Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies

Course Number: ECE 120
Transcript Title: Intro Early Ed & Fam Studies
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: November 20, 2019
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

Course Description

Introduces practitioners to the major tenets of the Early Childhood Education and Family Studies profession with emphasis on: child growth and development; various roles of professionals in the field; bidirectional relationships between child/family; and community, environmental, and cultural influences on child development. Introduces theory and research supporting alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for professional development. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Recognize and understand typical and atypical growth and development of children from prenatal through 10 years of age.
  2. Know and understand the influence of culture, environment, and heredity on child development.
  3. Identify careers in early childhood care and education.
  4. Apply knowledge of children’s needs and development in a variety of environmental settings.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: class participation, quizzes, portfolio artifacts, interviews, research paper, written observations, journal reflections, and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Developmental milestones in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from prenatal through age ten
  • The changing professional world of Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Careers in Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Environmental and cultural influences on child development
  • Diversity within family and community cultures and sub cultures
  • Theories of  child development        
  • The role of play in child development        
  • Equity and inclusion for children with special needs        
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) curriculum models
  • Models of curriculum in early childhood education

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate to ECE 120 are Standard 1) Promoting Child Development and Learning and 6) Becoming a Professional

Core Knowledge categories – Personal, Professional & Leadership Development (PPLD) - 10 hours, Human Growth & Development (HGD) - 20 hours