The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide an advanced program of study focusing on the developmentally appropriate care and education of children from birth through age eight within various early childhood and elementary school settings.
The student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate a basic knowledge of educational research including: research procedures and methods; sources and formats utilized for presenting education research; critical review of research reports; and the preparation and defense of a research proposal.
The Early Childhood Education program emphasizes the whole child and exposes the student to the scientific knowledge bases regarding: 1) development of children, 2) learning theory, and 3) appropriate educational practices as well as the opportunity to develop competence in working with parents of young children.
The scientific and theoretical foundation for the program is the study of the Constructivist Theory as it relates to cognitive and affective development and the implications for the care and education of young children. The curriculum is designed to provide an individualized program of study based on the student’s experience and professional goals.
Other areas addressed will include: assessment issues and techniques, multicultural aspects of child development, principles of play in child development, principles of guidance, professionalism and advocacy.