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Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education (Age Three through Eight)

Course Descriptions
Course of Study

In accordance with national and state trends, Florida A&M University’s planned Pre-school and Pre-kindergarten/Primary Education Program provides knowledge and builds skills for individuals who will work or presently do work with young children (hereby defined as birth through age eight) in not only the traditional public school setting, but also home-based, child care, hospital and other settings. The overall mission of the program is to prepare university students and those individuals already in the work force to more effectively serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children through developmentally-appropriate assessment and prescriptive curriculum planning and implementation.

Freshman Year Sem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
ENC 1101 Freshman Communications Skills I...............................................................3
SPC 2608 Public Speaking............................................................................................3
MGF 1107 Liberal Arts Math II........................................................................................3
BSC 1005 Biological Science.........................................................................................3
EDG 1072 College Success and Beyond.......................................................................3
 15

Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
ENC 1102 Freshman Communication Skills II................................................................3
PSC 1121 Physical Science...........................................................................................3
MAC 1005 College Algebra...........................................................................................3
AMH 2010 American History I or AMH 2020 American History II..................................3
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology...............................................................................3
 HUM 2211 Historical Survey..........................................................................................

 
3
18

Sophomore YearSem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
LIT 2110 Intro. to Literature I..........................................................................................3
MTG 2206 College Geometry.........................................................................................3
AMH 2091 Overview of African-American History..........................................................3
**EDF 1005 Introduction to to the Teaching Profession.................................................3
GLY 2001 Earth and Space Science..............................................................................3
 15

Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
**EEC 3005 Foundations of Pre-K/Primary Education...................................................3
**EEC 3700 Child Development....................................................................................3
EME 2040 Intro. to Technology for  Educators...............................................................3
**EDF 2085 Intro. to Diversity for Educators.................................................................3
**EEC 3215 DAP II: Social Studies...............................................................................3
  
 15


Junior Year Sem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
**EGC 3213 DAP II: Foundation Language/Emergent Literature...................................3
**EEC 3731 Health Nutrition & Safety............................................................................3
**TSL 3080 Introduction to ESOL: Theories & Practice.................................................3
**EDE 3940 Field Clinical II............................................................................................3
**EEC 3402 Family Structure and Practices..................................................................3
**EEC 4708 DAP II: Language Arts................................................................................3
  
 18

Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
**RED 3013 Foundations of Reading.............................................................................3
**EEX 3013 Special Needs in Early Childhood Education.............................................3
MAE 3310 Math for Elementary Teachers......................................................................3
SCE 3811 Teaching Science in Elementary School.......................................................3
EEC 3404 Family and Community Partnerships...........................................................3
**EEC 4303 DAP II: Art, Music, Movement, Drama.......................................................3
EDE 3921 Professional Education Colloquium............................................................0
 18

Senior Year Sem. Hrs.
Fall Semester 
**EEX 4018 Adaptations for Children with Special Needs.............................................3
TSL 4345 Methods of Teaching ESOL...........................................................................
**EEC 3604 Guiding and Managing Behavior................................................................
3
3
RED 4519 Rec./Diag. Growth in Reading......................................................................3
**EEC 3613 Diagnosis, Assessment & Evaluation.........................................................3
**EDE 4940 Field Clinical III- Professional Theory and Legal Aspects/Role of the
Teacher....................................................................................................................

3
 15

Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
**EDE 4943 Field Clinical IV: Student Teaching.............................................................6-12
 6-12
Total Hours Required......................................................................................................134


