Degrees and Certificates


CDCC/EDUC103: Roles of the Early Childhood Professional

Credits 2

This course will introduce teacher candidates to the roles and professional skills and practices that they will need to support each and every child and family in quality early childhood programs. The importance of positive and respectful relationships with families, communities and children will be emphasized. Essential concepts of developmentally appropriate approaches to learning for children including those who are diverse in culture, language, ability, race, and life circumstances will be stressed. Students are introduced to practices, strategies, materials, and resources they can use to help enhance multicultural and anti-bias experiences in the early childhood classroom. Discussion and practice in upholding ethical standards for ethics, equity and other professional practices will be included.

EDUC/CDCC252: Early Childhood Practicum

Credits 3

Teaching practicum and integration seminar for Child Development Associate candidates, Child Development/Child Care and Preschool - Grade 3 Education majors. During the 90 hours of placement, students will observe and interact with children and teaching professionals. Focus will be on development and implementation of appropriate curriculum. A series of seminars will integrate the teaching practicum with core concepts of the early childhood profession. (Placements usually occur during the day; child care employees may use their workplace as the placement.

EDUC/HSRV126: Introduction to Special Services

Credits 3
Interdisciplinary survey of current research, practice and trends in the identification of children and adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs. The services required supporting quality education, training and development through the life span will be described. Intended for students interested in the fields of special education and human services for the developmentally disabled.

EDUC/PSYC110: Child Development: Theory and Practice

Credits 4

Principles and theories of the development of the child from birth through adolescence. Intellectual, psychosocial and physical development will be studied with an emphasis on the role of family and care-giving adults in the optimal growth and development of the child. In addition to the lecture, students must be available for a three-hour-per-week practicum with a children’s group. (Placements usually occur during the day; early childhood employees may use their workplace as the placement.) Meets General Education requirement for Social Science.

EDUC/PSYC213: Educational Psychology

Credits 3
The teaching-learning process is examined through a study of the major psychological theories of learning, motivation and maturation. These psychological principles are applied to practices of classroom instruction that consider the developmental stage, abilities and learning styles of the learner.

EDUC/PSYC226: Psychology of Exceptionality

Credits 3

Survey of the major categories and types of exceptionality (e.g. mental retardation, learning disabilities, giftedness). Topics include characteristics, causes, identification/assessment, educational remediation approaches and transition to adulthood.

EDUC105: Orientation to Substitute Teaching

Credits 1
Provides the student with fundamental knowledge and skills to become a substitute teacher in grades pre-K through 12. Students will be introduced to basic planning, observation, classroom management and teaching techniques. The application process and expectations of local school districts will be discussed. Applicants must apply for a substitute certificate through the county superintendent of schools office.

EDUC220: Field Placement in Educational Psychology

Credits 1
Provides observational and application experience to students who will transfer into teacher certification programs. Forty-five hours of placement at an elementary or secondary school are required. Five hours of group work will be done online. Students will complete a series of observations and assignments based on major developmental theorists and educational methods.