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ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Course Description

This course will focus on the history, theory, philosophy, and goals of early childhood education. Topics include the role of the teacher and of the environment as they influence student learning, a variety of early care and education programs, typical developmental characteristics, and what it means to be an Early Childhood Professional. This includes the Code of Ethical Conduct, as well how to meet the needs of individual children, including those with special needs.  (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the theories that influence early childhood programs to develop their own philosophy of early childhood education. (NAEYC Standard 1 - Promoting Child Development)
  2. Define early childhood education as a profession and define professional behaviors. (NAEYC Standard 6 - Becoming a Professional)
  3. Demonstrate understanding of early learning theories, program models and developmentally appropriate practices. (NAEYC Standard 4 - Using Developmentally Effective Approaches)
  4. Determine strategies for communicating and collaborating with families. (NAEYC Standard 2 - Building Community)

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)PointsWeight

Discussions (12 Pts. each, Weeks 2 - 8)

84

28%

Assignments (12 Pts. each, Weeks 1 - 8)

96

32%

End of Week Assessments (points vary each assessment, Weeks 1-8)

100

33%

Philosophy of Education (Week 7)

20

7%

Total

200

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Morrison, George S. Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education. 8th ed. Pearson Publishing, 2017. ISBN-10: 0-13-405862-3 or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-405862-7 [e-book Version]

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

2

Introduction
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1 You and Early Childhood Education
    • Chapter 2 Early Childhood Education Today
  • Read Chapter 1 & 2
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Weekly End of Week Assessment
  • Submit Written Assignment

2

1,3

History, Theory and Practice in Early Childhood
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3 History and Theories
    • Chapter 4 Implementing ECE Programs
  • Read Chapters 3 & 4
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Weekly End of Week Assessment
  • Submit Written Assignment

3

3

Supporting and Guiding Children's Learning
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5 Teaching, Standards and You
    • Chapter 6 Observing and Assessing Young Children
  • Read Chapters 5 & 6
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Weekly End of Week Assessment
  • Submit Written Assignment

4

3

Infants and Toddlers: Crucial Years for Learning
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7 Infants and Toddlers
  • Read Chapter 7
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Weekly End of Week Assessment
  • Submit Written Assignment

5

3

The Preschool Years
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8 Preschool Years
  • Read Chapter 8
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Weekly End of Week Assessment
  • Submit Written Assignment

6

3

Early Elementary Years
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9 Kindergarten Today
    • Chapter 10 Early Elementary Grades: One through Three
  • Read Chapters 9 & 10
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Weekly End of Week Assessment
  • Submit Written Assignment

7

3

Educating and Guiding Children of Diverse Backgrounds
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11 Educating Children with Diverse Backgrounds and Special Needs
    • Chapter 12 Guiding Children’s Behavior
  • Read Chapters 11 & 12
  • Participate in the Discussion
  • Take the Weekly End of Week Assessment
  • Submit Final Philosophy of Education
8
4
Parents, Families and the Community
  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13 Parents, Families, and the Community
  • Read Chapter 13
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Take the Weekly End of Week Assessment
  • Submit Written Assignment

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.