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2017-2018 Graduate Studies Course Descriptions

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EC ― Early Childhood

COE 261, (406) 657-2315


EC 502 Research in Special Programs

3 cr.  Guides graduate students in application of different types of research in their professional setting.  Types of research may include individual case studies, action research, quasi-experimental design, ethnographic studies, or others as appropriate.


EC 521 Models of Early Intervention Services (crosslisted with SPED 521)

3 cr.  Focuses on the identification of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs and the delivery of early intervention services.


EC 526 Special Education Interventions and Adaptations for Children (0-6) (crosslisted with SPED 526)

3 cr.  Focuses on teaching strategies and adaptations for young children with special needs, with an emphasis on communication strategies.


EC 532 Advanced Physical/Cognitive Development

3 cr. (even F)  Provides students with an in-depth theoretical and research base for facilitating the physical and cognitive development of children.


EC 533 Advanced Social/Emotional Development

3 cr. (Sp)  Provides an in-depth theoretical study of concepts and applications related to the social and emotional development of young children.


EC 534 The Role of Play in Development

3 cr. (even Sp)  Presents research, theory, applied activities related to the role of play in relation to content learning.


EC 535 Discipline Theory and Strategies

3 cr. (even F)  Surveys theoretical underpinnings on a continuum of discipline strategies from internal control models to external control models.


EC 536 Parent/Child/Professional Relationships

3 cr. (odd F)  Considers common issues professionals address when working with parents and families.  Provides a framework for exploring current issues and framework for designing individual parent interactions.


EC 537 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Studies

3 cr. (odd F)  Prepares students to develop and utilize appropriate early childhood education curricula for children, infant through 2nd grade.  The development of curricula will stress the important dynamics of teacher-pupil-parent needs and will require students to analyze, write, utilize, and evaluate Early Childhood curriculum plans.

EC 589 Professional Development

V1-3 cr.  Designated course number for professional development credit bearing courses offered by Extended Campus.  These credits do not count toward any degree at MSU Billings.


EC 590 Internship

V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Approved plan of study and approved internship application.  Provides experience as an assistant in an early childhood setting.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.


EC 591 Independent Study

V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor, approval of the department chairperson and Dean of Education, and Independent Study contract filed with the Office of Graduate Studies.  Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by regular graduate courses in Early Childhood.


EC 592 Seminar

V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity to investigate topics at the advanced level pertinent to the area of Early Childhood.


EC 593 Workshop

V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity for experimental study at the advanced level in an area of Early Childhood.


EC 594 Clinic

V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.  Provides an opportunity to explore and develop advanced skills in working with individuals in early childhood settings.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.


EC 597 Action Research Project and Seminar

3 cr. Prerequisite: 75% of the plan of study completed successfully. (Sp)  Supports student research in areas relevant to instructional practices, diagnostic procedures, and theoretical issues in early childhood.


EC 599 Thesis

6 cr. Prerequisite: EDF 501 or equivalent and an approved plan of study required.  This course may be given the grade of “T” until research and writing is completed and accepted within the time limit of the degree.