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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Foundations of Early Childhood Education (Education 101)

Location: 
Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
Length: 

Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format.  

Dates: 
January 2011 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students are required to display an in-depth knowledge of young childrens' development and developmentally appropriate early childhood educational practices, from 0 - Grade 3, with a focus on toddler programs and preschool classrooms. Topics include: developmentally appropriate practices, classroom management and guidance, parent involvement, the early childhood curriculum, and adapting instruction for learners with diverse needs; and approaches to learning that include Behaviorist, Maturationist, Constructivist, Brain-based Learning, and the Project Approach. Students will also be able to discuss the history of early childhood education, understand the influence of families and culture, and demonstrate familiarity with the professional ethics and experiences of early childhood educators.

Instruction: 

Proficiency exam: The examination is intended to measure a body of knowledge that candidates have acquired through prior learning experiences. Self-Study Format: Students are expected to master recommended readings and study guide materials. The course focuses on the study of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language, and aesthetic development in young children and methods employed in an early childhood program that best support children's learning and development through appropriate expectations, activities, and materials. Students are expected to make connections between theory and classroom practice. Beyond the requirement for students to display thorough knowledge of this topic via a broad array of short questions, students must display an ability to present ideas in an organized, creative and sophisticated manner through two short essay responses and one extensive essay.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education (12/10) (6/16 revalidation).

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