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Early Childhood Studies - Student Learning Outcomes
- Apply the systems approach to studying and understanding children in the context of the family, community, society, environment and culture in which the child lives.
- Apply basic observation skills leading to an awareness of what young children do and interpret why.
- Describe the elements of developmentally appropriate practice for all children, including those with specials needs and diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Identify, create and implement developmentally appropriate learning activities related to pre-k standards.
- Understand the sequence of typical milestones of development for children birth 3 years in all developmental domains: cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, language/communication, social/emotional, and self-help.
- Apply strategies for ensuring that cultural differences are respected and celebrated in the curriculum and in all inter-personal relationships.
- Understand the significance of the caregiver-family relationship and outline specific concerns and strategies for involving families meaningfully in the care of their young child.
- Understand and apply state regulations regarding health and safety issues in-group childcare settings and the components of a Health Care Policy based on the requirements established by the state licensing authority.
- Evaluate and demonstrate various methods of developmental assessments pertaining to the whole-child; including the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development of the pre-school child.
- Recognize the early childhood teacher’s role in both prevention and intervention and typical and a-typical behaviors of the pre-school child.
- Apply practical knowledge of teaching strategies, modifications and methods to work successfully with children considered to be at-risk or disabled and assess classroom settings, equipment and materials and the impact the environment has on all children.
- Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be an effective teacher/caregiver in an early childhood program.
- Explain and demonstrate the elements of developmentally appropriate programs and curriculum for preschool children.
- Discuss and demonstrate differences in curriculum for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and children in the early primary levels.
- Apply principles of developmentally appropriate curriculum design that is culturally sensitive and appropriate to the philosophy of the fieldwork setting. Curriculum will relate to the physical environment, material selection, activity planning and child guidance.
- Identify and apply ways to advocate on behalf of children and families with the context of the personal and professional experience they bring to the course as a result of their study and personal/professional experience.