Course Abstract Details

ECE-101, Child Growth and Development

Credits: 3

Course Description

ECE-101, Child Growth and Development, examines the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of young children from prenatal development through middle childhood. It reviews prominent theories of development and topics such as health, nutrition, play, and family. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education Child Development requirement for an initial certificate in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. This course is also forty-five hours of the Ninety Hour Child Care Certificate for Senior Staff. ECE-104 is required to complete the Ninety Hour Child Care Certificate. ECE-101 and ECE-104 may be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ A-F and ENG-097. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. Offered Spring and Fall terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:    

1. explain the developmental appropriateness of programs for young children.(GE 1, 2; PG 1) 

2. identify developmental milestones within the prenatal period, period of infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood years and school-age years. (GE 1; PG 1) 

3. discuss the cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, and physical development of children. (GE 1, 2; PG 1) 

4. discuss language development, moral development, and personality development of young children. (GE 1, 2; PG 1) 

5. discuss the role of the family, school, and community in relation to development. (GE 1, 2, 6; PG 1, 2) 

6. explain the influence of developmental patterns upon childcare programming. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 3) 

7. identify the principles and components of behavioral, cognitive, and constructivist learning theories. (GE 1, 2 ; PG 1, 2) 

8. identify sociological and societal influences upon development, including divorce, racism, and sexism. (GE 1, 2, 6; PG 1, 2) 

9. identify the major research methods and assessment techniques used to study children. (GE 1, 2, 4; PG 2) 

10. discuss current research findings related to early childhood education.(GE 1, 2, 3, 4; PG 1, 2, 3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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