EC 210 - Introduction to Early Childhood
3 Semester Hour Credits
Course Description: This course provides comprehensive coverage of early childhood professions, the field's historical, philosophical, and social foundations, and the conditions that affect programs for children. In addition, the course examines stages of development and current childcare topics and issues.
Schedule: Fall semester. This course follows the traditional on-campus calendar for beginning and ending dates.
Delivery Method: Online. Students are not expected to come to the campus at any time.
Prerequisite Courses: None.
Instructor: Brandi Rudland
Textbook: Book Information through the DCB Bookstore.
Other Materials: None.
Course Objectives: It is expected that students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the major existing theories that influence early childhood education.
- Recognize and incorporate play as a primary tool for children in the acquisition of knowledge and the construction of understanding.
- Use and explain the rationale for developmentally appropriate methods that include play, small group projects, open-ended questioning, group discussion, problem solving, cooperative learning, and inquiry experiences to help young children develop intellectual curiosity, solve problems, and make decisions.
- Use a variety of strategies to encourage children's physical, social, emotional, aesthetic, and cognitive development.
- Demonstrate understanding of the influence of the physical setting, schedule, routines, and transitions on children and use these experiences to promote children's development and learning.
- Learn to adapt strategies and environments to meet the specific needs of all children, including those with disabilities, developmental delays, or special abilities.
- Identify/define developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood education as defined by NAEYC and other professional organizations.
- Develop an awareness of the ECE profession in order to make career decision, will develop a philosophy and rationale based on early childhood theories and will demonstrate an increased awareness of the complex role of EC professionals.
- Become aware of and develop a commitment to the profession's code of ethical conduct.
- Actively seek opportunities to grow professionally by locating and using appropriate professional literature, organizations, resources, and experiences to inform and improve practice.
- Understand the role of observation in assessing and planning ECE.
- Identify current issues and trends, legal issues, legislation, and other public policies that affect children, families, and programs for young children.
- Learn to serve as an advocate on behalf of young children and their families.
- Readings. Each week consists of a reading assignment from textbooks and/or articles, manuals, etc.
- Discussions. Students submit an original response to a topic every other week and respond to two additional posts to receive full credit.
- Graded Assignments. Assignments are graded and vary weekly.
- Exams. Two exams are spaced out over the course of the term. Each contains twenty five multiple choice questions and are worth 100 points. Exams can be taken only once and are timed.
- Observations. Observation requirements for this course are met through EC211 Pre-Professional Experiences.
- Grades. Grades will be calculated by dividing total points earned by the total points possible and will be based on the following percentages:
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