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ECE100 Introduction to the Child Care Profession Credit Hours: 2.00
Comprehensive employment preparation for clients referred by the Department of Economic Security (DES) and other individuals interested in the field of child care. Includes child development; positive discipline and guidance; language, literacy, math, and science development; and learning environments. Also includes licensing, health and safety, nutrition, children with disabilities, and handling child abuse.
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Offered: Fall, Spring.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE107 Human Development and Relations Credit Hours: 3.00
Analysis of the elements that affect growth and development throughout the life span. Includes theories and global perspectives, prenatal development, oral language development, development within domains, parenting styles, death and dying, local and community influences, and theories in action.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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ECE108 Literature/Social Studies for Children Credit Hours: 3.00
Survey of principles, materials, and techniques for the selection and evaluation of children's literature and social studies materials. Includes history of children's literature, resources, evaluation, developing a professional portfolio, use of appropriate materials, alignment with national social studies standards, presentation techniques, and developmentally appropriate practices.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Spring.
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ECE110A Communication and Language: Early Literacy for Children A Credit Hours: 1.00
Module A Study of oral and written language acquisition and emergent literacy. Includes the developmental theories of language and emergent literacy acquisition, the methods of language integration of literacy development across the curriculum, and how families and the community are and should be involved in children's literacy development.
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Information: ECE 110A and 110B together replace CDA 141 and 225.
Information: ECE 110A and 110B together constitute ECE 110.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE110B Communication and Language: Early Literacy for Children B Credit Hours: 2.00
Module B Study of oral and written language acquisition and emergent literacy. Includes examination of emergent literacy acquisition and the developmental theories of language, development of language-rich environments that include second language acquisition, developmentally appropriate children's literature, and involving families and community in children’s literacy development.
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Information: ECE 110A and 110B together replace CDA 141 and 225.
Information: ECE 110A and 110B together constitute ECE 110.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE110 Communication and Language: Early Literacy for Children Credit Hours: 3.00
Study of oral and written language acquisition and emergent literacy. Includes developmental theories, language integration, language rich environments, children's literature, and family involvement.
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Information: This course replaces CDA 141 and 225.
Information: ECE 110A and 110B together constitute ECE 110.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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ECE112 Integrating Learning and Lesson Planning through the Arts Credit Hours: 3.00
Survey of principles, materials, techniques, and resources for teaching music/art to children. Includes selection of appropriate materials and activities, integration with basic child development ages/stages, creation of the appropriate environment, integration with other subject areas, and role of the teacher.
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Recommendation: Success in this course relies on content knowledge of ECE 117 and ECE 240. It is strongly recommended that students complete ECE 117 and ECE 240 before enrolling in this course.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in all ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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ECE114 Effective Parenthood Credit Hours: 3.00
Identification and discussion of determinants of positive child rearing practices. Includes genetic factors, parental factors, healthy and safe environments, parental practices, communication, guidance, problem-solving, discipline techniques, challenges of parenting, and community resources.
Prerequisite(s): ECE 117.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Spring.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE115 Supervision and Administration of Early Childhood Programs Credit Hours: 3.00
Analysis of elements for planning, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating early childhood education programs. Includes program assessment, philosophy and mission statements, basic business operations, ethics, engaging stakeholders, regulating agencies, and child advocacy.
Prerequisite(s): MAT 082.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall.
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ECE117 Child Growth and Development Credit Hours: 3.00
Analysis of the elements which affect growth and development pre-birth to age eight. Includes developmental theorists, roles of genetics, health and social influences, public policy issues, and domains of development.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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ECE118 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Credit Hours: 3.00
A survey of the historical and philosophical foundations of early childhood education. Includes historical and contemporary influences; pedagogy; agency management of early childhood programs; early childhood assessment; and professional responsibilities.
