​The Early Childhood Education minor provides a learning opportunity to all DePaul Students for those interested in the care and education of young children. Students interested in this minor should consult home college advisors and secure permission from the Early Childhood Program to enroll.

Course Requirements

ECE 286

ART, MUSIC, AND MOVEMENT FOR THE YOUNG CHILD

This course will focus on the theory, research, methods, and activities of art, music, and movement for young children birth through age 8. Emphasis will be on the integration of developmental domains, creative and critical thinking as developmental domains are integrated.

ECE 290

CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

This course examines human growth and development of the child from pregnancy through age eight, including cognitive, language, physical, social, spiritual, creative, and emotional areas of development. Learning and development theories of young children including those of Freud, Piaget, Erikson, Vygotsky, Gardner, Bronfenbrenner, and others are explored. COREQUISITE: ECE 091.

ECE 302

CHILD AND FAMILY IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT

This course will focus on understanding the diversity of children and families in approaches to development, learning, and disability. It will examine how teachers may provide a curriculum and environments within the context of family and community that honor the families' and communities' beliefs, values, and practices. In addition, ways to develop and maintain productive and collaborative relationships between professionals and families, communities and other professionals across the range of systems are examined. Attention is given to the development of collaborative problem-solving for families with young children who have special needs.

ECE 303

HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Historical, sociological, philosophical and psychological foundations of early childhood education are explored. Review of key theories and research informs the development of early childhood education goals and practices including administration, ethics and major program models including Montessori, Reggio Emilia, High Scope and Creative Curriculum. Personal reflections are applied to the field and course readings.

ECE 307

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CHILD

This course examines the development of speech and language in young children. The course will explore assessing children's language development, as well as providing techniques for supporting and enhancing language growth. Attention will be given to dialectal issues as these apply to growth and development of linguistic competencies through the early childhood years.
Prerequisites:
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.

ECE 309

YOUNG EXCEPTIONAL CHILD

This course introduces candidates to the field of early childhood special education including the Early Intervention System. Characteristics of infants, toddlers and young children with special needs are examined. Methods of working with different disabilities during the early years will be explored. Strengths and needs of families of young children with disabilities and collaboration with family members will be emphasized in this course. Students are required to complete field assignments and 15 hours of field experience in a special education setting.

ECE 310

PREPRIMARY PROGRAMS: CURRICULUM AND STRATEGIES

Candidates will plan, implement, and evaluate activities that promote the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, cognitive, and creative development of preschool children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Emphasis will be placed on creating learning environments that facilitate children's learning through play. Developmentally appropriate practices, with a particular emphasis on social studies, use of technology, and learning centers will be thoroughly investigated. COREQUISITE: ECE 093.
Prerequisites:
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.

ECE 375

EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT

Students will study, use and evaluate early childhood assessment methods and tools that are appropriate for use with young children with diverse cultural and socioeconomic experiences. Ways of involving families in early childhood assessment will be stressed. How to observe and assess children individually, in groups and in their family systems and networking with community services will be explored.
Prerequisites:
Advanced Teacher Candidate Standing is a prerequisite for this class.