Curriculum Sequence

Course   Credits Weeks
CIS 155 Computer Applications in Early Childhood and Childhood Education 3  7
EDU 210 Educational Foundations 3  7
EDU 223 Educational Psychology 3  7
EDU 240 Literacy I: Language Development and Pre-Emergent Literacy 3  7
EDU 241 Literacy II: Emergent to Early Readers and Writers 3  7
EDU 242 Literacy III: Transitional to Fluent Readers and Writers 3  7
EDU 340 Child Abuse, Drug Awareness, School Violence and Other Current Issues in Education 0  
EDU 370 Methods of Language Arts with Children’s Literature Birth to 6th Grade 3  7
EDU 371 Methods of Mathematics: Birth to 6th Grade 3  7
EDU 372 Methods of Science and Technology Birth to 6th Grade 3  7
EDU 373 Methods of Social Studies and Creative Arts Birth to 6th Grade 3  7
EDU 378 Field Experiences and Seminars 3  7
GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I 3  7
GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II 3  7
EDU 466 Content Area Literacy and Children’s Literature 3  7
EDU 478
Student Teaching (B-6) and Seminars: Career and Occupational Studies
EDU 478-B (Early Childhood)
EDU 478-C (Childhood)
12  14
Total   54  

 

Course Descriptions

Course Credits Weeks
CIS 155 Computer Applications in Early Childhood and Childhood Education 3 credits  7 weeks
This course provides “hands-on” computer literacy by developing specific skills in the types of standard application software used in early childhood and childhood education (birth-six years). The instruction stresses management/administrative software used in the field on PCs and PC software that a teacher in early childhood and childhood education would likely encounter or want to use to perform well the duties expected of a teacher. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered every spring semester; offered fall as needed.
 
EDU 210 Educational Foundations 3 credits  7 weeks
This course is an introductory study of approaches to education through research and observation in education. The course is designed to provide a body of work in educational theory which examines current and anticipated educational trends from a sociological, philosophical, and historical perspective. The course will also examine how these trends impact school organization, personnel and school curricula. The students will utilize reflective practice and culturally responsive approaches. A minimum of 10 (ten) participation hours are required. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall semester.
 
EDU 223 Educational Psychology 3 credits 7 weeks
 
This course is a study of the fundamental aspects of educational psychology as it applies to learning and teaching practices utilized for students in early childhood, and middle childhood developmental stages. Various learning and developmental theories and related research are described and evaluated through an array of activities. The course will also examine practical instructional strategies that are applicable to child development, learning, and problem solving in all classroom environments. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100. Offered fall and spring semesters.
 
EDU 240 Literacy I: Language Development and Pre-Emergent Literacy 3 credits 7 weeks
 
This is an in-depth study of the development of literacy instruction in early childhood education. Students will study the research which focuses on oral language development and its role as the foundation for literacy. Students will study phonological awareness, print awareness, and early reading and writing skills. Long-term plans for supporting the literacy development of young children will be developed using multi-level and culturally responsive approaches. These plans will include literacy-rich environments, play-settings, and opportunities for the young child to engage in developmentally appropriate talking, reading, and writing experiences which will include Read Alouds, Shared Reading, Independent Reading, Shared/Interactive Writing, and Independent Writing. Students will be exposed to high quality children’s literature including a variety of genres. Current preschool programs will be studied and emphasis will be placed on the home-school connection. New York Early Learning Standards will be introduced for early literacy instruction from Birth to Kindergarten. A minimum of ten (10) participation hours are required. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: EDU 210 and EDU 223. Offered spring semester.
 
EDU 241 Literacy II: Emergent to Early Readers and Writers 3 credits 7 weeks
 
This is an in-depth study of literacy instruction in the elementary classroom for the Emergent and Early reader and writer (including the English Language Learner). Using the conceptual framework of a balanced literacy program and reflective practice, the elements of reading and writing are discussed, modeled, and practiced. Students will study the five pillars of reading research (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) and use this knowledge to design multi-level, culturally responsive instruction focusing on Word Study, Read Alouds, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, and Independent Reading. They will also study the connection between reading and writing and will be introduced to the Writing Process, Modeled/Guided Writing, and Independent Reading. The use of technology in the classroom will be integrated into instruction. Students will be introduced to high quality children’s literature including a variety of genres. In addition, the elements of literacy assessment for the emergent and early reader will be studied, modeled, and practiced. Students will work to develop the critical understanding that assessment drives instruction. The New York State English Language Arts Standards will be explored for emergent to early readers. A minimum of ten (10) participation hours are required. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: EDU 240. Offered fall semester.
 
EDU 242 Literacy III: Transitional to Fluent Readers and Writers 3 credits 7 weeks
 
This is an in-depth study of literacy instruction in the elementary classroom for the Transitional and Fluent reader and writer (including the English Language Learner). Using the conceptual framework of a balanced literacy program, the elements of reading and writing are discussed, modeled, and practiced. Students will study the reading research (fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) as it relates to the transitional and fluent reader and writer, and use this knowledge to design multi-level and culturally responsive instruction focusing on Word Study, Read Alouds, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, and Independent Reading (including Literature Study and Book Clubs). The use of technology will be integrated into instruction. The Writing Process will be discussed, modeled, practiced, and students will design instruction focusing on writing in the various genres. Students will be exposed to high quality children’s literature and young adult literature including a variety of genres. In addition, the elements of literacy assessment for the Transitional and Fluent reader will be studied, modeled, and practiced. Students will work to develop the critical understanding that assessment drives instruction. The New York State English Language Arts Standards will be explored for transitional and fluent readers. A minimum of ten (10) participation hours are required. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: EDU 240 and EDU 241. Offered spring semester.
 
