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ECE 3: Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Programs | ECED.X303

ECE 3: Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Programs | ECED.X303

In this course, you'll examine basic child development theories in relation to design and implementation of curriculum for young children. Topics include the design of developmentally appropriate lesson plans and learning centers to fit the needs of specific age groups, the steps involved in curriculum development, material and equipment selection, planning group experiences, and basic guidance techniques for young children. The course emphasizes the value of play and learning environments and developmentally appropriate materials and activities.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to
  • Describe what the developmentally appropriate practices are according to NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • Discuss various websites that could help an early childhood teacher with planning units of study
  • Explain why the 8 curriculum areas should be included in a quality early childhood program
  • Identify what the 8 curriculum areas are that should be included in lesson planning & curriculum

Topics Include

  • NAEYC Curriculum standards and 8 areas
  • Model fingerplays and picture books

Working knowledge of:

  • Google Workspace or Microsoft Office to submit assignments
  • Canvas navigation links, modules, and using the inbox to communicate with the instructor

Additional Information

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What students are saying

"Curriculum is an important class. It was done in a super fun way. The instructor had little mini projects—finger puppets, stories and cooking recipes. I still have all my work. I made it part of my professional portfolio."
— Nell Redaniel Lead Teacher
Nell Redaniel