Pathways Program: Non-Credit to Credit in Early Childhood

Non-Credit Offerings

The infant-toddler child has many needs and is growing quickly. Move beyond the basics of development to consider the deeper needs for respect and the essential needs for connections and attachments with the adults who nurture and care for them. (4 CEUs)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 103-Child Growth and Development.

Course includes these 4 Modules. May be taken separately. (Each module equals 1 CEU):

  • ECI 301 Beyond the Basics: Respecting the Infant/Toddler Child
    This course will explore the importance of building positive relationships with infants and toddlers through responsive, respectful and reciprocal interactions that follow developmentally appropriate best practices and extend the infant and toddler’s learning.
  • ECI 302 Language and the Infant/Toddler: Why and How?
    This course focuses on the development of language for infants and toddlers, how the brain growth plays an important role in language and how to help children move towards their potentials for optimal growth and development. Students will learn the reasons why this is so critical and how to engage children with language before they can even talk.
  • ECI 303 Supportive Relationships and Curriculum: Expanding the Infant/Toddler Connection
    This course addresses the capacity for the rapid learning by the infant-toddler child and explores how this growth is enhanced through daily experiences and supportive relationships. Students will learn ways to expand these connections and to nurture the infant-toddler through curriculum and supportive relationships.
  • ECI 304 Coaching/mentoring
    Off site interaction with assignments at student’s worksite using course content. (Prerequisite for Coaching/mentoring courses requires successful completion of first three modules before enrollment).

Upon successful completion of all modules and assignments, student would receive PLAP credit for ECE 108-Infant Toddler Curriculum and Development.

Working with adults in early care and education is a challenging task. These courses look at child care management with an emphasis on staffing and personnel functions within an early care and education program. Areas of study include organizational development, staffing, personnel practices, leadership and mentoring. (4 CEUs)

Prerequisite: Students must have a grade of C or better in ECE 103 Child Growth & Development or equivalent prior to enrolling in the courses in this series. It is recommended that students be Lead teacher certification by the Department of Early Education and Care before enrolling in this course for deeper understanding of course materials.

Course includes these 4 Modules. May be taken separately. (Each module equals 1 CEU):

 

  • ECI 306 Supervision for Team Building
    Early care and education teachers must work closely with each other to meet the demanding needs of young children. Learn ways to build teams from diverse groups of teachers and help them work smoothly together toward shared goals.
  • ECI 307 Trouble in the House: Handling Conflict in Supervision and Among Staff
    Early care and education teachers have to serve the needs of many: children, parents, other teachers and staff, and supervisors. Yet, these caring people are often uncomfortable with conflict and handle the demands of conflict resolution poorly, causing more problems than are solved. This module will provide real ways to tackle these problems and build stronger teams through positive conflict resolution.
  • ECI 308 Helping Adult Learners Move Forward
    The early care and education teacher as an adult learner with his/her own personal and professional goals. This module explores the ways for supervisors to help their teachers to grow and develop to meet their goals while strengthening the program at the same time.
  • ECI 309 Coaching/mentoring
    Off site interaction with assignments in student’s worksite using course content. (Prerequisite for Coaching/mentoring courses requires successful completion of first three modules before enrollment).

Upon successful completion of all modules and assignments, student would receive PLAP credit for ECE 115-Early Childhood Supervision.

Using the interests of the young child as a base for learning, these modules look at learning in early childhood education programs with emphasis on expanding curricula though thoughtful immersion in children’s interests and play in curriculum planning using art, music, science, literature, math, language arts and literacy development, dramatic play, sensory play, and block and manipulative play. (4 CEUs)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 103-Child Growth and Development. Recommended: ECE 104 prior to taking these courses for better understanding of material.

Course includes these 4 Modules. May be taken separately. (Each module equals 1 CEU):

  • ECI 311 The What’s and How’s of Emergent Curriculum and the Project Approach in ECE
    Emergent curriculum and the project approach go beyond the traditional way of planning program activities and curriculum for young children in the classroom. Using the newest understandings to incorporate children’s interests into program curriculum, this module examines the what’s and how’s of emergent curriculum.
  • ECI 312 Project Planning with Emergent Interests of Children-Where to Begin
    Figuring out children’s interests requires observation and reflection. Teachers must be attentive to what is happening around children and what they are excited by, frightened of, and curious about. Where to begin with the project approach is all about the skills of observing the children around the classroom.
  • ECI 313 Project Planning with Emergent Interests of Children-Pushing the Plan beyond Beginnings to Document Learning
    Considering how long a project should last is tricky. How to keep the children interested and how to end the project are also essential ingredients of a successful project. How does a classroom “document” the learning that children have obtained?
  • ECI 314 Coaching/mentoring
    Off site interaction with assignments in student’s worksite using course content. (Prerequisite for Coaching/mentoring courses requires successful completion of first three modules before enrollment).

