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Education Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

Basic Certificate (BC)

The Basic Certificate-Early Childhood Special Education is for undergraduate degree holders with an Illinois Professional Educator License and an LBS1 endorsement or an Early Childhood Endorsement seeking a letter of approval for Early Childhood Special Education. The ECSE approval prepares students to teach in an early childhood special education setting.

 

Details: Basic Certificate (BC)

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Child Development
CHLD DV 262-1
Child, Family & Community Relations 3
This course explores the importance of building positive relationships between young children, their families, the community, and the early childhood setting. It examines issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and anti-bias approaches in working with young children, their families, and the community as well as current policies, and practices that influence families. This course promotes self-reflection, cross cultural communication, and sensitivity to cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity. 5 hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CHLD DV 101 AND CHLD DV 120, OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
Education
EDUC 170
Observation, Documentation, & Assessment in ECSE 3
This course provides an overview of observation, documentation, and assessment for children birth to age eight with or at risk for having special needs. Students will be introduced to developmentally appropriate techniques for observing, documenting, and assessing the development of children with or at risk for special needs in order to inform curriculum planning and promote positive guidance strategies. Students will become familiar with informal and formal methods and tools for observation, documentation, and assessment and their appropriate use across developmental domains, environmental contexts, disability diagnosis, and ages. Students will identify methods for individual, environmental, and program assessment in special education contexts. The course emphasizes a strengths-based approach to assessment that includes building partnerships with families and professional colleagues and cultural responsiveness. Self-reflection is a major component of the course as well as the examination of bias in the observation and assessment of young children from diverse backgrounds. Fifteen hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. This course is part of an approved set of courses that fulfill the requirements leading to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Approval for Early Childhood Special Education. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are required.
Prerequisites:Enrollment in the Early Childhood Special Education Basic Certificate Program. ​
Offered at: Harry S Truman
EDUC 171
Language and Literacy in ECSE 3
This course will cover language and literacy development in children age birth to eight years old who are at risk for or have special needs with a specific focus on early childhood special education settings. The course will include an overview of typical language development birth to age eight. Students will be introduced to atypical language development and specific disabilities that affect language and literacy. The course will outline the relationship between communication and language differences and learning and development across domains and contexts. Students will explore methods for supporting development, learning, and literacy for children at risk for or with special needs including assistive technologies and alternative and augmentative communication methods. The course emphasizes a strengths-based approach that includes building partnerships with families and professional colleagues and cultural responsiveness. Self-reflection is a major component of the course as well as the examination of bias in the observation and assessment of young children from diverse backgrounds. Five observation hours are required as part of the course. This course is part of an approved set of courses that fulfill the requirements leading to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Approval for Early Childhood Special Education. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are required.
Prerequisites:Enrollment in the Early Childhood Special Education Basic Certificate Program. ​
Offered at: Harry S Truman
EDUC 172
Principles and Practices of ECSE 3
The purpose of this course is to examine how teachers can implement developmentally appropriate methods in a curriculum while promoting the development of social/emotional, cognitive, communication, adaptive, motor and other learning skills of young children with special needs in various settings to ensure all students can be full participants in their classrooms and in the local school community. Through discussion and hands-on learning activities, teachers will learn to design and adapt learning environments to support development and adapt curricular activities and materials in ways that will allow active and full participation of all children.
Prerequisites:Enrollment in the Early Childhood Special Education Basic Certificate Program. ​
Offered at: Harry S Truman

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