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The course offerings at Clarion University of PA go through an extensive review process by the Committee on Courses and Programs of Study (CCPS).  This course offerings list is a comprehensive list of courses that could be offered; it does not mean they are currently being offered.

For a complete list of courses offered on the current or upcoming schedules, see the Registrar's page Schedule of Classes.

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Course Id (currently sorted in Ascending order) Course TitleCourse Description
ECH 120
Child Care Health Advocate
Ensuring the health and safety of children is a fundamental component of an early childhood program. This course emphasizes the promotion of the health and safety of children, including recognizing and correcting health and safety problems. This cour,se focuses on best practices in health safety and nutrition for young children.|
ECH 122
Preschool Develop & Learning
Acquisition of understanding and appreciation of the cognitive, social-emotional, ecological-systems, and physical-motor dimensions of human growth and changes during the preschool years. Emphasizes cultural influences on human growth and change with, respect to cognition, learning theories, individual differences, personality, growth, abilities and interests. Explores cross-cultural and multiethnic perspectives with respect to holistic development of preschoolers; involvement with and observatio,n of preschoolers.|
ECH 123
Mid Chld & Adolescent Dev Lrn
Acquistion of understanding and appreciation of the cognitive, social-emotional, ecological-systems, and physical-motor dimensions of human growth and changes during middle childhood. Emphasizes cultural influences on human growth and change with res,pect to cognition, learning theories, individual differences, personality, growth, abilities, and interests. Explores cross-cultural and multiethnic perspectives with respect to holistic development os school age children and adolescents; involvement, with and observation of school-aged children and adolscents.|
ECH 124
Infant & Toddler Dev & Learn
This course will provide information that will allow students to identify the characteristics of and design effective and developmentally appropriate learning environments for young children that promote interaction, exploration and knowledge constru,ction. In addition, experiential opportunities will be developed which allow the student to apply this knowledge to various age groups of children.|
ECH 231
Creativity In Early Child Curr
Explores the nature of creativity and its value in the growth of young children. Students develop and present various open-ended and child-centered projects for the enhancement of creativity and the creative whole learning experience using art, musi,c, and movement. Students demonstrate how to guide young children in creative learning and expression through individual and group projects. Examines the creative process as a source of choosing content, planning lessons, organizing materials, and,designing assignments to enable children to develop essential skills and attitudes for creativity. In addition, experimental opportunities will be developed which allow the students to apply this knowledge to various age groups of children. Prerequ|
ECH 233
Puppetry In Early Child Curr
Participants will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the use of puppets in the Early Childhood classroom and to appreciate the power of puppets as a vehicle in developing creativity, imagination and self-expression in children. To,pics will focus on play, the history of puppets, types of puppets, and the use of puppets in Early Childhood Curriculum.|
ECH 234
Observ & Assess Early Child Ed
Young children from birth to age eight are cared for and educated in diverse early childhood settings. Gives undergraduate students experience in using effective methods for observing, assessing, and documenting young children's development for the,purpose of planning appropriate programs, environments, interactions, and adaptations. Emphasizes developmentally appropriate practices and legal and ethical responsibilities. Directs students' participation with children of different age groups in, a variety of early childhood settings through field-based/case study approaches. Includes 20 hours of field placement. Prerequisite: ED 121. Offered Annually.|
ECH 235
Obs: Const Ech Knowledge Base
Young children from birth to age nine are cared for and educated in diverse early childhood settings. Gives undergraduate students experience in using effective methods for observing young children's development, environments, interactions, and adap,tations while constructing a wide early childhood knowledge base. Emphasizes developmentally appropriate practices and legal and ethical responsibilities. Directs students' participation with children of different age groups in a variety of early c,hildhood settings through field-based/case study approaches. Includes one hour of class meetings with two-hour field placement per week. Prerequisites: Straight early childhood majors and dual early childhood/elementary majors must take ED 110 and|
ECH 236
Assess/Plan Ech Knowledge Base
Young children from birth to age nine are cared for and educated in diverse early childhood settings. Gives undergraduate students experience in using effective methods for observing, assessing, and documenting young children's development for the p,urpose of planning appropriate programs, environments, interactions, and adaptations. Emphasizes developmentally appropriate practices and legal and ethical responsibilities. Directs students' participation with children of different age groups in,a variety of early childhood settings through field-based/case study approaches. Includes two hours of class meetings with one-hour field placement per week. Field experience assignments are designed for the students to use various types of assessm|
ECH 240
Nutrition & The Young Child
Acquisition and appreciation of the role nutrition plays in the development of the young child. Students will acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes in planning nutritious meals and snacks. An awareness of the role of the family will be emphasize,d. Offered on a two-year rotation.|
