Wellness in the Early Childhood Setting – EDUC 215

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Designed to introduce a candidate to the issue of wellness in early childhood education; an overview of wellness in the early childhood setting by examining good nutrition, safety, and healthful practices for young children.


Background Check Receipt with a score of 5


It is essential for early childhood programs to employ teachers who are specially prepared to work with young children. This course focuses on wellness in the early childhood setting. Our professional responsibility and spiritual mandate is to minister to the needs of young children through a safe and nurturing environment. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Luke 18:16).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Integrate Christian and professional principles. (PRE-A1)
    2. Demonstrate ability to locate and use appropriate professional literature, organizations, and resources to support teaching wellness concepts. (PRE-A1)
    3. Identify the basics of first aid, including the ABCs of airway, breathing, and circulation. (PRE-B2)
    4. Explain how nutrition, health, and safety contribute to children’s health and well-being. (PRE-B2)
    5. Describe the role teachers play in building foundations for children’s wellness, including ways to partner with families in teaching wellness concepts. (PRE-B2)
    6. Discuss special health needs and how these needs affect children’s health, functional status, and family dynamics. (PRE-B2)
    7. Identify the goals of inclusion and describe how educating classmates about children’s special health needs helps to create a climate of welcome for all children. (PRE-B2)

Program Learning Outcomes are available: http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=25658


Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations/Notes

(MLO: A, B, D, E, F, G)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1. (MLO: A, B)

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge as supported by the text, the Bible, or other reliable sources. A minimum of one citation and reference in APA format is required for each post. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F, G)

First Aid/CPR/AED Experience Plan

The candidate will complete a quiz for the First Aid/CPR/AED Experience Plan. This will indicate how the candidate anticipates fulfilling the requirements for the Standard First Aid with CPR/AED certification assignment. (MLO: C)

Health and Wellness Project

The candidate will complete a 3-part Health and Wellness Project.

Part 1: The candidate must submit the topic for the project as well as an annotated bibliography of 75-100 words for each source. There must be three scholarly sources, the textbook, and NAEYC standards. The resources should be typed in APA format.

Part 2: Based on feedback the candidate receives on Part 1 of the project, he or she will revise and finalize the topic choice and submit a rationale of 200–250 words describing the reason for selecting that topic, the format the project will take (presentation for parents, parent newsletter, or 5 activity plans that can be used in the classroom to teach the topic), and the concepts that will be covered. At least 1 NAEYC standard must be included to support the rationale. The candidate will also submit a revised reference page using feedback from Part 1.

Part 3: The candidate must create a project that includes practical classroom applications that could be used in the early childhood setting as well as a 4-page research-based paper. This paper must include the age group, target topic, and explanation of each of the activities or points addressed in the project as well as the application of the NAEYC Standards. The paper must include a cover page, a reference page in current APA format, and 2 pages of content. This will be 4 pages total. The reference list must include all sources used to create the project in current APA format. The candidate must reference at least 3 scholarly sources, 1 of which must be the course textbook. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F, G)

Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding

The candidate will complete an online training module and will submit documentation of its completion. (MLO: A, B, D, E)

Standard First Aid with CPR/AED

The candidate will submit documentation of a current certification in Standard First Aid with CPR/AED. (MLO: A, B, C, D, F)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1 hour time limit. These quizzes can be taken only once. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F, G)