Education of Young Children ProgramPhoto of EYC students


Program Coordinator
Dr. Hengameh Kermani
910-962-4182 Phone
910-962-3988 Fax
kermanih@uncw.edu

Education of Young Children
Department of Early Childhood
& Special Education
Watson College of Education
UNCW
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Course Descriptions

EDN 200. Teacher, School and Society (3) Corequisite: EDNL 200. Introduction to profession of teaching that acquaints prospective teachers with diverse roles of teachers. Focuses on teacher as decision-maker; careers in education; social, historical and philosophical foundations of education; governmental and organizational aspects of schools; and current and future trends in American education. Observation skills are developed through field experience.

EDNL 200. Field Studies (1) Corequisite: EDN 200. The course is designed to provide opportunities to observe and engage in reflective discussion of curriculum and instructional practices, school governance and organization, and school-community relationships. Students will participate in three hours of field study and reflective seminar activities per week.

EDN 204. Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3) This introductory course is designed for students who are interested in early childhood education and early intervention as professional careers. It examines the theoretical bases for teaching and early intervention with young children birth through five and their families.  Content includes an overview of the historical roots, current issues, program models, and goals of early childhood education as well as an introduction to professional standards and organizations.  Particular emphasis is placed on environments and interactions that are responsive to children developmental, individual, and cultural needs.  Field experiences required.

SED 250 . Introduction to Special Education (3) Survey of major categories of exceptionality including intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional disorders, attention deficits and hyperactivity, communication disorders, sensory impairments, multiple and severe disabilities, physical and he lath impairments, and giftedness. Includes study of definitions, characteristics, etiology, psycho-social implications, educational interventions, and current issues.  At least 6 field experience hours required. 

EDN 302. Child Observation and Assessment (3) Corequisite: EDNL 302. Designed to develop a broad set of child and family observation skills and ability to conduct and interpret variety of means of child assessment, both formal and informal. Methods of assessment will include systematic observations, use of screening instruments, interview techniques, rating scales, portfolios and anecdotal records. Includes knowledge of assessment with culturally diverse populations and children with special needs. Field experiences required.

EDNL 302. Field Experience In Early Childhood Education (1) Corequisite:  EDN 302. Provides students with opportunities for application of concepts through forty hours of field work with young children and their families in a variety of community settings including public schools, preschools, childcare centers and private homes under the supervision of licensed service providers.

EDN 303. Instructional Technology (3) Emphasizes the design, selection, production and evaluation of instructional materials, computer-generated presentations and interactive multimedia, with particular emphasis on their effective integration into an instructional unit. Develops skill in the operation of media production equipment, including microcomputers, fundamentals of operating systems, computer software applications, networks and telecommunications. Three lecture and two laboratory hours each week.

NOTE: Admission to the Watson College of Education is required for enrollment in EDN 300- and EDN 400 level courses numbered higher than EDN 303.

EDN 380. Play and Cultural Arts (3) Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education. Study of play behaviors and fine arts curriculum from birth to age five. Designed to prepare students to plan and deliver play-based and developmentally appropriate experiences that foster children's engagement in the cultural and performing arts (drama, dance, vocal and instrumental music, and visual art). Theory and practices for promoting play and developing creativity will be emphasized. Field work required.

EDN 382. Literacy Development in the Early Years (3) Prerequisite: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education. Designed to inform students of the theory and research that has influenced the development of principles and strategies for promoting emergent literacy. Developmentally appropriate literacy activities will be explored along with ways to use individualized assessment to gauge children's current abilities and to use and build upon what children bring to oral language, reading and writing. The roles of supportive adults, print-rich environments and principles of multicultural learning will be investigated. Field experiences required.

EDN 383. Mathematics and Science for the Early Years (3) Prerequisite: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education. Designed to acquaint B-K teachers with the curriculum, materials and methods used to teach basic concepts in mathematics and science to young children. Emphasis will be given to developmentally appropriate materials and experiences to promote power of observation and to encourage emergent conceptual abilities and cognitive processing skills. Field experiences required.

EDN 384. Creating Preschool Environments (3) Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.  Prepares individuals who hold licensure in elementary education, special education or child development (home economics), and are currently teaching at the preschool level, to create developmentally appropriate preschool environments and adapt their skills for the preschool classroom. Emphasis is placed on creating or adapting interpersonal and physical environments to facilitate development in all domains and meet individual needs. Strategies for developing collaborative relationships with families will also be explored. Activities include lectures, discussion, demonstrations, individual and group presentations, and laboratory assignments completed in the teacher’s own classroom.

EDN 424.  Child Guidance (3) Prerequisite: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education. This course is designed to introduce students to theories, principles and techniques for developmentally appropriate guidance of young children birth through five years.  Emphasis is placed on guidance techniques, strategies and appropriate interventions that teachers can use to facilitate young children's autonomy and self-discipline while promoting development of self concept and prosocial behaviors.  The effect of the environment and adult-child interaction on guidance will be examined.  Class activities include lectures, small and large group discussions, cooperative learning activities, video illustrations, case analyses, problem solving exercises, and field experience reflections.  Field experiences required. 

EDN 430. Preschool Curriculum (3) Prerequisite: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education. Corequisite: EDNL 388. Provides students the understandings, skills and abilities necessary to implement an effective preschool program. Emphasis placed on knowledge of the curriculum content and the effective combinations and correlations of these contents for a preschool program. Activities include lectures, discussions, demonstration, individual and group projects. Field experiences required.

