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ECD 212 - Language, Literacy and Literature in Early Childhood

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ECD 101  

This course provides an overview of language and literacy development in young children, birth to age 9. The relationship between oral and written language is investigated. Students examine and evaluate a wide variety of quality literature that can be used to facilitate children’s emerging language and literacy skills. Developmentally appropriate strategies that address the PA Early Learning Standards for language and literacy, the role of teachers and parents in promoting communication, and early literacy and in creating print-rich environments are explored. A weekly field observation in early childhood programs, schools, agencies or therapeutic setting is required.

Students must have three current clearances: FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance and meet the local requirements of the field placement site, including the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Verification Clearance.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify examples of typical developmental progression of communication and language from birth to age 9.
  2. Describe developmentally appropriate strategies for promoting oral language and communication in young children.
  3. Examine major approaches to early literacy.
  4. Define key components of literacy development (e.g. print awareness, phonological and phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, story structure, comprehension, etc.)
  5. Classify a wide variety of children’s literature according to genre and picture book format.
  6. Apply criteria for selecting quality literature that is developmentally appropriate for different ages and learning outcomes.
  7. Describe ways of promoting and integrating literacy across the curriculum through play, learning centers and the arts.
  8. Plan developmentally and culturally appropriate literacy activities and environments to address the PA Early Learning Standards for children aged birth to 9 using a variety of teaching strategies.
  9. Demonstrate read aloud and storytelling skills.
  10. Design a model of a print-rich environment.
  11. Develop strategies for promoting family literacy based on recommended early learning standards and practices.
  12. Construct a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards-based portfolio with appropriate artifacts.
Listed Topics
  1. Typical progression of language and communication development
  2. Influences on language development
  3. The relationship between oral language and literacy development
  4. The role of imagery and representation in language and literacy development
  5. Scientifically-based literacy strategies for inclusive environments
  6. PA Early Learning Standards for Language and Literacy and Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  7. Genres of literature and picture book formats
  8. Children’s book authors and illustrators
  9. Selecting books for different ages and learning objectives
  10. Storytelling, read alouds, creative drama and movement and puppets
  11. Using the arts and play to promote literacy
  12. The developmental continuum of children’s writing
  13. Emergent and early reading and writing across the curriculum
  14. The role of parents in promoting literacy
Reference Materials
Standard textbook and multimedia materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 03/20/2020

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