Courses


EDU 101 - Childhood Development 1

3 credits (3 lecture)/Fall

This course provides study of human development and behavior from conception to age two. Topics include: heredity, physical growth, sensory and perceptual development, early brain development and research, adultchild interactions, relevant development and learning theories. Up to four (4) hours of directed observation beyond classroom hours are required. A grade of C or better is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program.

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EDU 102 - Child Development 2

3 credits (3 lecture)/Spring

This course continues Child Development 1 to age 8 years. Additional emphases of study include language, emotional, social, and moral development, typical and exceptional cognitive development, measurement and assessment, self-concept, cultural, family, and secular issues and influences. Up to four (4) hours of directed observations beyond classroom hours are required. A grade of C or better is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program. Prerequisite: EDU 101

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EDU 103 - Introduction to Early Childhood/Childhood Education

3 credits (3 lecture)/Fall, Spring

For JRTEP students or students in A.A./A.S. Liberal Arts with Foundations of Education/ Teaching Careers. This course offers a broad look at the historical, philosophical, and cultural roots of education in America, focusing on early childhood and childhood, birth through sixth grade. Basics of child development, learning theories, appropriate environments and curricula, educational issues and trends, diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, family partnership, and the multi-faceted role of the early childhood/childhood professional will be addressed. The NYS Learning Standards and NAEYC guidelines will be included. Twenty-four (24) hours of guided field work at two diverse settings is required. A grade of B- or better is required for SUNY New Paltz. Prerequisite: ENG 101

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EDU 105 - Preparing to Teach Young Children

2 credits (2 lecture)/Fall,Spring

This course addresses the skills and concepts necessary for the classroom teacher of young children. Emphasis is placed on putting theory into practice. Such topics as daily schedule, lesson planning, transitions, balancing individual and small group work, communication strategies, classroom guidance, evaluation techniques, and portfolio preparation will be included. Personal learning and teaching styles, one’s philosophy of excellent education, and developing as a professional will also be examined. A grade of C or better is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program.

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EDU 107 - Mandated Trainings
Mandated Reporter/SAVE/DASA

1 credit (1 lecture)

This course providestraining in both the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment, and in school violence prevention and intervention. Intended primarily for school administrators, teachers, instructional aides, and child care professionals, other mandated reporter categories for whom this course may apply include: all health practitioners, EMTs, foster parents, social workers, law enforcement, probation and parole officers, film and photographic print processors, clergy, firefighters, animal control and humane society officers, child visitation monitors, and others. This course also provides training in DASA (Dignity for All Students Act).Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive State Education Department Certificate forms for use in documenting their satisfactory course work. A grade of C or better is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program.

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EDU 109 - Language and Literacy Development in the Young Child

3 credits (3 lecture)/Fall

This course presents the progressive, interwoven development in early childhood of the four language arts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Both the natural processes of language arts development and the educator’s role in providing a supportive environment will be discussed. Adaptation suggestions for children with disabilities, English as an additional language, or limited literacy experiences will be explored. Learning appropriate techniques will utilize major authors, illustrators, and examples of young children’s literature. A grade of B- or betterisrequired for SUNY New Paltz. A grade of C is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program. Prerequisite: ENG 101

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EDU 111 - Childhood Healthy and Safety

3 credits (3 lecture)/Fall,Spring

Topics include: physical and emotional needs of infants and children; development of healthy physicalself-concept; chronic and communicable diseases, immunizations; first aid; teething and dental health; accident prevention; recognition and prevention of sexual abuse; identifying problems and screening techniques for vision and hearing; nutritional needs, appropriate menus and meal planning. A grade of C or better is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program.

