ECE 120 - Curriculum Development
This course concentrates on developing curriculum for young children (infants through eight years old). Methods and materials for planning developmentally appropriate activities will be explored. Literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, technology, health and safety topics will be addressed. Students will create and practice lessons in local early childhood settings. Other course topics include: creating anti-bias environments; the mechanics of lesson planning; positive child guidance; differentiated instruction; assessment and; the value of self-reflection for professional growth. Field and community service experiences are mandatory. ECE 120 is required for A.A.S. Early Childhood Education majors and L.A.G.S. Teacher Education (A.S. Degree) transfer majors.
Prerequisite: ECE 110 Introduction to Early Education and ECE 175 Techniques of Observation
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Describe child development and learning theories relevant to young children and how they relate to childrens' development and learning via class discussions, field experiences and written assignments.
2. Recognize the ecological relationships that exist between family, community and curriculum as they relate to childrens' development and learning via class discussions, field experiences and written assignments.
3. Utilize observation and evaluation as a basis for developmentally appropriate curriculum via class activities, field experiences and written assignments.
4. Select developmentally appropriate approaches to teaching young children via class discussions, field experiences and lesson plan assignments.
5. Facilitate knowledge acquisition and dispositions for learning in all content areas (literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, health and technology) via class activities, field experiences and written assignments.
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