Courses: All courses will include integrated practicum experiences in diverse settings working with children birth through age eight.   
**EEC 3003 Foundations of Pre-K/Primary Education (3) The course places emphasizes on the historical and contemporary events, issues and trends that influenced the direction and nature of the care and education of young children. It develops a comparative perspective of philosophical, sociological, and psychological theories that form the foundation of early childhood education programs and practices. A variety of curriculums and programs will be presented. Ethics for professional organizations and standards required in the State of Florida will be included in presentations. Students will observe early childhood settings.
EEC 3700 Child Development  (3) This course will provide students with the basic information on child development prenatally to adolescence. The course will provide knowledge in regard to typical and atypical development; present theoretical frameworks for the development of the child; and promote a respect and an appreciation for the role of the family, culture and community in the development of the child. Field observation required (10 hours).
*EEC 3402 Family Structures and Practices (3) This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge base to understand and work effectively within a context of different family structures and needs. It emphasizes the importance of culture, value, and child rearing practices in early development.
*EEC 3404 Family and Community Partnership in Education (3) This course prepares pre-service teachers to work effectively with parents and communities in partnership for the education of young children.  It analyzes Federal/State mandates and their implication for program development, rights and responsibilities, and services to families of young children.  There are opportunities for field observation and participation in area programs and agencies serving children.
*EEC 3604 Guiding and Managing Behavior in Early Childhood (3) Students will become familiar with causes of misbehavior, prevention techniques for dealing with challenging and inappropriate behaviors and maintaining positive learning environments ensuring appropriate behavior, and causes of  these behaviors. Also, crisis intervention, management behavior, conflict resolution, and working with parents will be covered.
*EEC 3731 Health, Nutrition, and Safety (3) The course will provide students with knowledge of appropriate health, safety and nutritional practices implemented in developmentally appropriate educational programs for children ages birth through eight years. Content includes hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. Health and safety regulations , legal issues, community resources, emergency procedures, including first aid and CPR, will be covered. Health, nutrition and safety needs of neglected, abused, chronically ill, culturally diverse, English Language Learners and exceptional children will be covered. Ten (10) hours of field experience is required.
*EEC 3524  Administration/Management of Early Childhood Education Programs (3) Study of principles and techniques for facilitating supervision with attention given to the organization, administration and operation of early childhood programs. Focus on professionalism and ethical and legal practices, group structure, inclusion, problems of communication, including English language Learners’ goals, personnel, budgetary considerations and program evaluation. Prerequisites: Child Development I & II, Foundations and Issues of Earl Childhood Education. Field experience required.
**EEX 4018 Adaptations of Children with Special Needs (3) Methods for adapting early childhoom activities and environments that meet needs of children at risk for having disabilities; screening, selection and utilization of appropriate diagnositc and referral procedures for infants and toddlers. Prescriptive program planning for young children, special emphasis on working with families, inclusion, and multicultural processes. Required participation in selected activities and field experiences.
**EEC 3613 Diagnosis, Assessment, and Evaluation of Children (3) This course is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base concerning developmentally appropriate assessment of young children. Areas of emphasis include formal and informal assessment methodology, alternative assessment, understanding of measurement terms and principles, interpretation evaluation results, development of classroom assessment tools; legal requirements for recordkeeping and use of technology and diversity considerations.
*EEC 4703 Bio-Medical Issues of Children with Special Needs (3) The purpose of this course is to provide participants with knowledge of medical and developmental interventions for premature infants  with other perinatal risk factors, disabilities and/or those complex health needs. The characteristics and needs of babies prenatally exposed to drugs, disease and other risk factors and who are dependent on technology or have chronic health impairments will be included. Current trends in traditional and nontraditional intervention will be discussed. Understanding of legal and confidential considerations, maintaining and interpreting records. Ten (10) hours of field experience required.
EEC 4708 Developmentally Appropriate Practices Block I: Ages Birth Through Three (9)
*EEC 3311 Art, Music, Movement, Drama
  (3)
*EEC 3707 Language Arts (3)
*EEC 4211 Math, Science and Technology (3) Through this block of nine (9) hours, students will enroll in all three classes concurrently. Students will attend class for the first half of the block and be actively involved in a field experience at an early learning and care center working with infants and toddlers for the second half of the block. During this experience, students will be observed and participate in supporting  the cognitive, motor, language, social and emotional development of children ages one month through three years. Basic methodology in development of early numeration, critical thinking, problem solving, language and social concepts and skills will be taught. The daily routines of caring for infants, toddlers and young pre-schoolers will be covered. The overall curriculum based through art, music, movement, drama and play activities will be highlighted.
*EEC 3212 Math and Technology with Young Children  (3) This course is based on the cognitive-constructive view of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards that include: using mathematics for problem solving, communication, and reasoning, recognizing mathematical connections, and teaching concepts of geometry, measurement, fractions, patterns and computation. In addition, students will be exposed to the use of technology in the classroom. Students will gain an understanding of how the development of cognitive skills in children age three through eight can be enhanced through effective program planning, implementation, and assessment in natural or formal settings. Students also apply information learned through practical field experiences in settings with children ages 3-8.
