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CD32:  INTRODUCTION TO CURRICULUM


Course Description

This foundational curriculum course presents an overview of knowledge and skills needed for designing curriculum and environments for infants and young children. Students examine the teacher's role in supporting development, fostering creativity, and modeling a joy of learning for children and parents. Students will design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on observation and assessments which emphasizes play in the learning centers for language, literacy, social, emotional, sensory, art, perceptual development, math, and science. Students complete an activity portfolio of observations, curriculum/environment plans as well as participate in skill demonstrations and observations. Previously listed as CD 21. (C-ID: ECE 130) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.


Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize and apply developmentally appropriate principles/ strategies in supervised settings to positively influence all young children's development and acquisition of knowledge and skills.
  • Evaluate the teachers’ role in providing intentional and best practices in early childhood programs for all young children.
  • Compare and contrast various early childhood environment designs that support all children’s cognitive, language, creative, physical, and social/emotional development.
  • Design and implement play-based curriculum based on (a) observation and assessment, (b) developmental, inclusive, and anti-bias principles, and (c) in collaboration with families to support play and learning to support all children.
  • Identify theoretical and program model implications for curriculum. Analyze activity plans with regard to theory and program model foundations.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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