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ECE 101
Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 30

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30

Develop an understanding of the foundations of early childhood education, including an overview of the profession and historic contexts. This course includes units on understanding and enhancing child development, curriculum and instruction, the importance of play and working with parents, families and communities. Recommended: READ 088.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the history of early childhood education, including events, people and theories, and its influence on teaching and schools today
  • Identify the meaning and relevance of philosophy and its importance to early childhood education
  • Demonstrate the role of early childhood educator, including ethical responsiblities and professional development
  • Identify the many different types of programs for young children
  • Explain the principles of developmentally appropriate practice
  • Compare and contrast differing perspectives on child development
  • Identify characteristics of children at different ages and stages of development
  • Relate the benefits of play to all aspects of a child's development and the adult's role in facilitating childhood play
  • Identify techniques for guiding the behavior of young children
  • Identify tools for quality communication with parents and community members
  • Identify methods for integrating diversity topics into the early childhood curriculum
  • Demonstrate appropriate, effective planning of indoor and outdoor environments for early childhood programs
  • Identify ways to plan appropriate activities and lessons for young children, including scheduling, routine and curriculum
  • Practice the role of observation and assessments in early childhood programs
  • Identify ways to enhance physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language and literacy development
  • Identify ways to use creative arts in early childhood programs
  • Use and understand the role of technology in early childhood programs
  • Develop awareness of the importance of commitment to lifelong learning and professional development

  • 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
    ECE 101
    Winter 2013
    Michelle Reiff
    ECE 101
    Fall 2010
    Michelle Meyer
    ECE 101
    Fall 2008
    Michelle Meyer
    ECE 101
    Fall 2006
    Michelle Meyer

    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.