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Early Childhood Education Major

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Courses

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Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Early Childhood Education Major.

Courses Credits  
EDU 101 Introduction to Educational Practice 3 Info

This course prepares the candidate for admission to Teacher Education. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville College Teacher Education Program, a survey of the legal, social and ethical issues involved in public school education, an introduction to Live Text and program portfolio development, and a correlation of psychological principles to varied learning styles and milieus. This course is conducted on campus and includes 70 hours of field experience in school settings that have a large minority population. This course will give students the opportunity to determine whether they want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester for transfer students and students with special needs by permission of instructor, and offered every Interterm for freshmen.)

GEO 103 World Regional Geography 3 Info

Study of why the world works the way it does, how its unique regions have taken shape, and how those regions are increasingly interconnected.

MTH 143 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3 Info

This is the first mathematics course where the content of graders K-5 is carefully studied. Fundamental properties underlying the structure of numeration systems and various algorithms for computation are stressed. Basic algebra and problem solving is also reviewed and examined. This course is required of early childhood, elementary, and special education majors. This course does not count towards the mathematics major, and both MTH 143 and 144 are required in order to fulfill the general education quantitive reasoning requirement. 

MTH 144 Geometry for Teachers 3 Info

This is the second mathematics course where the content of grades K-5 is carefully studied. Topics including geometry, measurement, problem solving, probability, and statistics are stressed. This course is required of early childhood, elementary, and special education majors. This course does not count towards the mathematics major, and both MTH 143 and 144 are required in order to fulfill the general education quantitive reasoning requirement. 

HST 201 American History 3 Info

People, ideas, and institutions in American history from English colonization to the present.

EDU 202 Cultural Awareness in the Classroom 3 (CC) Info

The purpose of this course is to explore race and poverty issues that impact the classroom environment. Candidates will search for effective strategies to better meet the needs of underserved populations. The hidden rules of economic class and characteristics of generational poverty will be studied, with emphasis on the impact this has on instruction. Students spend 40 hours assisting in a classroom which serves a high minority and low socioeconomic population. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. Except for those students completing the requirements for the elementary education major, this course also fulfills the general education sociology requirement. Students who take EDU 202 and then change to a non-education major will need to take a course with a SOC prefix to graduate.

PSY 205 Child Development 3 Info

This course examines human life from the prenatal period to adolescence. Theoretical and empirical investigations explore the process of development and the influences of parenting, peer group, environmental enrichment or impoverishment, and culturally shaped social resources.

POL 210 American Government 3 Info

Examines structures, functions, and policies of the national government.

EDU 280 Exceptional Child 3 Info

A study of children whose intellectual, physical, or emotional development deviates from the norm and of techniques to modify school programming to accommodate them. Focus is on the identification of exceptionalities and creating appropriate teaching/learning strategies. The legal basis for the education of exceptional children, as well as the historical and social foundations of special education, is studied. Thirty hours of field experience required.

EDU 300 Early Childhood Education Methods 3 Info

This course is designed to acquaint students with developmentally appropriate curriculums, methods, and materials for children from birth to age eight. Emphasis is on objectives of culturally diverse early childhood programs and the pedagogical interactions between students and teachers. Significant time is spent planning and discussing programs and activities of infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. Assignments include extensive field experience in an early childhood setting.

EDU 305 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education 3 (WI) Info

This course is designed to acquaint candidates with the historical and current philosophy of early childhood education. Significant time is spent discussing current trends and issues that underlie strategies for teaching young children. Candidates will use research, discussion, and reflection to develop a personal philosophy of early childhood education. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

EDU 310 Child, Family, and Community Relationships 3 Info

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the impact the family and community brings to the educational setting. Emphasis is placed on the importance of good communication between school and family. This course explores the variety of family configurations and their various needs. Methods for working with families of young children ages 0-8 with special needs as well as families with varied cultural perspectives will be developed. Community resources to assist families will be researched.

EDU 311 Elementary Art and Music Methods 3 Info

The content of this course focuses on using art, music, and movement to enhance student learning in the elementary classroom core curriculum. The course includes the study of tools, techniques, and technology of art, music, and movement. It provides candidates an understanding of the educational, communicative, and aesthetic values of dance, music, and visual arts and the role fine arts plays in reflecting history and culture. Field experiences required.

EDU 312 Teaching of Reading 3 Info

A course in the reading sequence designed to acquaint candidates with a variety of reading programs and approaches used in contemporary elementary and middle school classrooms. Emphasis is on the reading process and product from the early stages of readiness through middle school. Field experiences required.

