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Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies

Course Number: ECE 120
Transcript Title: Intro Early Ed & Fam Studies
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Introductory level child development class integrating the normal growth an developmental patterns of children from conception through age 10 with developmentally appropriate practices. Linkages between development and practice in a variety of settings are covered with particular emphasis on parent (family) - teacher (caregiver) partnerships. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Describe normal growth and development of children from prenatal through 10 years of age.
  2. Interpret the influence of culture, environment, and heredity on children’s development.
  3. Review models of early childhood care and education and developmentally appropriate practices.  
  4. Apply (in discussions and class assignments) knowledge of children’s needs and development to parenting practices and to early childhood care and education practices in a variety of settings.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Attend and actively participate in class activities.
  • Read all assigned chapters before class.
  • Complete and present a term project.
  • Complete reflective journal entries.
  • Complete quizzes or exams.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Characteristics of early childhood and early childhood education.
  • The changing world of early childhood education.
  • Diverse Families and Communities.
  • Prenatal development and birth.
  • Theories of development.
  • The role of play in development.
  • Infant and toddler development across domains (physical, cognitive, creative, social-emotional).
  • Preschool development across domains (physical, cognitive, creative, social-emotional).
  • Middle childhood development across domains (physical, cognitive, creative, social-emotional).
  • Development and education of children with special needs.
  • Models of curriculum in early childhood education.

Department Notes

This course is intended to provide students with an overview of the field of Early Childhood Education with particular attention to developmental concepts relating to children ages 0 - 12. The course also emphasizes the impact of development on the ways in which children interact with their environments, other children, and other adults.