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Course

ECE 6: Culture and Diversity in the Early Childhood Classroom | ECED.X306


This course explores diversity, values, culture, racism and oppression from the educator's' viewpoint and the impacts these factors have on creating a positive multicultural classroom environment. You’ll learn various styles of communicating with parents, and role-play scenarios to practice handling awkward situations. Course assignments provide an opportunity to develop multicultural lesson plans that can be used in an early childhood classroom.


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

  • Make a distinction between awareness and politics
  • Define learning styles
  • Define cultural diversity
  • Develop self-awareness surrounding our own attitudes about students in our classroom(s)
  • Create a distinction between prejudice, discrimination, and racism
  • Discuss racism and oppression from the educator's point of view
  • Understand, acknowledge, and plan for the needs of diverse learners
  • Develop multicultural lesson plans for students in the early childhood classroom
  • Recognize the qualities and benefits of a safe space that allows all students to thrive
  • Create a multicultural learning environment that meets the needs of all children
  • Understand the importance of parent involvement in early childhood development
  • Brainstorm effective ways to involve parents in their children's learning
  • Synthesize course information and plan for future implementation

Topics Include:

  • Diverse learners
  • Cultural diversity
  • Racism and oppression
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Multicultural lesson plans
  • Home-school partnerships
  • Confronting bias and overcoming cultural conflict


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