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Early Childhood Education programThe Casper College Education Program provides the first two years of a Baccalaureate elementary/secondary degree program which leads to certification of elementary and secondary public school teachers. Students who follow the recommended curriculum may also receive an associate of arts or an associate of science degree from Casper College. Students should consult the catalogs of the colleges or universities to which they are transferring for requirements.

Notice of background check: All education students are subject to background checks and fingerprinting for selected educational coursework involving student contact and future employment as professionals in education and related fields.

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The Casper College education program provides the first two years of a Baccalaureate elementary/secondary degree program which leads to certification of elementary and secondary public school teachers.

Download the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree in Elementary Education checklist in pdf format. Students should consult the catalog of the college or university to which they plan to transfer for requirements.

The curriculum in Early Childhood Education is designed to qualify students for teaching and management positions in child care centers, preschools, child development centers, and in other positions dealing with the care of young children.

The Early Childhood curriculum includes a greater number of general education courses and are for students who are likely to enter baccalaureate programs in the areas of elementary education, early childhood education or child development. The recommended curriculum for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education also contains many courses that may be applied to four-year programs, but is primarily designed for students who are not planning to pursue a bachelor's degree.

EDCI 1410 Theory I (1L,1CR)[E]:
A hands-on application course designed to accompany MATH 1100, Theory of Arithmetic I. The same topics, sets, logic, number theory, and operations will be covered in both courses. Prerequisite: MATH 1000.

EDCI 1420 Theory II (1L,1CR)[E]:
The second semester of the course for elementary and junior high school teachers. Includes the study of probability, statistics, measurements, and geometry. Prerequisite: MATH 1100 and EDCI 1410.

EDCI 1430 Life Science in the Elementary School (2LB,1CR)[E]:
Covers selection of basic life science concepts, materials and curricula appropriate for elementary school. Concurrent enrollment: BIOL 1020, or permission of the instructor.

EDCI 1440 Physical Science in the Elementary School (2LB,1CR)[E]:
Covers selection of basic physical science concepts, materials and curricula appropriate for elementary school. This course parallels the content of PHYS 1090 and should be taken the same semester.

EDCI 1450 Earth Science in the Elementary School (2LB,1CR)[E]:
Covers selection of basic earth science concepts, materials, and curricula appropriate for elementary school. This course parallels the contents of GEOL 1070/ASTR 1070.

EDCI 2050 Introduction to Outdoor Education (1L,4LB,3CR):
This practicum course addresses pedagogies specific to teaching in outdoor settings. Students will teach field science in this outdoor course. Prerequisite: This is a practicum course that includes some classroom and field (outdoor) experiences. Culmination of this course will include an outdoor teaching experience in an on-site camp environment that will be 3-5 days in length. Students should be comfortable walking and teaching in an outdoor environment. This is a companion course to EDUC 2100 which should be taken concurrently with or prior to taking this course. This course is intended for secondary science education majors or other students with advisor or instructor approval.

EDCI 2480 Cooperative Work Experience in Early Childhood Education (1-6CR) (Max. 6):
Students are afforded the opportunity to gain practical, on-the-job experience in an early childhood group setting. Supervision is provided by both the instructional staff of the college and the work site supervisor. Enrollment is limited to majors in early childhood except by permission of the instructor.

EDCI 2495 Workshop: (Subtitle) (1-2CR):
Special topics in education offered in response to specific needs or public interest.

EDCI 2505 Introduction to Disabilities (3L,3CR):
This course is designed to familiarize paraeducators with the definition and classification of disabilities as recognized in the state of Wyoming and the Natrona County School District. The course also presents material, which will lead to an increased understanding and empathy for such students and the problems that they encounter. Finally, the course examines the best practices and teaching procedures available for educating students with disabilities.

EDCI 2515 Teaching and Learning Strategies (3L,3CR):
This course is designed to prepare paraeducators in the use of instructional techniques, which will enhance learning in the classroom. The emphasis is not only upon sharpening classroom skills, but also upon knowledge of the theory behind program design. The course focuses on four major designs: Direct Instruction, Precision Teaching, Teaching Research and Intensive Phonics.