EDU 340 Child Abuse, Drug Awareness, School Violence and Other Current Issues in Education 0 credits  
This course provides the student with opportunities to review literature for discussion, prepare materials for workshops or presentations, and debate issues. During this time, the student will explore such topics as substance and child abuse, health issues, abduction, school violence, and other relevant topics of concern. Zero (0) credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing or earned Baccalaureate degree. Students will have the option of completing both requirements for New York State (Child Abuse and Save Legislation) online. They can also choose to take the course EDU 340 for no credit. Offered fall and spring semester.
 
EDU 370 Methods of Language Arts with Children’s Literature Birth to 6th Grade 3 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides study and application of methods and materials appropriate for English Language Arts in a classroom setting. Students will be familiarized with instructional methods used to accommodate diverse learners in Birth-2 and 1-6 classrooms. Using the conceptual framework of balanced literacy and reflective practice, they will plan, teach, and assess lessons in English Language Arts while integrating high quality children’s and young adult literature. Lessons will be aligned with the New York State Learning Standards. A minimum of five (5) participation hours are required. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: EDU 210, EDU 223, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 242. Offered fall semester.
 
EDU 371 Methods of Mathematics: Birth to 6th Grade 3 credits 7 weeks
 
The course provides study and application of methods and materials appropriate for the teaching of mathematics in the elementary school. Students will be familiarized with instructional methods used to accommodate diverse learners. They will plan, teach, and assess lessons in mathematics using differentiated learning techniques and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. Students will design multi-level, culturally responsive instruction. The use of technology will be integrated into instruction. Lessons will be aligned with New York State Learning Standards for grades birth to 6. A minimum of five (5) participation hours are required. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: EDU 210, EDU 223, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 242. Offered fall semester.
 
EDU 372 Methods of Science and Technology Birth to 6th Grade 3 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides study and application of methods and materials appropriate for the teaching of science and technology in early childhood and childhood classroom settings. Instructional methods that meet the needs of diverse learners will be utilized in class. Students will plan, teach, and assess from the perspective of practical application. Students will design multi-level, culturally responsive instruction. The use of technology will be intergrated into instruction. Lessons will be aligned with the New York State Learning Standards for grades birth to sixth. A minimum of five (5) participation hours are required. Three (3) credit hours. Prerequisites: EDU 210, EDU 223, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 242. Offered fall semester.
 
EDU 373 Methods of Social Studies and Creative Arts Birth to 6th Grade 3 credits 7 weeks
 
This course provides study and application of methods and materials appropriate for the teaching of Social Studies and creative arts in a classroom setting for students from birth to grade 6. Students will plan, assess, and teach using the New York State Learning Standards. Students will design multi-level, culturally responsive instruction. The use of technology will be integrated into instruction. A minimum of five (5) participation hours are required. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: EDU 210, EDU 223, EDU 240, EDU 241, EDU 242.
 
EDU 378 Field Experiences and Seminars 3 credits  7 weeks
This course provides Education majors with pre-student teaching experience that will be both campus and site-based. The students will be assigned experiences that relate to their certification levels: early Childhood (B-2), and Childhood (1-6). A professional portfolio and journal will be developed which includes reflective practice. Students will complete a minimum of one hundred (100) hours. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: All 100 and 200 level courses and a 2.5 cumulative GPA; or earned Baccalaureate Degree. Offered fall and spring semesters.
 
Baccalaureate Capstone I 3 credits  7 weeks
The baccalaureate capstone is a course about ideas and the ways in which the educated person contends with them. The course deals in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion with the five broad General Education themes: The Self and Others, Global Perspectives, Creative Expression, Science and Technology, and Communication. The course invites students to engage in a sophisticated way with ideas and works that raise questions about and shed light upon contemporary life. Through the process of reading, reflection, writing, and discussion, students will be required to demonstrate the critical thinking and communication skills generally held to be the hallmark of the educated individual pursuing and enjoying an informed life. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: junior standing and completion of all lower-level General Education requirements. Offered fall and spring semesters.
 
Baccalaureate Capstone II 3 credits  7 weeks
This seminar course gives students the opportunity to integrate their coursework with individual research projects. Each student is responsible for the production, presentation, and defense of a research paper which addresses a specific academic topic related to the College’s General Education core. Research projects must demonstrate significant knowledge within the selected topic area, an understanding of its place in an integrated intellectual framework, and a high level of skill development. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: GEN 410. Offered spring and fall semester.
 
EDU 466 Content Area Literacy and Children’s Literature 3 credits 7 weeks
 
The students will explore the role of reading and writing in the content areas. Various methods and strategies for teaching and improving reading and writing in the content areas will be researched and identified. Using the framework of a balanced literacy framework and reflective practice, students will use this knowledge to develop multi-level, culturally responsive instruction using various strategies for developing vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills in the content areas. The use of technology will be integrated into instruction. Lessons will be aligned with New York State Learning Standards. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: EDU 210, 223, 240. Offered fall semester.
 
EDU 478 Student Teaching (B-6) and Seminars: Career and Occupational Studies
EDU 478-B (Early Childhood)
EDU 478-C (Childhood)
12 credits  
This course provides students with on-site experience. The student will be assigned an Early childhood (B-2) and a Childhood (1-6) placement. A professional portfolio and journal will be completed. Students will gain experience in using the New York State Learning Standards in each of the academic and content areas. Students will also, though seminars, become familiar with the New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies. A minimum of forty (40) days of student teaching is required. Twelve credit hours. Prerequisites: All EDU 100, 200, and 300 level courses and a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Offered fall/spring semester.
 

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