ECH 245
Lang & Lit In Early Childhood
This course will provide information that will allow students to identify specific developmental milestones in speech/language development. In addition, information related to cognitive, social-emotional, and physical growth will be analyzed and syn,thesized as it relates to the overall maturation of the child and specifically to the speech and language development. Finally, experiential opportunities will be developed which allow the student to evaluate and apply this knowledge to various age,groups of children.|
ECH 260
Early Childhood Environments
This course will provide information that will allow students to identify the characteristics of and design effective and developmentally appropriate learning environments for young children that promote interaction, exploration and knowledge constru,ction. In addition, experiential opportunities will be developed which allow the student to apply this knowledge to various age groups of children.|
ECH 290
Speech, Lang & The Young Child
Emphasizes the language development of young children as a portion of their physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth from birth to eight years of age. Provides a framework for observation of normally developing phonological, morphosyntactical,, semantic, and pragmatic skills in the young child as well as the documented changes which can be observed in the child with a language disorder. Focuses on the role physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and linguistic factors play in the preliter,acy and early literacy experience. Prerequisite: ED 110, ED 121, ECH 235.|
ECH 300
Early Childhood Block
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ECH 301
Child Development & Guidance
This course will provide information that will allow students to understand the process of child guidance and master techniques in child guidance. Through increased knowledge of child development, students will gain understanding of effective child,guidance strategies. Experimental opportunities will be developed which allow the student to develop his or her own approaches to child guidance.|
ECH 310
Family-Community Collaboration
This course will provide information that will allow students to identify the benefits of family-teacher partnerships, methods for developing partnerships with families and community members. In addition, information related to Family Systems Theory,, including the Ecological Systems Theory, collaborating with other professionals and role of the early childhood professional in the community, including advocacy will be discussed and practiced. Finally, experiential opportunities will be develope,d which allow the student to develop relationships and work collaboratively with families and community members.|
ECH 320
Dev Bases For Lrn & Tch
Acquisition of understanding and appreciation of advanced child development for young children birth through eight years. Examines the physical, social, emotional, linguistic, and intellectual characteristics of children of diverse cultural backgroun,ds within and outside of the United States. Focuses on both typical and atypical development as well as challenging conditions. Must be taken concurrently with ECH 322, 323, 325, 413, and HPE 410. Prerequisites: ED 121 and ECH 235. Each semester.|
ECH 322
Curr Bases For Lrn & Tch
Focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum design and implementation and the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System, including the Common Core for infants, toddlers, and young children ages three to nine. Emphasizes the child's and the teacher,'s roles in designing, integrating, and adapting curriculum and the physical setting where the curriculum is implemented to meet the needs and interests of all young children including those with disabilities, developmental delays, or special abiliti,es, including instrucyional strategies and classroom materials. Field experience includes planning, designing, intergrating and implementing curriculum activities with young children. Must be taken concurrently with ECH 301, ECH 310, ECH 323, and ECH|
ECH 323
Lang, Lit And The Young Child
Emphasizes three areas: (1) promoting the understanding a learning environment should match how children develop and learn literacy, (2) creating an integrated curriculum for the birth through five years that are linked to standards and benchmark com,petencies, and (3) enhancing the literacy development of children through appropriate interactions with families and caregivers. Field experience includes teaching literacy lessons to young children and sharing literacy materials and activities with, families. Must be taken concurrently with ECH 301, ECH 310, ECH 322, and ECH 325. For straight ECH majors, ECH 413 must be taken with these courses. Prerequisites: ECH 235, ECH 236. Straight early childhood majors must have also taken ECH 245 an|
ECH 325
Yng Childr As Theory Bld
Explores the process and learning environment that will support, facilitate, and translate course-content areas of science, mathematics, social studies, and technology into a developmentally appropriate constructivist educational practice. Applies t,heoretical perspective of constructivism to enhance the young child's scientific traits of experimentation, curiosity, creativity, and theory test. Must be taken concurrently with ECH 310, ECH 322, and ECH 325. For straight ECH majors, ECH 413 must, be taken with these courses. Prerequisites: ECH 235, ECH 236. Straight early childhood majors must have also taken ECH 245 and ECH 260.|
ECH 410
Motor Learning & Development
Provides understanding of motor development and motor learning and how motor activities enhance the total development of young children. Emphasizes the design and implementation of open-ended, developmentally appropriate movement activities to stimul,ate problem solving and to be the cornerstone of an integrated curriculum. Additional focus on assessment of motor development and motor learning environments. Must be taken concurrently with ECH 320, 322, 323, 325, and 413. Prerequisites: ED 121. Ea,ch semester.|
ECH 413
Leadership in Ech Settings
Explores knowledge and skills needed to be a leader in early childhood. Emphasis will be placed on developing and managing a caring learning environment that enhances positive interactions among children, parents, staff, instructional teams, and com,munity members. Focus will be on leadership skills in advocacy for families and educational and social systems, and other issues related to families and young children. Grant-writing, advocacy and ethics of professionalism will also be explored.,Field experience will consist of a Stand for Children advocacy project. Prerequisites: ECH 231, ECH 235, ECH 323, ECH 245, ECH 260. Taken concurrently with ECH 301, ECH 310, ECH 322, ECH 323, ECH 325. Each semester.|
ECH 414
Tch & Lrn Lang & Lit-Grade 1-4
Overview of current definitions and basic approaches in literacy assessment and instruction in the primary grades. Investigates literacy development and important instructional considerations for teachers of learners in the primary grades. Prerequi,sites: ECH 235, ECH 236, ECH 301, ECH 310, ECH 322, ECH 323, ECH 325. Must be taken concurrently with ECH 415, ECH 416, ECH 418, and HPE 410.|
ECH 415
Lrn & Tch Math-Grade 1-4
Focuses on principles in teaching mathematics to young children, mathematics processes in early childhood, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and involving and assisting parents and commun,ities in understanding childhood development in mathematics. Field experience opportunities will allow the teacher candidate to plan and teach mathematics lessons to children in grades one through four.|
ECH 416
Lrn & Tch Soc Study: Grades1-4
This course coordinates theory and practice in the teaching of early childhood schooll social studies. It provides historical perspective, and examines current research, curriculum programs and trends, and methods and materials applicable to social,studies teaching in a pluralistic society. ECH 416 emphasizes the development, selection, management and evaluation of materials and experiences that foster concept development, inquiry, and knowledge construction in social studies. The course also, addresses the needs of diverse students populations, integration of content areas and application of technology. Field experience opportunities will allow the student to plan and teach social studies lessons to children in grades 1-4. Prerequisite|
ECH 417
Tech For Early Chld Educators
This course is designed to facilitate future early childhood educators with the knowledge skills, and dispositions for integrating technology into their classroom instruction and for using technology to improve professional productivity. Students wil,l explore the relationship among ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards, NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) standards, and PA Learning standards for Early Childhood and those PA Academic Stand,ards related to PreK-4 learners and the appropriate and effective uses of contemporary educational technology. These concepts will be applied to the development of instructional materials that can be used for assessing learning and promoting achievem|
ECH 418
Lrn & Tch Science-Grades 1-4
Focuses on principles in teaching science to young children, scientific inquiry and processes in early childhood, the National Science Teachers Association and National Science Education Standards, and involving and assisting parents and communities,in understanding childhood development in mathematics. Emphasis will also be placed on developing effective learning environments to promote science explorations, investigation and inquiry. Field Experience opportunities will allow the teacher cand,idate to plan and teach science lessons to children in grades one through four. Prerequisites: Early Childhood Core ECH 235, ECH 236, and PreK-K Block (ECH 301, ECH 310, ECH 322, ECH 323, ECH 325). Must be taken concurrently with EH 414, ECH 415, E|
ECH 420
Iss & Advocacy In Ech Ed
Examines incidental learning of children through their interactions with the people and society's major institutions. In-depth exploration of the family as a diverse and primary institution influencing children and the interface with the educational,and social systems. Analyzes current issues and public policies as related to systems theory. Topics vary by semester. Emphasizes advocacy and ethics of professionals to help young children cope with issues that affect them and will contribute to ins,titutional change to meet the needs of young children. Prerequisite: ECH 322 and ECH 413. Annually.|
ECH 424
Early Child Student Tch
Professional practicum requires integration and application of instructional, management, and professional knowledge and competencies in school and agency settings. After an orientation to the school and agency setting, students teach under the direc,tion of a cooperating professional and university supervisor. Two field assignments offer diversity in grade levels (N-K, 3), ability levels of pupils, content areas, school and community size, multicultural settings, and/or cooperating professionals,. Prerequisites: Completion of 90 semester hours, satisfactory standing in admission and retention standards in the college, completion of all required professional courses in certification area with a minimum grade of C, a cumulative 2.75 QPA, and m|
ECH 425
Early Child Student Tch
Professional practicum requires integration and application of instructional, management, and professional knowledge and competencies in school and agency settings. After an orientation to the school and agency setting, students teach under the direc,tion of a cooperating professional and university supervisor. Two field assignments offer diversity in grade levels (N-K, 3), ability levels of pupils, content areas, school and community size, multicultural settings, and/or cooperating professionals,. Prerequisites: Completion of 90 semester hours, satisfactory standing in admission and retention standards in the college, completion of all required professional courses in certification area with a minimum grade of C, a cumulative 2.75 QPA, and m|