CCOG for ECE 120 Summer 2024

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, infancy to six years of age. 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 MMR vaccination. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Requirements of completion of the course: 

  • Proof of 2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine (MMR)
  • Oregon Criminal Registry Background Check
  • Submitted Application or Step Certificate from the Oregon Registry 

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. Practice observing and interacting with children (infancy- six years of age) in a licensed early learning setting. 
  3. Observe the roles, responsibilities, and requirements for those who work in early childhood settings.

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.