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General Course Information for ECE435: Music, Movement, Drama, Dance

Course: ECE435 - Music, Movement, Drama, Dance
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Course Description:

Focus on enriching and enhancing young children's learning through the creative arts. Emphasis on integrating creative experiences within core subjects to create developmentally appropriate experiences.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate, in writing and discussion, supportive historical background and developmental perspectives for the use of creative arts in the growth and development of young children.
  • Demonstrate, in writing and discussion, the effectiveness of music, movement, drama, and dance as teaching-learning strategies with young children.
  • Demonstrate, in writing and discussion, blending of subject matter in music, movement, drama and dance and integration into an age appropriate dynamic learning curriculum units for young children.
  • Compile a variety of music, movement, drama and dance resources for use in curriculum unit planning for young children.
  • Develop skills in improvisation of activities to accompany play activities.
  • Exhibit personal and social behavior while presenting culturally diverse performing arts; dance and music.
  • Implement the use of environmental materials to create musical instruments.
  • Demonstrate core standards for the performing arts as a means of fitness and health promotion.
  • Demonstrate undergraduate-level written communication.
  • Demonstrate undergraduate-level oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate undergraduate application of analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of potential legal and ethical issues in course content.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for young children.
  • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in developmentally age appropriate practice in early childhood education.
  • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in early childhood practice.
  • Develop active learning environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and nurturing for all young children.
  • Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and very young children.
  • Develop oral, written, and technological skills supporting children's growth and development through respectful, reciprocal engagements with individual learners, families, and the larger community.
  • Implement a curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for diverse young children.
  • Implement a developmentally age appropriate standards-based curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for young children with special needs and implications of cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in partnership with families and professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible manner in partnership with families and other professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures