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S17 EDUC 58011 Early Childhood: Program Planning
S17 EDUC 58011 Early Childhood: Program Planning
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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