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Information: All ECE courses require college-level reading and writing.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE124A Math and Science for Children: Module A Credit Hours: 2.00
Module A Study of theories, methods, and techniques for teaching math and problem solving. Includes central concepts in math and problem solving, communication skills, assessment, integration into other subject areas, teaching methods, and developmentally appropriate practices.
Prerequisite(s): MAT 082.
Course Corequisites:
Information: This course replaces CDA 142 and CDA 152.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Information: ECE 124A and 124B together constitute ECE 124.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE124B Math and Science for Children: Module B Credit Hours: 1.00
Module B Study of theories, methods, and techniques for teaching science. Includes central concepts in science, communication skills, assessment, and integration into other subject areas, teaching methods, and developmentally appropriate practices.
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Information: This course replaces CDA 143.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Information: ECE 124A and 124B together constitute ECE 124.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE124 Math and Science for Children Credit Hours: 3.00
Theories, methods, and techniques for teaching math and science. Includes central concepts in math and science, communication skills, assessment, integration into other subject areas, teaching methods, and developmentally appropriate practices.
Prerequisite(s): MAT 082.
Course Corequisites:
Information: This course replaces CDA 142, 143, and 152.
Information: ECE 124A and 124B together constitute ECE 124.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall.
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ECE125A Nutrition, Health, and Safety for the Young Child: Module A Credit Hours: 1.00
In-depth study of the safety needs of children. Includes children's needs, caregiver responsibilities, illness prevention, record keeping, promotion of safety, safe environments, and community resources.
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Information: This course replaces CDA 104.
Information: ECE 125A, 125B, and 125C together constitute ECE 125.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE125B Nutrition, Health, and Safety for the Young Child: Module B Credit Hours: 1.00
In-depth study of the health needs of children. Includes children's needs, caregiver responsibilities, promoting healthy attitudes, illness prevention, record keeping, promotion of healthy environments, and community resources.
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Course Corequisites:
Information: This course replaces CDA 119.
Information: ECE 125A, 125B, and 125C together constitute ECE 125.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE125C Nutrition, Health, and Safety for the Young Child: Module C Credit Hours: 1.00
In-depth study of the nutritional needs of children. Includes children's nutritional needs, caregiver responsibilities, food allergies, promoting healthy attitudes, and community resources.
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Information: This course replaces CDA 151.
Information: ECE 125A, 125B, and 125C together constitute ECE 125.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE125 Nutrition, Health, and Safety for the Young Child Credit Hours: 3.00
In-depth study of the health, safety and nutritional needs of children. Includes children's nutritional needs, caregiver responsibilities, food allergies, promoting healthy attitudes, illness prevention, record keeping, promotion of health and safety, safe environments, and community resources.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites:
Information: This course replaces CDA 104, 119, and 151.
Information: ECE 125A, 125B, and 125C together constitute ECE 125.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall.
Course Outline Schedule of Classes
 
ECE129A Infant and Toddler Education: Module A Credit Hours: 2.00
Module A examination of effective teaching and guidance practices during infant and toddler years. Includes developmentally appropriate practice, guidance strategies, toilet training, physical settings, and observations and record keeping.
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Information: This course replaces CDA 228 and 235.
Information: ECE 129A and 129B together constitute ECE 129.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Spring.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE129B Infant and Toddler Education: Module B Credit Hours: 1.00
Module B examination of effective teaching and guidance practices during infant and toddler years. Includes sensory motor development, development of coordination, object permanence, trial and error interactions, developmentally appropriate practice, and the physical settings.
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Information: This course replaces CDA 129 and 227.
Information: ECE 129A and 129B together constitute ECE 129.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Spring.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE129 Infant and Toddler Education Credit Hours: 3.00
Examination of effective teaching and guidance practices during infant and toddler years. Includes sensory motor development, development of coordination, object permanence, trial and error interactions, developmentally appropriate practice, guidance strategies, toilet training, physical settings, and observations and record keeping.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites:
Information: This course replaces CDA 129, 227, 228, and 235.
