Course Descriptions for Early Childhood


EDT 57003 Nature & Needs of Early Childhood Students with Exceptional Needs: This course offers the candidate an opportunity to know about and understand early childhood students with exceptional needs. An exploration of etiology and developmental characteristics of young children with exceptional needs frames the study. All categories of exceptionality will be surveyed including anomalies such as social emotional imperceptiveness, communications delays, communicable diseases and attention deficit disorder. Candidates will study children with developmental delays or disabilities, children whose families are culturally and linguistically diverse, children from diverse socioeconomic groups, and other children with individual learning styles, strengths, and needs. Emphasis will focus on the ability to process key information. Candidates will gain a foundation upon which they can build the skills to understand, analyze, and reflect upon best practices and use/apply sound professional strategies to assist young children. Emphasis shall be placed on the ability to instruct and adapt instruction for children with special needs. (3 semester hours)

EDT 57103 Diagnostic & Ethical Practices for Intervention Specialist Early Childhood: This course is designed to provide the candidate an in-depth look at the federal and state laws and court cases that have influenced and formed the foundations of special education practice. The prime focus of attention will be on the current federal legislation affecting special education practice along with the most recent court cases at the State, District and Federal level. This course is also designed to familiarize the candidate with testing procedures and ethical practices to follow when assessing students with ELN. The assessment data will be interpreted and used to develop curricula, assist with programming decisions, provide program evaluation and provide suggestions for instructional practices. Students will evaluate ethical guidelines in teaching and assessment practices and review pertinent legislation that provided the framework for these policies and practices. (3 semester hours)

EDT 57203 Literacy Development in Early Childhood: In this course candidates explore the relationships and connections among language development, culture and literacy. Assignments will include investigating theories and using new understandings to develop appropriate literacy practices to be utilized in early childhood special education programs. The importance of language development will be emphasized in the early childhood program. (3 semester hours)

EDT 57302 Parents, Community, & School Collaboration in Early Childhood: This course is designed to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work and communicate in written and oral expression with parents in the school and community settings to facilitate the education and socialization of students with mild/moderate disabilities in early childhood ages 3 to grade three. Students will discuss the impact of disabilities upon the life of the child and family members. Family legal rights, such as due process, structure of the family, history of the family, and the impact of culture, environmental milieu and linguistic diversity upon the child and family will be stressed. Students will learn family coping strategies and identify sources of services, networking, and organizations that assist persons with disabilities. Students will be required to construct a case study of a family with an exceptional student mild/moderate ranging from age 3 to grade three. Students will conduct a parent interview and interpret a family profile, prepared by parents, to use when making written suggestions on how the school may assist the family in helping the student used in the case study to reach maximum potential. (2 semester hours)

EDT 57403 Early Childhood Curriculum & Instructional Strategies: The focus of this course is the relationship between curriculum and instructional strategies from a developmental perspective in meeting needs of Early Childhood students with ELN. Specific curriculum and instructional strategies will be discussed and evaluated within the confines of the course. Adaptations and modifications of established curriculum to meet individual and IFSP needs and goals will also be addressed. Candidates in this course will be required to implement planned curriculum and instructional strategy practices in a field based early childhood ELN setting. (3 semester hours)

EDT 57501 Integrated Technology for students with Early Childhood Exceptional Needs: This course is designed to prepare the Intervention Specialist for meeting the technological needs of the individual with early childhood educational needs to work in his/her school. The course also focuses on adaptation and modification of both IBM and Macintosh platforms to accommodate individuals who need graphic, sound, and environmental interface support in order to access technology. Additional course content covers the use of adaptive devices. Work with the regional SERRC Center and OCRLISH center will provide hands-on experience with a wide variety of software, switches, and adaptive devices. This course develops the knowledge and skills for an awareness of the impact of the microcomputer on educational methods and applications in the classroom, evaluation of software, and integration of the computer and associated technologies into the content areas. The above is achieved by introducing the teacher to applications of the microcomputer in the classroom and by establishing the basic goals and objectives of a Pre-K computer education program that is integrated with the total curriculum. (1 semester hour)

EDT 57603 Applying Research to Educate the Early Childhood Exceptional Learner: This course will develop knowledge about and skills in using educational research in making instructional and programming decisions in the early childhood classroom for ELN students. It will also prepare Master’s Degree candidates for future research endeavors. This course recognizes that different research findings require analysis and synthesis prior to implementation in the classroom. Students will use a balanced approach to research implementation into instructional practice as students look at variables and outcomes within research findings prior to implementing techniques and practices in their classroom to serve early childhood ELN students. Research material will be accessed via the internet, Ohio Link and hard copy, library based resources.(3 semester hours)

EDT-57702 Instructional Strategies Practicum Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education: This course is aligned with the final portfolio benchmark. Candidates in this course will complete 150 hours of field experience in a classroom serving Early Childhood ELN. Through electronic means, candidates will provide in depth peer evaluation of self-developed units and lessons for all persons enrolled in this course. Emphasis is placed upon developing and implementing lessons and units to meet individual student needs in conjunction with existing IEPs. Fall, Spring. (2 semester hours)

EDT 57803 Internship in Early Childhood Special Education: This course is the final course before gaining licensure as an Intervention Specialist-Early Childhood. All other coursework must be completed prior to this course. Candidates will be evaluated by University of Rio Grande Faculty during this course in their field placement. Emphasis is placed on refining instruction and professional growth leading to lifelong learning in this course. Fall, Spring. (3 semester hours)