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 12 weeks 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 fulfill the State of Ohio requirements.

Course List

Early Childhood Education Core Courses Credits
ECED3102 General Teaching Methods 2
ECED4114 Educational Technology 4
ECED4054 Social Studies (Grades PK-5) 4
ECED4064 Math (Grades PK-5) 4
ECED4074 Science (Grades PK-5) 4
ECED3041 Developmental Literacy Lab 1
ECED3043 Developmental Literacy 3
ECED3063 Basics of Phonics Instruction 3
ECED4033 Content Reading 3
MCED3023 Adolescent Literature 3
ECED4124 Classroom Management 4
ECED4103 Unit Planning and Portfolio 3
ECED4142 ECED Integrated Field Experience 2
EDUC3103 Introduction to Multicultural Education 3
ECED4092 Urban/Diverse Field Experience 2
ECED4001 Early Childhood Generalist Practicum 1
EDUC4092 Student Teaching + Seminar 10
Required Prerequisite Education Courses
ITDS2051 Personal Development and Research Skills 1
EDUC1022 Foundations of Education 2
EDUC2023 Learner and Learning Process 3
EDUC2122 Language and Literacy Fundamentals 2
ECED2012 Building Family and Community Relationships 2
ECED2014 Art, Music, and Movement 4
ECED2063 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
ECED2061 Preschool Field Experience 1
ECED2072 Children’s Literature for Early Childhood Education 2
ECED3012 Observation, Documentation, and Assessment 2
TESL2003 TESOL: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 3
ECED3093 Inclusion and Differentiated Instruction 3
Required General Education Courses
ENGL1083 College Writing 3
COMM1023 Public Speaking 3
Additional Course (Bible/Theology) 3
Additional Courses (Arts and Humanities) 6
Additional Courses (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Mathematics) 15
Additional Liberal Arts Electives 9

Course Descriptions

Early Childhood Education Core

ECED3102: General Teaching Methods

This course is designed to provide an understanding of general teaching methods needed for success at MVNU and for licensure including: the MVNU lesson plan form, an overview of the Common Core Standards, TPA with a focus on Academic Language, and The Ohio Standards for Teachers. This course is a study of methods employed by MVNU to assist candidates to improve and to enhance their ability to teach in the diverse student populations found in classrooms.

ECED4114: Educational Technology

This course is intended to precede extensive field work and curriculum development. 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 of a professional portfolio.

ECED4054: Social Studies (Grades PK-5)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of social studies in grades PK-5 with an emphasis on curriculum, methods of instruction, and types, methods, and uses of assessment. Special emphasis is given to facilitate knowledge needed for receiving the Early Childhood Endorsement.

ECED4064: Math (Grades PK-5)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of math in grades PK-5 with an emphasis on curriculum, methods of instruction, and types, methods, and uses of assessment. Special emphasis is given to facilitate knowledge needed for receiving the Early Childhood Endorsement.

ECED4074: Science (Grades PK-5)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of science in grades PK-5 with an emphasis on curriculum, methods of instruction, and types, methods, and uses of assessment. Special emphasis is given to facilitate knowledge needed for receiving the Early Childhood Endorsement.

ECED3041: Developmental Literacy Lab

A field experience emphasizing the development of oral language, thinking skills, and literacy in young children.

ECED3043: Developmental Literacy

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.

ECED3063: Basics of Phonics Instruction

A study of means to teach and assess phonics effectively, phonemic awareness, and word recognition.

ECED4033: 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.

MCED3023: 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.

ECED4124: 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.

ECED4103: Unit Planning and Portfolio

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.

ECED4142: ECED Integrated Field Experience

This field-based course is designed to give candidates opportunities to observe and teach trial lessons in an early childhood classroom. This experience totals 60 clock hours.

EDUC3103: Introduction to Multicultural Education

Examines the historical development of multicultural education and its efforts to help students understand social and educational issues faced by our diverse nation. The instructor/facilitator will help guide students to think critically and reflectively regarding decisions that need to be made as a classroom teacher to meet the academic, social, cultural, and emotional needs of all students. Intercultural conflicts and philosophical viewpoints will be addressed to guide discussions relating to the applicability and implementation of principles and practices guiding multicultural education in the 21st century.

ECED4092: Urban/Diverse Field Experience

This field-based course is designed to give candidates opportunities to observe and teach trial lessons in an urban/diverse early childhood classroom. This experience totals 60 clock hours.

