Course Content and Outcome Guide for ECE 120 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
ECE 120
Course Title:
Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies
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Course Description

Introduces the foundations of early childhood education and family studies. Covers the history, scope, current issues and trends, focusing on programs and services for children, birth-5. Includes an emphasis on development, developmentally appropriate practices and observation of young children and professionals. Requires 2-hours per week of observation/participation. Students must enroll in the Oregon Office of Child Care Central Background Registry (Criminal Background Check). Students must show evidence of current TB test and MMR vaccination. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is intended to provide students with an overview of the field of Early Childhood Education with particular attention to development, developmentally appropriate practices and concepts relating to children ages 0 €“ 5. The course emphasizes the impact of development on the ways in which children interact with their environments, other children, and adults, and examines personal suitability for the field by activity participating/observing in an early education environment.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify the multiple influences on early development and learning in order to support young children and families.
  2. Understand how positive relationships and supportive interactions build the foundation of effective learning environments for young children.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Complete observations and field reports of children and professionals in an early education environment connecting observational data to values, development, and other relevant topics.
  2. Participate with young children and professionals in an early education environment.
  3. Prepare an autobiographical narrative to evaluate 'goodness of fit' for the field of early education and family studies.
  4. Complete quizzes or exams.
  5. Engage in activities and tasks related to course content.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Attend and actively participate in class activities.
  • Participate in an early childhood classroom with young children and professionals.    
  • Read all assigned chapters before class.         
  • Complete an autobiographical narrative.         
  • Complete observations and field reports.         
  • Complete quizzes or exams.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content:

  • Promoting child development and learning
  • Using developmentally effective approaches.
  • Understanding the field of early education and family studies.
  • Examining values related to practices and principles of early education and family studies.