Information: ECE 129A and 129B together constitute ECE 129.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE190 Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice Credit Hours: 4.00
Practical experience in early child care and education. Includes developmentally appropriate practices, evaluation techniques, portfolio development, child advocacy, and self-evaluation. Also includes observation, assessment, documentation techniques, and 100 hours of documented work with children birth through prekindergarten.
Prerequisite(s): ECE 112, 117, 200 (or CDA 102, 121, and 271), 226, 228, and 240.
Course Corequisites:
Information: An approved child development course may be used in place of ECE 117. Consent of instructor or program coordinator before enrolling in this course. A fingerprint clearance card, TB test, and certain immunizations are required. Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses. Prerequisites will be waived for students who have achieved a passing score on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment test #36 (Early Childhood Education) and test #93 (Professional Knowledge-Early Childhood). and test #93 (Professional Knowledge-Early Childhood).
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Course Outline Schedule of Classes
 
ECE200 Foundations of Early Childhood Education Credit Hours: 3.00
Includes a survey of the historical and philosophical foundations of Early Childhood Education. Also includes historical and contemporary influences, pedagogy, agency management of early childhood programs, early childhood assessment, and professional responsibilities.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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ECE211 Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs Credit Hours: 3.00
Overview of the exceptional learner (birth to age 8). Includes educational implication and service delivery, public policy, identification and assessment, specific areas of exceptionality, service plans, support systems for families, national, state and local responsibilities, early intervention, and observational records. Also includes field experience.
Prerequisite(s): ECE 117.
Course Corequisites:
Information: This course replaced ECE 111. Either ECE 111 or ECE 211 will meet the graduation requirement.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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ECE226 Positive Child Guidance Credit Hours: 3.00
Introduction to theory and application of early childhood classroom planning, guidance techniques and classroom management. Includes application of developmental theories, developmentally appropriate practices, behavior management, cultural implications, teaching practices, professional development, and self-evaluation.
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Information: Includes a 22-hour practicum.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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ECE228 The Young Child: Family, Culture, and Community Credit Hours: 3.00
Examination of the influences of family, culture and community on the development and learning of young children. Includes development of personal framework for understanding cultures; cultural differences in attitudes about play; age and cultural appropriateness of classroom materials; cross-cultural communication techniques; techniques for utilizing family strengths; strategies for involving families in the school and classroom; strategies for developing flexible response practices; and community project development.
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Information: This course replaced ECE 128. Either ECE 128 or 228 will meet the graduation requirement. In order to be successful in all ECE classes, students must have college-level reading and writing skills.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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ECE240 Assessment of Young Children Credit Hours: 3.00
Assessment techniques associated with the evaluation of young children. Includes observation methods, interpreting assessment data, legal and ethical issues related to assessment, methods and strategies, and application of assessment data.
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Recommendation: Success in this course relies on content knowledge of ECE117. It is strongly recommended that students complete ECE117 before enrolling in this course.
Information: In order to be successful in all ECE classes, students must have college-level reading and writing skills.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Course Outline Schedule of Classes
 
ECE245 Integrating Learning and Lesson Planning through the Arts Credit Hours: 3.00
Survey of principles, materials, techniques, and resources for teaching music/art to children. Includes selection of appropriate materials and activities, integration with basic child development ages/stages, creation of the appropriate environment, integration with other subject areas, and role of the teacher.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites:
Recommendation: Success in this course relies on content knowledge of ECE117 and ECE240. It is strongly recommended that students complete ECE117 and ECE240 before enrolling in this course.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in all ECE courses.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
Course Outline Schedule of Classes
 
ECE260 Foundations and Variations in Early Child Development Credit Hours: 3.00
Typical and atypical child growth and development, birth through grade 3. Includes theoretical framework; brain development and effects of experience on brain development; prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal causes of disability; variations in development; healthy development; and intervention.
Prerequisite(s): ECE 117.
