Course Abstract Details

ECE-120, Literacy in Early Childhood

Credits: 3

Course Description

ECE-120, Literacy in Early Childhood Education, examines the theories, processes, and acquisition of reading and language arts from birth to third grade. Emphasizes the cognitive, linguistic, social, and physiological factors involved in oral and written language development. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-091 and ENG-097. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Spring Term only. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:    

1. explain the developmental appropriateness of programs for young children. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 3) 

2. explain how oral language, reading, writing and literature influence literacy development. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 3) 

3. explain methods of assessing early literacy development in order to design instruction. (GE 1, 2, 3, 4; PG 1, 2, 3) 

4. explain strategies for meeting the literacy needs of diverse learners. (GE 1, 2, 6; PG 1, 3) 

5. demonstrate knowledge of strategies to develop comprehension of text and concepts about books. (GE 2, 4; PG 1, 2, 3) 

6. demonstrate knowledge of strategies to figure out words, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 2, 3) 

7. demonstrate knowledge of strategies to motivate reading and writing. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 3) 

8. identify theories and current research on motivating reading and writing. (GE 2, 3, 4; PG 1, 2) 

9. identify some family literacy partnerships. (GE 1, 6, 7; PG 3) 

10. identify the major research methods and assessment techniques used to study early literacy of children. (GE 2, 3, 4; PG 1, 2, 3) 

11. discuss current research findings related to early childhood education and literacy. (GE 1, 2, 3, 4; PG 1, 2, 3) 

12. demonstrate an understanding of common language disorders in young children. (GE 1, 7; PG 1, 2, 3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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