Professionalism & Advocacy

Course Number: ECE 200
Transcript Title: Professionalism & Advocacy
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 11, 2020
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


RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores

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. Prepares students to become informed advocates for young children, families, and the profession. Prerequisites: RD 90, WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores; ECE 120. 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 Education and 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

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)

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)