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ECD 101 - Intro to Early Education and Child Development

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course provides the student with an introduction to the history and trends in early education and child development. Students explore career options, professional expectations, and techniques for teaching, working and interacting with diverse populations of children and their families. 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. Define the scope of early education and child development including past and current trends.
  2. Describe career opportunities for working with children and their families.
  3. Describe the impact that changes in the family, workplace and society have on the field.
  4. Identify the diverse social, cultural, ethnic and racial needs of children and families.
  5. Express awareness of personal attitudes about differences, e.g., social, cultural, language, racial, religious and gender.
  6. Describe quality programs and settings for children and adolescents.
  7. Identify techniques and planning strategies for including children and adolescents with special needs.
  8. Describe methods of observing, recording and assessing behavior.
  9. Describe techniques for classroom management, guiding behavior and promoting self-discipline.
  10. Plan developmentally appropriate schedules, learning opportunities and environments.
  11. Identify strategies for communicating, involving and supporting families with children.
  12. Identify attributes of and strategies for successful teachers.
  13. Construct a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards-based educational portfolio with appropriate artifacts.

 Listed Topics

  1. Defining the field
  2. Joining the field, career options and opportunities
  3. Historical perspectives, influential people
  4. Societal changes impacting the field: family, workplace, society
  5. Diversity: meeting the needs of children and their families
  6. Attitudes and perceptions: the impact on children and families
  7. Essential attributes of successful teachers
  8. Communication skills, techniques for managing conflicts and problem solving
  9. Programs for children and adolescents
  10. Inclusion: modifying to meet the needs of exceptional children
  11. Basic teaching skills: observation and assessment, guidance and discipline, planning, setting goals and objectives, classroom management and conflict resolution
Reference Materials
Standard text 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
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 03/20/2020
Last Reviewed: 9/23/2022

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