COURSE: 50-310 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
This course focuses on the underlying principals and philosophies of the field of early childhood education. It helps candidates understand the processes and reasoning behind practices in the field. It puts programs, curriculum and child development into social, cultural and historical contexts in order for candidates to understand how young children learn. Special emphasis is placed on child development theories of Piaget, Erikson, Vygotsky, Skinner, etc. and significance of family, peers, culture and school. It examines the role of the teacher as a facilitator of learning by critically examining such issues as reflective teaching, equity in education, parental involvement and professionalism in the field. Multicultural education, issues of poverty and inclusion of special needs children into the classroom will be presented in depth and integrated into the course content and discussion. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA; Consent of Education Advisor