ECE 101 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits (PREREQUISITE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ENG 099 and MATH 097 or equivalent or COREQUISITE ENG 099 and MATH 097)

This course is designed to acquaint students with the field of early childhood education. Students will be introduced to the history and philosophy of early childhood educators and programs that have laid the foundation of early childhood education and curriculum development. Students will have an understanding of social and psychological factors that influence a child overall. This course will provide students with an introductory understanding of how to develop a daily schedule in order to run an effective classroom. It emphasizes practical information that can be used in working with young children. It will help the student become aware of the teacher's responsibilities and the importance of accountability. Students will learn how to observe children and write goals and objectives. They will also learn ways that are effective in working with other early childhood professionals in the day-to-day running of an effective program. Students will study the family and understand the importance of making connections to family members. Modern development, research, administration, curriculum, and trends in early childhood education will be covered. This course requires an observation in an early childhood environment in order to complete assignments. (F)