Course Descriptions

EDN 200 – Teacher, School, and Society (3 Credit Hours)
Corequisite:  EDNL 200.  This course in the Watson College of Education (WCE) examines historical, sociological, and philosophical foundations of education as well as issues of diversity.  The course engages students’ knowledge, research, and analytical skills in relation to the goals and purposes of education.  Students are challenged to critically reflect on personal and educational experiences as preservice professionals.  The lab for this course in EDNL 200.

EDNL 200 – Field Studies (1 Credit Hour)
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.  Satisfies University Studies II:  Approaches and Perspective/Living in Our Diverse Nation.  Satisfies University Studies V:  Explorations Beyond the Classroom.  This course is the lab for EDN 200.

EDN 204 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 Credit Hours)
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’s developmental, individual, and cultural needs. Field experiences required.

EDN 303 – Instructional Technology (3 Credit Hours)
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. Partially satisfies University Studies IV: Building Competencies/Information Literacy.

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

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

EDN 280 – Play and Creative Arts (3 Credit Hours)
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. Fieldwork required

EDN 302 – Child Observation and Assessment (3 Credit Hours)
Corequisite: EDNL 302. Designed to develop a broad set of child and family observation skills and the ability to conduct and interpret a 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.  The lab for this course is EDNL 302.

EDNL 302 – Field Experience in Early Childhood Education (1 Credit Hour)
Corequisite: EDN 302. Provides students with opportunities for application of concepts through thirty hours of fieldwork 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. Satisfies University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom.  This course is the lab for EDN 302 and requires 30 hours of field experience.

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 382 – Literacy Development in the Early Years (3 Credit Hours)
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 Credit Hours)
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 the power of observation and to encourage emergent conceptual abilities and cognitive processing skills. Field experiences required.

EDN 424 – Child Guidance (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: EDN 204. This course is designed to introduce students to theories, principles and techniques for the 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 the 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 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education. 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.

EDNL 430 – Field Experience in Kindergarten (1 Credit Hour)
Corequisite: EDN 430. Provides students with opportunities for application concepts through thirty hours of fieldwork with kindergarten-aged children. Students will be acquainted with a variety of instructional strategies, materials, methods of instruction and technology currently used in kindergarten programs. Satisfies University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom.

EDN 450 – Infant and Toddler Program Models (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: EDN 204, NSG 345 or PSY 320, admission to Watson College 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.  The lab for this course is EDNL 450.

ENDL 450 – Field Experience in Infant/Toddler Education (1 Credit Hour)
Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education and consent of instructor. Corequisite: EDN 450. Provides students with opportunities for application of concepts through thirty hours of fieldwork with young children and their families under the supervision of licensed service providers in a variety of community settings including childcare facilities, pediatric units, early intervention service providers, and preschools.  Satisfies University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom.  This course is the lab for EDN 450 and requires 30 hours of field experience.

EDN 451 – Adaptive Practices in Early Childhood (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: EDN 204, SED 250 or PSY 322, admission to Watson College 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 the 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. Partially satisfies University Studies IV: Building Competencies/Writing Intensive. The lab for this course is EDNL 451.

ENDL 451 – Field Experience – Children with Special Needs (1 Credit Hour)
Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education and consent of instructor. Corequisite: EDN 451. Provides students with opportunities for application of concepts through thirty hours of fieldwork with young children and their families in a variety of community settings including public schools, preschools, and childcare facilities under the supervision of licensed service providers. Satisfies University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom.  This course is the lab for EDN 451 and requires 30 hours of field experience.

EDN 452 – Early Intervention (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite: EDN 204, SED 250 or PSY 322, admission to Watson College of Education. Corequisite: 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.

EDN 460 – Administration of Preschool Programs (3 Credit Hours)
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.

NSG 345 – Health Maintenance Needs of Young Children (3 Credit Hours)
Prerequisite for nursing: PSY 220 or PSY 223. Prerequisites for education: HEA 201, HEA 207. Corequisite for nursing: NSGL 345. Corequisite for education: SOC 349. 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.

SED 250 – Introduction to Special Education (3 Credit Hours) OR PSY 322 - Developmental Psychopathology (3 Credit Hours)
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 health impairments, and giftedness. Includes study of definitions, characteristics, etiology, psycho-social implications, educational interventions, and current issues. At least 6 field experience hours required. Satisfies University Studies

OR

PSY 322:  Prerequisite: PSY 247. The psychological disorders of childhood, including their description, etiology, assessment, and treatment. Emphasis on the theoretical and empirical bases of these disorders, focusing on relevant clinical research methods and treatment findings.

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

SWK 311 – Child Abuse and Neglect (3 Credit Hours)
Study of the knowledge base, laws, and professional roles associated with contemporary child welfare practice. Identification of child maltreatment, reporting procedures and community-based interdisciplinary practice issues are emphasized. Upon acceptance to the NC Child Welfare Education Collaborative, students must complete both SWK 311 and SWK 312 before admission to a DSS field placement.

Professional Semester, Licensure Option (14 Hours):

EDN 463 – Child, Family, and Teacher Relations (2 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to the Watson College of Education. 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 – Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (B-K) (3 to 12 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: Admission to 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 early childhood 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. Satisfies University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom. Satisfies University Studies VI: Common Requirements/Critical Reasoning.

Professional Semester, Non-Licensure Option (8 Hours):

EDN 463 – Child, Family, and Teacher Relations (2 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to the Watson College of Education. 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 467 – Non-Licensure Practicum in Early Childhood Settings (6 Credit Hours)
Prerequisites: EDN 204, admission to Watson College of Education and permission of instructor. A supervised practicum experience working with young children and their families in settings such as child care, community agencies, or early intervention programs. Designed for students who are completing a degree in education of young children without earning birth-kindergarten licensure, this practicum promotes integration of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to be an effective early childhood educator. The practicum placement is selected to be consistent with the student’s career goals and must be approved by the instructor. Satisfies University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom. Satisfies University Studies VI: Common Requirements/Critical Reasoning.

Note:

Students wishing to pursue teacher preparation programs must be formally admitted to the Watson College of Education and to the Teacher Education Program. Students in all programs should consult their advisors for admission procedures and for a list of courses requiring Watson College admissions. A grade of “C-” or better is required in education courses, as well as all courses in the interdisciplinary specialty and the professional semester. Students may repeat courses in which they earn a grade lower than a “C-” only with the permission of the dean of the Watson College of Education. A cumulative grade point average of 2.70 is required for the practicum semester.