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ECE 155 - Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

This course examines the development of language and literacy in young children (infants through eight years old).  Students will explore theoretical foundations of early literacy development and the implementation of various models to effectively support young children as listeners, speakers, readers and writers.  Other topics include:  working with families to support language and literacy development; selecting quality children’s literature for effective instruction; evaluating early literacy development using formal and informal assessment methods; integrating language and literacy throughout the curriculum and; adaptations for individual children in diverse and inclusive settings.


Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe and critically evaluate the historical, philosophical, theoretical and practical foundations of early literacy development and instruction via class discussions, written assignments and examinations.
  2. Identify the developmental stages of language and literacy acquisition via class discussions, activities, written assignments and examinations.
  3. Outline the criteria for quality children’s literature via class discussions, written assignments and presentations.
  4. Define the role and recognize the importance of family in language and literacy development in young children as well as develop strategies for successful partnerships with family members via class discussion, written assignments and presentations.
  5. Demonstrate practical knowledge and skill in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate language and literacy experiences for young children via class discussions, written assignments and presentations.
  6. Differentiate between assessment strategies and tools as well as identify particular strengths and weaknesses of each via class discussions and written assignments.