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Area of Study

Early Childhood Education

Nanny/Infant Toddler Teacher


Program Requirements

Total Credits 35
Course Number Course Title Credits Details
Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3

Provides an introduction to the profession of Early Childhood Education (ECE). Course content includes eight key areas of professional knowledge related to working with young children and their families in early care and education settings: child growth and development; health, nutrition and safety; developmentally appropriate practices; guidance; family and community relationships; diversity and inclusion; professionalism; and administration and supervision. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Introduction to ECE Techniques 3

Focuses on a classroom seminar and placement in a child care setting. The supervised placement provides the student with the opportunity to observe children, to practice appropriate interactions, and to develop effective guidance and management techniques. Addresses ages birth through age 8. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ECE1011 (ECE101) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-75) (1-4)

Guidance Strategies Young Children 3

Explores guidance theories, applications, goals, and techniques, as well as factors that influence behavioral expectations of children. This course includes classroom management and pro-social skills development of young children in early childhood (EC) program settings. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Infant/Toddler Theory/Practice 3

Presents an overview of theories, applications (including observations), and issues pertinent to infant and toddler development in group and\or family settings. Includes state requirements for licensing, health, safety, and nutrition issues. Focuses on birth through age 3. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Infant/Toddler Lab Tech 3

Includes a classroom seminar and placement in an infant and\or toddler setting. The supervised placement provides the student with the opportunity to observe, to practice appropriate interactions, and to develop effective guidance and nurturing techniques with infants and\or toddlers. Addresses ages prenatal through age 2. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ECE1111 (ECE111) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-75) (0-5)

The Professional Nanny 3

Explores the nanny’s role and responsibilities when working with today’s families. Includes professional relationships, ethics, commitment to children, the challenges and rewards of working in a private home, communications, taking care of one’s own well-being as a nanny, social skills, travel, the process of seeking a nanny position, employer responsibilities, the nanny job description and written employment agreement, and starting and leaving a job. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Nanny Methods & Techniques 3

Explores the competencies required of a nanny to care for children in a private home setting. Includes creating a safe home environment, planning and implementing developmentally appropriate play/learning activities for children, traveling with children, children’s clothing, children’s equipment and play materials, sleep routines, personal care, feeding, and mealtimes. Incorporates a lab where students gain practical experience in providing in home care for children. (Contact hours-15 hours lecture= 1 credit, 75 hours field instruction in licensed child care home= 2 credits) (3-0)

ECE Nutrition/Health/Safety 3

Focuses on nutrition, health, and safety as key factors for optimal growth and development of young children. Includes nutrient knowledge, menu planning, food program participation, health practices, management and safety, appropriate activities, and communication with families. Addresses ages from prenatal through age 8. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Observing Young Children 1

Examines the current research on the continuous practice of observing children. Incorporates practice with a variety of assessment instruments currently utilized in Colorado ECE programs. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)

ECE Child Growth & Development 3

Covers the growth and development of the child from conception through the elementary school years. This course emphasizes physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional domains of development as they pertain to the concept of the whole child. It also includes ways adults can provide a supportive early childhood care and educational environment through teamwork and collaboration. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Working with Parents, Families & Community Systems 3

Examines personal attitudes regarding families, family values systems, and how personal attitudes affect parent-professional partnerships in the early childhood education program. This course covers communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution strategies. Effective activities and resources to support family involvement in the classroom will be created. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. (Contact hours-45) (3-0)

Community First Aid and CPR 1

Prepares the student for certification in CPR and Basic First Aid. Skills will include basic life support, airway obstruction, control of bleeding, shock, and patient care for the unconscious. (Contact hours-15) (1-0)

The Exceptional Child 3

Presents an overview of critical elements related to educating young children with disabilities or special needs in the early childhood setting. Topics include: typical and atypical development; legal requirements; research-based practices related to inclusion; teaming and collaboration; and accommodations and adaptations. This course examines how a disability or special need may impact a young child’s learning process. This course addresses children ages birth through 8 years. Prerequisite: ECE2381 (ECE238) (“C” or better) (Contact hours-45) (3-0)