Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Care and Education)

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION NEW PROGRAMME (2018/2019
(Prior teacher training not compulsory for this programme)


Do you want a fun,  creative and exciting career working with and advocating for young children?
Then the new Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood Care and Education Programme is for you!!




 
LEVEL I
 
1. EDPS 1001 Introduction to Human Development 2. EDFA 1024 Social Foundations of Educations
 3. PHIL 1003 Introduction to Philosophy  4. CLTR 1100 Culture and Identity  5. THEA 1000 Introduction to Theatre
 
Faculty Requirements 6. FOUN1006 Exposition for Academic Purposes 7. Either FOUN1004 An Introduction to Argument OR FOUN1003 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction  8-9. Two (2) Humanities electives chosen as follows:
 
(a). Students without CSEC or equivalent in a Foreign Language, choose 2 from:
       FREN 0101 Beginners’ French I SPAN 0101 Beginners’ Spanish I PORT1001 Portuguese Language IA
 
(b). Students with CSEC or equivalent in a Foreign Language:
 
Choose one (1)  Foreign Language from: FREN 0102 Beginners’ French II  SPAN 0102 Beginners’ Spanish II SPAN0103 Beginners’ Spanish II PORT 1002 Beginners’ Portuguese AND  1 Humanities elective outside this major 10.  One (1) Level I Elective   
 
LEVEL II
 
1. EDCU2101 Introduction to Curriculum Theory, Planning and Practice   2. EDEC2000 Fundamentals of Early Childhood Care and Education    3. EDEC2005 Growth, Development and Learning in the Early Years 4. EDMA 2207 Teaching Mathematics at the Primary Level    5. EDPH 2016 Philosophy of Education  6. EDRS 2201 Introduction to Research Methods in Education 7. EDRS 2202 Basic Data Analysis with the Computer 8. EDSO 3102 The Social Context of Education   Faculty Requirements:
 
9. FOUN 1210 Science, Technology and Medicine in the Twentieth Century 10. FOUN 1301 Law, Governance, Economy and Society in the Caribbean

 
 LEVEL III
 
1.EDME 2211 Testing Measurement and Evaluation 1  2.EDSE 2924 Introduction to Special Education 3.EDTK 3304 Media and Technology in Education 4.EDPS 3804 Principles of Social Psychology  5.EDEC 3012 Integrated Curriculum in the Early Years  6. EDTE 3404 Issues in Teacher Education  8. EDEC 3011 Home, School and Community Collaboration  8-9. EDEC 3090  The Early Childhood Practicum (6 credits) 10. One (1) Level III Elective.

 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 
Level I
EDPS1001 Introduction to Human Development

This course will enable students to understand some of the major conceptual and theoretical bases underlying Western psychological approaches to the study of human growth and development as well as to understand, use and evaluate techniques for the scientific study of human growth and development. (Not for Psychology majors).
 
EDFA1024 Social Foundations of Education
This introductory course is designed to provide students with an overview of the interrelationships between education/schooling and the society/community that it serves. More specifically, the course seeks to engage students in constructing a critical understanding of [i] the difference between such basic concepts as education and schooling, [ii] the multifaceted relationship between education and society, [iii] the historical context and development of Caribbean education, [iv] some of the topically pertinent issues in Caribbean education as they relate to society and social change.
 
PHIL1003 Introduction to Philosophy
The course aims to introduce students to the methods and materials of philosophy through the exploration of certain fundamental philosophical concerns and problems like the nature of mind and personal identity, free will and determinism, and the existence of God.
 
CLTR1100 Culture and Identity
This course introduces students to the debates surrounding the formation of cultural identities. The course will demonstrate that both culture and identity are contested entities as students are shown the ways in which various, and oft times contradictory narratives of culture, shape the construct of identities. It will address such issues as the relation between culture as lived experience and institutional or sanctioned versions of Culture. It will also examine the ways in which our sense of identity and belonging are formed as well as how new cultural texts emerge to subvert dominant ideologies.
 
THEA1000 Introduction to Theatre
This course focuses on the theatre as artistic expression. It is designed to develop a working vocabulary, awareness and appreciation of theatre in its artistic, social, and historical contexts. Students explore the theory and practice of forms of theatre in a variety of cultural settings. 
 
FOUN 1006 -  Exposition for Academic Purposes (formerly English for Academic Purposes)

This course is designed to: (1) equip students with the study and research skills they will need in order to get the maximum benefit from all their courses at the University; (2) familiarize them with the linguistic situation in the Caribbean and break down certain misconceptions they usually have about it; and (3) introduce students to the rhetorical modes of discourse.
 
 FOUN 1004 - An Introduction to Argument (formerly Language Argument)
This course is designed to develop the critical analytical skills of the student in the area of argument (emotional and logical).
 
FOUN 1003 - Introduction to creative Non-Fiction (formerly Rhetoric I: The Writing Process)
This course will focus on the writing process, specifically the development of writing for different purposes.
 
FREN0101 Beginners’ French 1
An intensive course for students with little or no competence in French. Through a programme for adult beginners, students acquire the language necessary for oral and written expression in a number of authentic situations. NB: Students must pass both written and oral components in order to pass the course.
 
