Introduction to Early Childhood Education


At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the roles, responsibilities, and requirements for those who work in early childhood settings
  • Analyze the evolution of the field of ECE through its historical figures and developmental and learning theorists
  • Analyze current issues that have implications for children, families, society, and early childhood professionals
  • Describe the age-related developmental accomplishments of young children from birth through age eight in each of the developmental domains, and their corresponding appropriate teaching strategies
  • Critique developmentally appropriate learning environments for children ages zero through eight years
  • Analyze programs that support individual differences, are culturally responsive, and include all children
  • Analyze the early childhood education standards as they relate to the preparation of developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Analyze practices that ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all children
  • Compare a variety of guidance strategies to help children develop emotional self-regulation and avoid challenging behaviors
  • Describe strategies that foster teacher and family partnerships for effectiveness in early childhood programs
  • Describe the role of assessment and documentation as tools to inform curriculum development and improve teaching, child learning outcomes, and early childhood program quality
  • Evaluate the attributes of professionalism in the field of early childhood education, including professional practice, advocacy, and social justice
    This class includes the following eText:

Bredekamp, Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation, 2nd Edition (2014); ISBN: 013338635X