2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ECE 224 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 CR
This course introduces students to developmentally-appropriate, high-quality child care programming for children ages birth to eight. Students will complete routines, scheduling, and activities that encourage children’s healthy growth and development. Topics include the state of Michigan Child Care Licensing Regulations, career opportunities in childcare, and types of child care programs. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices. A four clock hour observation outside of course in an approved setting is required.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Analyze components of a healthy, safe, and respectful early childhood environment.
  2. Compare different types of early childhood programs.
  3. Distinguish between various stages of development and recognize that children ages birth through eight years is unique in their ability to learn and develop.
  4. Investigate professional standards drive the field of early childhood education.
  5. Identify the responsibilities of an early childhood educator.