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Education 106: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
25 hours (13 weeks).
April 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the stages of cognitive development, zone of proximal development, and stages of development theories from various psychologists; distinguish forms of development and cognitive and fine motor skills in children, including behavior, abnormalities, and the impact of abuse and neglect; explain the benefits of early childhood education and the curriculum, programs, and services it offers; appraise infants’ and toddlers’ cognitive and social development, including emotional expression in the first two years of life; compare and contrast different preschool and kindergarten methods of education, including Montessori, Emilia, High/Scope, and Waldorf approaches; summarize strategies for teaching to course standards and types of learning in childhood education; analyze ways to educate students with regards to diversity, learning disabilities, prejudice, and gender equality; evaluate assessments and developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) for early childhood, preschool, special education, and more; define parent-child relationships and the impact of different types of family structure; and identify effective teaching and professional developments, focusing on organizations in education such as the NAEYC, ACEI, NEA.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: history and theories of early childhood education; typical and atypical early childhood development; programs and curriculum for early childhood education; social and cognitive development in infants and toddlers; early childhood education for preschool and kindergarten; instructional strategies for early childhood education; student diversity and equality; student assessment and developmentally appropriate practices; family and community involvement in childhood education; and professional development and organizations in early childhood education.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Education or Early Childhood Education (4/17).