ECE 140 - Curriculum Development Program Planning and Instruction in Early Childhood Education

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Course Description

This course will prepare the student to develop curriculum for preschool, kindergarten, and primary age children based on the principles of developmentally appropriate practices.  Integral to this course is developing a program that considers regulations, national standards and continuous quality improvement in program and curriculum planning.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Develop effective and appropriate curriculum that creates a secure base from which young children can explore and tackle challenging problems.
Develop and implement meaningful, challenging curriculum that supports young childrens ability and motivation to solve problems and think well.
Develop curriculum that includes both planned and spontaneous experiences that are meaningful and challenging for all children that lead to positive learning outcomes and develop positive dispositions towards learning within each content area.
Evaluate the principal theories that influence current curriculum in early childhood education.
Analyze the theories and practices that influence current program planning in early childhood education.
Detail the basic problem with implementation of an early childhood curriculum.
Develop curriculum that is culturally and linguistically responsive and addresses the needs of diverse learners.
Integrate observation and assessment in curriculum planning.
Develop a comprehensive individual theory of curriculum, program planning and instruction in early childhood education.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: Prereq: ECE 130 with a C or better