading to children's sociomoral and autonomy development. This course includes extensive laboratory experiences where students interact with diverse learners as they plan, implement, and evaluate integrated curriculum.

EDEC 4155. Cognitive and Language Development in Early Childhood (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. An examination of the development of cognition and language with emphasis on neuroanatomical structures and behaviors, constructivist theory, and related topics including nutrition and safety.

EDEC 4217. Teaching Language Arts in Early Childhood Education (2-4-4) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. The application of teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and visually representing in early childhood education. Emphasis: writing, listening, and speaking. NCTE/IRA Standards.

EDEC 4235. Science in Early Childhood (2-2-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education and and EDEC 4155 with a grade of C or better. An examination of curriculum concepts, skills, and instructional methodologies appropriate for teaching science to young children.

EDEC 4247. Math Methods, Diagnostics and Prescriptive Instruction (3-2-4) Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education, MATH 2008, MAED 5131U, and EDEC 4155 with a grade of C or better. This course will cover methods, principles, and strategies for teaching math in early childhood education. In addition, the coursework will focus on analysis and remediation of diagnosed math strengths and weaknesses using informal assessment instruments and techniques. Required field component is part of course.

EDEC 6115. Literacy Education Across the Language Arts (3-0-3) Advanced study of content, materials and instructional procedures for teaching language arts through grade 5.

EDEC 6116. Writing and the Young Child (3-0-3) A study of writing experiences appropriate for young children through grade 5, together with research on language development pertinent to writing instruction. Focus on writing workshops.

EDEC 6125. Methods and Materials for Teaching Math in Early Childhood (3-0-3) An advanced examination of teaching strategies, assessment techniques, curriculum, and resources for sound mathematics instruction through grades 5.

EDEC 6135. Methods and Materials for Teaching Science in Early Childhood (3-0-3) Concepts of science appropriate through grade 5. Skills and methods of teaching science to young children through experimentation and discovery.

EDEC 6145. Methods and Materials for Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood (3-0-3) Social studies concepts, methodology, resources and assessment techniques. Emphasis on curricula reform, current trends, field based research and projects, technology, and NCSS Standards.

EDEC 6155. Early Childhood in a Contemporary Society (4-0-4) Identification, study and discussion of current issues impacting early childhood education. Use of technology to examine, inform, and communicate.

EDEC 6156. Neurological, Psychological, and Physiological Development: Conception to Age 10 (4-0-4) An in-depth study of child development from conception through age 10.

EDEC 6157. Child Care Centers (2-0-2) A comprehensive examination of child care and education models, including extended day, curricula, staffing, management, regulations, accreditation, and design.

EDEC 6158. Infant Education (2-0-2) Research, theory, and developmentally appropriate practices in the education of children, prenatal through age 3, in centers and homes.

EDEC 6159. Creative Teaching in Early Childhood (3-0-3) The creative process applied to young children at home, in the preschool, and in the primary grades. Methods and activities which foster creativity in content and self-development areas.

EDEC 6166. Assessment Methodologies, Instruments, and Procedures in Early Childhood (3-0-3) A study of methodologies, instruments, and procedures in assessing young children, their environments, and their programs.

EDEC 6795. Seminar in Early Childhood (2-0-2) In-depth study of historical and contemporary topics in Early Childhood.

EDEC 7126. Issues in Mathematics Education in Early Childhood (3-0-3) Prerequisite: EDEC 6125 or its equivalent. An in-depth examination of issues to the mathematics education of young children.

EDEC 7155. Cognitive Development in Young Children (4-0-4) Constructivism, neuro-anatomical correlates of learning, and selected theories relevant to the cognitive processes of children from conception through age nine.

EDEC 7899. Research in Early Childhood (0-6-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the Ed.S. program. Advanced research investigation under the direction of a major professor and faculty committee. (S/U grading)
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