An introduction to the education of the young child, including developmentally appropriate practices and programs, theoretical and historical perspectives, ethical and professional responsibilities, and current issues. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations and the course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Identify the features of a quality developmentally appropriate program for young children.
  • Explain contributions of historical and contemporary professionals and theorists to the field of early childhood education.
  • Analyze various early childhood programs and curricular models that have influenced practice.
  • Describe current and future trends and issues in the field of education.
  • Apply classroom observation and assessment skills to identify developmentally appropriate programs in diverse early childhood educational settings.
  • Describe and adhere to professional code of legal and ethical requirements for educators.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0
External Learning/Field/Skills/Practicum Hours: 16.0