Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

ECE 100 - Principles of Early Childhood Education

Course Description

This course examines the historical and philosophical background of early childhood education as well as the regulations that govern early childhood education in both the public and private sector. The impacts of social, economic and culture diversity on early learning will be explored as well as professional ethics and working effectively with parents. Students will also be able to explore career goals and develop a career plan.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the historical and philosophical basis of early childhood education.
Describe the variety of settings that offer early childhood education.
Identify the key stakeholders and their role in governance of early childhood education in both the public and private sector.
Identify the key theories that influence teaching practice.
Describe the relationship between teaching, learning and assessment in Early Childhood programs.
Develop skills necessary to conduct ongoing objective observations for the purpose of child assessment, program planning and curriculum.
Identify the role of culture and diversity in delivery of early childhood programs.
Develop a professional development plan to meet career goals.
Develop a positive climate for learning that involves the establishment and maintenance of partnerships with families.
Use the NAEYC code of ethics to make decisions about professional practice.
Write an educational philosophy that outlines current values and beliefs (key portfolio assessment).

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: Co-req: (ENG 050, REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075 or testscores