ECED& 105: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

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Social Science

Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals and programs in action.

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  1. Theorist, advocates and events that have an impact on current Early Childhood Practices
  2. The role of play as related to children’s growth and development
  3. Early Learning Program Models in relation to growth and development
  4. Building culturally responsive relationships with families
  5. Child guidance under the philosophy of developmentally appropriate practice
  6. Observation and assessment as it is related to curriculum development for young children
  7. NAEYC code of ethics