ECED& 105 Introduction to Early Childhood Education • 5 Cr.


Explore the foundations of early childhood education. Examine theories defining the field, issues and trends, best practices, and program models. Observe children, professionals, and programs in action. Previously ECED 171.Either ECED 171 or ECED& 105 may be taken for credit, but not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain current theories and ongoing research in early care and education as it applies to children, families, and early childhood programs.
  • Describe how children learn and develop through play and the role of play in early childhood programs.
  • Observe an early childhood environment and identify examples of best practice.
  • Compare early learning program models.
  • Explain the importance of building partnerships with families and strategies for working effectively with families from a variety of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Identify appropriate guidance and discipline techniques used in family and early learning settings.
  • Describe the observation, assessment, and teaching cycle used to plan curriculum and activities for young children.
  • Apply the professional code of ethics for early care and education to resolve a dilemma.
  • Describe major historical figures, advocates, and events shaping today‚Äôs early childhood education.