Early Childhood Education

UAB's Early Childhood Education program (M.A.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D.) embodies a three-fold purpose. Its first purpose is to prepare educators in meeting the evolving needs of learners, primarily in grades P-6, within today’s rapidly changing society. Its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach. Based on constructivism, this approach prepares prospective and experienced educators to use state-of-the-art instructional strategies in their own classrooms. Its third purpose is to ensure that a quality program is available to pre-service and in-service teachers who may be unable to attend class during traditional class hours. This program is unique in how it combines online support from the learning management system (i.e. Canvas) with a variety of delivery formats:

  • blended courses (online alternating with face-to-face)
  • professional learning communities
  • flexible summer programming
  • internships and practicums
  • totally online platforms
  • Saturday classes

These purposes are expanded through the Ed.S. program. This advanced degree program infuses an inquiry-focused approach that prepares teachers for assuming leadership roles in curriculum development and instructional delivery. It also provides experienced teachers with collaborative skills and mentoring techniques for serving as reflective practitioners to guide change and positively impact student achievement and school improvement. Teachers with Class A certification can pursue Ed.S. level certification in elementary education or early childhood education. By then pursuing the Ph.D. program in early childhood education, they can then explore relevant issues, theories, and practice at an even higher level.

For detailed information regarding admission requirements for the School of Education graduate programs, please visit the Admissions Requirements website at https://www.uab.edu/education/studentservices/admission-requirements.

Courses

ECE 545. Curriculum for Young Children: Math Science and SS. 6 Hours.

Basic knowledge of curriculum and concepts of mathematics, science, and social studies for young children. Child growth and development as basis for planning and teaching mathematics, science, and social studies to young children. Teaching methods and use of instructional media. Practicum experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to ECE 5th-Year Program.
Prerequisites: EEC 240 [Min Grade: D] and MA 113 [Min Grade: D] and MA 114 [Min Grade: D]

ECE 546. Comm Arts/Reading Young Child. 6 Hours.

Nature of reading and language arts experiences for children grades N-3. Media, materials, experiences, programs, and strategies to facilitate development of communicative abilities with emphasis on preserving and maintaining creative expression. Integration of learning in areas of listening, speaking, reading, composition, literature, handwriting, spelling, and other communication arts. Laboratory experiences required.
Prerequisites: EDR 440 [Min Grade: D]

ECE 548. Infant/Toddler Development. 3 Hours.

Study of human development within an ecological context from before birth to three years of age. Course covers social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, and creative development of the infant and toddler in the home and also in programs for very young children.

ECE 549. Edu Environment: Inf/Todd/Par. 3-6 Hours.

Study of infant (or toddler) development as it relates to the organization of a parent/infant (or toddler) educational program. Information concerning program management, observation of parent/infant (or toddler) interaction, development and sequencing of activities, creation and evaluation of materials, and an examination of techniques and procedures for parent involvement and education. Actual experience in working with a parent/infant (or toddler) program will be an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: ECE 548 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: ECE 548 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 620. Introduction to Curriculum and Teaching. 3 Hours.

Basic knowledge of early childhood curriculum for programs, infant through third grade, in a variety of settings. Relationship of child growth and development in planning and implementation of all areas of curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to ECE 5th-Year Program.

ECE 630. Cognitive Curriculum ECE. 3 Hours.

Mathematics and science for children four to eight years of age based on constructivism. Children's thinking, particularly in physical-knowledged activities, group games, and situations in daily living.

ECE 631. Programs for Young Children. 3 Hours.

Literature for children in nursery school, kindergarten, primary grades; selection, use, and integration of literature in total curriculum.

ECE 632. Young Children and Their Literature. 3 Hours.

Literature for children in nursery school, kindergarten, primary grades; selection, use, and integration of literature in total curriculum.

ECE 633. Social Development of the Young Atypical Child. 3 Hours.

Theoretical issues and political, sociological relationship of the atypical child. Nature, assessment, and intervention of emotional disorder. Program planning, teaching, and interdisciplinary considerations.

ECE 690. Practicum in Early Childhood Education. 3-6 Hours.

Required of all M.A.Ed. students. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ECE 691. Practicum Supervision in ECE. 2 Hours.

Supervision of practicum students.

ECE 692. Practicum in Primary Education. 6-9 Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of advisor and department.

ECE 693. Internship in Early Childhood Education. 3-9 Hours.

Full-time internship for 10 weeks (300 clock hours).

ECE 694. Practicum in ECE for the Young Atypical Child. 3 Hours.

ECE 730. Doctoral Seminar I: Issues in Development Theory. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program or instructor permission.Special Topics in Early Childhood and Development Studies. Specific topic announced in class schedule.

ECE 731. Doctoral Seminar II: Children and Society. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program or instructor permission.Special Topics in Early Childhood and Development Studies. Specific topic announced in class schedule.

ECE 732. Dr III: History of Early Childhood Education. 1-3 Hour.

Survey of historical, philosphical, and sociocultural foundation of early childhood programs and policies.
Prerequisites: ECE 730 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 731 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 733. Doctoral IV: Adv Research Design in ECE. 3 Hours.

