Early Childhood Minor
Required Courses for the Early Childhood Minor
A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.
Students from other majors who desire an early childhood minor must take the following core courses identified with an asterisk (*) and may choose any of the other courses listed to total 18-21 credit hours:
*HES/ECE 131 Introduction/Observation of Early Childhood Programs
*HES/ECE 230 Infant and Toddler Development
*HES 232 The Young Child (3 credits)
*HES 431 Dynamics of Early Childhood Curriculum (4 credits)
- ECE 131
Introduction/Observation of Early Childhood Programs3 credits
Observation and critical analysis of diversified early
childhood programs, with an emphasis on program
- FCS 230
Infant and Toddler Development3 credits
Study of prenatal, neonatal, infant, and toddler development with emphasis given to the birth process and the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects affecting
parents and children. Infant observation and practicum experience is an integral part of the course (30 clock hours in addition to the scheduled class meeting times).
- FCS 232
The Young Child3 credits
Study of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children ages three through eight. Course includes observations of preschool age children
(30 clock hours in addition to the scheduled class meeting times). Prerequisite: FCS 230 or consent of instructor.
- FCS 337
Family Relations3 credits
Analysis of family interaction throughout the life cycle.
Emphasis on issues related to self-understanding,
readiness for mature relationships, and communication
within families. Focus is on understanding family
dynamics in relationships and the interrelationships of
family with other social institutions. This course has been
designated as writing intensive by the university.
- ECE 432
Administration of Early Childhood Programs3 credits
- ECE 431
Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum3 credits
Program planning and evaluation based on principles of
development and a variety of theoretical constructs.
Examines teaching strategies, content area knowledge and
developmentally appropriate practices in the field of early
childhood with strong emphasis on integrated curriculum.
The importance of play, multicultural teaching, and
family involvement are explored in relationship to early
childhood development and curriculum. Prerequisites:
- FCS 489
Practicum in Family & Consumer Sciences3 credits
An individually arranged practicum providing the student with the opportunity to apply principles of management and the content of the student’s major in a community-based setting.
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