Curriculum

The curriculum of MVNU’s ECE Degree Completion Program is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that a candidate must acquire and internalize to become the Competent, Compassionate, and Committed teacher that we believe is needed in our schools. Our supportive, expert faculty will assist you in enhancing your ability to perform well in schools and discover new talents and interests you can use immediately in your work with children.

Field education is an essential component of the curriculum, and students must complete a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of full-time student teaching as well as other field experiences linked to the 12 hour reading core and the 4/5 endorsement. Field experience helps students improve their skills and apply classroom content in actual classroom settings as well as fulfilling the State of Ohio requirements.

Course Number: Course Name Credits Weeks
EDT3010Technology for Professionals.5
ECE3102General Teaching Methods25
ECE4053Social Studies Grades 1-538
ECE4063Math Grades 1-538
ECE4073Science Grades 1-538
BIB3033Foundations of a Biblical Worldview35
ECE3041Developmental Literacy Lab1
ECE3043Developmental Literacy38
ECE3063Basics of Phonics Instruction38
ECE4033Content Reading38
MCE3023Adolescent Literature38
ECE4132Advanced Research Writing25
ECE4122Advanced Classroom Management25
ECE4113Advanced Technology – Portfolio38
ECE4102Unit Planning25
ECE4092Advanced Field Experience2
ECE4001Early Childhood Generalist Practicum11
EDU4092Student Teaching1012
Total:49.5102

Descriptions

EDT3010
Technology for Professionals
Introduces the student to basic computer competencies, as well as MVNU specific web applications, and to writing in the American Psychological Association style.

ECE3102
General Teaching Methods
This course is a study of methods and procedures employed by MVNU to assist candidates to improve and to enhance their ability to teach in the diverse student populations found in classrooms

ECE4053
Social Studies Grades 1-5
This course is designed to provide an understanding of social studies in grades 1-5 with an emphasis on curriculum, methods of instruction and types, methods and uses of assessment. It will be taught online for eight (8) weeks. Special emphasis is given to facilitate knowledge needed for receiving the Early Childhood Endorsement.

ECE4063
Math Grades 1-5
This course is designed to provide an understanding of math in grades 1-5 with an emphasis on curriculum, methods of instruction and types, methods and uses of assessment. It will be taught online for eight (8) weeks. Special emphasis is given to facilitate knowledge needed for receiving the Early Childhood Endorsement.

ECE4073
Science Grades 1-5
This course is designed to provide an understanding of science in grades 1-5 with an emphasis on curriculum, methods of instruction and types, methods and uses of assessment. It will be taught online for eight (8) weeks. Special emphasis is given to facilitate knowledge needed for receiving the Early Childhood Endorsement.

BIB3033
Foundations of a Biblical Worldview
A foundational study of the Bible and a biblical understanding of the world. Special emphasis is given to the Bible, theology, biblical interpretation and worldview with a view toward contemporary issues and personal applications. (Offered in the Graduate Professional Studies format only)

ECE3041
Developmental Literacy Lab
A study of the principles and practices of facilitating development of oral language, thinking skills, and literacy in young children, preschool through third grade and others whose literacy development has been delayed.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
Co-requisite: ECE3041.

ECE3043
Developmental Literacy
A field experience emphasizing the development of oral language, thinking skills, and literacy in young children.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
Co-requisite: ECE3043.

ECE3063
Basics of Phonics Instruction
A study of means to teach and assess phonics effectively, phonemic awareness, and word recognition.
Prerequisite: ECE3043 and admission to the Teacher Education Program.

ECE4033
Content Reading
A study in developmental reading as an instructional approach designed to teach systematically the strategies and competencies needed for effective reading in content reading materials especially in grades 3-9.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, MCE/ECE3043 and EDU2122.

MCE3023
Adolescent Literature
A study of literature written for adolescents, including an introduction to genres, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult books. Special emphasis is given to criteria for evaluation, analysis of literary elements, reader response theory and the curricular uses of literature in developing response activities, lessons, and integrated units of study, particularly in the middle level concentrations of science, social studies, and mathematics.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

ECE4132
Advanced Research Writing
This is a course in the use of APA writing style. The focus is on literature review, research analysis, and writing an APA style paper.

ECE4122
Advanced Classroom Management
The focus of this course is on the human interactions in the classroom-on the connections between teachers and students and among a diversity of students. Special emphasis is given to creating a climate that promotes positive development and learning, establishing standards of classroom behavior, planning environments that are respectful of culture and home language, designing the physical environment, building positive relationships with caregivers/families, and increasing social competence and conflict resolution.

ECE4113
Advanced Technology – Portfolio
One focus of this course is on using technology in the classroom with students. A special emphasis will be on grades 1-5. A second focus is on the development on a professional eportfolio. The course will be taught online for eight (8) weeks preceding extensive field work and curriculum development.

ECE4102
Unit Planning
A study of child development and the structure of the content areas integrating theory, research, programming, materials and methods essential for teaching children in prekindergarten through primary grades with application on the development of curriculum in the form of an integrated unit focusing on science or social studies content. The course is taught online for five (5) weeks.

ECE4092
Advanced Field Experience
Observation and supervised field experience in a diverse public or private school in an early childhood classroom. Students will develop and teach lessons under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and MVNU supervisor. Sixty clock hours are required.

ECE4001
Early Childhood Generalist Practicum
Observation and supervised classroom experience in a 4th/5th grade classroom for a total of 30 hours. Class is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program, EDU2122, ECE3043

EDU4092
Student Teaching
A full-time field experience in which the student teacher assumes the various teaching responsibilities in a classroom at the level and in the discipline of the intended license. Progressive involvement in the instructional program increases until the student teacher functions as a regular staff member with responsibility for instructional planning, implementing, assessing, and communicating with the learner and the parent. The course is graded on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Student Teaching Program.

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