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CHLD Courses

CHLD 101: Intro to Early Childhood
This survey course provides an overview of early childhood care and education including historical and cultural perspectives, organization, structure, programming, and evidence-based practices. Professional and evidence-based practices of highly-qualified early childhood educators are outlined with an emphasis on their ability to enhance development and learning of each and every child between the ages of birth and eight. Considerations for diversity of culture, language, race, socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, and ability will be included. Students will spend a minimum of 15 hours of observation in diverse early childhood settings. 3 HRS

CHLD 102: Growth and Development of the Young Child
This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of human growth and development from conception through adolescence. Content includes an in-depth study of the inter-relatedness of physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development. Development is studied in the context of family, gender, culture, language, ability, socioeconomics, diversity, and society. Special emphasis will be on the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, and Gardner. Four field observations are required outside of class time in addition to at least two during class sessions. 3 HRS

CHLD 103: Environmental Design to Support Children’s Play
Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, CHLD 102. The types and functions of play are studied, along with an exploration of play techniques that allow children to exercise their physical abilities, learn about their world, and cope with their conflicts and emotions. The role of the teacher in facilitating play and choosing appropriate equipment is emphasized. 3 HRS

CHLD 105: Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs
The principles involved in planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate, evidence-based curriculum for young children are studied. The course focuses on relationships among developmental theory, philosophy, and practice, and development of curriculum based on the needs and interests of young children including those who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse. The analysis of a wide range of early childhood curriculum models is emphasized. Six field experiences will be required for this class. 3 HRS

CHLD 108: Guidance of the Young Child
The theories of behavior analysis and guidance are introduced and the relationship between careful observation and effective interaction with children is examined. Techniques and skills will be presented that promote appropriate behavior management. 3 HRS

CHLD 109: Observation & Assessment of Young Children
This course is designed to demonstrate to the student how to do authentic, alternative, classroom-based assessment on young children and how to appropriately use standardized test information. The course will further provide the student with the knowledge and skills to interpret and use the information gained to plan curriculum that is responsive to and supportive of children’s learning and development. Students will have the opportunity to engage in assessment processes through means of classroom observations, providing each student with a stronger understanding of child development skills. Students learn about and explore a variety of age, individually, linguistically, and culturally appropriate formal and informal assessments to gather and share information on each child’s skills, abilities, interests and needs, birth through age 8. Includes field experiences. 3 HRS

CHLD 110: Introducation to Human Verbal Development
This course focuses on the study of human communication, including the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, with an emphasis on speech and language development in children and the role of the practitioner in supporting first and second language acquisition. This course includes evidence-based curriculum and assessment strategies. Field Experiences required. 3 HRS

CHLD 115: Spoken and Written Language Development
Prerequisite: - Placement at College level English and reading This course focuses on the acquisition of spoken and written language from infancy through adolescence. The course includes information on bilingual development. 3 HRS

CHLD 201: Child Development Practicum I
Prerequisite: CHLD 102, 105, 109, 202, 209, and must have "clear" on DCFS licensing background check. This course deals with the practical application of evidence-based practices based on early childhood education principles and theories. Students work with diverse young children and families in high-quality, culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse early childhood settings under the supervision of a site supervisor and a college course work supervisor. Six hours of lab work will be required each week. This course meets for 1 hour seminar and 6 hours practicum for 3 hours credit. 3 HRS

CHLD 202: Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child
This course provides an overview of the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children and early childhood practices to ensure the health and well-being of each child in a group setting. Content includes roles and responsibilities of adults in meeting children’s diverse needs, the promotion of healthy life style practices, understanding common childhood illnesses and injuries, meeting health, nutrition and safety standards, and planning nutritious meals that are appropriate for each child. 3 HRS

CHLD 204: Infant and Toddler Care
Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, CHLD 201. The principles, practices and programming for infants and toddlers are presented, applied and evaluated. The focus of the course includes developmentally appropriate practices, an overview of assessment, and the importance of partnering with families. 3 HRS

CHLD 205: Family Child Care Management
This course considers issues and responsibilities in providing home day care for infants and young children. 2 HRS

CHLD 206: Child Development Practicum II
Prerequisite: CHLD 201 and 204. This course builds on skills and knowledge acquired in CHLD 201 (Child Development Practicum I) and Infant and Toddler Care (CHLD 204). The supervised practicum experience in early childhood settings emphasizes practical application of early childhood education principles and theories within infant and toddler settings. This course meets for 1 hour seminar and 6 hours practicum for 3 hours credit. 3 HRS

CHLD 207: Exceptional Child
Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, CHLD 102. Overview of children with exceptional cognitive, social, physical, and emotional needs. Course explores current issues, including educational implications for children with special needs, their families, and the community. Identification, intervention strategies, methods, and programs to meet their needs are all discussed. Study of applicable federal and state laws and requirements: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Individualized Family Service Plan, Individualized Education Plan, and inclusive programs. Fulfills requirements of School Code, Article 21, 2a. 3 HRS

CHLD 208: Child Care Center/Early Childhood Administration
This course examines a variety of management processes, as well as components needed for an effective center, including staffing, budgeting, development of policies, purchasing, monitoring of program quality, evaluation, parent involvement, computers and administrative software, licensing and accreditation. Accessing community resources and professional organizations as a means to improving program quality will be addressed. 3 HRS

CHLD 209: Child, Family and Community
This course focuses on the diverse needs of the child within the context of family, school and community. The course will examine the interplay of diverse cultures, lifestyles, abilities, language and communication with the role of the early childhood environment and other community institutions. Students will gain an understanding of their professional role in supporting evidence-based practices that strengthen respectful, collaborative family/child partnerships through effective use of community and family resources. 3 HRS

CHLD 210: School Age Programming
This course examines knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with the school-age child. Focus is on planning, organizing, and implementing developmentally appropriate activities. 2 HRS

CHLD 215: Child Advocacy
This course will prepare early childhood educators to serve as advocates for the early childhood profession and the children and families who are served by the profession. Topics covered will include: 1) becoming an advocate; 2) developing a grass-roots movement; and 3) learning to motivate and influence others through advocacy. 2 HRS

CHLD 220: Individual and Family Development
Overview of the development of the individual throughout the lifespan within the context of the developing family and society. A theoretical emphasis will be placed on the interdependence between the individual and the context they exist within. 3 HRS

CHLD 221: Foundations of Inclusion
Foundations of Inclusion focuses on the practical knowledge and skills necessary for childcare providers and other early childhood professionals to successfully practice inclusion. Topics covered include individual learning plans, accessibility, partnering with parents, arranging the environment, and selecting and adapting toys and materials. Also addresses guidance, positioning, and communication. 3 HRS

CHLD 296: Special Topics
Prerequisite: Faculty approval. Course will offer students an opportunity to study a topic which is (1) unique and infrequently offered as a part of their program curriculum or (2) of special interest to the field of early childhood. 1-4 HRS