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Introduction to Early Childhood Education

CD 111W

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

CD 111W

Course Description

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • Understand and analyze information in written form.
  • Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.
  • Evaluate the information.