Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

ECE 251: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

General Information

  • Name: Curriculum in 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 and Recommended Courses

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Considers methods of planning and teaching curriculum for children 3-5 years old. Includes curriculum development, children's play, lesson planning, and daily scheduling. Emphasis will be on curriculum development for children 3-5 years old in areas such as art, science, literature, music, language arts, block, dramatic play, etc.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, successful students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the theory of instructional design as it relates to the preschool and will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theory through application in curriculum plans and activities.
  • Develop a personal philosophy of early childhood education curriculum.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how preschool programming is related to the needs of children in the program and special objectives designed to meet those needs.
  • Develop a personal system of curriculum materials for future use.

III: Course Linkage

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

This course meets one of the requirements for the A.A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education the Certificate of Achievement. The course is designed to allow students to:

  • Recognize and organize a physical environment that supports age appropriate development in young children.
  • Plan and implement activities that meet the psychosocial, physical, and cognitive needs of children in a childcare setting.
  • Develop an appreciation of 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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