Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC)
- Foundations of Early Childhood Development (3-3-0)
This course provides an overview of Early Childhood, including personal and professional growth and development, ethical standards, learning theories, principles of child development and learning, developmentally appropriate practices, working with families, and current issues and trends in Early Childhood Education.
- The Learning Environment (3-3-0)
This course focuses on promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of young children. Topics include: safe and healthy learning environments, recognition and reporting abuse and neglect, current state licensing and health regulations, and resources for creating developmentally appropriate environments for young children.
- Creative Expression in Early Childhood Development (3-3-0)
Creativity is the fifth domain in human development. This course is based on developmentally appropriate practices to reflect a creative arts concentration, emphasizing child-directed, as opposed to teacher-directed activities. It acknowledges the philosophy of process-oriented art, instead of product-oriented activity. CDYC 141 will present an art studio approach; maximizing responsible freedom, decision-making, discovery, creative thinking and expression integrated within the early childhood curriculum.
- Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (3-3-0)
This course introduces students to the developmental stages and theories of language and promotes an understanding of individual and cultural differences in language. Actual methods and developmentally appropriate practices are discussed, demonstrated and practiced.
- Child Guidance (3-3-0)
Positive guidance, discipline and behavior management techniques are learned skills that create competent, effective early childhood educators. Many educators leave the field because they lack knowledge and skills in positive guidance. This course will not only give students a background in discipline techniques but will also provide limited practical experiences with children and caregivers. This course will also incorporate parenting skills so that educators can effectively present helpful techniques to parents of young children.
- Observation and Participation (3-2-1)
Prerequisite: CDYC 101 and permission from program coordinator
This course presents an overview of child development with several varied methods of observing and assessing development in an actual child care setting.
- Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Materials in Early Childhood (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CDYC 101
Planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and materials for young children; required knowledge and skills in curriculum content area and in developmentally appropriate practice.
- Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3-3-0)
Prerequisites: Three (3) years experience as a director in a child care setting or CDA credential (or test-out equivalent), and permission from the CDYC program coordinator.
This course is designed for directors of childcare centers or students who have plans to become a director in a childcare facility. Topics include: quality programs in childcare, determining the needs of the community, planning the budget, writing a business proposal, childcare licensing and other laws, facility regulations, supplies and equipment, staff issues, marketing, daily program, responsibilities, parenting concerns and other administrative matters.
- Practicum in Early Childhood Development (6-1-5)
Prerequisites: all CDYC courses with a grade of "C" or better, a candidate for graduation, and permission from the program coordinator.
Supervised work experience in an approved childcare setting.
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