EDCI 2530 Classroom Guidance (3L,3CR):
This class is provided as part of the ParaEducators Preparation Program. It is designed to provide an overview of the best practices in both classroom and school wide discipline models. Participants will be given the opportunity to perfect their own management procedures and become more aware of how behavior interactions are affected in the social stratus of a school setting.

EDCI 2545 Diversity in Education (3L,3CR):
This course is designed to introduce students to the conceptualization, design and implementation of a multicultural education that respects and honors diversity as well as promotes national unity.

EDCI 2550 Educational Interactions (3L,3CR):
This course will address the changing dynamics to the educational process involving paraeducators. It is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for teachers and paraeducators to work effectively as a team. Topics will include role clarification, good communication, resolving conflict, and teamwork.

EDEC 1020 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3L,3CR)[E]:
Introduces the student to the field of early childhood education through lecture discussion, observation, and participation. The student will be exposed to different programs in the community. Topics to be explored include components of quality programs, child development theory, curriculum development, learning environments, classroom management, parent-teacher relationships, importance of play, and teaching as a profession.

EDEC 1030 Infant and Toddler Care (2L,2CR):
This course provides information on growth and development of children under the age of three along with curriculum implications; defines the interactive role of the caregiver, and explores other components of infant toddler care including implementation of quality programming and adult interactions. The course along with EDEC 1035, Infant and Toddler Care Lab, meets the criteria for the Wyoming Infant Toddler Credential.

EDEC 1035 Infant and Toddler Care Lab (2LB,1CR):
Supervised experience in the care of infants and toddlers at an approved early childhood program. This course along with EDEC 1030, Infant and Toddler Care, meets the criteria for the Wyoming Infant Toddler Credential. Prerequisite: EDEC 1030 (or concurrent enrollment).

EDEC 1100 Observation and Guidance of Young Children (2L,2CR):
Effective methods of observation and guidance to meet the children’s needs individually and in groups with an emphasis on promoting a positive and constructive climate in the early childhood setting. Topics include assessments, recording behaviors, planning environments, materials and equipment, scheduling, discipline and parent-teacher communication. Prerequisite: EDEC 1020, FCSC 2122, PSYC 2300, or permission of the instructor.

EDEC 1105 Observation and Guidance of Young Children Lab (2LB,1CR):
Supervised experience in the observation and guidance of young children at an early childhood center. (Spring semester.) Prerequisite: EDEC 1100 (or concurrent enrollment).

EDEC 1200 Administration in Early Childhood Programs (3L,3CR):
Designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in both the business and human relations components of administering centers for young children. Includes procedures in establishing early childhood centers; administrative forms; fiscal management; selection, development, and motivation of staff; parent and community involvement; and program regulations and evaluation. (Fall semester.) Prerequisite: EDEC 1020, or permission of the instructor.

EDEC 1300 Curriculum Planning and Development for Young Children (2L,2CR):
Development of skills in planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate experiences to encourage intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and creative growth in young children with the focus on the concept of the whole child. Prerequisite: EDEC 1020, FCSC 2122, PSYC 2300, or permission of the instructor.

EDEC 1305 Curriculum Planning and Development for Young Children Lab (2LB,1CR):
Supervised experience in planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum activities at an early childhood center. Prerequisite: EDEC 1300 or concurrent enrollment.

EDEC 2210 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (2L,8LB,6CR):
By actively participating in the care and education of young children in an early childhood program, students should become more proficient in administrative skills, increase their awareness of contemporary issues in early childhood, and demonstrate a high level of competence as a head teacher. Students will serve a total of 120 hours in directed field experience and 15 hours in seminar during the semester. Enrollment is limited to majors in early childhood education except by permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: EDEC 1100 and EDEC 1105, EDEC 1300 and EDEC 1305, or permission of the instructor.

EDEL 1410 Theory I Seminar: Education (1L,1CR): This seminar is a hands-on application course designed to accompany and enhance MATH 1100, Numbers
and Operations for Elementary School Teachers. This is a required course for all prospective elementary teachers. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 1100.

EDEL 1420 Theory II Seminar: Education (1L,1CR): This seminar is a hands-on application course designed to accompany and enhance MATH 2120, Geometry and Measurement for Elementary School Teachers. This is a required course for all prospective elementary teachers. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 2120.

