Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Introduction to Early Childhood Education

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO EARLY CHILD ED

 Department:    ECED&

 Course #:    105

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    131210

 EPC:    402

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

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.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Social Sciences, Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 346 Early Child Ed

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain current theories and ongoing research in early care and education.
  2. Describe the role of play in early childhood programs.
  3. Compare early learning program models.
  4. Explain the importance of developing culturally responsive partnerships with families.
  5. Identify appropriate guidance techniques used in early care and education settings.
  6. Describe the observation, assessment, and teaching cycle used to plan curriculum for all young children.
  7. Apply the professional code of ethics for early care and education to resolve dilemmas.
  8. Describe major historical figures, advocates, and events shaping today�s early childhood education.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction to ECE.
    • Historical perspective.
    • New understanding of childhood theories.
    • Importance of observation, i.e. observation techniques and observation behavior.
  2. Program evaluation/organization.
    • NAEYC program recommendations.
    • State law.
    • Classroom environment.
    • Classroom routine.
    • Parent involvement and program/home partnerships.
  3. Programs.
    • Parent education.
    • Intervention.
    • Montessori.
    • State/federal.
    • Behavioristic.
    • Culturally relevant program considerations.
  4. Program differentiation.
    • Structured/unstructured.
    • Cognitive/effective.
    • Content/process.
    • Planned/self-discovery.
    • Extrinsic/intrinsic.
  5. Philosophy (personal)