Course Descriptions

The following graduate-level courses are offered in early childhood education. Graduate-level courses are numbered 500-899. Information about course offerings and programs of study is published online and in print each year in the Graduate Catalog.

Required Course

Theory, pedagogy and related research on multiple aspects of learner diversity, with emphasis on developing appropriate culturally responsive and inclusive environments for young children.

Current theory and research on the growth and development of young children, including both typical and atypical development; methods of studying behavior; implications for early childhood programs. To be completed during the fall or spring semesters within the first 6 credit hours of the program.

ECED 610 Learning Environments: Curriculum and Technology (3.00 units)
Research and practice on school transformations and new educational directions as a result of evolving technologies. Examine how emerging technologies can support curriculum and create new learning environments that are developmentally appropriate for young children.

Development of skills, insights and understanding basic to planning and conducting research, with emphasis on interpretation and application of research results. Focus on research methods and literature applicable to early childhood education. To be completed during the fall or spring semesters within the first 6 credit hours of the program.

ECED 619 Assessment, Observation, and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education (3.00 units)
Forms, functions, and roles of assessment for planning and implementing effective programs for young children from diverse cultures and home languages and with varied learning needs. Qualitative and quantitative approaches to assessment and evaluation, and methods of observing children. Appropriate strategies for conducting, reporting, and decision-making related to various procedures and instruments.

ECED 665 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education (3.00 units)
History, theories, research and contemporary influences of curriculum development in Early Childhood Education; objectives, content, and evaluation; teacher as curriculum developers and implementers.

ECED 773 Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3.00 units)
The final course for students enrolled in the graduate program in Early Childhood Education. Focus of seminar discussions is on issues and topics of importance in early childhood education. Exploration of theoretical, philosophical, historical, and/or sociological foundations of topics. (To be taken in the final semester of the program.)


Elective Courses

ECED 603 Teacher-Learner Relationships in the Early Childhood Classroom (3.00 units)
Theory, philosophy and research on teacher-learner relationships with emphasis on developing corresponding learning classroom environments and interaction between teacher and learner in the early childhood classroom.

ECED 604 Math/Science in the Early Childhood Education Program (3.00 units)
Theory, pedagogy, and related research on developmentally appropriate practices in math and science for young children, with emphasis on a constructivist approach to learning.

ECED 605 The Arts and Young Children (3.00 units)
This course explores the fundamental role of the art in young children’s lives and curricula, expands on teacher understanding of the arts for all individuals, provides references for low or no-cost materials, as well as concrete, practical strategies for fine arts learning design and implementation. The course identifies how the arts build interest, motivation and learning in all areas of the curriculum.

ECED 608 Integrated Curriculum and Authentic Learning in Early Childhood Education (3.00 units)
An integrated approach to learning in preschool and primary programs, with emphasis on social studies, the arts and technology through the Project Approach and inspirations from Reggio Emilia.. Based on an understanding of young children's growth and development, and on appropriate curriculum practices with strategies for meaningful learning within various curriculum systems and settings. Addresses on the skills, knowledge and attitudes that children need in a diverse, democratic society.

ECED 612 Conflict Resolution and Management in Programs for Young Children (3.00 units)
This course examines the nature of young children's peer conflicts, the role of conflict in children's development, and ways for practitioners and families to promote children's prosocial interaction, conflict resolution, and early violence prevention. The course also addresses adult conflict issues in early childhood settings.

ECED 613 Programs for Infants and Young Children (3.00 units)
Research, theory and best practice relating to the development and care of young children from 0 to 3. Examines the design, implementation and evaluation of programs for infants and toddlers. Emphasis on the needs of young children and their families in diverse and inclusive settings.

ECED 615 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs (3.00 units)
Theory and practice of operating programs for young children, staff selection and mentoring; curriculum development; working with families; licensing and accreditation; budgeting; program and staff evaluation.

ECED 616 Materials and Practice for Multimedia Technology and Learning (3.00 units)
Research and practice on multimedia technology and early childhood education. Experience and evaluate resources for young children. Experiment and integrate technology in classrooms with young children, grades Pre-K to 3.

