Course Content and Outcome Guide for ECE 185

Course Number:
ECE 185
Course Title:
Field Trips in Early Childhood
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Course Description

Field trips are worth the hassle! Field trips build on child interests and contribute to children's developing knowledge of the world. This course explores the positive benefits of field trips in early childhood programs. Students will explore field trip possibilities in the Portland area, develop field trip protocols, and problem-solve common field trip issues. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a 1-credit elective class.  The 1-credit elective classes are designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 €“ 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will:

  • Articulate the developmental and programmatic benefits of field trips in early childhood programs.

  • Articulate plans for creating positive field trip experiences for groups of children and their families.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will€¦

  1. Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
  2. Complete written observations and assignments
  3. Complete a reflective journal.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Links between the developmental needs and characteristics of young children and field trip experiences.
  2. Challenges and barriers to successful field trips.
  3. Addressing challenges and barriers.
  4. Field trip possibilities (on-site, within walking distance, within driving distance).
  5. Involving families in field trip experiences.
  6. Specific safety and programmatic considerations and requirements.
  7. Development and implementation of field trip plans.