Course Abstract Details

ECE-102, Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Credits: 3

Course Description

ECE-102, Introduction to Early Childhood Education, examines the conceptual framework for understanding the role of the early childhood professional. Focuses on understanding professional and legal responsibilities in the profession of early childhood education in the context of historical, philosophical, and social influences. Surveys contemporary trends, issues, and problems affecting young children such as discipline, single-parent families, homelessness, child abuse and neglect, inclusion, accountability, and stress in children. 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 historical and philosophical roots of early childhood development/education. (GE 1, 2; PG 3) 

2. identify major theories and theorists in the field of early childhood development/education. (GE 1, 2, 4; PG 2) 

3. discuss significant issues and current trends pertaining to the profession, including legislation. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 2) 

4. describe the Early Childhood Professional Code of Ethics. (GE 1, 2, 7; PG 3) 

5. apply knowledge of diversity and commonality with early childhood development/education programs in communities. (GE 2, 6, 7; PG 3) 

6. compare and contrast the variety of curriculum models and programs in early childhood development/education. (GE 2, 3; PG 2, 3) 

7. identify the main components of developmentally appropriate curricula, including the importance of play. (GE 1 , 2, 3; PG 1, 3) 

8. discuss the major roles and responsibilities of an early childhood professional. (GE 1, 7; PG 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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