Early Childhood Education - ECE

ECE F101 Introduction to Early Childhood Profession

3 Credits


Includes historical foundation, current issues and trends, exposure to a variety of developmentally appropriate programs, contemporary needs of children and families, the importance of being an advocate, professional standards and career opportunities, introduction to NAEYC and the code of ethical conduct. (2.75+0.5)

ECE F102 Essentials of Parenting

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

An introductory course to help new parents with basic information and skills needed to care for young children. Includes basics of child development, infant care and relationship-building, nutrition and budgeting. May be offered through the high schools with a tech-prep agreement and applied to the early childhood degree programs as elective credit. (3+0)

ECE F104 Child Development I: Prenatal, Infants and Toddlers (s)

3 Credits


Foundation in child development prenatal to age 3. Includes anticipating the emerging development during the rapid growth of these critical years. Focuses on domains, theories, cultural perspectives and multiple influences on development, with an emphasis on prenatal development, healthy childbirth, the importance of relationships, and meaningful environments. Includes observation, reflection, early intervention and labs. (2.5+1)

ECE F105 Developmentally Appropriate Practice

1 Credits


Introduction to developmentally and culturally appropriate teaching practice in early childhood settings. Topics include basic verbal skills, inclusion, the teaching process, organizing a class, lesson planning and curriculum development. Note: Successful completion of this course is required prior to enrollment in any of the ECE activity classes. (0.75+0.5)

ECE F106 SEED Level I (Alaska System for Early Education Development)

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

An entry level overview of the Alaska System for Early Education Development (SEED). Through class instruction and guided self-study, students explore the basics of an early childhood career path. (1+0)

ECE F107 Child Development II: The Preschool and Primary Years (s)

3 Credits


Foundation in development for the study of children ages 3-8, including developmental domains, theories, milestones and cultural influences, including indigenous and traditional practices. The emphasis is on helping students use their knowledge of child development to predict and promote optimal growth in children. Practical experiences, such as observations and laboratory participation, will be included. Recommended: ECE F104. (2.5+1)

ECE F110 Safe, Healthy, Learning Environments

3 Credits


Establishing and maintaining safe, healthy and inclusive environments for children ages 0-8. Emphasis is on environments that are developmentally and culturally appropriate and encourage play, exploration and learning. Topics include common illnesses, preventative health care, safety aspects in indoor and outdoor settings as well as on field trips. Laws and regulations relative to course content are included. Lab required. (2.5+1)

ECE F111 Nutrition for Young Children

1 Credits


Appropriate ways to meet the nutritional needs of infants and young children, including laws, regulations and appropriate practices relative to food handling service. (1+0)

ECE F112 Healthy Environments for Young Children

1 Credits


Establishing and maintaining a physically and psychologically safe environment for children, including common illnesses, preventive health care and Alaska laws and regulations relating to the health of young children. (1+0)

ECE F113 Safe Environments for Young Children

1 Credits


Establishing and maintaining a physically and psychologically safe environment for children, including safety aspects of caring for young children and Alaska laws and regulations relating to safety. (1+0)

ECE F114 Learning Environments

1 Credits


Space, relationships, materials and routines as resources for constructing interesting, secure and enjoyable environments that encourage play, exploration and learning. (1+0)

ECE F115 Responsive and Reflective Teaching

3 Credits


How to be ethical, responsive, productive, and well-informed practitioners in the field of early childhood. Emphasis on using traditional and local knowledge and values to inform practice, manage personnel and programs, and provide appropriate services and support to young children and their families. Includes the NAEYC Code of Ethics and NAEYC Standards. Use of observation to transform teaching and management practices. Lab required. This course is comparable to ECE F170. Students should take either ECE F115 or ECE F170 to meet the practicum and reflection requirement for the Certificate and AAS degree. Prerequisites: ECE F101; placement in ENGL F111X or higher; or permission of program head. Recommended: Computer with adequate and appropriate software, access to printer, audio conference and internet, and fax machine as needed. (2+2)

ECE F117 Math Skills for Early Childhood Educators

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Computation involving percentages, estimation, problem solving, reading and creating graphs and tables, data organization and interpretation. Emphasis on applications of computational skills. Cross-listed with HUMS F117. (3+0)

ECE F119 Curriculum I: Principles and Practices

3 Credits


Methods of creating and facilitating individually and culturally appropriate curriculum for young children. Establishing integrated, meaningful and relevant experiences applied to the area of language and literacy. Includes a balance of individual and small group experiences, child-centered curriculum and teacher-directed times, as well as transitions. Focus on emergent curriculum, active learning and play. The use of local materials and resources is incorporated. Labs required. (2.5+1)

