Course Content and Outcome Guide for ECE 191

Course Number:
ECE 191
Course Title:
Planning for Infants
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Course Description

Interest-based planning is a key aspect of quality curriculum development in early childhood. Identifying infant interests requires perceptive and responsive adult attention and creative effort. This course will explore the ways in which infants communicate their interests to adults, methods of assessing infant interests, and interest-based curriculum development in infant-care programs. 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:

  • Identify methods of discerning infant interests.

  • Derive interests from infant behaviors and responses to the curriculum, the environment, and the routines.

  • Design curriculum and environments for infants based on assessment of infant interests. 

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. Different stages of infant development
  2. Communication in infancy
  3. Naturally occurring activities
  4. Facilitating learning and development
  5. Partnering with families in identifying and addressing infant interests.
  6. Linking observed infant behaviors and responses to curricular planning.