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ECED& 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

5 Credits
Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues, trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals and programs in action.

Course Note Formerly EDUC 101.

Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Online
Fall Online
Winter Online
Spring Online

Designed to Serve Professional-technical students in early childhood education or paraeducation, and current practitioners. Transfer students as emphasis area credit or transferable elective.
Active Date 20190625T13:36:10

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 36
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Transferable Elective Yes
Course Outline
1. Introduction to Early childhood Education
2. Children and the world today, current issues and trends
3. The importance of relationships as the foundation
4. Children and play
5. Early Childhood perspectives, history and the impact on current issues
6. Theories of Early Childhood Education; explanations, applications and critiques
7. Early Childhood Programs
8. Children and Culture
9. The observation, assessment and teaching cycle
10. Partnering with families and community
11. Policy Issues and Early Childhood Practice
12. Early Childhood Code of Ethics

Student Learning Outcomes
Explain current theories and ongoing research in early care and education.
Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals (WSCC) I. Child Growth and Development 3.f VIII. Professional Development and Leadership- Professionalism 3.b

Describe the role of play in early childhood programs.
(WSCC) I. Child Growth and Development 1.f and II. Curriculum and Learning Environments 2.i

Compare early learning program models.
(WSCC) VII. Program Planning and Development-Program Evaluation 3.a, 3.e, 3.f  VIII. Professionalism 2.e

Explain the importance of developing culturally responsive partnerships with families. 
(WSCC) IV. Family and Community Partnerships- Relationships with Families; 1.b, 2.i, 3.b, 3.c, 3.d

Describe the observation, assessment and teaching cycle used to plan curriculum for all young children.
(WSCC) II. Curriculum - Environment 2.j, Professional Development and Leadership- Professionalism 3.a

Apply the professional code of ethics for early care and education to resolve dilemmas.
(WSCC) VIII. Professional Development and Leadership-Professionalism 1.g

Identify appropriate guidance techniques used in early care and early learning settings.
(WSCC) VI. Interactions- Individual Guidance 2.e, Group 2.e

Describe major historical figures, advocates, and events shaping today's early childhood education.
(WSCC) VII. Program Planning and Development- Evaluation 3.b and VIII. Professional Development and Leadership- Leadership and Advocacy 3.c

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