*EEC 3210 Science with Young Children (3) This course stresses the basic concepts of learning biological, physical, and environmental science with emphasis on applying these skills to teaching at the early childhood level.  Students will gain an understanding of how the development of cognitive skills in children age three through eight can be enhanced through effective program planning, implementation, and assessment in natural or formal settings. Students will also apply information learned through practical field experiences in settings with children ages 3-8.
EEC 3311 Art, Drama, Movement (3) The development of art, drama, movement and music of children birth through four can be enhanced through effect program planning, implementation and assessment in natural or formal child care settings. Students will also apply information learned through practical field experiences in settings which serve infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
EEC 3941 Field Clinical II: Early Childhood Colloquium (0) The purpose of this course is to assist the student in successful entry into the teacher education program. It examines pedagogy and professional knowledge with early childhood research-based best practices. This course is designed to provide students with an intensive field experience in a public school pre-kindergarten through primary level classroom. Students will plan and facilitate early reading and language arts lesson plans and activities with young children. In addition, students will be expected to apply knowledge of child development theory, developmental milestones, and special and diverse needs of children through observation, one to one  and small group instruction. Students are also required to actively participate in discussions on the main campus in regard to their field experiences and to develop an electronic portfolio that represents their pre-professional level work. Students will be supervised by early childhood education faculty and directed by classroom teachers with experience.
EEX 3013 Special Needs in Early Childhood Education (3) This course teaches a survey of special needs children during the early years, their families, and the agencies and systems available for provision of assistance. Emphasis to include biomedical, legal and diversity considerations. Required participation in selected field experiences.
*EEC 4708 DAP II: Language Arts  (3) This course introduces students to the learning of language with emphasis on applying this information to the teaching of young children, particularly in emergent literacy, reading, literature, and language arts. Students will gain an understanding of the stages of language development, speaking , listening skills, and social-emotional skills necessary for communication of children ages three through eight. Students will learn to translate what is learned to planning and implementing effective language arts activities with young children and encourage family involvement at home and within the classroom. Students are expected to complete field experience in a public school classroom.
*EEC 4303 Developmentally Appropriate Practices II: Art, Drama, Music,  Movement  (3) This course introduces students to the teaching of art, drama, music, and movement to young children through curriculum integration. Students will gain an understanding of how the aesthetic development of children age three through eight can be enhanced through effective program planning, implementation and assessment in natural or formal settings.  Students will also apply information learned through practical field experiences in settings with children ages three through eight.
*EDE 4943 Field Clinical IV: Student Teaching (6) Student teaching is a directed internship program designed to expose teacher education majors to a carefully planned program of professional growth.
EDE 4940 Field Clinical III: Professional Theory & Legal Aspects/Role of the Teacher (3) This course will acquaint pre-service teachers with the Florida Law and the six domains identified by the state of Florida as to the skills that comprise a successful classroom teacher. Students will acquire the knowledge to identify effective teacher behavior. Included will be critical theoretical frameworks, effective curricular/school safety programs, key classroom management techniques, professional ethics, and best practices as related to the domains listed in the Florida Performance Measurement System. Students will become familiar with the laws that affect them–laws established by state and federal statutes, constitutions, and court decisions.
**RED 4519 Recognizing and Diagnosing Growth in Reading (3) Prereq: RED 3013. Identification of the components of the reading process and evaluation of those components. Diagnostic and corrective reading principles and procedures that enable prospective teachers of reading to provide instructional materials and experiences for students. Field experience included.
SSS 3215 DAP II:  Social Studies for Young Children  The course will provide pre-service teachers with information needed to develop young children who have knowledge, skills and dispositions that lead to an understanding of the world in which they live and their relationship to that world. The integrative approach utilized promotes the development of knowledge and skills needed to promote an understanding of time, continuity, culture, change; government and citizenship; economics. Students will also apply information learned through practical field experiences in settings which serve children ages 3-8, including English Language Learners.
*TSL 3080 Introduction to ESOL Theories and Practices (3) This course introduces students to the underlying theories and principles that shape the field of ESOL. It includes the legal issues and historical foundations for serving the ELL theories of first and second language acquisition/development, principles of language assessment, and issues of language interferences. Additionally, it lends attention to the subsystems of language, role of language transfer, Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS), Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP), language pragmatics, and cultural issues in communication.
**TSL 4345: Methods of Teaching ESOL (3) This course focuses on major methodologies and strategies for teaching ELL. It provides specific instructional techniques and practices for the teaching of reading, language arts, and content-specific subject matter. It provides guidelines for unit and lesson planning, classroom management, multilevel learning activities, and related instructional competencies. It also provides a field clinical experience in classroom settings with the ELL. Prerequisite: TSL 3080