ECED4001: 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.

EDUC4092: Student Teaching + Seminar

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.

Required Prerequisite Education Courses

ITDS2051 (Personal Development and Research Skills)

This five-week, self-directed course equips students with strategies that will help them successfully navigate critical elements of their chosen GPS programs, including important MVNU policies, procedures, and resources. It also introduces students to navigation and use of MVNU’s learning management system, college-level research skills and application of current APA formatting and style guidelines, and effective techniques for avoiding plagiarism. The impact of both personality type and learning style on the student’s educational experience will also be explored, as well as additional important elements connected to overall student success and retention, including critical thinking and active reading skills, effective time management skills, prior learning assessment, and academic support and career development services available to non-traditional undergraduate MVNU students.

EDUC1022: Foundations of Education

An overview of the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education with an emphasis upon current moral, social, and political issues. Special emphasis is given to America's very diverse student, the teacher and classroom required to meet this vast need.

EDUC2023: Learner and Learning Process

A study of major learning theories and their implications for instruction. Special emphasis is given to the young and older adolescent learner, the science of instruction and assessment of learning.

EDUC2122: Language and Literacy Fundamentals

This course explores the fundamentals of language and literacy with emphases on the acquisition of language skills from birth through age eight, understanding family literacy, understanding the connection between reading and writing, the developmental stages of literacy in young children, and the role of cultural influences on literacy. A focus of the class will be to provide appropriate assessments for young children. Ten hours of tutoring in a school or formal setting is required in this course.

ECED2012: Building Family and Community Relationships

A course designed to provide an understanding of the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities. Special emphasis is given to creating respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve families in the child’s development and learning.

ECED2014: Art, Music, and Movement

An introductory study of assisting children to experience high quality, meaningful art experiences in early childhood across a developmental continuum. Special emphasis is given to assisting children, with and without disabilities, to set physical challenges and to enjoy physical education experiences.

ECED2063: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

An introductory study of curriculum development and instructional design with a focus on recent developments in the education of the young child related to motivation, social interaction, and active engagement in learning. Special emphasis is given to selecting curriculum based on theory and research, writing of behavioral objectives, and developing appropriate instructional activities, including technology.

ECED2061: Preschool Field Experience

Observation and supervised laboratory experience in the Esther Jetter Preschool for three hours per week for the entire semester focuses on curriculum development and instructional design. Special emphasis is given to planning and participating in emergent curricula.

ECED2072: Children’s Literature for Early Childhood Education

A study of literature written for children ages pre-school through third grade, including an introduction to genres, authors and illustrators of children’s books. Special emphasis is given to criteria for evaluation, analysis of literary elements, reader response theory, and the use of literature in developing units of study across the curriculum. Priority given to education majors and sociology majors in the child life specialist track.

ECED3012: Observation, Documentation, and Assessment

A study of the goals, benefits and responsible use of assessment. Special emphasis is given to systematic observations, documentation, and understanding appropriate uses of achievement and standardized tests. Consideration is given to the role of other professionals and families in the process of assessment.

TESL2003: TESOL: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

An overview of research and curriculum-related activities and strategies in the topic areas. Students will examine methods and techniques of teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), including content-enriched instruction; proficiency of language acquisition and development; assessment and evaluation of teaching and materials.

ECED3093: Inclusion and Differentiated Instruction

An examination of the rationale and instructional procedures for educating exceptional children in the regular classroom. Special emphasis is given to collaboration (including school and non-school personnel), inclusion, exceptionality, individual education, transition plans, effective assessment and instructional procedures, and student diversity.

Required General Education Courses

ENGL1083: College Writing

This course focuses on the process and practice of composition and includes attention to formatting, modes of writing, grammar and mechanics, clarity and style, and persuasion, with emphasis given to the research essay, research techniques, argumentation, and APA documentation style. Students are also asked to consider the relationships between critical thinking, active reading, and effective writing skills, as well as important ethical considerations that must be made if integrity is to be maintained across all written discourse (specifically addresses the topic of plagiarism as well as proper use of Turnitin software as a part of the overall writing process). Finally, students will explore how their refined thinking, reading, and writing skills might contribute to their active participation in a variety of professional settings.

COMM1023: Public Speaking

A study in the preparation and delivery of informational and persuasive speeches.

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