ech211 | undergraduate

Instructional Strategies For Early Childhood Education

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This course focuses on the theoretical models that underlie teaching and learning in the early childhood setting, birth through age 8 or through Grade 3. Students examine appropriate methods for teaching all young children, explore lesson plan designs, analyze the most effective, research-based teaching strategies to promote student learning, and develop a lesson plan.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Learning Goals and Objectives

    • Differentiate between goals and objectives for the early childhood setting.
    • Create goals and objectives that integrate Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
    • Write developmentally appropriate objectives aligned to the Common Core State Standards and NAEYC Standards.
    • Explain how a lesson plan objective relates to instruction in birth through age 8 or through Grade 3.


    • Identify assessment types appropriate for early childhood including their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Create instructionally sound and developmentally appropriate assessments for birth through age 8 or through Grade 3.

    Instructional Strategies

    • Design a lesson plan for the early childhood setting.
    • Compare and contrast the effectiveness of various instructional strategies, including strategies for using technology in the early childhood setting.
    • Demonstrate how to use various instructional strategies to promote student-centered learning.
    • Describe how students’ critical thinking can be promoted through effective questioning.

    Early Childhood Models

    • Compare and contrast early childhood program models.
    • Identify the types of play models relevant to child development.
    • Analyze the importance of play during the different developmental stages to promote student learning and development.
    • Evaluate your personal disposition toward the teaching profession.

    Lesson Planning

    • Describe the components of a lesson plan for young children birth through age 8 or through Grade 3.
    • Compare and contrast different approaches to lesson planning.
    • Explain the role of NAEYC and CCSS Standards in planning and instruction for young children.
    • Determine the information needed to make instructional decisions.
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