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About Our Program

The ECDE course of study includes planned experiences in the form of courses, practicum, and other learning opportunities in both general and professional studies. General Studies ensure basic competency in verbal and written English, mathematics, and introduction to the arts, humanities, and social studies.

Professional studies include two essential components:

  • knowledge and theory to guide professional practice
  • practical experience to develop competence in working with young children and their families in a variety of settings.

Specifically, the professional core provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:

  1. Human Growth and Development (birth through age eight). Special emphasis on cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional domains.
  2. Historical, philosophical, psychological, and social foundations of early childhood education.
  3. Curriculum for young children, including: 
    -setting goals and objectives 
    -developmentally appropriate integrated learning experiences for children 0 - 8 in all curriculum areas 
    -methodology for planning and implementing curriculum plans 
    -creating a positive learning environment that respects human diversity 
    -using concrete materials and play as tools for enhancing development and learning to meet the needs of all children
  4. Observation and recording of children's behavior to meet goals/objectives, provide for individual needs, and appropriately guide young children.
  5. Communication and conference techniques for working with families, staff, and other professionals.
  6. Awareness of issues, legislation and public policy as it affects children, families, and programs for young children.
  7. Ethics and advocacy.