SPAN0101 Beginners’ Spanish I
This course is designed for the student with little or no background in Spanish. It seeks to develop command of the essential elements of the Spanish grammar as well as basic communicative competence.

 
PORT1001 Portuguese Language IA
The goal of this course is to develop in participants receptive and productive skills that will enable them to use the target language effectively to communicate with native speakers in various social contexts. Classroom activities will be based on real life situations. Reading materials include themes like art and culture, economy and industry, tourism, geography and the evolution of Brazilian society, with emphasis on its history and culture. 
 
FREN0102 Beginners’ French II

Prerequisite: FREN0101 or PASS IN CSEC FRENCH This intensive course increases the competence of beginners and faux débutants to a standard appropriate to one year of French at university level. NB: Students must pass both written and oral components in order to pass the course.
 
SPAN0102 Beginners’ Spanish I
Prerequisite: SPAN0101 or PASS at CSEC
This course is designed for the student with some background in Spanish. It seeks to develop mastery of the more difficult elements of Spanish grammar as well as greater communicative competence. To foster the development of more fluent speech various communicative activities will be employed.
 
SPAN0103 Beginners’ Spanish III 

Prerequisite: SPAN0102
SPAN0103 is a bridging course between Beginners and Level I. It endeavours to build on the basic skills learnt in SPAN0101 and SPAN0102 to achieve a higher level of communicative competence. Some grammar rules already learnt will be highlighted again, together with additional rules. The course includes topics dealing with Spanish and Latin American cultures.
 
PORT1002 Portuguese Language IB
Prerequisite: PORT0101 or PORT1001
The course is designed to further develop receptive and productive competence and to provide further input for sociolinguistic fluency in Portuguese. Students will be presented with cultural input which will allow them to advance beyond routine situations and equip them for competent interaction in the target community. Themes include popular art forms, folklore, traditional festivals, creative arts, entertainment, Brazilian popular music and carnival rhythms.
  
Level II
 
EDCU2101 Introduction to Curriculum Theory, Planning and Practice
This course introduces students to models of curriculum planning; the skills necessary to participate in curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation; problems of curriculum management and implementation; assumptions underlying current curriculum practices.
 
EDEC2000 Fundamentals of Early Childhood Care and Education
Prerequisite: All Level I, courses in ECCE Programme
This course covers the full spectrum of early childhood education from birth through age eight. Students will examine the history, curriculum, program applications, and current trends and issues in early childhood education. 
The course is applicable to individuals who design and work in infant and toddler programs, preschool programs, in child home cares, day-care nurseries and childcare, crèches, nursery schools, kindergartens and primary education.
The course will consist of a 2-hour lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week.
 
EDEC2005 Growth, Development and Learning in the Early Years
This course familiarises students with the development of children during the first eight years of life. They will gain a deeper understanding of their work that enables the development and education of young children including children with disabilities.  Additionally, through a micro-teaching practicum, students will hone critical skills in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate activities for children.
 
EDMA2207 Teaching Mathematics at the Primary Level
This course seeks to enhance the teachers’ competence to monitor and guide the mathematical activities, both teaching and learning, in the classroom.
 
EDME2211 Testing, Measurement and Evaluation I
This course examines the nature and purpose of educational assessment in the classroom and school contexts; the importance of feedback in assessment, learning and teaching; the use of a variety of means in determining pupil attainment; and the meaning, uses and limitations of marks and grades.
 
EDPH2016 Philosophy of Education
In this course, the objective is to introduce students to some distinctive ways of philosophical thinking in general, and philosophies of mind and psychology in particular, with reference to education concerns. An important aspect of the course is to encourage students to apply the course content to their own educational settings and issues.
 
EDRS2201 Introduction to Research Methods in Education
This course is focussed mainly on qualitative aspects of educational investigation. Students will be introduced to the following: the difference between quantitative and qualitative methods; the summarising of the main findings of research reports and articles; the definition of a research problem and the proposal of a suitable design for dealing with it; the application of research techniques appropriate to educational problems; the factors likely to affect the validity and quality of research studies; the construction of suitable datagathering instruments; data collection procedures; the analysis of data obtained; and how to present the findings in a written report.
 
EDRS2202 Basic Data Analysis with the Computer
This course is focussed mainly on quantitative aspects of educational investigation. It seeks to develop the ability to use the personal computer in the analysis and presentation of research data as well as a critical understanding of the advantages and limitations of the use of this technology in the research process.
 
EDSE2924 Introduction to Special Education
This course is designed to introduce beginning special and non-special education students to rudiments of exceptionalities. At the end of the course, students will:
1.            understand the concept of special education, exceptionalities, handicap, disability and inclusion.
2.            be familiar with various forms of deviations among school children.
3.            be equipped with basic knowledge of classroom management of children with special needs and
               counselling of their parents.
4.            be knowledgeable about teams of professionals involved in education, treatment and rehabilitation of                         disabled children.
5.            be equipped with methods of teaching, identification and educational programmes for individuals with                         disabilities.
 