ECE F121 Physical Activities for Young Children

1 Credits


Essentials of creating an environment which provides space, materials, equipment and activities to promote the physical development of children. (1+0)

ECE F122 Cognitive Activities for Young Children

1 Credits


Curriculum planning and facilitation of activities and experiences which encourage questioning, probing and problem-solving skills appropriate for different developmental levels and various learning styles of young children. (1+0)

ECE F123 Language and Literature Activities for Young Children

1 Credits


Curriculum planning and facilitation of activities that help children acquire and use language as a means of communicating their thoughts and feelings. Includes nonverbal communication and understanding of others. (1+0)

ECE F124 Creative Activities for Young Children

1 Credits


Curriculum planning and facilitation of activities which provide a variety of experiences and media that stimulate children to explore and express their creative ability. (1+0)

ECE F125 Math Activities

1 Credits


Overview of how children construct mathematical meanings. Introduction to mathematical learning principles and experiences for children, 3-8 years. (1+0)

ECE F126 Activities for School-Age Child Care

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

For child care staff who work in after-school and/or summer programs. Focus on daily activity schedules and appropriate, fun, challenging activities and projects for young school-age children. (1+0)

ECE F127 Language and Creative Expression

3 Credits


Culturally and developmentally appropriate curriculum to promote language and literacy, creativity, and physical development. Emphasis on emergent curriculum, active learning, play observation and creative expression methodologies. Understanding of emergent literacy in young children and how to promote children's development in pre-reading activities. Emphasizes incorporating indigenous knowledge, local materials, resources, elders, artists and parents in addressing language and creative expression development in young children. Lab required. Prerequisite: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher. (2+2)

ECE F130 Culture, Learning and the Young Child

2 Credits


Ways each child within a culture comes to know, accept and take pride in himself or herself. Maintaining a culturally appropriate, open, friendly and cooperative caring relationship with each child's family. (2+0)

ECE F132 Young Child and the Family

1 Credits


Introduction to the importance of a positive and productive relationship between families and the child development centers. Emphasis on using this relationship to coordinate child rearing efforts of both the family and the educator. (0.75+0.5)

ECE F135 Family Day Care Home Provider Training

1 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Operation of safe, successful day care home or family day care program. Overview of laws and regulations, business practices, parental concerns, health and safety, activities, space planning, snack and meal service, community support, and provider concerns. (1+0)

ECE F140 Positive Social and Emotional Development

3 Credits


Explores the importance of self-regulation, a strong self-concept and methods for helping children develop positive self-esteem. Focus on emotional intelligence, pro-social orientation, and social competence. Anti-bias curriculum is included. Techniques explored for working with groups of children birth-8 years old including social problem solving and developing skills for making friends. (2.5+1)

ECE F141 Class Management

1 Credits


Classroom management for teachers working with groups of children 3-8 years old. Explores skills needed to provide an environment in which children can begin to learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors as individuals and as a group. Appropriate guidance including: setting limits, use of logical and natural consequences and helping children learn social problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiation. (1+0)

ECE F142 Social Development of the Young Child

1 Credits


Explores skills that help each child feel accepted in the group. Encourages communication empathy and mutual respect among children and adults. Emphasis on methods used to promote pro-social skills such as sharing, making friends, helping children learn social problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiation. (1+0)

ECE F143 Developing Positive Self-Concepts in Young Children

1 Credits


Explores the importance of a strong self-concept and methods for helping children develop positive self esteem. Emphasis on providing success-oriented activities, encouraging acceptance and expression of children's feelings and developing pride as an individual and as a member of a cultural/ethnic group. (1+0)

ECE F170 Practicum I

3 Credits


A guided student teaching experience in working with a group of 0-8 year old children. Students apply skill in providing quality early care and education based on the knowledge of early childhood theories and approved practices. Assumes increasing responsibility for planning and lead teaching. Prerequisites: ECE F101; ECE F104; ECE F107; ECE F110, ECE F119; ECE F140; ECE F213; ECE F229. (0.5+0+14)

ECE F171 Program Management

1 Credits


The importance of coordination and communication among staff in the classroom. Emphasis on effective group planning, using resources, improving communication, sharing information about children, maintaining records, and establishing and following policies, rules and regulations. (1+0)

ECE F172 Professionalism

1 Credits


Awareness of one's own personal qualities, feelings, and values that affect the teaching atmosphere; one's relationships with children; one's own teaching style. (1+0)

