Houston Baptist University Catalog

Early Childhood Education (EDEC) Course Descriptions


EDEC 4181 Special Topics
This course provides opportunities for individual research and development in areas of special interest, current issues, and special problems within the field of education of young children. A minimum of 30 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit.

EDEC 4281 Special Topics
This course provides opportunities for individual research and development in areas of special interest, current issues, and special problems within the field of education of young children. A minimum of 30 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit.

EDEC 4290, Practicum in Early Childhood
Prerequisites: EDEC 4306, 4310, 4311, EDRE 4351, and EDUC 2311 (or permission of the Program Director).


EDEC 4313, Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education
Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program; EDUC 4301 or 4311
This course is focused on the study of research-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment for early childhood. All areas of study are focused on developmentally appropriate practices for children of preschool and kindergarten age and are supported by national standards and state standards-National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC), Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and guidelines. Topics include learning about the specific characteristics and expectations for this age group, becoming knowledgeable of early childhood programs, planning learning activities and facilities, developing positive school/home relations, being aware of the diverse needs of the learner, and other aspects of creating and maintaining rich learning experiences.

EDEC 4381 Special Topics
This course provides opportunities for individual research and development in areas of special interest, current issues, and special problems within the field of education of young children. A minimum of 30 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit.

EDEC 5181 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDEC 5281 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDEC 5302 Survey of Exceptional Children
Prerequisite: EDUC 5313, 5314, 6302, or 6312 (or teacher certification)
This course is an in-depth study in all areas of exceptionalities.(Offered also as EDSP 5302 and EDUC 5304.)

EDEC 5306 Language and Concept Development in Young Children
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
Study includes the relationship between language and thought; theories of language and learning; changes in the young child's intellectual structure; role of the teacher, and practical application. (Offered also as EDSP 5306.)

EDEC 5310 Preschool Curriculum and Instruction
This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction for three and four year old children. Fieldwork is required.

EDEC 5311 Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction
Prerequisites: EDEC 5306 or permission of the instructor
This course includes the study of and experiences with instructional strategies; planning and evaluation of learning activities; selection and planning of physical facilities; and the skills necessary for management of kindergarten programs.

EDEC 5351 Emergent Literacy
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education
In this course students examine emergent literacy and explore ways to encourage the development of initial literacy. A wide variety of topics pertaining to the emergent reader and writer are included. (Offered also as EDRE 5351 and EDSP 5351.)

EDEC 5381 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDEC 6181 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDEC 6281 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.

EDEC 6381 Special Topics
A service course designed to permit the offering of topics of current interest and special workshops. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit. Topics and projects are selected on the basis of student interest and need.