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Introduction to Children's Literature   (LIT-221)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Introduction to Children's Literature is a course designed for adults who care deeply about children and children's books. Recognizing the crucial role adults play in introducing children to the joys of literature, the course encourages and promotes sharing books with children, including infants. The course text, Through the Eyes of a Child, shares this perspective and provides a wealth of information about the history and diversity of children's literature.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Answer knowledge-based questions about the history and importance of children's literature.
  • Identify criteria for evaluating children's literature.
  • Evaluate a wide variety of books available today for children, from newborns to adolescents, according to stated criteria.
  • Recognize and describe the artistry in children's books.
  • Discuss issues surrounding children's literature.
  • Compose essays on various themes related to children's literature.

 
Health and Safety for Young Children   (CDS-111)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
This course will deal with all aspects of health (physical, mental, emotional) and safety for young children. Emphasis will be placed on the construction of teaching units for use with young children.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Articulate how children use sensory information to plan and carry out motor skills and movement.
  • Discuss how to assist children in safely performing skills sets such as: throwing, pushing, pulling and balancing.
  • Note the significance of assisting children to develop autonomy regarding personal hygiene and self-help skills.
  • Note the difficulties for children who struggle with verbal communication in terms of conveying illness or emotional stress.
  • Indicate the value and need for safety rules and communication of those rules to young children.
  • Discuss ways to help children explore and name a range of emotional feelings
  • Determine ways to incorporate problem solving and a sense of accomplishment into curriculum and daily routines.
  • Indicate how to teach children pro-social behavior in group settings.

 
Sociological Impact: Children and Death   (SOC-317)   3.00 s.h.  
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Designed primarily for parents, educators, and other individuals who are likely to come into close contact with children who have experienced the death of a significant other who may be dying themselves. Topics of discussion include children's literature, media, and games, and the discussion of various topics of death with children. 
Children's Literature in Hispanic World   (SPA-262)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Study of children's literature of Spain and Spanish America. Readings from traditional children's poems, stories, plays, and from works written for children by authors such as Benavente, Gabriela Mistral, and Garcia Lorca.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Identify Latin American and Spanish writers who have written stories and poetry for children.
  • Identify literary genres and movements of selected children's works by authors from Spain and Latin America.
  • Explore the cultural context of children's literature by Latin American and Spanish authors.

 
Guidance for Young Children   (CDS-354)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
This course will assist the child care staff in interpreting the behavior of young children and examining approaches to discipline. The student will develop realistic expectations of the child according to his/her developmental level. Other topics include relationship of space, materials, and activities to children's behavior; the staff member's personal attitude and approach toward children's behavior, and his/her influence on shaping responses from children; and the appropriate skills in speech and action which guide children's behavior in a positive manner.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Discuss several developmentally appropriate approaches to the discipline of young children.
  • Determine the role of family, family culture, and family values in developing a discipline plan for young children.
  • Discuss the behavioral developmental milestones of children from birth through second grade.
  • Discuss the relationship of space, materials, and activities to the child's behavior.
  • Indicate the role of the staff member, regarding speech and actions, in shaping the behavior of young children.
  • Suggest ways in which the staff member can set realistic behavioral expectations for young children.

 
Resources for Children   (EDU-120)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Introduction to the basic principles, practices and resources needed for the selection and development of a library collection for children (print and non-print) in the school media center and public library. Survey and critical evaluation of children's literature as well as techniques for using materials in library and curricular settings.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Discuss the philosophy and history of public library service to children and youth.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic issues in children's and youth services in today's libraries.
  • Work with basic selection tools to assist with collection development.
  • Provide information services for children and young adults.
  • Understand censorship issues and the need for a collection development policy.
  • Help children and youth choose among fundamental services: the library catalog, electronic databases, the World Wide Web.
  • Demonstrate the basics of searching using these fundamental services.
  • Demonstrate an introductory knowledge of programming for children and young adults, including storytelling.
  • Demonstrate the use of effective interpersonal skills in interactions with children and youth and their parents and caretakers.
  • Identify issues relating to use of the Internet by children.
  • Contribute to the design and creation of library exhibits for children and youth.
  • Understand basic issues relating to library safety and security for children and youth.

 
Children's Ministries   (PAT-310)   3.00 s.h.  
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Study of the elements involved in building effective children's ministries. In addition to development of skills in curriculum evaluation, creative programming, and ministry training, will be exposed to and interact with a variety of children's ministry models. 
Music in Children's Lives   (MUS-200)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Exploration and discovery in sound, rhythm, body movement, melody, harmony and playing instruments. Emphasis on listening, creativity, increasing individual musical independence and fostering the aesthetic value of music in children's growth and development.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Articulate thorough knowledge of basic music principles including rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, and timbre as they would be taught to children
  • Explain the role and benefits (cognitive, developmental, behavioral, and social) of music education for children and their development (birth to Kindergarten)
  • Discuss the use of various pedagogical methods (Orff/Schulwerk, Dalcroze, Kodaly, Suzuki, etc.) that have been used to communicate and teach music to children
  • Describe and provide examples of five activities that encourage musicality (listening, creativity, and performance) in young children based on the above pedagogical methods
  • Identify and demonstrate knowledge of body movement and play in the musical lives of children
 
Children's Theater   (THA-200)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
The theories, procedures, and skills involved in producing creative formal theatre with and for children; playwriting, directing, acting, stagecraft, and organizing dramatic programs, staging of several productions for audiences.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental differences between scripts for children and scripts for adult audiences;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic differences between acting in scripts for children and acting in scripts for adult audiences;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic differences between set, costumes, and makeup design in scripts for children and set, costume, and makeup design in scripts for adult audiences.

 
Children's Literature and Story Telling   (CDS-214)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
A study of the principles of selection, adaptation and the techniques of storytelling, book talks and book reviews. A survey of children's literature and the age appropriate use of various genre.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Discuss how the early childhood educator selects good and age-appropriate children's literature for the classroom.
  • Briefly considers the various genres and the defining elements of each.
  • Talk about the role of children's literature in promoting emergent literacy in early childhood education.
  • Indicate the role of parents/caregivers in terms of incorporating children's literature in the home environment.
  • Consider the role of multi-cultural literature in the classroom.
  • Discuss how literature has a cathartic element in the life of a child.
  • Briefly state how storytelling enhances the experience of literature in the classroom.

 
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