GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
272 Graduate Programs
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
CHILD ADVOCACY STUDIES (CAST)
CAST U700. Perspectives in Child Maltreatment (3) Survey of the clinical
and empirical literature on child abuse and neglect. Includes an overview of
definitional issues, psychological impact, prevention and intervention strate-gies,
system responses, policy implications, and child advocacy. Prerequisite:
admission to the Child Advocacy Studies Certificate Program, or consent of
the Child Advocacy Studies Curriculum Committee.
CAST U701. System Responses to Child Maltreatment (3) Social, medi-cal,
legal, educational, and therapeutic responses to child maltreatment,
with a focus on investigating allegations and determining both criminal
and family/civil court outcomes. Prerequisite: CAST U700, or consent of the
Child Advocacy Studies Curriculum Committee.
CAST U702. Prevention and Intervention Strategies (3) Evidence-based
prevention and intervention strategies from multidisciplinary and culturally
sensitive approaches. Comprehensive assessment and treatment issues will
be addressed along with other issues commonly found in maltreating fami-lies,
such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and poverty. Prerequisite:
CAST 700, or consent of the Child Advocacy Studies Curriculum Committee.
CAST U798. Topics in Child Advocacy (3) Emerging issues in child advo-cacy.
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: admission
to the Child Advocacy Studies Certificate Program, or consent of the Child
Advocacy Studies Curriculum Committee.
CAST U799. Child Advocacy Project/Internship (3) Supervised capstone
project and/or field experience in a community agency. Prerequisites: CAST
700, CAST 701, CAST 702 and consent of instructor. Acceptance into the
Program and meeting academic prerequisites does not guarantee a project
approval or field placement. Enrollment in the CAST 799 Child Advocacy
Project/Internship requires an interview and approval of the CAST director
along with an updated criminal background check, Department of Social
Services Central Registry background check, and a professional credentials/
licensing status check.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (EDEC)
EDEC U608. Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education (3)
Analysis of programs and practices for involving parents in early childhood
educational settings. Emphasis on objectives, methods, techniques and
materials for program development. Community resources for supporting
programs for children in various instructional settings.
EDEC U698. Topics in Early Childhood Education (1-3)
EDEC U699. Independent Study (3)
EDEC U712. Practicum in Parent Involvement in Early Childhood
Education (3) School- and home-based experience with parents. Emphasis
is upon home-school relationships and their effects upon the young child's
development and learning. Participation with advisory groups, parent
activities in the classroom, home visits, and parent-teacher communication.
Weekly seminar sessions. Prerequisite: EDEC U608.
EDEC U740. The Young Child: Applying Theory and Research (3)
Analysis and discussion of theory and research related to the education of
young children. Intellectual, social, emotional and physical development
of infants, toddlers and young children will be examined. Special emphasis
on implication for developing early childhood educational instructional
programs. Prerequisite: EDPS U705.
EDEC U742. Advanced Study of Early Childhood Curricula and
Program Models (3) An analysis of early childhood program models and
curricula with theoretical orientation, related research, societal needs, and
the student’s philosophy of education.
EDEC U744. Advanced Study of Language Development and Com-munication
Skills in Early Childhood Education (3) Provides classroom
teachers with an overview of the development of language and communica-tion
skills in children, birth through eight.
EDEC U750. Play Theory and Early Learning (3) Theory, research and
practices related to the play of young children in various instructional settings.
EDEC U794. Types of Early Childhood Centers (3) An overview of the
function, funding, management and organization of the many varied pro-grams
for young children, including research centers, private and agency
EDEC U797. Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3) Synthesis of
development, curriculum, cognition and related issues in early childhood
education. Prerequisites: 30 hours of Program of Study courses completed
including EDPS U705, EDRM U700, EDFO U744 and EDEC U742.
EDEC U811. Current Trends & Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)
Early childhood education is a new, developing and rapidly changing field;
this course presents an evaluation of current programming. Extensive use
will be made of ERIC and similar services. An analysis of what is taking place
currently in various innovative and experimental centers.
EDEC U812. Practicum in Early Childhood Education (3-6) Open only to
teachers and graduate students who have had no experience or training for
work with children below the first grade, especially those desiring certifica-tion.
Supervised school-based experiences and related seminar participation
will be required. Prerequisites: EDEC U420 and U422.
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (EDEL)
EDEL U544. Modern Approaches to Mathematics Teaching (3) Cur-riculum
and pedagogy for mathematics topics taught in grades 3 through 8.