EDN 450. Infant and Toddler Program Models (3) Prerequisite: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education. Designed to inform students of the goals, philosophies and program characteristics of exemplary programs in very early childhood education (birth to age three). Developmentally appropriate settings and activities for infants and toddlers will be studied, and ways of working with parents will be explored. Optimal caregiving strategies and skills needed for providing a quality program for infants and toddlers will be emphasized. Field experiences required.

EDN 450. Infant and Toddler Program Models (3) Prerequisite: EDN 204, NSG 345 or PSY 320, admission to Watson School of Education. Corequisite:  EDNL 450, EDN 452.  Designed to inform students of the goals, philosophies and program characteristics of exemplary programs in very early childhood education (birth to age three). Developmentally appropriate settings and activities for infants and toddlers will be studied, and ways of working with parents will be explored. Optimal caregiving strategies and skills needed for providing a quality program for infants and toddlers will be emphasized. Field experiences required.

EDNL 450. Field Experience in Infant/Toddler Education (1) Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to Watson School of Education. Corequisite: EDN 450. Provides students with opportunities for application of concepts through forty hours of field work with young children and their families in a variety of community settings including childcare centers, pediatric units, preschools and private homes under the supervision of licensed service providers.

EDN 451. Adaptive Practices in Early Childhood (3) Prerequisite: EDN 204, SED 250 or PSY 322, admission to Watson School of Education. Corequisite:  EDNL 451.  Designed to develop both planning and intervention skills for working with young children with special needs and their families. Students will plan educational programs which include use of specific intervention techniques and practices from recognized early intervention programs for children showing a typical development. Attention will be given to adopting strategies to include exceptional children in programs for typically developing young children. Field experiences required.

EDNL 451. Field Experience Working With Children With Special Needs (1) Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education. Corequisite: EDN 451. Provides students with opportunities for application of concepts through forty hours of field work with young children and their families in a variety of community settings including public schools, preschools, childcare centers and private homes under the supervision of licensed service providers.

EDN 452.  Early Intervention (3) Prerequisite:  EDN 204, SED 250 or PSY 322, admission to Watson College of Education.  Corequisites EDN 450. This course is designed to inform students of the goals, philosophies, and program characteristics of exemplary programs in early childhood education for children with disabilities (birth to age three). Developmentally appropriate settings and activities for infants and toddlers with disabilities will be explored. Field experiences required.

EDN 460. Administration of Preschool Programs (3) Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education.  The administration of early childhood education programs will be studied, including planning, scheduling, enrollment, licensure and evaluation of programs operating in various settings. Relevant federal and state legislation, policies and regulations will be examined. Public policy questions in the United States and the implications of policy decisions for program administration will be examined. Possibilities for integrating child and parent education will also be explored. Field experiences required.

EDN 463. Child, Family and Teacher Relations (2) Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to the Watson College of Education and completion of all EDN specialty courses. This course is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge of the elements of partnership with families in early childhood settings. The course develops an understanding of traditional and non-traditional families, structural and lifestyle variations and parenting in diverse cultures and at-risk families. Approaches for establishing and sustaining collaboration among professionals, parents, caregivers and community agencies on behalf of children with and without special needs will be explored.  Field experiences required.

EDN 465. Practicum in Education of Young Children (B-K) (12) Prerequisites: Admission to the Watson College of Education and completion of all specialty area coursework.  A 2.70 GPA on all work at UNCW is required. A full-time practicum experience with young children and their families in an approved child care setting. Students will engage in a variety of supervised activities assuming an increasing amount of responsibility for all phases of an educational program for young children and their families. Emphasis is on the teacher intern as a decision maker and reflective practitioner.

EDN 466. Enhanced Practicum in Preschool Settings (3) Prerequisites: EDN 302, 384, 430 and 451 and permission of instructor. Assists practicing Pre-K teachers without current B-K licensure to develop and refine the skills necessary to apply successful instructional practices in an early childhood classroom setting. Discussion will include shifting paradigms in teaching/learning and how they relate to current trends in early childhood education. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the role of developmentally and individually appropriate practices with preschool children.

PSY 220. Child Psychology (3) Prerequisite: PSY 105. Human psychological development through childhood and early adolescence. Normal development is emphasized.

PSY 320. Psychology of Infancy and Early Childhood (3) Prerequisite: PSY 220 or 223. An in-depth examination of development from conception through kindergarten age. Both normal and a typical development are considered from a biopsychosocial perspective. Methodological and theoretical issues are emphasized.

SOC 345. Sociology of the Family (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Origin and development of the family as a social institution from an historical and comparative approach; analysis of forms and functions of the family; socialization, mate selection, procreation.

SOC 349. Sociology of Children and Childhood (3) Prerequisite: SOC 105. Sociological theory and methods related to children and childhood from infancy to early adolescence. Topics include the social construction of childhood; child development and socialization; race, class and gender in childhood; and social problems affecting children.

NSG 345. Health Maintenance Needs of Young Children (3) Focuses on health maintenance needs of young children (birth through kindergarten). From the perspective of teachers and caretakers, it addresses activities of daily living, environmental safety, common health problems and infection control within community daycare and preschool settings. This course is designed for non-nursing majors.

SWK 311. Child Abuse and Neglect (3) Prerequisite: SWK 235. Current issues, national trends and effective practice strategies. The continuum of child-welfare services needed to ensure child well-being including family preservation, child protection, permanency planning, residential care and adoption.