This course is an examination of development from prenatal through the early childhood years (to age eight). The course will explore current theory and research of early childhood development and how to translate this into practice in the lives of young children today. The developmental domains of cognitive, physical, and social/emotional are studied from an ecological perspective. Students will consider developmentally appropriate practices, for children’s diverse and individual differences, including special needs, gender, age, and multicultural dimensions.
- ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Understand the importance of optimal prenatal development. (NAEYC 1)
- Develop increasing interest in the health, safety, and well-being of children and families. (NAEYC 2)
- Learn how children become literate and how they develop social and moral competence. (NAEYC 4)
- Describe how ecological systems influence the today’s families and children. (NAEYC 1)
- Identify changes in early care and education that impact the child and childhood. (NAEYC 3, 5)
- Discuss how to support children with developmental differences. (NAEYC 1)
- Know strategies for working effectively with culturally diverse children and families. (NAEYC 2)
- Understand the impact of early experiences on neurological development. (NAEYC 1, 4)
- Discuss the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. (NAEYC Standard 5)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Reflective Journal (Weeks 1-8)
Written Assignments (Weeks 1, 6 & 8)
Quizzes (Weeks 4 & 7)
Research Paper (Week 4)
Case Study (Week 7)
Webliography (Week 8)
The observation for ECE 247 needs to be set up in a Birth to Five setting. Take care to choose a program of high quality; preferably NAEYC accredited. This may be your place of employment or another site you have access to. Instructor can assist in finding an accredited program if needed.
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Wittmer, Donna, Margaret B. Puckett, and Janet K. Black (2017). The Young Child: Development from Prebirth through Age Eight. (7th edition). Prentice Hall. ISBN-10: 0-13-402942-9 or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-402942-9 [Looseleaf Version]
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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 the “Course Policies” link for specific policies related to this course. COSC Resources information regarding available COSC academic support services and resources.