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Field Trips in Early Childhood

Course Number: ECE 185
Transcript Title: Field Trips in Early Childhood
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 18, 2014
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: P-NP (default), audit

Course Description

Explores the developmental and programmatic benefits of field trips in early childhood programs. Demonstrates how field trips can buildon child interests and contribute to children's developing knowledge of the world. Explores field trip possibilities, develops field trip protocols, and problem-solves common field trip issues. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Summarize the developmental and programmatic benefits of field trips in early childhood programs. 
  2. Create positive field trip experiences for groups of children and their families by developing field trip protocols and problem-solving issues.
  3. Identify and resolve safety issues and/or barriers related to field trips for young children.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: attendance, interviews, participation, written observations, journal reflections and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include: online reading, discussion, reflection, interview, observation, assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Links between the developmental needs and characteristics of young children and field trip experiences.
  2. Addressing challenges and barriers.
  3. Field trip possibilities (on-site, within walking distance, within driving distance).
  4. Involving families in field trip experiences.
  5. Specific safety and programmatic considerations and requirements.
  6. Development and implementation of field trip plans.