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Environments and Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed I

Course Number: ECE 122
Transcript Title: Environments & Curriculum I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
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

Explores the creation ofphysical and social environments and curriculum for children six weeks through age ten. Covers theories and relationships between physical and social space, activities, experiences, and materials. Introduces the use of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices in planning, selecting, and evaluating environments and curriculum for young children. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of varying program models and learning environments that meet the individual needs of all young children, including those with diverse abilities.
  2. Identify the theoretical perspectives on environments and curriculum for young children.
  3. Evaluate environments that encourage active involvement, initiative, responsibility, and a growing sense of autonomy through the selection and use of materials and equipment that are suitable to individual learning, developmental levels, diverse abilities, and the languages and culture
  4. Identify safety and health rules and regulations in the creation of environments for young children.
  5. Evaluate multifaceted environments that change in response to curricular needs utilizing the environment.
  6. Use observation and assessment to plan, implement and evaluate environments and curriculum.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: class participation, quizzes, portfolio artifacts, written site observations, journal reflections, written assignments, research projects, final project.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include:book and online readings, class discussions, guest speakers, observation portfolio, site visitation, group activities and presentations. Students will need access to different early childhood sites for observations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • learn linkages between development, culture, and appropriate environments
  • basic elements of quality learning environments for children birth through age ten
  • assess a variety of learning environments to determine their appropriateness (e.g., age developmental level, culture, language, diverse abilities)
  • identify and match appropriate materials to children at different developmental levels
  • safety, health, rules and regulations for early childhood environments
  • plan environments that are responsive to the diversity of all children through selection of materials and use of space
  • select and use materials and space that encourage active involvement, initiative, responsibility, and a growing sense of autonomy

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate to guidance and observation: 1) Using developmentally appropriate approaches (DAP)

Core Knowledge categories – Learning Environments & Curriculum (LEC)