ECE F173 Reflective Teaching

1 Credits


Students will develop and expand their capacities to be self-reflective teachers. Promote skills to understand and reflect on early childhood principles, theories and their teaching practices in programs for young children birth to age eight. Prerequisites: ECE F101; ECE F104; ECE F107; ECE F110; ECE F119; ECE F140; ECE F213; ECE F229. (0+3.5)

ECE F210 Child Guidance

3 Credits


Guidance and discipline approaches for young children, based on an understanding of child development and of developmentally appropriate education practices. Such an understanding assists teachers and parents in addressing the cause of a behavior problem rather than the symptoms. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher or permission of the program head. (3+0)

ECE F213 Curriculum: Thinking, Reasoning, and Discovery

3 Credits


Emphasizes culturally and developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities to advance the cognitive development of young children, with particular focus on science, math and creativity. Includes a variety of approaches to curriculum development, assessment and necessary skills for early childhood teachers. Lab required. Recommended: ECE F104, F107, and F119. (2.5+1)

ECE F214 Infants and Toddlers

3 Credits


Developmentally appropriate care and nurturance of infants and toddlers, with an emphasis on the importance of building relationships as the foundation of curriculum. Course will include segments which will prepare students to create, facilitate, and evaluate infant/ toddler curriculum utilizing relationship-based practices, knowledge of child development, and routines. Includes activities to stimulate development and learning and support communication, guidance and health. Research-based techniques and cultural practices included. Weekly practice labs (14 hours) required. Prerequisites: ECE F104 or permission of program head. (2.5+1)

ECE F229 Foundations in Nutrition and Physical Wellness

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Appropriate ways to meet the physical needs of infants and young children including nutrition, movement and exercise. Includes laws, regulations and appropriate practices in child nutrition as well as initiatives and trends to combat malnutrition and obesity in young children. Includes providing positive role modeling and helping families understand the essentials of good health in the home, starting with prenatal maternal health and including breastfeeding and traditional and local foods. Explores space, materials, equipment and activities to promote physical health and fitness. (2.5+1)

ECE F230 Introduction to Children with Special Needs

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

An overview of categories of exceptionality includes hearing and visual impairments; learning, speech and language disabilities; emotional disturbances; physical and mental challenges; and the gifted and talented. Prerequisites: ECE F245; placement in ENGL F111X or higher; or permission of program head. (3+0)

ECE F235 Screening, Assessment and Recording

2 Credits


Information to help teachers of young children understand the purpose of screening. Presents use of good screening procedures. Explores the importance of assessing young children's development and provides tools and practice for recording and evaluating children's progress towards goals. Includes a variety of evaluation tools for assessing young children's development. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher or permission of program head. Recommended: ECE F105 or ECE F119 (2+0)

ECE F240 Inclusion of Children with Special Needs (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Developmental, social, educational and legal (PL94-142 and 99-457) issues related to the education of young children with special needs. Includes the role of the teacher in identifying, assessing and individualizing educational programs for young children with special needs. Emphasis on including the children in the least restrictive and most responsive environments. Prerequisites: ECE F104 or ECE F107; placement in ENGL F111X or higher or permission of the program head. (3+0)

ECE F242 Child and Family Ecology

3 Credits


Examines the influences the family has on the child, family dynamics and issues impacting families. Focus on the importance of understanding relationship building, support for families and interpersonal skill development that is culturally conducive with individual communities. Examines the ECE program's policies and procedures on families and parental involvement. Includes practical applications of course reading and content. Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher or permission of program head. (2.5+1)

ECE F249 Current Issues in Early Childhood Education

1-3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Selected current issues of importance to the human services, early childhood education or child development and family studies fields. Repeatable for credit by Early Childhood Education and Child Development and Family Studies majors to a maximum of nine credits. (1-3+0)

ECE F270 Practicum II

3 Credits


An advanced guided field experience in working with a group of young children in a school or center. May include teaching in a team situation and working with families. Prerequisites: ECE F170; placement in ENGL F111X or higher. (0.5+0+15)

ECE F299 Practicum for CDAs

1-3 Credits


A practical application of all previous CDA competency courses. The student will assume responsibility for children in an approved early childhood setting. (CDA curriculum.) Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher. (0+0)

ECE F301 Parents as Partners in Education

3 Credits
Offered Spring as Demand Warrants

Study of strategies that will assist those who work with children and/or families to facilitate supportive partnerships with parents. Includes partnerships, contemporary issues, school and home-based programs, rights and responsibilities, professional ethics, and parents with special or unique needs. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (3+0)

