Introduction to Early Childhood EducationCD 111W
Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 2 or WRITING LEVEL 2. Introduces the field of early childhood education for ages birth-8. Provides an overall view of classroom goals, types of programs, teaching techniques and professionalism. Defines Michigan licensing laws for programs. (45-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Examine basic information about the field of early childhood education.
- Identify and discuss some of the current issues in early childhood education.
- Define some of the common terminology used in early childhood education.
- Define play and how it is important in the child's overall development and academic learning.
- Write goals, objectives and strategies for early childhood programs.
- List the names and locations of several early childhood programs in the tri-county area.
- Describe some strategies for managing the classroom learning areas.
Explain the basic developmentally appropriate theory that underlies teaching decisions in early childhood programs.
- Identify the contemporary constructivist leaders in early childhood education.
- Identify some of the leaders who have influenced early childhood education.
- Compare and contrast the three models based on the goals and philosophy of the behaviorists, the interactionists and Montessori.
- Describe how different theories explain children's growth and development.
Interpret the State of Michigan licensing laws for early childhood programs.
- Identify the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers as established by the State of Michigan, Consumer and Industry Services division.
- Interpret the specific rules for children ages birth-2 1/2.
- Interpret the specific rules for children ages 2 1/2-5.
- Interpret the specific rules for children ages 5-12.
- List the inspections that need to be routinely conducted.
Promote writing tasks to promote learning.
- Understand and analyze information in written form.
- Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.
- Evaluate the information.