OUT-OF-FACULTY FOUNDATION COURSES:
FOUN 1210 - Science, Medicine and Technology in Society
The overall aim of the course is to develop the ability of the student to engage in an informed manner in public discourse on matters pertaining to the impact of science, medicine and technology on society.
Administered by the Faculty of Science and Technology (formerly Pure and Applied Sciences)
 
FOUN 1301 - Law, Governance, Society and Economy in the Caribbean
This is a multi-disciplinary course of the Faculty of the Social Sciences designed mainly for non-Social Sciences students. The course will introduce students to some of the major institutions in Caribbean society. It will expose them to both historical and contemporary aspects of Caribbean society, including Caribbean legal, political and economic systems. In addition, Caribbean culture and associated Caribbean social problems are discussed.
Administered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
 
Level III

EDEC 3012 Integrated Curriculum in the Early Years
Prerequisite: EDEC 2005 Growth, Development and Learning in the Early Years
This course demonstrates the importance of integrating content areas (social studies, mathematics, science, language/literacy, creative arts and expression) and developmental areas (physical, social, emotional, and cognitive) to create a curriculum that is developmentally, culturally and individually appropriate for children in the early years (birth to 8 years). Students will enhance their skills in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate activities for children, through a micro-teaching practicum
 
that focuses on the delivery of integrated content.  The course is applicable to individuals who design and work in infant and toddler programs, preschool programs, in child home cares, day-care nurseries and childcare, crèches, nursery schools, kindergartens and primary education. 
 
EDEC  3011 Home, School and Community Collaboration
Prerequisite:  EDEC 3012 Integrated Curriculum in the Early Years

This course provides a basis for understanding the importance of collaborating and effectively communicating with the home and the community to provide quality developmentally appropriate experiences for supporting young children’s growth, development and learning.  Students will critically examine existing forms of family and community involvement and make creative suggestions and changes to make collaboration and communication more effective.  
The course is applicable to individuals who design and work in infant and toddler programs, preschool programs, in child home cares, day-care nurseries and childcare, crèches, nursery schools, kindergartens and primary education. Areas of study include stakeholders in early childhood education, understanding the Caribbean family, establishing a working relationship with parents, communities and families, and communicating with stakeholders including parents.
The course will consist of a 2-hour lecture and 1 hour of field work per week.
 
EDEC3090 The Early Childhood Practicum
Prerequisite: EDEC3090 Home, School and Community Collaboration
The Early Childhood Practicum allows student practitioners the opportunity to bring theory alive through practice in an inclusive developmentally appropriate early childhood setting for 5 hours a week for 10 weeks under the guidance of a trained early childhood practitioner and the University supervisor. 
Student practitioners will demonstrate developmentally appropriate classroom management and pedagogical skills as they facilitate the growth, development, care and learning of an assigned group of young children. They will demonstrate their ability to collaborate with the parents, cooperating practitioners and other stakeholders to enhance the quality of early childhood care and education. 
Student practitioners will be required to spend 9 hours in seminars during Semester 1 and a minimum of 5 hours a week in the setting and must also attend weekly 3 hour seminars with the University supervisor, a platform for student practitioners to discuss and share challenges and successes of the practicum experience.
The course is applicable to individuals who design and work in infant and toddler programs, preschool programs, in child home cares, day-care nurseries and childcare, crèches, nursery schools, kindergartens and primary education.
 
EDPS3804 Principles of Social Psychology 
Prerequisite: EDPS2011

This course enables students, inter alia, to understand some of the major conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of interpersonal behaviour and the development of social roles; to understand, use and evaluate research techniques for the scientific study of social attitudes and behaviour.
 
EDSO3102 Social Context of Education
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the study of education as an institution which affects and is affected by other major institutions in society by providing students with an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in the Sociology of Education; the concept of education and national development; the determinants of academic achievement; and teaching as a ‘profession’.
 
EDTE3404 Issues in Teacher Education
The purpose of this course is to enable the students to examine critically the basic issues, assumptions, and problems in teacher preparation programmes in the Eastern Caribbean; to develop the skills and competencies necessary for the planning, implementation.
 
EDEC 3090 The Early Childhood Practicum
Prerequisite: EDEC 3011 Home, School and Community
The Early Childhood Practicum allows student practitioners the opportunity to bring theory alive through practice in an inclusive developmentally appropriate early childhood setting for 5 hours a week for 10 weeks under the guidance of a trained early childhood practitioner and the University supervisor. 
  
Student practitioners will demonstrate developmentally appropriate classroom management and pedagogical skills as they facilitate the growth, development, care and learning of an assigned group of young children. They will demonstrate their ability to collaborate with the parents, cooperating practitioners and other stakeholders to enhance the quality of early childhood care and education.
Student practitioners will be required to spend 9 hours in seminars during Semester 1 and a minimum of 5 hours a week in the setting and must also attend weekly 3 hour seminars with the University supervisor, a platform for student practitioners to discuss and share challenges and successes of the practicum experience. The course is applicable to individuals who design and work in infant and toddler programs, preschool programs, in child home cares, day-care nurseries and childcare, crèches, nursery schools, kindergartens and primary education.


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