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Foundations of Early Childhood Education (ECE-240)
Location:
Various: distance learning format

Length:
Varies (self-study; self-paced)

Dates:
March 2021 - Present.

Subject Area:
Education

Number of Credits:
3

Learner Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: analyze the theories that influence early childhood program; develop their own philosophy of early childhood education; describe developmentally appropriate practice and identify essential practices for teaching in inclusive early childhood classrooms; identify the primary roles for early childhood professionals and the expectations for twenty-first-century teachers; explain critical, contemporary issues that influence the practice of early childhood education; describe the characteristics of a culturally diverse classroom; explain the importance of mental health and identify strategies to prevent violence, bullying, racism, and abuse; demonstrate understanding of early learning theories, program models and developmentally appropriate practices; explain what assessment is and the purposes of assessment; investigate some of the current issues associated with assessment; explain how to integrate technology in an early childhood program; explain how to support the psychosocial, emotional, motor, cognitive, and language development of infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and students in primary grades; evaluate the key foundational practices of guiding behavior in a community of learners; describe the teacher’s role in accommodating diverse learners in an inclusive classroom; and construct strategies for communicating and collaborating with families.

Instruction:

Foundations of Early Childhood Education (ECE-240) teaches participants strategies and best practices for teaching early childhood education. Course participants examine factors that influence early childhood learning. The readings and practice materials included in this course are designed to develop the skills necessary to effectively deliver instruction and support for early childhood elementary students. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the theories, program models, and developmentally appropriate practices for students in early childhood education. Additionally, students explore strategies for intentional teaching and differentiated learning for a diverse population.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Education or Early Childhood Education (5/21).


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