Field Trips in Early Childhood

Course Number: ECE 185
Transcript Title: Field Trips in Early Childhood
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2019
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
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Explores the developmental and programmatic benefits of field trips in early childhood programs. Demonstrates how field trips can build on 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

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)

  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.