Early Childhood Development Courses at Ashford University
The first eight years of life are a dynamic time when children experience rapid growth physically, intellectually, and socially. These early experiences will establish the foundation for all future learning and development. Your Early Childhood Development courses will help you to understand typical and atypical childhood development. You will also develop the skills to adapt learning environments to match the diverse abilities of a wide range of children.
Early Childhood Development Class Descriptions and Credit Information
ECD 201 Atypical Development
ECD 301 Foundations of Early Intervention
ECD 302 Safe and Healthy Learning Environments
ECD 305 Positive Learning Environments
ECD 310 Exceptional Learning & Inclusion
This course provides an examination of historical approaches for inclusion and their influence on current trends for learning environments for children with exceptionalities. Students will apply evidence based instructional methods and strategies to support children with diverse needs. In addition, students will analyze the collaborative models in inclusive settings that support and serve children and their families. Finally students will create a professional and ethical-based philosophy of inclusion for children with exceptionalities.
ECD 315 Curriculum Planning and Design for Early Learners
This course provides an examination of the essential elements of curriculum planning and design for diverse settings and learners. Students will analyze developmentally appropriate planning, teaching and assessment strategies used with a diverse childhood population. In addition, students will assess the role of educators in fostering each child’s development and joy of learning. Finally, students will create individualized objectives and design integrated standards-based lessons for a diverse childhood population.
ECD 320 Cognition and Language Development
ECD 330 Ethics and Legal Responsibility in Early Learning Settings
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to special education in early learning settings. Students will examine legislation that impacts current special education practices in early learning settings. In addition, students will analyze the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part C) and identify the components of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP). Students will also focus on the process of Individualized Education Plans and how to differentiate placement consideration mandates for diverse learners.