2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Nov 11, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog
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ECED& 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

5.0 Credits
Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action. S/U grade option.
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain current theories and ongoing research in early care and education.
  2. Describe how children learn and develop through play and the role of play in early childhood programs.
  3. Compare early learning program models.
  4. Explain the importance of developing culturally responsive partnerships with families.
  5. Identify appropriate guidance techniques used in family and early learning settings.
  6. Describe the observation, assessment, and teaching cycle used to plan curriculum for all young children.
  7. Apply the professional code of ethics for early care and education to resolve dilemmas.
  8. Describe major historical figures, advocates, and events shaping today’s early childhood education.
  9. Document the importance of reflective thinking, meaning making, and decision making to the roles a teacher performs.
  10. Document an understanding of the professionally defined characteristics of continual lifelong learning and sources for ongoing professional development that are involved in early childhood education.
  11. Document how professionally defined practices provide teachers with guidance on how to foster children’s learning, design high-quality classroom environments, develop curriculum, and document children’s growth and learning.

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