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Child Development Course Descriptions

HPE 233 – First Aid - The study of first aid and safety as recommended by the American Red Cross combined with methods of prevention and care of injuries in physical education and athletics. CPR will also be covered during this course. Two class periods and one 1-hour laboratory period per week. Special fee: $15.00 (Fall, Spring, Summer)

HES 212/ECE 312 – Creative Experiences for Young Children - The purpose of the course is to help parents and teachers develop an understanding of creative experiences for young children (birth to age five). The environment, activities, and techniques for helping children explore, discover, and practically apply creative problem-solving through the creative arts will be examined. Course fee: $30.00. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

ED 299 – Human Growth and Development – Characteristics of and interrelationships among the physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects of human growth and development. Not applicable for credit toward a psychology major or minor. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

HES 244 - Exceptional Learners Birth to Age Five - The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the development of exceptional learners, focusing on young children (birth to age five). The personal, relational, and educational needs of exceptional learners are discussed. The impact of family, school, and community are examined. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

HES 262 – Child Development - The development of children from the prenatal stage to age six years is studied. Materials and experiences to foster development in the areas of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive are presented. Field experiences are part of the learning process. (Fall, odd-numbered years, Spring, Summer)

HES 370 – Language and Literacy Development in Young Children - This course focuses on how language and literacy develop in young children through play, meaningful communication, literature, and planned learning experiences.

CNH 352 – Pediatric Nutrition - This course will explore the nutritional needs of the pediatric population. The primary focus will be growth and development, pediatric nutrition assessment, and the effect of the environment on the nutritional intake of the pediatric population. The importance of health promotion and disease prevention in the pediatric populations will be established, focusing on the prevention and management of nutritional deficiencies and overweight and obesity. Cultural diversity in food selection will be explored. Select pediatric disease and chronic illnesses requiring medical nutrition therapy will be identified and course participants will comprehend the special dietary needs of those individuals. Participants will demonstrate the ability to plan an age specific menu which complies with federal and state nutritional guidelines. Prerequisite: CNH 342.

HES 474/ECE 474 – Early Childhood Programs - Practical techniques for the teacher of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children. Emphasis is placed on developmentally appropriate curriculum and program development as well as the needs of the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten child. Also listed as ECE 474 but creditable only in field for which registered.

HES 460 – Administration of Programs for Young Children - This course focuses on establishing and managing a successful program for young children. Points of emphasis include policies and procedures, supervision and staff development, health and safety, managing facilities and equipment, and finances and marketing.

HES 468 – Practicum in Child Development - A field experience course requiring 45 hours of observation and interaction with young children. The creation of a learning environment for this age group, theories of child development, and the development of appropriate learning activities will be emphasized. Prerequisite: HES 262.

HES 372 – Methods and Materials for Young Children - This course emphasizes child-centered teaching across the curriculum. A variety of developmentally appropriate methods and materials are presented in course content.

HES 470 - Infants and Toddlers - The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the field of infant and toddler (i.e., birth to 36 months) childcare. Specifically, students will examine appropriate childcare practices based on a developmental perspective of education.