Environments and Curriculum in Early Childhood Ed I

Course Number: ECE 122
Transcript Title: Environments & Curriculum I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 11, 2020
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
Repeats available for credit: 0


RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Explores the creation of physical and social environments and curriculum for children six weeks through age eight. 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. Prerequisites: RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores. 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

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)

  • 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)