Evaluation and planning of research in preparation for dissertation. Prerequisite: At least one course in research, measurement, or statistics.

ECE 734. Logic and Scientific Inquiry. 3 Hours.

Scientific investigation as applied in education. Conceptual issues in research process. Methods of analysis and presentation. Prerequisite: Master's degree.

ECE 735. Meaning and Development of Play. 3 Hours.

Nature of play, its importance and how it is nurtured.

ECE 736. Personality Development of the Young Child. 3 Hours.

Theoretical perspectives; review of research, including cross-cultural studies.

ECE 737. Parent Child and School Interface. 3 Hours.

Historical development of parent involvement. Theoretical bases of family-school interactions.

ECE 738. The Consultation Process and the Young Child. 3 Hours.

Skills for working with families, teachers, and professionals in community agencies that serve infants, toddlers, and young children.
Prerequisites: ECE 730 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 731 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 739. Developing Interpersonal Competence for Leaders. 3 Hours.

Relationships with coworkers and subordinates. Various approaches to interpersonal relationships.

ECE 740. Research Apprenticeship. 3-6 Hours.

Planning, implementation, analysis, and presentation of research.

ECE 741. Research Study: Design and Implementation. 3 Hours.

Development of rationale, literature search, collection and analysis of data, and formal written report (according to APA guidelines). Must be completed before admission to candidacy.
Prerequisites: EPR 607 [Min Grade: C] and EPR 608 [Min Grade: C] and EPR 609 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 740 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 742. Piaget: Theory and Research I. 3 Hours.

Jean Piaget's theory, application to early childhood education; physical and social (conventional) knowledge. Representation and memory, logico-mathematical knowledge. Prerequisite: Master's degree and EEC 672.
Prerequisites: EEC 672 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 743. Piaget: Theory and Research II. 3 Hours.

Jean Piaget's theory, application to early childhood education; physical and social (conventional) knowledge. Representation and memory, logico-mathematical knowledge. Prerequisite: Master's degree and EEC 672.
Prerequisites: EEC 672 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 744. Piaget: Theory and Research III. 3 Hours.

Jean Piaget's theory, application to early childhood education; physical and social (conventional) knowledge. Representation and memory, logico-mathematical knowledge. Prerequisite: Master's degree and EEC 672.
Prerequisites: ECE 743 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 672 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 745. Piaget: Theory and Research IV. 3 Hours.

Jean Piaget's theory, application to early childhood education; physical and social (conventional) knowledge. Representation and memory, logico-mathematical knowledge. Prerequisite: Master's degree and EEC 672.
Prerequisites: ECE 744 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 672 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 746. Contemporary Issues in Science Education. 3 Hours.

Crisis atmosphere surrounding science education in American classroom.
Prerequisites: ECE 730 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 731 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 732 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 747. Social Development of Young Children. 3 Hours.

Factors influencing socialization of young children.
Prerequisites: ECE 730 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 732 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 748. Research in Infancy. 3 Hours.

Theoretical and empirical evidence relating to developmental domains for young children.

ECE 749. Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum. 3 Hours.

Historical, philosophical, psychological, and social thought influencing curriculum in early childhood education.
Prerequisites: ECE 730 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 731 [Min Grade: C] and ECE 732 [Min Grade: C]

ECE 750. Literacy Before School. 3 Hours.

Written language development of preschool children.

ECE 751. School and Literacy Instruction. 3 Hours.

Primary-level literacy instruction and children's literacy development. Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program in early childhood education and two courses in language development. 999999.

ECE 752. Theory/Res Literacy Dev Instr. 3 Hours.

Philosophical and psychological beliefs regarding literacy development. 999999.

ECE 753. John Dewey and the Early Childhood Curriculum. 3 Hours.

Dewey's philosophy, epistemology; relationship to early childhood education and development.

ECE 760. Current Issues in Education. 2-3 Hours.

Internship.

ECE 774. Advanced Seminar in Language Development. 3 Hours.

Relationship of thinking and knowing to language development; strategies for analysis; strengths and weaknesses of techniques of examining language development.

ECE 790. Internship in Early Childhood Education and Devel. 3-9 Hours.

Internship.

ECE 791. Field Studies in Early Childhood Education. 1-6 Hour.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ECE 792. Directed Readings in Research. 3 Hours.

Review of research in early childhood education to gain understanding of conceptual and methodological basis.

ECE 793. Individual Research in Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

Recent research in early childhood education; systematic solutions to problems in education.

ECE 794. Current Research Topics in Early Childhood Educ. 1-3 Hour.

Philosophical aspects of scientific methods in education; functions of paradigms, theories, and models in inquiry; theory development and validation; major types of experimental and nonexperimental inquiry appropriate to study of educational phenomena.

ECE 798. Non-Dissertation Research. 1-12 Hour.

The course provides for supervised research experience under the direction of a graduate faculty member within the School of Education. The topic for an ECE 798 course must relate to the discipline or specializations within early childhood education and child development. The course is only available to students who have been admitted to the doctoral program in ECE.

ECE 799. Dissertation Research. 1-12 Hour.

Doctoral research Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.
Prerequisites: GAC D