MSU Billings Course Descriptions

EDEC - Early Childhood Education

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EDEC 130 Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood

2 cr. (2 lec/wk) (F)  Provides information regarding the importance of nutritional needs, principle health and movement issues, and safety considerations that help early childhood professionals provide an environment in which children can grow and develop to their full potential.  Includes developmentally appropriate physical movement methods and information about issues and problems related to contemporary alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, misuse, and abuse.

 

EDEC 265 Leadership and Professionalism in Early Childhood Education

[formerly EC 289 Professional Roles and Expectations]

3 cr. (Sp)  Provides the student with an understanding of roles and responsibilities of professional staff and paraprofessionals when working with families.  Emphasis on professional standards of conduct including the requirements of confidentiality.  A field experience is integrated into the course and assignments.  Valid criminal background check required.

 

EDEC 292 Independent Study

[formerly EC 291 Independent Study]

V1-6 cr. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and Department Chairperson.  Provides an opportunity for freshman and sophomore students to explore material not covered by the regular college courses.

 

EDEC 294 Seminar/Workshop

[formerly EC 292 Seminar]

3 cr.  Investigates topics pertinent to the area of Early Childhood Education.

 

EDEC 294 Seminar/Workshop

[formerly EC 293 Workshop]

V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity for study in an area of Early Childhood Education.


EDEC 296 Fieldwork/Practicum

[formerly EC 294 Clinic]

V1-7 cr. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.  Provides freshmen and sophomores with an opportunity to explore and develop applications of study in a particular area.  Uses selected pupils for demonstration purposes.  In-field contact time is 45 hours per semester credit.  Field placements are arranged through the Office of Licensure, Standards and Clinical Practice.  Valid criminal background check required.

 

EDEC 298 Internship

[formerly EC 290 Internship]

V1-6 cr.  Provides freshmen and sophomores with a supervised experience in a licensed setting providing services to young children and/or families.  The internship setting and requirements are arranged with the student’s advisor in conjunction with the Office of Licensure, Standards and Clinical Practice.  The student will spend 45 contact hours during the academic semester for each semester hour of credit.  Valid criminal background check required.

 

EDEC 310 Child in the Family

[formerly EC 437 Child In The Family System]

3 cr. (Sp)  Focuses on the reciprocal relationship between the child, family and environment.  This course includes knowledge and experience necessary to assist and support the parents (of both typically developing and children with special needs) in their role as primary caregivers and informal teachers of young children.  A field experience is integrated into the course experience.

 

EDEC 352 Math and Science in Early Childhood

3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisites: EDEC 381 and EDEC 385. (F)  Focuses on developmentally appropriate, research-based curriculum, methods, and assessment in early childhood mathematics and science.  Examines state and national standards and key concepts and skills in science and math curriculum.  Develops high quality, meaningful science and math experiences that emphasize hands-on exploration and investigation of meaningful content with young children.

 

EDEC 381 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods

[formerly EC 283 Curriculum and Adaptations]

3 cr. (F)  Provides the student with an understanding of developmentally appropriate curriculum.  Curricular adaptations for individual learners including appropriate technology and equipment will be addressed.  A field experience is integrated into the course and assignments.  Valid criminal background check required.

EDEC 385 Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3 cr. (2 lec/wk + 45 hrs practicum) Prerequisite: EDEC 381. (Sp)  Provides the student with an understanding of integrated developmentally appropriate curriculum, including The Project Approach and developmentally appropriate integration of educational technology.  Various theoretical approaches and methods of early childhood curriculum design will be emphasized.  Students will develop relevant and meaningful curriculum for young children with an emphasis on full integration of all content areas and will apply their learning with a 45 hour practicum in a preschool classroom during the semester.  Can be taken concurrently with EDEC 381.

 

EDEC 430 Social/Emotional Development in Young Children

[formerly EC 336 Social/Emotional Development In Young Children]

3 cr. Prerequisite: EDU 240. (Sp)  Provides the student with a knowledge and experiential base related to the social and emotional development of young children, to include guidance techniques.  An emphasis will be placed on issues of the developing self while emphasizing the critical role of supportive and engaged adults.  Classroom observation and interaction with children required.

 

EDEC 492 Independent Study

[formerly EC 491 Independent Study]

V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by the regular college courses.

 

EDEC 494 Seminar/Workshop

[formerly EC 492 Seminar]

V1-8 cr.  Investigates topics pertinent to the area of Early Childhood Education.

 

EDEC 494 Seminar/Workshop

[formerly EC 493 Workshop]

V1-8 cr. (Sp, Su)  Provides an opportunity for study in an area of Early Childhood Education.


EDEC 495 Early Childhood Student Teaching

V 9 or 12 cr. Prerequisite: Approved application to student teach and co-registration in EDU 406 if not completed. (F, Sp)  Places the student in a supervised field experience in an early childhood (preschool – 3rd grade) setting that allows the student to demonstrate teaching skills in the classroom with a variety of learners.  Students, in collaboration with the mentor teacher, engage students in learning and participate in related experiences associated with the teaching profession.  On-site mentoring and university supervision are integral to this experience.  Students participate in the Capstone Seminar scheduled throughout the professional semester.  Lab fee required.  Valid criminal background check required.

 

EDEC 496 Advanced Practicum

[formerly EC 494 Clinic]

V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity through use of selected pupils for demonstration purposes for students to explore and develop applications of theoretical study in a particular area.  Infield contact time is 45 hours per semester credit.  Field placements are arranged through the Office of Licensure, Standards and Clinical Practice.  Lab fee required.  Valid criminal background check required.

 

EDEC 498 Internship

[formerly EC 490 Internship]

V1-6 cr. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor.  Allows the student to assume the full range of teaching duties in an exemplary early childhood setting.  Field placements are arranged through the Office of Licensure, Standards and Clinical Practice and require 45 hours of contact time for each semester hour of credit.  Lab fee required.  Valid criminal background check required.