EDU 333 The Learning Environment 3 Info

The application of learning theory to the management of both exceptional and regular school populations. Field experiences required.

EDU 340 Educational Measurement and Evaluation 3 Info

This course is designed to explore classroom evaluation of student growth as an integral part of instruction. Candidates explore the purpose of evaluation as it relates to planning instruction. Professional, social, ethical, and philosophical considerations related to teaching/learning are also explored.

ENG 350 Children's Literature 3 Info

A comprehensive survey of the various types of poetry and prose for children, with considerable attention to the significant historical and folklore backgrounds. Meets the general education literature requirement for early childhood, elementary, and special education majors.

EDU 351 Teaching Language Arts in Elementary and Middle Schools 3 Info

This course explores methods and materials used in the teaching of the language arts at the elementary and middle school levels. Emphasis is placed on speaking skills, critical listening skills, using literature across the curriculum, and the writing process which includes grammar, spelling, handwriting, and word processing. The integration of technology, diversity in the classroom, critical thinking skills, and assessment and evaluation are also examined. Field experiences required.

EDU 352 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary and Middle School 3 Info

This course explores methods, materials, and techniques used in the teaching of social studies at the elementary and middle school levels. Emphasis is placed on the social studies goals, writing objectives and lesson plans, assessment procedures, and the integration of other curricular areas. Critical and creative thinking skills are examined as they apply to the goals of social studies and planning. Cultural diversity, the integration of technology and small group activities are also explored. Field experiences required.

EDU 355 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools 3 Info

The course examines effective teaching strategies for teaching mathematics to elementary and middle school students. It emphasizes placing students in a role where they actively think, reason, problem solve, and make sense of an inquiry-oriented, problem solving classroom environment. Students will examine children's strategies for making sense of various mathematical concepts and consider means of facilitating the development of these strategies. Fifteen hours of field experience is required and will allow the student to practice some of the strategies discussed in class.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and an appropriate mathematics course which may be taken concurrently.

EDU 356 Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle Schools 3 Info

This course examines strategies for teaching science to elementary and middle school students. The students will be exploring the nature of inquiry and strategies for promoting, supporting, and assessing students' scientific inquiry. This course will seek to provide students with instructional tools to help children develop conceptual understanding of scientific concepts. Students will examine strategies for questioning, sequencing of lessons, assessing students' understanding, meeting students' needs in multi-ability settings, and involving more girls and minorities. Fifteen hours of field experience is required and will allow students to practice some of the strategies discussed in class.

EDU 400 Early Experience 1 Info

After admission to the professional internship, candidates receive student teaching placements. Candidates work with their cooperating teachers during the first week of school. Five days of clinical experience required.

EDU 401 Clinical Practice Elementary 4 Info

Focus is on the role of the elementary and middle school teacher within the community, school, and classroom. Relationships with school personnel, parents and community persons and agencies are covered. Methods and techniques of classroom management, lesson planning, student assessment, and parental interviewing and reporting are also considered candidates work with P-8 clinical instructors. Professional ethics and organizations are also covered.

EDU 403 Seminar in Early Childhood Education 1 Info

Student teachers explore current issues and challenges encountered in their respective classrooms. Students will engage in reflective and problem solving discussions.

EDU 405 Primary (1-3) Student Teaching 5-7 Info

For candidates completing the early childhood education program. Eight weeks of student teaching in an elementary school are required.

EDU 407 Pre-Primary Student Teaching 5-7 Info

Eight weeks of student teaching in a pre-primary early childhood setting.

EDU 416 Early Childhood Special Education Methods 3 Info

This course is designed to acquaint the student with concepts, materials, and strategies for facilitating all areas of development in young children birth through age five with special needs. Service delivery in various settings will be discussed. Extensive field experience are embedded in this course Required for Early Childhood Special Education approval. Field experiences required.

EDU 417 Language Development 3 Info

This course is designed to investigate both typical and atypical language development from infancy to age eight with special emphasis on birth to five. Biological, environmental, social, and cultural factors are explored. Students will develop language activities and reflect on current professional literature on language development.

EDU 418EC Assessment for Special Education-Early Childhood 3 Info

This course is designed to develop competency in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of educational assessment tools with special emphasis on children 0-5 with special needs. A variety of assessment instruments and procedures used to make decisions about the learning and development of young children with special needs will be explored. The students will use assessment information to develop an IFSP or IEP in a multi-disciplinary setting.

Career Opportunities

  • K-3rd grade teacher
  • Pre-K teacher
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Community & Private Day Care Director