Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ECE 200
Course Title:
The Professional in Early Education and Family Studies
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Course Description

History, current programs and practices, and future issues of early childhood education. Includes professionalism, historic and current issues, types of programs for young children, parent interaction, job opportunities, ethical/legal issues and community resources. Develops a professional philosophy. Prerequisites: WR 115 Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Requirement for a Certificate Level II in Early childhood Education and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1.  Describe historical and current influences on the Early Childhood
    Education field.
2.  Assess their current personal place in the ECE field.
3.  Formulate a professional plan for their future role in the ECE field.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1.  Create a professional portfolio including:
Self assessment
Professional plan
Personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education
2.  Present a group project.
3.  Participate in and reflect on a professional development opportunity.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues
1.  History of Early Childhood Education.
2.  Current issues and research in ECE.
3.  Ethical and legal issues.
4.  Resumes and job application skills.
5.  Advocacy skills.
6.  Resources for teachers, children, and families.
7.  Program models and philosophies.
8.  Career opportunities
Competencies and Skills
1.  Ability to locate community resources for teachers, children,
    and families.
2.  Plan collaboratively
3.  Select, organize, and retrieve data.
4.  Synthesize information.
5.  Research and reflect on professional development opportunities.