Child and Family Services
Foundations of Early Childhood Education
Students will be provided a general overview of Early Childhood Education. This review includes an introduction to early childhood education, theories of child development, information on key organizations, relevant laws and regulations, discussion on opportunities within this field, the NAEYC code of ethical conduct, core competencies for the field and developmentally appropriate practices. Students will spend time observing a variety of early childhood programs.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Explain the various functions of Early Childhood Education.
- Determine the core competencies and developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood education.
- Discriminate the basic developmental levels for children.
- Examine potential professional positions and their respective responsibilities within early childhood education.
- Determine strategies that promote high quality early childhood education.
- Demonstrate effective observation and communication skills within individual and group settings.
- Present an effective philosophy statement for early childhood education.
- Interpret the National Association for the Education of Young Children code of ethical conduct.
- Analyze the Child Protective Services Law including requirements for mandated reporters.
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