Identify early care and education approaches and philosophies
Evaluate child care quality
Understand developmentally appropriate curriculum and play-based learning
Identify and discuss culturally relevant curriculum
Explore historical and social roots of early childhood group care
Examine professional standards and expectations for teachers working with young children
About this course:
Learn about early care, education approaches, and how to identify quality care. This online course on teaching young children introduces the approaches, history, and development of early childhood education programs. The course offers an overview of developmentally appropriate learning environments, curriculum, and how to define play-based learning and outcomes. Students explore how different program approaches meet the needs of the young child. Students learn observation, assessment, and strategies for guiding children’s behavior. Field observations are required. This is a lower-division (entry level) college class. This is an intensive course, in which the work of a full academic quarter is offered in only 8 weeks. Expect to spend around 12 hours per week to complete everything in each week’s module. Before you take this course, we recommend you take Child Development, unless you have classroom experience with children already.