ECED 618 Thinking Through the Processes and Acquisition of Literacy (3.00 units)
Literacy acquisition, birth through eight, through study of learning theories based on brain research, cognition, language acquisition. Strategies for integrating reading and writing processes across the curriculum. Approved for Maryland State teacher recertification requirement.

ECED 621 Assessment of Reading and Writing in Early Childhood Education: Assessment to Guide Instruction (3.00 units)
Assessment of primary grade children's reading and writing. Purposes and types of assessment tools available for use in the classroom, types of information provided by assessment tools and appropriate use of the information including communicating results and formulating specific instructional recommendations to enhance each child's growth in reading and writing. Approved for Maryland State teacher recertification requirement

ECED 623 Strategies for Teaching Reading and Writing: Balanced Literacy Approaches in an Early Childhood (3.00 units)
Understanding of reading and writing instruction and the management of effective instructional programs to develop comprehension and word recognition. Emphasis on research of how children learn to read and write. Includes word related topics: phonemic awareness, phonics, word identification, spelling and vocabulary, comprehension, writing, intervention and program management.

ECED 647 Models of Teaching (3.00 units)
Systems of analyzing teaching behavior; models of teaching for achieving cognitive, social and personal learning objectives; and analysis of classroom application of teaching models.

In-depth study of a selected topic in Early Childhood Education. The specific requirements and prerequisites will vary with each topic and will be designated by the department each time there is a topic scheduled. Each topic may be taken as a separate course.

Understanding and integration of the arts in teaching and learning with all young children. Experiences in music, dance, drama, and visual arts, supported by computer technology, with focus on inclusion of children with special needs. Emphasis on developing creative and aesthetic expression. Exploring the potential of the arts in literacy learning and the value of the arts in diverse and inclusive settings. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of the graduate program director.

ECED 694 Internship in Early Childhood Education Programs (3.00 - 6.00 units)
Experience relating theory and practice in early childhood education programs. Prerequisites: Early Childhood graduate student standing and consent of the Early Childhood Education graduate program director.

ECED 695 Independent Study in Early Childhood Education (3.00 units)
Independent study in selected areas of Early Childhood Education. Prerequisites: Early Childhood graduate student standing and consent of the Early Childhood Education graduate program director.

ECED 696 Directed Readings in Early Childhood Education (3.00 units)
Independent readings in journals and professional books in selected areas of Early Childhood Education. Prerequisites: Early Childhood graduate student standing and consent of the graduate program director.

ECED 750 Program Development and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education (3.00 units)
The design, development and evaluation of programs in education and human services, including early childhood education. Theory, paradigms, and models; policy in the program development process; grant writing; Brofenbrenner's notions of the ecology of human development in the design of programs; budgeting; program evaluation; and the use of technology in program development. CAS required course.

ECED 760 Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood (3.00 units)
In depth consideration of guiding theories and critical perspectives in the field of early childhood. Readings to include original works by Vygotsky, Bronfenbrenner, Piaget and others. Post-modern, feminist, post-colonial perspectives, activity and systems theories offer a critical examination of traditional theories in relation to current research and to the students' professional experiences. CAS required.

ECED 762 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Education and Care (3 units)
Theory, research and practice in Early Childhood as a foundation for leadership in the field and advocacy on behalf of young children, families, communities and the profession. An examination of current issues in the field and strategies for articulating positions and for working toward change. Leadership in teaching administration, policy-making and ethical decision-making.. CAS required.

ECED 764 Ethics and Social Justice in Education and Related Human Services (3.00 units)
An examination of the nature of ethics, social justice, and related critical social issues, addressing theoretical foundations and emphasis on implications for practice and advocacy among education and other professionals in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, and other educational specializations as well as for those in administration and in related human services settings. CAS required course.

ECED 794 Travel/Study in Early Childhood Education (1.00 - 6.00 units)
Study abroad of educational facilities, programs or practices, or selected projects on educational topics. By specific arrangement with the program director or chair and sponsoring instructors. Recent travel courses to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

ECED 897 Master's Thesis in Early Childhood Education (6 units)

The previous course, ECED 897, taken over two consecutive semesters.