EDEX 2190 The Gifted Student (1L,1CR):
A workshop designed to give teachers and parents information about the education of gifted children. Topics covered are understanding the needs of gifted children, identifying the gifted, providing guidance and counseling, developing creativity, helping the
under-achieving gifted, parenting gifted children, teaching the gifted (at home and at school), and using federal, state, and community resources. S and U grade only.

EDEX 2484 Introduction to Special Education (3L,3CR)[E]:
This course is designed to meet the needs of education majors for a required course in Special Education. It provides a broad overview of effective intervention models of instruction and/or behavior techniques for special needs students within an inclusion setting and/or other continuum of special education options which meet the least restrictive environment. Finally, this class would be helpful for individuals in other fields who need an introduction to the field of special education. Prerequisite: EDFD 2020.

EDFD 2020 Foundations of Education (3L,3CR)[E]:
A foundations course designed to provide a general survey of educational thought and practice. Emphasis is given to critical thinking about numerous educational points of view. ENGL 1010, or permission of the instructor.

EDFD 2100 Educational Psychology (3L,3CR)[E]:
Provides an overview of the field of educational psychology, its theoretical bases, classroom application to the teaching-learning process and examines research design in education. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.

EDUC 2100 Public School Practicum (2L,4LB,4CR)[E]:
Students will participate in an extensive practicum experience for prospective educators in an accredited school under the supervision of a certified mentor teacher. Students will serve a total of 60 hours during the semester (generally serving 6 hours per week for approximately 10 weeks) and also attend one weekly 100-minute class session Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or permission of instructor. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in EDFD 2020.

FCSC 1141 Principles of Nutrition (3L,3CR)[E]:
This course is designed to give students a general understanding of nutrition concepts. The course content emphasizes key nutrients and the human body's need for and utilization of those nutrients. Students will be informed of the importance of individualized nutrition plans, and will be exposed to some of the latest research in nutrition. Also addressed are nutritionally relevant topics such as eating disorders, nutritional supplements, dieting and food safety. Recommended for nutrition majors, physical education and early childhood education majors and other interested nonmajors.

FCSC 2122 Child Development Lab (2LB,1CR):
This course will serve as a bridge between theory and application through experience in the observation of child growth and development from birth-12 years of age. Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 or concurrent enrollment.

HLTK 1620 Heart Saver First Aid, CPR and AED (.33LB,.33CR):
Provides training in adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), foreign body airway obstruction, and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Also provides training for laypeople in first aid assessments and actions.

ITEC 2360 Teaching with Technology (2L,2LB,3CR or 3L,3CR)[E]:
Introduction to effective utilization of computers and other instructional technologies for instruction; software/hardware selection; integrated, professional, and instructional applications as applied to all areas and levels of P-12 education.

LIBS 2280 Literature for Children (3L,3CR)[E][CH]:
A survey course designed for reading and discussion of works of literature for children. Selection of children’s books for school, home, and library is stressed. In order to establish criteria for evaluation, students are expected to become acquainted with a wide sampling of children’s literature including classics, both old and new. Prerequisite: ENGL 1020.

PSYC 2300 Developmental Psychology (3L,3CR)[E]:
Provides an overview of child growth and development through adolescence using a lifespan approach, the theoretical bases for the area of child study, application of solutions to developmental problems, and the physical, psychological, social and emotional aspects of child psychology, as well as current research on the topic. Prerequisite: three to four hours of 1000 level introductory psychology.

PSYC 2360 Lifespan: Adulthood and Aging (1L,1CR)[E]:
An overview of the lifespan from adulthood to later maturity, the theoretical bases for adult development, and the psychological, physical, social and emotional aspects of adult transitions. Current research methodology on adulthood will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 or concurrent enrollment with consent of instructor.

SOC 2325 Marriage and Family (3L,3CR)[CS]:
The family as a major institution. The significant aspects of courtship and marriage; contemporary marital and domestic problems; changing functions of the family and the impact of major social changes on family life are studied. Prerequisite: SOC 1000, PSYC 1000, or permission of the instructor.

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