Course Corequisites:
Recommendation: Completion of ECE 211 before enrolling in this course.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE262 Early Childhood Special Needs Assessment Practices Credit Hours: 3.00
Examine various formal and informal assessment practices for children birth through age 8 who have or are at risk for special needs. Includes legal provisions governing assessment and service eligibility; common disabilities, delays and disorders; use, limitations, and procedural considerations of assessment; the role of family; formal and informal cognitive, skill, and behavior based tests; terms and scoring systems frequently utilized in assessments reports and measurements; use of screening tools and assessments; and intervention methods and models.
Prerequisite(s): ECE 117.
Course Corequisites:
Recommendation: Completion of ECE 211 before enrolling in this course.
Information: Students will be expected to complete 6 hours of fieldwork in inclusive classrooms.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE264 Families and Professional Partnerships in ECSE Credit Hours: 3.00
Examine the importance of developing relationships between families of children birth through age 8 with special needs and the professionals who work with them. Includes theoretical and cultural influences; variables that impact family functioning and emotions; family-centered services; relationship-based practice; intervention teams and service locations; intervention plan requirements; and professional characteristics and responsibilities.
Prerequisite(s): ECE 117.
Course Corequisites:
Recommendation: Completion of ECE 211 before enrolling in this course.
Information: Students will be expected to complete 10 hours of observation in inclusive classrooms.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE266 Curriculum Adaptation in the Inclusive Early Childhood Class Credit Hours: 3.00
Strategies to address the cognitive, communication, motor, personal-social and adaptive needs of children birth through age 8 with developmental delays or disabilities. Includes normal and exceptional development; legal, ethical, and functional roles of educators and service providers; partnerships with families; recognizing special needs that require adapted instruction; individual intervention plans; developing and coordinating services; designing and implementing curriculum modifications and instructional strategies in the inclusive classroom; promoting the development of social and emotional skills, motor skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills; and adaptive self-help and independence skills.
Prerequisite(s): ECE 117.
Course Corequisites:
Recommendation: Completion of ECE 211 before enrolling in this course.
Information: Students will be expected to complete 15 hours of observation in inclusive classrooms.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE268 Strategies to Support Development in Inclusive Environments Credit Hours: 4.00
Identifying and adapting instructional strategies to provide optimal support to individual children through age 8. Includes Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) best practices as a blended process; developing and nurturing the family-professional partnership; the role of assessments and progress monitoring for individualizing instructional strategies; designing, implementing, and assessing strategies for adaptive, language and communication, motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development; designing individual educational objectives for children who have needs in one or more domains of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and analyzing one's professional development.
Prerequisite(s): ECE 117, 260, 262, 264, 266.
Course Corequisites:
Recommendation: Completion of ECE 211 before enrolling in this course.
Information: Consent of instructor or program coordinator is required before enrolling in this course.
Information: A child development course may be used to substitute for ECE 117.
Information: A fingerprint clearance card and TB test are required.
Information: Students will be expected to complete 120 hours of documented field work in an early childhood special education inclusive setting.
Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ECE292 Early Childhood Education: Theory to Practice Credit Hours: 4.00
Practical experience in early child care and education. Includes developmentally appropriate practices, evaluation techniques, portfolio development, child advocacy, and self-evaluation. Also includes observation, assessment, documentation techniques, and 100 hours of documented work with children birth through prekindergarten. Prerequisites: ECE 117, 118 (or CDA 102, 121, and 271) 226, 228, 240, and 245.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites:
Information: An approved child development course may be used in place of ECE 117. Consent of instructor or program coordinator before enrolling in this course. A fingerprint clearance card, TB test, and certain immunizations are required. Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in ECE courses. Prerequisites will be waived for students who have achieved a passing score on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment test #36 (Early Childhood Education) and test #93 (Professional Knowledge-Early Childhood).
Offered: Fall, Spring.
Course Outline Schedule of Classes