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EDU 201 - Observation and Assessment

3 credits (2 lecture, 2 lab)/Fall

This interactive course combines the observation and assessment of children, preschool through second grade, in all developmental areas. By using a variety of professional techniques and tools during weekly field work, students will objectively and accurately observe and record children’s behavior. Corresponding theory, appropriate practices, environments, and curricula will be related to field work. Use of NAEYC guidelines will be included. Twenty-four (24) hours of field work in diverse settings is required. A grade of B- or better is required for SUNY New Paltz. A grade of C or better is required in the A.A.S./Certificate program. Prerequisites: EDU 101, EDU 102, PSY 111

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EDU 202 - Infant and Toddler Development and Curriculum

3 credits (2 lecture, 2 lab)/Spring

Study, education, and care of children, pre-natal through age three, according to basic development principles and current research will be explored. Techniques to stimulate cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional growth, and to create appropriate environments, curricula, and care will be studied. Preparation for the diverse roles of the infant/toddler professional are included. Guidelines from NAEYC are used. Thirty-two (32) hours of field work in diverse settingsisrequired. A grade of C or betterisrequired to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program. Prerequisites: EDU 101, EDU 111, PSY 111/Corequisite: EDU 102

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EDU 203 - Early Childhood Curriculum Development
and Field Experience 1

5 credits (3 lecture, 6 lab)/Fall

The student gains experience in early childhood through supervised participation in local facilities where, over the course of a year, they take increasing responsibility in the various roles of early childhood professionals. In a weekly seminar/lecture, students discuss their field experiences, and learn to develop early child education curricula including these areas: Art and CreativeExperiences, Music, Movement, Physical Activities, Creative Play, Language Arts, Beyond Books, Discipline and Classroom Management*. A grade of C is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S. program. Prerequisite: EDU 101, EDU 102, EDU 111 and permission of instructor/coordinator

Corequisites: EDU 201, EDU 204

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EDU 204 - Early Childhood Curriculum Devlopment
and Field Experience 2

5 credits (3 lecture, 6 lab)/Spring

A continuation of EDU 203 including Blocks, Science, Math, Culturally Inclusive Classrooms, Special Needs Populations, Modern Issues, Transitions, Thematic Webs, Parent Interactions, Professional Preparation.* Requires local site observations beyond college attendance. A grade of C or better is required to graduate in the A.A.S. program. Prerequisite: EDU 203

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EDU 206 - Administration and Management of Child Care Centers

3 credits (3 lecture)/Spring

This course is designed to acquaint advanced students in the early childhood curriculum with practical matters involved in establishing and maintaining an early childhood facility. It includes topics such as determining the need for, and structure of, an early childhood facility; legal requirements for child care centers and staff; child selection and grouping; staff recruitment, development and evaluation; funding and budget management; interactions with parents and community organizations; and an introduction to management techniques. A grade of C or better is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program. Prerequisites: EDU 101, EDU 102, EDU 201, EDU 203

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EDU 207 - Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education in America

3 credits (3 lecture hours)/Fall, Spring

This course examines the social, cultural, philosophical, historical, ethical andpractical aspectsof educationintheUnited States. Currentissues,such as economics and school equity, areas of bias, school achievement, policies, practices and reform initiatives will be addressed. Ten hours of field observation beyond the college classroom are required.Two meetings of field experience reflection groups will be scheduled in addition to college classroomhours.Locationandtimeof thesemeetingswill be student-scheduledtoaccommodate thegroups’needs.Agrade of C or betterisrequired for SUNY New Paltz. Prerequisites: ENG 101

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EDU 208 - Home, School, and Community:
Families and Teachers as Partners

3 credits (3 lecture hours)/Spring

This course will address issues in communication, barriers to effective dialogue, active listening, conflict resolution, and classroom expectations of families and teachers. Parenting styles, skills and community, as well as local resources and referrals will be considered. Diversity and multicultural awareness and importance will be stressed and celebrated. A grade of C or better is required to continue and graduate in the A.A.S./Certificate program. Prerequisite: EDU 101 Pre/Corequisite: EDU 102

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*NOTE: EDU 203 and EDU 204 require documentation of a satisfactory physical examination, negative tuberculin test, chest x-ray as stipulated by state regulations. Request for New York State Fingerprinting Services and Statewide Central Register Check Forms required.