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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5339 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5339
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Email: admissions@madonna.edu

Early Childhood Education Major
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Early Childhood Education Major    
   Required Courses    
      CD  2160   Child Development: Birth through Age Eight 3 s.h.  Growth and development of the young child from birth through age eight, including both typical and atypical characteristics and needs of young children, with a particular focus on theory and current research in the field. Exploration of ways to create learning environments that are healthy, respectful, responsive, supportive, and challenging for young children. Introduction of the Universal Education Vision and Principles. 
      ECE 2250   Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 s.h.  Curricular models in early childhood education and the developmental theory behind each. What it means to be a professional in this field and to develop a personal philosophy as an educator. Orientation to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); state of Michigan standards; the Michigan Professional Educator’s Code of Ethics; and self-reflective practice as an early childhood educator. Prerequisite or corequisite: CD 2160. 
      ECE 2650   Role of Play in Early Childhood Curriculum 3 s.h.  The importance of play as a vehicle for learning in early childhood curricula. The design, implementation, and assessment of play-based learning experiences based upon developmentally-appropriate practices and related standards in art, mathematics, literacy, social studies, movement, music, and science. Integration of play-based creative experiences in the content areas into daily and weekly plans for children’s learning. Focus on developmentally-appropriate assessment so that planned activities promote development and learning for all children. Prerequisite: CD 2160. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 2250. 
      ECE 3100   Language Development & Emergent Literacy 3 s.h.  Theories and strategies that promote the emergent literacy and language development of children aged 0-5. Students learn how to assess, evaluate and develop appropriate activities in the classroom and home environment that foster the acquisition of literacy and promote the development of and acquisition of language, including children for whom English is a second language. Students will promote activities targeted at supporting parents in fostering literacy in the home. Prerequisite: WRT 1020 and CD 2160. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 2250. 
      ECE 3160   Administration of Child Care Centers 3 s.h.  Requirements for infant, toddler, and early childhood care in center-based programs. Exploration of curriculum within centers for all groups. Leadership component highlights administrative skills, collaboration, planning, organizing, assembling resources, supervision of early childhood professionals, and advocacy for and support of young children and families. Prerequisite or corequisite: ECE 2650. 
      ECE 3580   Early Childhood Curriculum Development 3 s.h.  Theories and strategies to respond to differences between and within children; Bloom’s taxonomy and learning differences in children. Adapting the science, social studies, and mathematics curriculum to meet the needs of all in students in an integrated curriculum and foster social competence in children. Techniques to include technology in the curriculum. The course highlights the Universal Education Vision and Principles. Prerequisite: ECE 2650, ECE 3100. Corequisite: ECE 3930. 
      ECE 3930   Preschool Practicum With Seminar 2 s.h.  Practicum of 120 clock hours in a child care center, with a seminar to support students in the experience. Cumulative assumption of responsibilities in the early childhood classroom. Prerequisites: ECE 2650 and ECE 3100. Corequisite: ECE 3580. Observe posted deadlines for submission of application forms. 
      ECE 4130   Home/School Partnerships to Support Learners (ECE*/EDU) 3 s.h.  The role of the family in children’s learning and development; the importance of forming positive home/school relationships with all families; strategies for working in partnership with parents, caregivers, and other professionals for the purpose of supporting the learning and development of children. Readings and experiences designed to foster the desire to and knowledge of ways to advocate for children and their families. 
      ECE 4150   Programming for Children w/Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings 3 s.h.  Identification of young children with special needs, accessing services, planning activities, and adapting the environment in order to effectively program. Collaboration with parents and professionals to advocate for and provide individualized programs and services for children with special needs is also emphasized including participation in Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Education Plans. Prerequisite: ECE 3580. 
      ECE 4160   Assessing Young Children 3 s.h.  The goals, benefits, use, and misuse of assessment and the skills required for observation, documentation, and effective assessment strategies. Responsible assessment practices and partnering with parents and other professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning. Multiple types of developmentally-appropriate assessment and their use in driving instruction. A field component is included. Prerequisite: ECE 3580. 
      ECE 4700   Directed Teaching: Early Childhood 4 s.h.  Supervised teaching in a K-3 school setting. 240 clock hours over 12 weeks required. Prerequisite: approval of advisor and admission to directed teaching. Corequisite: ECE 4810. Note: the Early Childhood directed teaching application form is different from the College of Education directed teaching application form. The same deadlines for submission apply to both applications. 
      ECE 4810   Directed Teaching Seminar: Early Childhood 1 s.h.  The forum to reflect upon and discuss practicum experiences in a supervised setting. Implementation of Positive Behavioral Support. Action research as a tool for self-reflection and continued professional development. Corequisite: ECE 4700 
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