ech506 | Graduate
Introduction To Early Childhood Education
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Early Childhood Learning Environments
- Identify characteristics of a developmentally appropriate early childhood learning environment.
- Examine how the learning environment affects the physical, motor, cognitive, and affective development of young children.
- Describe assessment strategies that guide teaching and learning in early childhood settings.
Foundations of Early Childhood Education
- Examine the role of early childhood education in contemporary society.
- Analyze appropriate early childhood terminology.
- Identify historical and theoretical developments in early childhood education.
- Identify current topics in early childhood education.
Current Trends in Early Childhood Education
- Identify local, state, and national trends and issues in early childhood education.
- Examine the use of technology in early childhood education.
- Analyze current topics in early childhood education.
The Professional Early Childhood Educator
- Examine professional standards, qualifications, preparation programs, and continuing education opportunities related to early childhood education.
- Review public policies related to early childhood education.
Ethical Standards and Professional Guidelines
- Examine codes of ethics guiding the early childhood educator, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct.
- Identify standards of confidentiality, sensitivity, and respect for children and families.
- Analyze the legal and ethical roles and responsibilities of the professional early childhood educator.
Theories and Models of Early Childhood Education
- Examine theories and models of early childhood education.
- Describe the significance of play theories for learning.
- Evaluate the implications of brain-based research for early childhood education.
Components of Early Childhood Education Programs
- Describe essential elements of an early childhood education program.
- Analyze diversity considerations in early childhood education programs.
- Examine the benefits of family and community collaboration in early childhood programs.
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