ECET: Early Childhood Studies (Undergraduate)

ECET 1005  Exploring the Professions: Children & Child Care  (2 Credits)  

Explore the opportunities to work with children in the field of early childhood education. Students will explore child care credentialing, professionalism, ethics and the foundations of teaching and learning in formal and informal child care settings. The course places emphasis on ways to enhance development and learning through an environment and curriculum that supports young children and families. Please note: This course may be used for educational planning credit with mentor approval. This course was previously EDU-232422 Exploring the Professions: Children and Child Care.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 1010  Introduction to Early Childhood Education  (4 Credits)  

This course will introduce students to the field of early childhood education from birth through age eight. Students will become familiar with the philosophical, historical and cultural perspectives within early childhood education, as well as professionalism and ethics.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 1996  Special Topics in ECET  (2-4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 1998  Individualized Studies in Early Childhood Studies (ECET)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Early Childhood Studies (ECET). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

ECET 2005  Creative Arts for Young Children  (4 Credits)  

This study presents a practical approach to designing play environments as we guide young children in creatively expressing themselves through the arts: visual arts, dance and movement, and drama. Developmentally appropriate practice will be emphasized as students incorporate materials and explore their safe use and function with children. Additional topics may include extending creativity into the home with families, multicultural art forms, and emphasis on addressing national standards. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Child Development or equivalent.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 2010  Early Childhood Professionalism Family & Culture  (4 Credits)  

This course examines professional standards for early care and education programs and caregivers such as such as the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, the NYS Core Body of Knowledge, and state regulations. Students will learn what it means to advocate for children and families as well as how culture and family structure impact parenting values and childrearing beliefs. Effective communication strategies will also be addressed.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 2015  Health Safety & Nutrition in Children’s Programs  (4 Credits)  

This course will prepare professionals to meet the physical and nutritional needs of children in formal, non-formal and home settings. The course addresses safety requirements, factors influencing eating behaviors and physical activity patterns, intervention strategies, and program policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity within state and federal guidelines. Additional topics may include major public health and nutrition-related issues for young children including SIDS prevention, child abuse and neglect, positive health routines, childhood diseases, and food safety within the context of children’s programs. This course was previously EDU-252314 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Children's Programs.

ECET 2020  The Culture of Caregiving: Infants Toddlers & Families  (4 Credits)  

This course will focus on diversity in early care and education for any student who wants to understand more about cultural values related to the child-rearing, education and development of young children. Topics may include: perceiving and responding to differences, communicating across cultures, differing perspectives on attachment and separation, learning through play, and socialization and guidance.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 2998  Individualized Studies in Early Childhood Studies (ECET)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Early Childhood Studies (ECET). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

ECET 3005  Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood  (4 Credits)  

In this course the student will explore challenging behaviors in young children and the role of the adult during the early childhood years. Biological, neurological, and environmental influences on children’s behaviors will be explored; in addition to, how to plan for crises, develop individualized behavior plans, and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan. Topics addressed in this study may include a variety of problem-solving approaches and classroom management techniques. Prerequisites: HUDV 3015 Child Development or equivalent and at least 1 course in early childhood curriculum and planning.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3010  Children’s Programs: Administration  (4 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to provide directors and prospective directors an understanding of the administration of an effective organizational structure for children’s programs including personnel and human resource management. Topics covered in this study include:  the purpose and development of vision and mission statements, strategic planning, management theory and roles and responsibilities of administrators, development of personnel policies and procedures, job descriptions, performance evaluations, and leadership styles. This study meets Topics 1 and technology from Topic 3 of the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State.  Prerequisites: 18 credits in child development and/or related early childhood coursework and experience in children’s programs. 

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3015  Children’s Programs: Design & Supervision  (4 Credits)  

This course examines various professional practices associated with children’s programs including curriculum development, design of the learning environment, and program assessment and evaluation.  Topics may include:  developmentally appropriate practice, individualizing for the whole child, planning for children with special needs, the caregiver’s role in supporting play and developing a nurturing learning environment, program evaluation and using technology applications in curriculum and to improve home and school communication. This course covers topics 3 and 5 for the New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential.   Prerequisites: 18 credits in child development and/or related early childhood coursework and experience in children’s programs.  This course was previously CHS-253214.

ECET 3020  Children’s Programs: Ethical & Professional Standards  (4 Credits)  

In this course students will research applicable federal, state, and local laws pertaining to the administration of children’s programs.  Students will examine policies and regulations relevant to maintaining safe and healthy environments.This course provides an exploration of ethical principles and responsibilities fundamental to professionals working with children, families, staff, and the community. This course also provides the student with opportunities to review the National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct, including ethical responsibilities for information technology, and the Supplement for Early Childhood Program Administrators. This course covers topics 3 and 4 for the New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential.   Prerequisites: 18 credits in child development and/or related early childhood coursework and experience in children’s programs.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3025  Children's Programs: Financial Planning & Budgeting  (4 Credits)  

In this course students will learn the critical nature of financial planning and its process for children’s educational programs. Students will explore financial planning as a process for success in the stability and sustainability of children’s programs. Topics may include publicity and marketing strategies, budgeting, and financial planning.  Students will engage in hands-on experience with the financial planning process and the practical applications around fiscal administration of a children's program. This course covers topics 2 and 4 for the New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential.   Prerequisites: 18 credits in child development and/or related early childhood coursework and experience in children’s programs. 

