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ECED& 105
Intro Early Child Ed

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:50

Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action. Formerly ECE 101. Recommended: READ 088.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Explain current theories and ongoing research in early care and education as it applies to children, families, and early childhood programs.
  • Describe how children learn and develop through play and the role of play in early childhood programs.
  • Observe an early childhood environment and identify examples of best practice.
  • Compare early learning program models.
  • Explain the importance of building partnerships with families and strategies for working effectively with families from a variety of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Identify appropriate guidance and discipline techniques used in family and early learning settings.
  • Describe the observation, assessment, and teaching cycle used to plan curriculum and activities for young children.
  • Apply the professional code of ethics for early care and education to resolve a dilemma.
  • Describe major historical figures, advocates, and events shaping today‚Äôs early childhood education.

  • Course Topics
  • Overview of the early childhood profession
  • Historical contexts of early childhood education, including events, people and theories
  • Understanding how a child develops and learns
  • Developmentally appropriate practice
  • Play in early childhood
  • Guiding young children
  • Working with parents, families and communities
  • Diversity and young children
  • Planning the physical environment, indoors and outdoors
  • Activity planning, observation and assessment
  • Early childhood curriculum that enhances: physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language and literacy development
  • Using creative arts to support development and learning
  • Technology and the early childhood classroom

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    ECED& 105
    Fall 2013
    Lisa Culp (formerly Young)
    ECED& 105
    Fall 2013
    Michelle Reiff

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.