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ECE 278 Effective Curriculum Design for Teachers of Young Children
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#:  None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only

Description: Methods of collecting and organizing resources to provide a play based early childhood curriculum. Planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum using observation and assessment tools.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Knowledge Level) Define play and identify key elements.
2. (Synthesis Level) Discuss the importance of play in the lives of young children and describe the developmental stages of play.
3. (Comprehension Level) Describe major theories about how play effects development.
4. (Analysis Level) Analyze conditions and teacher behaviors that support play.
5. (Analysis Level) Examine current issues regarding play including violent play, cultural influences on play, play for children with special needs, play and early learning standards and helping families understand and accept the power of play.
6.(Analysis Level) Examine and explain why play is the most developmentally appropriate curriculum method.
7. (Comprehension Level) Summarize the essential components of developmentally appropriate practice.
8. (Comprehension Level) Define curriculum and discuss the process of curriculum development.
9. (Analysis Level) Identify and compare different early childhood curriculum models and theories.
10. (Evaluation Level) Describe the emergent curriculum process and the role of observation, assessment and evaluation.
11. (Synthesis Level) Examine and develop themes, units, projects and webs to develop curriculum appropriate for early education programs.
12. (Analysis Level) Analyze the goals, benefits and uses of assessment and apply appropriate assessment tools and approaches in an ECE environment.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
Students will be able to demonstrate outcomes standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Associate Degree Standards (www.naeyc.org).