ECED& 160 Curriculum Development • 5 Cr.


Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills, and growth in young children (birth-age 8). Format includes laboratory participation. Previously ECED 181. Either ECED 181 or ECED& 160 may be taken for credit, but not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain major early childhood curriculum theories and current trends such as theme-based, emergent, inquiry based, integrated and project approach.
  • Use a variety of resources, including WA State Guidelines, program standards, and NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice principles to plan curriculum.
  • Create curriculum which supports children’s language/communication, cognitive, social/emotional, fine/gross motor, and creative development.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities and schedules which promote child growth and learning.
  • Observe, document and assess individual and group needs, interests and skills for the purpose of curriculum planning and on-going modifications of plans.
  • Demonstrate ability to interact positively with young children and teachers in a classroom setting.