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Course

ECE 2: Introduction to Teaching Young Children | ECED.X302


This course studies the philosophy, history and development of early childhood programs. You'll examine the teacher-child relationship and how existing programs meet the needs of preschool children and review programs to evaluate how they meet the criteria of a quality learning environment. You'll get a chance to see how ECE programs operate in the real world by attending mandatory field observations at sites designated by the instructor.


Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to

  • Describe the history of early childhood education
  • Discuss various guiding principles among early childhood educators
  • Know the differences among early childhood programs and how they are evaluated by checklists
  • Identify the differences among developmental stages of children

Topics include:

  • History of early childhood education
  • Types of programs
  • Defining the young child
  • Developmental and learning theories
  • Teaching: A professional commitment
  • Curriculum: Creating a context for learning and play
  • Issues and trends in early childhood education


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