ECE F302 Building Home Program Relationships: Prenatal to 3 Years

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Focuses on professionalism, family support, ethics, cultural continuity, child development, attachment and curriculum of home-based programs. Addresses the broad continuum of services across multiple domains and how staff that work in these programs can meet the needs of children prenatal to 3 and their families in the home setting. Prerequisite: ENGL F111X Recommended: ENGL F211X or F213X; ECE F342 (3+0)

ECE F304 W Attachment and Social Development (s)

3 Credits
Offered Fall or As Demand Warrants

Principles and practices in understanding and supporting attachment and social development in conjunction to reciprocal communication streams and social interactions. Strategies for working with families as a continuum for each specific child's development. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X, ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. Recommended: ECE F104 or ECE F110 or ECE F45 or ED F245 or PSY F245 or other early development course. (3+0)

ECE F305 Social Emotional Development: Reflection and Practice

3 Credits
Offered Fall; As Demand Warrants

Examination of the many ways teachers can help young children with their social development by addressing the common problems and situations that arise in teaching all children between the ages of 3 and 6 years. Development of strategies to improve teacher practices that will support social and emotional competence. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X (3+0)

ECE F306 W Building Bridges to Support Family Mental Health

3 Credits
Offered Spring or As Demand Warrants

Understanding and providing assistance to families who live in environments with multi-risk factors requires professionals working together to provide the best possible interventions. Demonstration and examples of strategies that help multi-risk families that assists in bringing together the most effective intervention techniques from a variety of theoretical approaches, parenting strategies and innovative programs. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X (3+0)

ECE F310 Constructivist Curriculum

3 Credits
Offered Fall

A focus on the issues involved in developing constructive curriculum for young children. Includes a foundation in the aims and assumptions of constructivist teaching and key components of this type of curriculum. Emphasis is on best practices for constructivist classrooms. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X (3+0)

ECE F320 Environment and Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Roles and practices adults take for supporting learning and development in infants and toddlers aged birth - 3 years of age. Stresses the adoption of the child's individual abilities and interests while supporting their exploration, discovery, relationship building and problem solving through environment development. Prominence for family inclusion in curriculum development through reciprocal relationships. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X (2.5+0+1.5)

ECE F340 Financial Management of Early Childhood Programs

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

The financial aspects of managing a child care center or preschool program. Includes budgeting, program resource management, marketing, purchasing, pay and compensation, and fee collection issues important to maintaining quality programs for young children. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or equivalent. (3+0)

ECE F341 W Personnel Management of Early Childhood Programs

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Management of personnel of child care programs, including recruitment, hiring, in-service training, staff meetings and communication, supervision, evaluation, motivation, burnout prevention and termination of employees. Focus on maintaining quality programs for young children. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X (3+0)

ECE F342 O Family Relationships

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Examination of relationships in contemporary family life. Focus on the changing family, gender roles, living together, and relationships with children and grandchildren. Includes current family research and issues within and effect of public policy on families in our multicultural society. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; upper-division standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ECE F350 Play: Foundation for Development (s)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Concepts, theories and empirical research on the role of the play in the total development of children. Utilizing three major ideas -- the effective quality of play in early childhood development, as a means of self-expression, and as a channel of communication. Examines the effects culture, media and technology have on play. Includes roles of early care-giving staff, teachers, and parents in supporting appropriate play experiences. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or F213X; ECE F107; ECE F245; or approved development class. (3+0)

ECE F360 Assessment in Early Childhood

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Examination of policies and practices related to evaluation and assessment of young children's progress. Includes legal, ethical and professional responsibilities in assessment. Exploration of "what, when, why and how" to assess young children. Includes practice and analysis of various assessment styles and tools as well as how to use information gained through assessment. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X and ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (3+0)

ECE F405 Seminar in Culture and Child Rearing Practices

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Seminar course providing opportunity for students, cross regionally throughout Alaska and beyond, to engage in the comparative study of issues associated with culture and child rearing practices of families within Alaska and throughout the world. An emphasis will be placed on the role of caregiver working with children aged birth through three years of age. Prerequisite: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X Recommended: ECE F104, or ECE/PSY/ED F245, ECE F130, ECE F342 (3+0)

ECE F410 Supporting Family Relationships through Mentoring

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Focus on policies, leadership and professional practices inherent of successful relationships with parents. Consideration of individual communication styles and cultural diversity emphasized in relation to best mentoring practices. Prerequisites: ECE F242; and ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (3+0)

ECE F420 W Developing Literacy in the Early Years

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Principles and practices in understanding and supporting young children's emerging literacy. Links the importance of oral language and early exploration with later reading and writing skills. Strategies for assisting emergent readers and writers are included, as well as how to use play and children's interests to assist in developing their literacy. Prerequisites: ECE F310; ECE F360; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; upper-division standing. (3+0)

