Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

ECE 250: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Discipline: Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces students to early childhood education. This course includes the history of child care, regulations, types of programs, legal issues, professional opportunities and current trends and issues. Emphasis is placed on the role of the preschool teacher in enhancing the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of preschool-aged children.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components of a good day for children.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan for children's developmental needs including, social, physical, creative, cognitive and language skill development.
  • Develop strategies for maintaining an emotionally healthy environment for children, building positive parent/teacher interaction and integrating exceptional children.
  • Explore the history of Early Childhood Education including developmental and learning theories.
  • Review professional organizations that support Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental arrangement supported by developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Recognize program types, funding sources and public/private status.
  • Understand the importance of community resources and how they relate to healthy children and families.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course is designed to allow students to meet the Early Childhood Education Program Learning Outcomes of ensuring that successful students will be able to:

  • Develop strategies for maintaining a safe and healthy child care environment.
  • Be aware of community child and family service agencies in the community.
  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of advocating for child and family related issues at the community and legislative level.
  • Understand the benefits of participation in early childhood professional organizations.

This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the need for continuing education and lifelong learning.
  • Will succeed at transfer institutions.


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