Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors. This course provides an overview of the developmental, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the behavior of children, including family stressors, temperament, violence, attachment disorders, and special needs. Intervention techniques for highly aggressive, antisocial, disruptive, destructive, emotional, and dependant behaviors as well as proactive intervention and prevention techniques will be presented.
Introduction to Children with Special Needs. This course introduces the variations in development of individuals with special needs, with special emphasis on children ages birth through eight and the resulting impact on families. It includes an overview of historical and societal influences, laws relating to children with special needs, and the identification and referral process. The course covers various categories of disability, including learning and physical disabilities, autism, mental retardation, behavioral disorders, communication disorders, visual and hearing impairments, attention deficit disorders and giftedness.
Practicum in Early Intervention. This course provides students "hands-on" experience working with infants birth to three years of age and young children with special needs in a variety of early intervention and educational settings including self-contained, fully-included daycare programs and early childhood classrooms. It integrates learned theoretical models to real-life situations and affords students opportunities for supervised practice as an assistant in the Individualized Family Service Program (IFSP) and the Individualized Education (IEP) process.
Child Growth and Development.
This course examines the major developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, and cognitive. The course will emphasize interactions between maturational process and environmental factors.
Early Childhood: Principles and Practices. This course provides a demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families.
Practicum in Child Development I.
This course is a supervised practicum experience in an approved Early Childhood educational program, such as a preschool, child development center, elementary school, special education center, or other early care/early intervention natural environments. Practicum students will be expected to demonstrate developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will design and implement lesson plans under the supervision of a college instructor and a Master teacher at their Practicum site.