ECE F421 From Babbling to Talking to Early Literacy

3 Credits
Offered Spring As Demand Warrants

This course provides the opportunity for exploration and understanding of infant-toddler beginning language and early literacy development as it reflects on research from multiple fields. Looks at the importance of oral language development and early explorations with literacy while considering principles and practices that provide support for families and culture. Prerequisite: ECE F220, ENGL F111X, ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (2.5+0+1.5)

ECE F430 Fine Arts for the Early Years (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Focused on promoting the arts in children's lives. Explores the role of the teacher in helping children become aware of the beauty around them and to appreciate the variety and skill of many different kinds of art including: theatre, two- and three-dimensional art, crafts, vocal and instrumental music and dance. Strategies for assessing artistic development and working with families are incorporated. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; ECE F240; ECE F310. (2.5+0+1.5)

ECE F440 Exploring Math and Science

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Focused on constructivist teaching of math and science. Explores the role of the teacher in helping children become theory builders in an environment designed to promote learning in math and science. Includes specific examples in chemistry, biology, ecology, numbers, patterns, geometry, measurement and data analysis. Emphasis is on teaching children an interactive, analytic and reflective process of inquiry. Prerequisites: ECE F310; ECE F360; upper-division standing. Recommended: Completion of at least one natural science course. (2.5+1)

ECE F442 Family Resource Management

3 Credits
Offered Fall As Demand Warrants

Management of resources which help families meet and alter the increasing complexities of life. Involves purposeful actions that affect the use of time, money, energy, skills, talents and knowledge. Explores roles, goals and decision-making within our multicultural society throughout the life cycle. Prerequisites: ECE F242; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (3+0)

ECE F445 W Adolescence through the Lifespan

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Study of the inter-relationships between early childhood and future development from adolescence through adulthood. Achievement in school, anorexia, chemical dependency and other health issues, family happiness, personal confidence and career success have all been linked to the early years. This course helps students understand these vital connections. Prerequisites: One of the following courses: ECE F107 or ED F245 or PSY F245 and ENGL F111X, ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (2.5+0+1.5)

ECE F470 Advanced Practicum

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Advanced practicum requiring 200 hours of work in an early childhood program or family support agency as a teacher, curriculum specialist, family advocate or in another related position. A capstone course available only to those who have completed the other required course work for the BA in Child Development and Family Studies degree and their designated specialty. Prerequisites: Senior standing; permission of instructor. (2.5+1)

ECE F471 Clinical Practice: Organizational Action Research

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years or As Demand Warrants

Theory and application of action research within an organization. Emphasis on use of personal reflection to understand practice and the development of a planned theory of action. Techniques for observing action through the use of examining the evidence are learned. Students should expect to be involved within an early childhood administrative setting for some or all of the day for a minimum of 10 weeks. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; completion of all CDFS core major and Administration or Family Support concentration coursework. (1+0+14)

ECE F472 Clinical Practice: Classroom Research

3 Credits
Offered Spring or As Demand Warrants

Theory and application of classroom research with emphasis on teacher as researcher. Techniques of classroom research will be studied and applied; including observation, question posing, note taking, data analysis, data interpretation, practica, and research report writing. Students should expect to be involved in the classroom setting for some or all of the school day for the entire university semester; approximately 200 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X and completion of all CDFS core major and concentration course work, excluding ECE F473. (1+0+14)

ECE F473 Clinical Practice: Classroom Management

3 Credits
Offered Spring or As Demand Warrants

Supervised clinical field practice within an early childhood setting. Intent of this course is to provide a capstone for students who have completed all course work within the Curriculum and Teaching or Infant and Toddler concentration of the Child Development and Family Studies BA program. Practica activity will demonstrate application of appropriate curriculum, assessment and classroom environments developed to enhance the learning and development of young children. Prerequisites: ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X and completion of all CDFS core major and concentration course work, excluding ECE F472. This course may be taken in conjunction with ECE F480. (1+0+14)

ECE F480 Child Development and Family Studies Portfolio

1 Credits
Offered Fall and Spring As Demand Warrants

A capstone project demonstrating the graduating candidate's professional development as a result of the Child Development and Family Studies program and documenting teaching or professional practices congruent with the goals of the program. The portfolio is recommended for the Child Development and Family Studies BA degree program in lieu of a written comprehensive exam or thesis. Also may be offered via eLearning and Distance Education. Prerequisites: Required completion of all CDFS core major and concentration course work. This course may be taken in conjunction with ECE F471, F472 or F473. (0.5+0+1)