ECED 171 Introduction to Early Childhood Education • 5 Cr.
Presents theories and practices of Early Childhood Education. Format includes observations in preschools, childcare centers, Head Start agencies, kindergartens, and elementary schools.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to understand how children were viewed throughout history and the influence of history on early childhood education.
- Explain the impact of historical educators, psychologists, and developmental specialists in the field of early childhood education and the education of young children.
- Explain the major curriculum components of a program for young children and how they are interrelated to support a child's total development.
- Understand the major theoretical approaches to child development and how they relate to teaching the young child.
- Use the skills and techniques developed to observe a variety of ages and identify physical, cognitive, emotional, and social characteristics in the child from one to six.
- Understand the different types of early childhood programs and be familiar with career opportunities in each.
- Understand and explain the teacher's role in the different programs and articulate the definition of oneself as a teacher of young children.