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The Professional in ECE and Family Studies

Course Number: ECE 200
Transcript Title: The Professional in ECE & FS
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 1, 2015
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
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online


WR 115

Course Description

Surveys the history, current practices, and future issues of early childhood education. Reviews professionalism, parent interaction, job opportunities, ethical/legal issues, and community resources. Develops a professional philosophy. Prerequisites: WR 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Summarize historical, current, and future influences on the Early Childhood Educationand Family Studies (ECEFS) field.
  2. Evaluate personal knowledge, skills and interests in order to determine current placement in ECEFS field.
  3. Construct a professional development plan and resume specific for their career in ECEFS field.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: interviews, resume, written observations, journal reflections, autobiography, self-assessment, professional plan, professional philosophy, group project, portfolio assignments, graphing assignment, and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include: online reading, discussion, reflection, interview, observations, community interviews, forums, portfolio work collection, final exam, and individual report assignment.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • History of Early Childhood Education.
  • Current issues and research in ECE.
  • Future issues in ECE.
  • Ethical and legal issues.
  • Resumes and job application skills.
  • Advocacy skills.
  • Resources for teachers, children, and families.
  • Program models and philosophies.
  • Career opportunities.

Competencies and Skills

  • Ability to locate community resources for teachers, children, and families.
  • Plan collaboratively.
  • Select, organize, and retrieve data.
  • Synthesize information.
  • Research and reflect on professional development opportunities.

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate are Standard #6 - Becoming a Professional

Core Knowledge categories – Personal, Professional & Leadership Development (PPLD)