Upon successful completion of all modules and assignments, student would receive PLAP credit for ECE 003-Early Childhood Elective

Language and literacy development is critical during the early childhood years. These modules focus on the concept development and learning in early childhood education programs with emphasis on ways to expand literacy development of young children through curriculum and relationships. (4 CEUs)

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 103-Child Growth and Development. Recommended: ECE 104 prior to taking these courses for better understanding of material.

Course includes these 4 Modules. May be taken separately. (Each module equals 1 CEU):

  • ECI 316 Language and Literacy: Why so important?
    Language development is a critical skill needed by every young child. This module will look at the emergence of language skills, brain development and the need for stimulation from the people and environments interacting with the child. Ways to evaluate the needs of young children and counter challenges with strong literacy environments will be addressed.
  • ECI 317 Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking—Pushing it Beyond the Basics
    Language development begins with listening skills and moves through speaking, pre reading and pre writing skills. This module will consider these areas of need and ways to help children grow and develop in their skills in all areas.
  • ECI 318 Dual Language Learners: the Challenges
    Because language development is so critical to growth and development of the young child, those children who are dual language learners need particular attention to help them reach their potential for strong development in all areas. Ways to address these concerns in the classroom will be a focus.
  • ECI 319 Coaching/mentoring
    Off site interaction with assignments in student’s worksite using course content. (Prerequisite for Coaching/mentoring courses requires successful completion of first three modules before enrollment).

Upon successful completion of all modules and assignments, student would receive PLAP credit for ECE 107-Literacy Learning and Development in Early Childhood

Through environmental education children experience a growing awareness about nature and the earth. The modules of this course stress the importance of this learning in nature through play and exploration during the early childhood years. Using science concepts and learning with emphasis on curriculum development for young children, the modules will incorporate science into outdoor play to allow for meaningful experiences of every young child.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ECE 103-Child Growth and Development. Recommended: ECE 104 prior to taking these courses for better understanding of material.

Course includes these 4 Modules. May be taken separately. (Each module equals 1 CEU):

  • ECI 321 Science and Nature with Young Children
    Children learn science concepts by playing and the easiest place for that to occur is in the natural environment. Emphasis of this module will be on the ways children learn science and the match between young children’s curiosity and science learning.
  • ECI 322 Project Planning with Emergent Interests of Children-Using Nature and Science to Plan Projects
    Science seems scary and foreign to many teachers and children. Figuring out what to do and how to understand ways to pique children’s interests requires observation and reflection. Teachers must be attentive to what is happening around children and what they are excited by, frightened of, and curious about. Where to begin with nature study and science learning is all about the skills of observing the children around the classroom
  • ECI 323 Project Planning with Emergent Interests of children-Pushing the Plan Beyond the Simple
    Considering what projects to plan and how long a project should last is tricky. How to keep the children interested and how to develop the project are also essential ingredients of a successful project. How do we help children “document “their ideas and go beyond the simple plans to more complex thinking and activity?
  • ECI 324 Coaching/mentoring
    Off site interaction with assignments in student’s worksite using course content. (Prerequisite for Coaching/mentoring courses requires successful completion of first three modules before enrollment).

Upon successful completion of all modules and assignments, student would receive PLAP credit for ECE 003-Early Childhood Career Elective

The inclusion of children with challenging and diverse abilities into existing early childhood programs is critical to the success of all children. These modules look at the ways to develop strong programs with high quality that meet the needs identified for each child through observation, curricula, and relationships. (4 CEUs)

Prerequisite: Students must have a grade of C or better in ECE 103 Child Growth & Development or equivalent prior to enrolling in the courses in this series. Prior to enrollment it is recommended that students will have taken ECE 111-Young Children with Special Needs or equivalent for a deeper understanding of the material of this course.

Course includes these 4 Modules. May be taken separately. (Each module equals 1 CEU):

  • ECI 326 The Law, the Realities, Identification and Care
    Children with special needs, diverse abilities and atypical behavior require additional consideration when including them into traditional and typical classrooms. The law is clearly stated as to what is required for children to be included as they move to public school. But, what is the responsibility of those in programs for younger children? How does the teacher meet these requirements and help with identification and care of all children?
  • ECI 327 Observations and then Curriculum Considerations
    Figuring out children’s needs and the ways in which they learn requires observation and reflection. Teachers must be attentive to what is happening around children and what they are excited by, frightened of, and curious about. Parents and family members must be consulted to see how to best meet the needs of all children.
  • ECI 328 Observations and then Relational Connections
    Children with special needs have social and emotional needs just like all other children. Their needs for relational skill development are sometimes quite challenging. How do we handle this in our classrooms? How to help other children to be accepting and helpful?
  • ECI 329 Coaching/mentoring
    Off site interaction with assignments in student’s worksite using course content. (Prerequisite for Coaching/mentoring courses requires successful completion of first three modules before enrollment).

Upon successful completion of all modules and assignments, student would receive PLAP credit for ECE 003-Early Childhood Elective