Care & Development of Young Children



 CDYC 105 Introduction to Care and Development of Young Children

Overview of early childhood education, birth to age eight. Explores philosophies, methods, materials and activities appropriate to the development of the child in child care centers and nursery schools.

CDYC 106 Child Development Associate (CDA) Prep I

Orientation to 13 required CDA Competency Standards, including safety, health, learning environment, physical, cognitive, communication, creative, self, social, guidance, family, program management, and professionalism. Prerequisite: Student must be employed as paid or unpaid worker in child care setting.

CDYC 107 Child Development Associate (CDA) Prep II

Continuation of CDA Assessment preparation with emphasis on administration of 13 required CDA Competency Standards, including safety, health, learning environment, physical, cognitive, communication, creative, self, social, guidance, family, program management and professionalism. Prerequisite: CDYC 106

CDYC 108 CDA Renewal

Offers course work and support required for preparation of application for CDA renewal and for those who are working on original CDA after completing CDYC 106 and CDYC 107. Emphasis on the application of the 13 CDA Competency Standards and creation of an updated community resource file.  Prerequisite: Need to be working with children and have a CDA in need of renewal.

CDYC 111 Observation and Assessment

Laboratory experiences for systematic, objective observation and assessment of children�s development, typical and atypical, while they play and go about their daily routines in a school or child care setting.  Planning appropriate learning activities in each area of development for individual children based on observation and assessment of individual strengths, needs, and interests.

CDYC 112 Health, Safety and Nutrition

Study of main issues of health, safety and nutrition facing children age 0-8 in a preschool or day care setting. Focuses on practical information and techniques. Review of current day care licensing and school health and safety standards. Includes certification in child and infant CPR, emergency procedures, infectious disease control and specific interventions for special health needs.

CDYC 115 Guidance and Classroom Management

Identifying typical age-related behavior patterns and reasons for misbehavior. Includes child guidance practices and their consequences, practicing positive techniques and strategies for successful behavior intervention and classroom management of children age 0-8, including children with special needs.

CDYC 121 Movement with Young Children

Movement and space needs of young child, especially sensory motor development. 

CDYC 130 Introduction to Special Education for CDYC

Examines the exceptional child: the intellectually gifted; the mentally retarded; the learning disabled; those with behavioral, neurological, hearing, visual, and other disorders.

CDYC 131 Music with Young Children

Songs, rhythms, stories, and activities that enhance development of the young child.

CDYC 135 Dramatic Expression with Young Children

Materials and techniques that develop dramatic expression in children.

CDYC 141 Art with Young Children

Materials and techniques that enhance artistic expression in children.

CDYC 165 Language and Literacy

Stages of child�s language and literacy development.  Materials for learning are developed.

CDYC 175 Teaching Science to Young Children

Scientific concepts appropriate for preschoolers.  Materials and methods for teaching science are developed.

CDYC 185 Teaching Mathematics to Young Children

Stages of child�s development in mathematical comprehension.  Materials for learning are developed.

CDYC 209 Infant Development

Physiological, emotional, cognitive, and social development of the infant.

CDYC 211 Comparison of Child Care Programs

Observation and discussion of facilities, staff, and program content of day care, Head Start, Home Start, parent cooperatives, and parentchild centers. Prerequisite: CDYC 105 or CDYC 106.

CDYC 213 Infant and Toddler Curriculum

Planning a developmentally appropriate environment, activities, materials, and interactions for infants and toddlers.

CDYC 221 Introduction to Multiculturalism

Survey and evaluation of traditional and modern educational thought and practices.

CDYC 261 Families in the Educational Process

How to involve families in child�s learning process, including families with children with special needs.  Methods of group and individual family/ teacher communication and school/family partnerships.  Researches community referral and resources.  Case study and field experiences.

CDYC 262 Legal Issues in Education

Legal issues and policies that directly affect the educational process.

CDYC 265 Working with Children with Special Needs

Overview of disabilities and exceptionalities.  Laws, resources, adaptive equipment and interventions for young children with disabilities.  Study of atypical development versus typical during the early childhood period (0-8). Observations, interviews and field experiences.

CDYC 273 Curriculum and Teaching Materials

Designed to help student synthesize knowledge of how young children learn, grow, and develop into age-appropriate curriculum covering all areas of development.  Course  includes the creation of teacher-made materials and units for children�s hands-on learning.  Prerequisite: CDYC 105 or CDYC 106.

CDYC 277 Inclusion: Methods and Materials

Issues, trends, and best practices as outlined in NAEYC and DEC in the education of young children with disabilities.  Adapting developmentally appropriate teaching activities, materials, strategies and environment to accommodate exceptionalities consistent with natural environment as the point of service delivery.  Prerequisites: CDYC 265 or 130.

CDYC 280 Administration of Child Care Programs

Development of a developmentally appropriate child care program including all administrative and curricular policies.  Examines professionalism, budget, personnel decisions, philosophy and curriculum decisions, state and local regulations, national guidelines, family involvement, evaluation tools, development of staff and family handbooks. Students observe, practice, and intern under experienced Child Care administrators.  Prerequisite: CDYC 105 or 106.

CDYC 281 Children's Literature

Children's literature and creative methods of storytelling for pre-schools.

CDYC 298 Practicum

Supervised work experience in an approved child care setting.  Prerequisite: Permission needed from department.