2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs
The Minot State University Early Childhood Education program provides candidates with an educational experience that focuses on current cognitive science research* to prepare teachers who demonstrate reflective decision-making and the ability to integrate knowledge of content, students and the contexts in which we learn. The program’s objectives prepare educational professionals with:
- knowledge of content, and knowledge of cognitive and developmental sciences,
- performance skills, and
- professional dispositions toward the children, curriculum,
- and reasons they teach.
The mission of the Early Childhood Teacher Education program incorporates the University mission to advance knowledge, as well as critical and creative thinking skills of the Early Childhood Education majors, that will allow candidates to work successfully with:
- varied children ,
- in changing classroom environments,
- within a global community.
* Cognitive Science is defined here as a multi-disciplinary field of study, which includes what we know about observed individual and social behaviors, mental representations and thinking processes (mind), biophysical structures, functions and mechanisms of learning (brain), and how human beings change over time as they develop in all quadrants: cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth (education).
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood
|Requires two lab sciences: one each in Life and Physical Sciences, in addition to the requirement for GEOL 108 Earth and Planetary Science, which is taken in the Elementary Education major. Requires MATH 103 College Algebra or MATH 104 Finite Mathematics, and either GEOG 110 Principles, or GEOG 161 World Regional|
|Coursework not requiring admission to Teacher Education|
|GEOL 108||Earth and Planetary Science||4|
|ECE 215||Infant/Toddler Development||2|
|ECE 335||Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECE 360||Language Acquisition:The child||3|
|ECE 361||Observation and Assessment ECE||3|
|ECE 430||Preschool Curriculum & Activities||2|
|ECE 430L||Pre-School Practicum||1|
|ED 221||Diagnostic Teaching||1|
|ENGL 238||Children's Literature||3|
|Coursework requiring admission to Teacher Education|
|ECE 310||Home School Community Relations||2|
|ECE 312||Methods: Arts Integration||2|
|ECE 313||The Emergent Reader||2|
|ECE 314||Mathematics & The Young Child||2|
|ECE 411||Leadership & Supervision||3|
|ELED 352||Foundations of Reading||3|
|HPER 340||Elementary Methods & Activities||3|
|Professional Education Sequence|
|(May be taken prior to admission to Teacher Education)|
|ED 260||Educational Psychology||2|
|ED 260L||Clinical I||0|
|ED 282||Managing the Learning Environment||2|
|ED 282L||Clinical II||0.5|
|ED 283||Teaching Diverse Learners||2|
|ED 284L||Clinical III||0.5|
|ED 320||Curriculum, Planning & Assessment I||2|
|ED 321L||Clinical IV||0.5|
|ED 322||Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment II||2|
|ED 323L||Clinical V||0.5|
|ED 324L||Fall Experience||0|
|SPED 110||Introduction to Exceptional Children||3|
|SS 283||Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Child & Adolescent Psychology|
|Admittance to Teacher Education Required:|
|ED 380||Technology in Teaching||2|
|Methods class(es) required by major||4|
|ELED 421||Elementary Mathematics Methods||3|
|ELED 422||Elementary Language Arts Methods||3|
|ELED 423||Elementary Reading Methods||3|
|ELED 424||Elementary Social Studies Methods||3|
|SCI 426||Elementary Science Methods||4|
|Select from the following:||6-16|
|Student Teaching Kindergarten (Course number dependent upon student teaching grade level)|
|Student Teaching, Elementary (and ED 482)|
|Student Teaching K-12 (and ED 484)|
|Student Teaching, Special Areas (and ED 484)|
ECE 215. Infant/Toddler Development. 2 Hours.
This course explores the child's growth and development from birth to 36 months. It will give candidates a basis for understanding normal developmental needs of children and a means of meeting them in the children's home, childcare center, and community environments.
ECE 310. Home School Community Relations. 2 Hours.
This course explore home-school-community relations. The content includes history, parental involvement in school, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, parent and community programs, and community resources for parents.
ECE 312. Methods: Arts Integration. 2 Hours.
This course explores and uses the fine and performing arts as primary pathways to learning in young children. Includes selecting materials, creating environments, and planning lessons and activities that integrate art, music, and movement across curriculum disciplines.
ECE 313. The Emergent Reader. 2 Hours.
This course explores a wide variety of developmentally appropriate instructional practices for teaching early childhood learners multiple ways of communicating and experiencing language through books and media programs. Emphasis is placed on integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening as forms of creative personal expression. Effective methods of teaching children how to decode and encode print are studied.
ECE 314. Mathematics & The Young Child. 2 Hours.
This course explores curriculum and methods for teaching mathematics in pre-K through grade 3. Candidates actively engage in projects and activities that help them develop a conceptual understanding of teaching mathematics in a cooperative and constructionist environment where children view themselves as mathematicians. Emphasis is placed on the use of manipulatives, problem solving activities, and children's literature in the planning and organizing of developmentally appropriate classroom activities and lessons.
ECE 335. Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.
Study of early childhood learning theories, developmentally appropriate materials. classroom arrangement, observational techniques, and curriculum planning. Actual experience with materials, observation, and field experience.
ECE 360. Language Acquisition:The child. 3 Hours.
Language activity includes speaking, writing, reading, and listening, Coursework will center on how language is acquired, the functions of language and how language develops. Examine how teachers can best support the growth of children as language learners and users. Prerequisites: ECE 335. Co-requisite: ECE 215.
ECE 361. Observation and Assessment ECE. 3 Hours.
Students will learn about and actively engage in a variety of observational methods to assess the social, motor, and cognitive growth of young children.
ECE 411. Leadership & Supervision. 3 Hours.
This course explore effective organization of early childhood programs and looks at managing the day-to-day operations of a program. Candidates examine leadership frameworks and unique leadership styles, and how to apply the principles of leadership to create vision, become an agent of change, and model professional and ethical behavior. Candidates examine supervision frameworks for effective recruitment, selection, and orientation practices. Candidates study a comprehensive model for supervising staff, promoting ongoing professional development and creating a strengths based team in nurturing positive teaching/learning environments.
ECE 430. Preschool Curriculum & Activities. 2 Hours.
Study of development of 4-7 year olds and procedures in preschool planning including teaching techniques and expressive materials for the campus preschool.