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COURSE NUMBER: EDUC103
COURSE TITLE:Introduction to Early Childhood Education
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S):
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Course to acquaint the student with the facets of early childhood education pertinent to the total overview.  (16 hours observation required.)
PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL121.
NOTES:
This course is not available for web registration.

COURSE OBJECTIVES / STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
*To understand that becoming a good teacher is a continual learning process
*To be aware that a good teacher assists each child to grow to his full potential
*To be knowledgeable about what a quality, developmentally appropriate early education program should include
*To understand that there are many ways to organize a developmentally appropriate program
*To be aware of the importance of routines for young children
*To be cognizant of the importance of environment on development
*To find that physical development can affect emotional, social, and even intellectual development
*To be knowledgeable about the variety of activities needed to enhance physical development
*To perceive and understand the guidelines one should use to nurture sound mental health
*To be able to verbalize the importance of the self-concept
*To understand that ego strength influences self-control and conscious development
*To realize that family crises can greatly affect a child's development
*To understand that all children grow, develop, and learn in unique ways
*To be cognizant of the ways in which an adult can help a child establish self-discipline and self-control
*To learn guidelines for creating an atmosphere of good discipline
*To be aware of the importance of fostering creativity in a young child
*To understand the importance of play in the development of young children
*To be knowledgeable of the interrelationships of the five areas of development
*To gain knowledge through the process of observing and writing lab reports on behavior of children which sharpens understanding of development needs


TOPICAL OUTLINE:
Getting Started as a Teacher/Best Practices in Early Education
Understanding Current Issues
Understanding History and Theories - Implementing Theories to Practice
Standards/Standards Changing teaching & Learning
Observing/Assessing Children
Environments for Infant, Toddler, Preschools, Kindergarten and Early Elementary Grades
Dealing with Children with Special Needs
Establishing Self Disciple & Self Control/Dealing with Aggression
Fostering Parents, Families & Community Partnerships
TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Morrison, George S. (2006)Fundamental of Early Childhood Education(6th Ed.) Pearson-Merrill/Prentice Hall.

In addition to the reading assignments for the textbook, supplementary articles will be handed out in class.  These handouts will extend the information provided by the text.


EVALUATION:
A point system, based on the following criteria, will be used to evaluate the student's performance in this class.

Take Home Exercises 140 points (20%)
In-class activities 70 points (10%)
Exams (3) 105 points (15%)
Final exam 105 points (15%)
Group presentation 105 points (15%)
Observation reports (4) 175 points (25%)
Total 700 points

16 HOURS OF OBSERVATION IN AN EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTING IS ALSO REQUIRED.

644-700 points 92-100% A
588-643 points 84-91% B
532-587 points 76-83% C
476-531 points 68-75% D
under 476 points under 68% F
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REVISION:
Fall 2010

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