ECET 3030  Curriculum & Environments for Infants & Toddlers  (4 Credits)  

This course is intended for students who provide direct care for infants and toddlers as well as for program administrators and educational coordinators who incorporate infant/toddler programming into infant toddler programs. Students will leave with an in-depth understanding of curriculum and environments for young children birth to three including developmentally appropriate practices and the teacher's role in supporting development of infants and toddlers. There will be an emphasis on health and safety, curriculum planning including goals, environments, and building responsive relationships with the children and families. Prerequisites: HUDV 3030 Infant/Toddler Development, HUDV 3015 Child Development, or equivalent.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3035  Curriculum & Environments for Preschoolers  (4 Credits)  

This course is intended for students who provide direct care for preschoolers as well as for program administrators and educational coordinators. This study is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of curriculum and environments for young children from three to five years of age. Students will learn developmentally appropriate practices and the teacher's role in supporting development of preschoolers in the classroom. There will be an emphasis on curriculum planning, learning environments, and the role of teachers and parents. Prerequisites: HUDV 3015 Child Development, or equivalent. 

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3040  Emergent Literacy  (4 Credits)  

In this course the student will examine the latest research in literacy development, defined as the development of skills in language, reading and writing; for young children birth through age 8. The student will investigate literacy development from the emergent stages of early childhood through early elementary grades, how to incorporate the principles and methods of using literacy to improve learning, and how to translate this research into good instructional practices. Other topics included in this study may include literacy and culture, assessing literacy development, and family literacy.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3050  Observation & Assessment of Children  (4 Credits)  

This course will focus on observation, documentation, and assessment techniques in order to understand children’s growth and development.  Students will engage in practical observation and assessment activities involving the physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development of children.  Students will utilize and interpret formal, informal and authentic assessments for children; the appropriate and ethical uses for assessment, and methods of inquiry relevant to the field.  Observations are required.  Prerequisites: EDST 3015 Child Development, HUDV 3030 Infant/Toddler Development, or HUDV 3060 Early Childhood Development.

ECET 3060  Young Children & Technology  (4 Credits)  

Learn how the field of early childhood education has come to embrace emerging technology and find appropriate ways to integrate it into teaching and learning practice. Students in this study will research professional recommendations regarding the use of technology and interactive media in early childhood, explore how technology can be used to support teaching and learning, and how technology can be used to connect home, school, and community.  Prerequisites: Students should have knowledge of child development and curriculum development such as that gained in Child Development and Curriculum and Environments for Preschoolers. Basic experience with technology is required; students will be required to interact with a wide variety of websites and social media applications. This course was previously EDU-233424 Educational Technology in Early Childhood.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3122  Inclusion in Early Childhood Education  (4 Credits)  

In this course, the student will develop an understanding of special education for children birth to age five and how children are supported in inclusive early childhood settings through developmentally appropriate strategies. Topics in the course are varied but typically include educational rights, assessment, planning, and monitoring young children, and the role of administration and the professional collaboration and cooperation required when working with individuals with multiple disabilities. Prerequisite: EDST-2025 Introduction to Special Education

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3996  Special Topics in ECET  (2-4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 3997  Special Topics in ECET  (2-4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

ECET 3998  Individualized Studies in Early Childhood Studies (ECET)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Early Childhood Studies (ECET). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

ECET 4005  Children’s Program Administration: Capstone  (4 Credits)  

The capstone is the culminating course designed to fulfil the coursework portion of the New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential. The intent of this study is to provide the student with the opportunity to integrate the information and principles from Topics 1-5 of the competencies. Students will demonstrate mastery of the principles and skills as a children’s program administrator through the completion of a portfolio or a final project. This course meets Topic 6 of the New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential. Students seeking the credential will need to complete 200 hours in administration in order to submit their application to the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Before registering for the Capstone, students should complete the entire sequence of courses for the New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential; ECET 3010 Children’s Programs: Administration, ECET 3015 Children’s Programs: Design and Supervision, ECET 3020 Children’s Programs: Ethical and Professional Standards, and ECET 3025 Children’s Programs: Financial Planning and Budgeting. In some cases, a student could take one of these courses concurrently with instructor approval.

ECET 4010  Curriculum Models in Early Childhood Education  (4 Credits)  

Students in this course will investigate the global perspectives of various curriculum models and early childhood programs with specialized philosophies, frameworks, and approaches to early childhood education including diverse learners. There will be an emphasis on curriculum planning, learning environments, and assessment within various cultural contexts. The models may vary, but examples include Head Start, Creative Curriculum, High Scope, Montessori, Pyramid, Reggio Emilia, Vygotsky, Waldorf, and/or The Project Approach. Prerequisites: Child Development (or equivalent) and at least 12 credits in early childhood coursework. This course was previously EDU-234244.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 4015  Development & Meaning of Play  (4 Credits)  

This course will investigate the various theories of play, current research and trends, the meaning of play, and the interaction between play and child development, including play in its myriad forms. Topics may include using observation to analyze children’s level of play skills and adults’ role in play; the utility of play and fantasy at different developmental stages; different contexts for play; and the effect of external factors, such as media, gender differences, culture, and toys, on children’s play. While it is not required, it might be helpful if students have taken a course in child development or equivalent. This course was previously HDV-284354 Development and Meaning of Play.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 4122  Poverty and Early Learning  (4 Credits)  

This course encourages students to examine many types of poverty a child may experience and how living in poverty effects development within the context of the learning environment. Topics investigated in this course include the definition of poverty, the dynamics and culture of poverty, stress from poverty and the effect on development, and the effects on brain development and therefore, the child's ability to learn. For example, students may analyze how the social environment supports language and literacy skills in the preparation for reading texts.

Attributes: Liberal

ECET 4998  Individualized Studies in Early Childhood Studies (ECET)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Early Childhood Studies (ECET). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.