ech301 | undergraduate

Foundations Of Early Childhood Education

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This course provides an overview of early childhood education for children, birth through age 8. Topics include theories and history of early childhood education, play theories, program types and models, and public policy trends. The course examines the significance of developmentally-effective learning experiences throughout early childhood programs.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 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

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    Theories and Models of Early Childhood Education

    • Evaluate the implications of brain-based research for early childhood education.
    • Examine theories and models of early childhood education.
    • Describe the significance of play theories for learning.

    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

    • Identify historical and theoretical developments in early childhood education.
    • Examine the role of early childhood education in contemporary society
    • Analyze appropriate early childhood terminology.

    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.
    • Examine codes of ethics guiding the early childhood educator, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct.

    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.
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