2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 05, 2023  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ECE 233 - Early Childhood Environments

3 CR
This course provides hands-on experience in selecting, preparing, and presenting appropriate curriculum for children in licensed preschool and before-and-after school care settings. Specific areas of study include the development of appropriate learning experiences using music, art, dramatic play, outdoor play, fine and gross motor skills, and literacy. Students learn how to plan appropriate routines. Students are required to complete twelve hours of field experience outside of scheduled class times. A successful Central Abuse and Neglect Registry clearance must be submitted prior to completing the field experience. Lab Fee

Requisites: Next Gen ACCUPLACER® reading score of 244, or at least a grade of C in TSRE 55  or ENGL 151 .
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Assess and construct learning experiences developmentally appropriate for young children ages 3 to 8 years of age that support all learning domains.
  2. Evaluate strategies that encourage a climate of trust for young children, promote positive social interactions with and among young children, and support children’s interactions.
  3. Justify physical arrangements and equipment that foster safe and appropriate learning spaces for children.
  4. Establish schedules and routines for young children, ages 3 to 8 years, that promote healthy growth and development during: mealtimes, bodily care routines, naptimes, active/quiet play, outside play, and group times.
  5. Plan strategies to support the development of strong partnerships between parents and caregivers of young children ages 3 to 8 years.
  6. Explain the role of assessment and observation as it relates to meeting young children’s individual needs and supporting appropriate curriculum planning.
  7. Identify methods of tracking growth of young children and for making learning visible to children, parents, and classroom visitors.
  8. Compare curriculum and explore a variety of models that may include: Montessori, Emergent Curriculum, Reggio Emilia, Creative Curriculum, High Scope, and others.
  9. Engage in field experiences to evaluate the developmentally appropriateness of early childhood environments and reflect on opportunities for growth.
  10. Critique rules, policies, and standards that promote quality care for young children.