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Early Childhood Education, Introduction to

Early Childhood Education, Introduction to

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the historical, theoretical, and developmental foundations for educating young children, with an emphasis on creating inclusive environments and curricula that are responsive to the needs of diverse children and their families. Topics include historical influences, program types, guidance strategies, professionalism, current trends and issues, and advocacy.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the roles, responsibilities, and requirements for those who work in early childhood settings
  • Analyze the evolution of the field of ECE through its historical figures and developmental and learning theorists
  • Analyze current issues that have implications for children, families, society, and early childhood professionals
  • Describe the age-related developmental accomplishments of young children from birth through age eight in each of the developmental domains, and their corresponding appropriate teaching strategies
  • Critique developmentally appropriate learning environments for children ages zero through eight years
  • Analyze programs that support individual differences, are culturally responsive, and include all children
  • Analyze the early childhood education standards as they relate to the preparation of developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Analyze practices that ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all children
  • Compare a variety of guidance strategies to help children develop emotional self-regulation and avoid challenging behaviors
  • Describe strategies that foster teacher and family partnerships for effectiveness in early childhood programs
  • Describe the role of assessment and documentation as tools to inform curriculum development and improve teaching, child learning outcomes, and early childhood program quality
  • Evaluate the attributes of professionalism in the field of early childhood education, including professional practice, advocacy, and social justice

Course Materials

Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education Book Cover
Title: Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation
Edition: 3
Author: Bredekamp
ISBN: 9780133956702