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2022-2023 Catalog 
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ECED& 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Credits: 5
Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues, trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals and programs in action.

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Explain current theories and ongoing research in early care and education.
  2. Describe 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 early care and education 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.

Program Outcomes
  1. Use developmental milestones and observations of children’s behavior as a foundation for planning appropriate activities.
  2. Advocate for strategies that promote the cultural diversity of children, families and their communities.
  3. Demonstrate effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication
  4. Discuss current issues and trends in early childhood education.
  5. Identify typical and atypical growth and development (cognitive, linguistic, motor, and social).
  6. Positively support children’s whole development.
  7. Display a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job
  8. Develop rapport and contribute to the work environment as a member of the instructional team.
  9. Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct
  10. Comply with laws (such as IDEA, Section 504, ADA), workplace policies, and procedures in relation to confidentiality, reporting of abuse, discipline, chain of command and delegation and supervision.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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