S17 EDUC 58011 Early Childhood: Program Planning

S17 EDUC 58011 Early Childhood: Program Planning

Distance Education
3 Credits / Graded A-F
Credit through Alaska Pacific University
Self-paced, start anytime

This course will provide a framework for planning and implementing a comprehensive, research-based curriculum for young children.

Explore the components of developmentally appropriate curriculum and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for appropriate curriculum for young children through eight years of age.

The class will provide an overall look at the basic steps for creating an appropriate curriculum, planning a daily schedule, and creating lesson plans and activities for early childhood programs.

Appropriate curriculum for various age groups such as infants & toddlers, preschoolers, and primary school children will be explored. Curricular considerations for integrating specific content areas such as language and literacy, math and science, and social studies and expressive arts will also be discussed

Learn ways to accommodate children with special needs including sensory, cognitive, and physical impairments, cultural considerations, and giftedness.

This course has been divided into four chapters. Each chapter contains handouts or attachments that cover specific topics from the chapter in greater depth. They are provided for you to read, ponder, and apply to the early childhood education setting in which you work. Some of the topics are intended for you, as the professional, while others are intended for you to pass on to parents, when appropriate.


Chapter One
Developing Appropriate Programs for Young Children—A Look at Curriculum, Assessment, & Evaluation
  • What is curriculum?
  • Curricular approaches to avoid
  • NAEYC’s position on ECE curriculum, child assessment, and program planning
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice—What is it?
  • Planning the ECE program—Planning the daily schedule, lesson plans and activity plans
  • Making adaptations and modifications for students with special needs

Chapter Two
Developing Appropriate Programs for Young Children—A Look at Language & Literacy
  • Creating the curriculum—What does research say?
  • A look at Language and Literacy: oral language, written language, reading
  • Language and literacy activities across the curriculum
  • Curricular considerations for children with special needs: sensory, cognitive, and physical impairments, cultural considerations, giftedness

Chapter Three
Developing Appropriate Programs for Young Children—A Look at Mathematics & Science
  • NCTM and NSES principles and content standards for mathematics and science
  • NCTM’s curricular focal points for each age group, pre-K through 2nd grade
  • Key mathematical concepts for young children: classification, ordering, counting, adding and subtracting, measurement, geometry
  • Key science concepts for young children: physical science, biological science
  • Assessment: A critical component of ECE and program planning
  • Integrating mathematics and science activities throughout the ECE curriculum

Chapter Four
Developing Appropriate Programs for Young Children—A Look at Social Studies & Expressive Arts
  • A look at social studies: historical perspectives
  • National Council for Social Studies (NCSS): ten themes
  • Suggestions for thematic social studies curriculum: Categories of intertwined content
  • Social studies disciplines: history, geography, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, values education
  • An important social studies theme: conflict resolution
  • Integrating social studies activities across the curriculum
  • A look at expressive arts: art, music, movement
  • A look at child development: cognitive development, social and emotional development, physical development
  • Considerations for infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, and primary children
  • Integrating expressive arts activities across the curriculum.
  • Describe a variety of ways to integrate language and literacy, mathematics and science, and social studies and expressive arts activities in meaningful ways throughout the early childhood curriculum.

Course Objectives

ATTITUDES: The Participants will
  • Understand that research shows that Developmentally Appropriate Practice leads to more learning
  • Understand that content can be and expressive arts should be intertwined across the curriculum.
PROCESSES: The Participants will
  • Explain the key components of a developmentally appropriate program (DAP) for young children.
  • Discuss research-based positions and standards for various curricular content areas.
  • Identify and plan key components of an integrated early childhood curriculum that fosters curiosity and promotes the process of inquiry.
UNDERSTANDINGS or SKILLS: The Participants will
  • Identify the general guidelines for early childhood curriculum, assessment, and evaluation as presented by NAEYC.
  • Discuss numerous ways to make adaptations, accommodations, and modifications for students with special learning needs
  • Explain the three principles for learning presented by the National Research Council (1999) that directly apply to classroom teaching for children of all ages.

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Contact Information

  • Phone: 907-364-3809
    Email: asdn@alaskaacsa.org

Payment Instructions

  • Tuition:  

    $405 for Tier One Member Districts *

    $455 for Tier Two Member Districts

    *Click here to see if your district is a Tier One or Tier Two member.

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    Course Completion Policy
    From the date of registration, registrants have a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year to complete the course.  Per Alaska Pacific University policy, grades will not be submitted before the 30 day minimum period.

    Cancellation Policy
    Any and all cancellations of ASDN Distance Education courses, within 30 days of registration, will result in a $90 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after 30 days.