Wellness in the Early Childhood Setting – EDUC 215

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 08/20/2021

Course Description

This course provides an overview of wellness in the early childhood setting by examining good nutrition, safety, and healthy practices for young children.


Please note, this course is not part of a program leading to eligibility of a Virginia state teaching license (or license in any other state). Individuals seeking to obtain a state teaching license should contact soelicensure@liberty.edu for recommended course options.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

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. 
    2. Demonstrate ability to locate and use appropriate professional literature, organizations, and resources to support teaching wellness concepts. 
    3. Identify the basics of first aid, including the ABCs of airway, breathing, and circulation. 
    4. Explain how nutrition, health, and safety contribute to children’s health and well-being. 
    5. Describe the role teachers play in building foundations for children’s wellness, including ways to partner with families in teaching wellness concepts. 
    6. Discuss special health needs and how these needs affect children’s health, functional status, and family dynamics. 
    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. 

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 the Course Overview. (MLO: A, B)

Discussions (5)

Discussions 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 current APA format is required for each post. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F, G)

Quiz: CPR, Basic First Aid, and AED

The candidate will complete a general knowledge quiz for CPR, First Aid, and AED. This will indicate how much the candidate already knows (or wants to know) about the topic. (MLO: C)

Health and Wellness Project Assignments (3)

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

Health and Wellness Project: Annotated Bibliography Assignment: 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 current APA format.

Health and Wellness Project: Topic and Rationale Assignment: Based on feedback the candidate receives on the Annotated Bibliography, 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 five activity plans that can be used in the classroom to teach the topic), and the concepts that will be covered. At least one NAEYC standard must be included to support the rationale. The candidate will also submit a revised reference page using feedback from the Annotated Bibliography.

Health and Wellness Project: Project and Paper Assignment: The candidate must create a project that includes practical classroom applications that could be used in the early childhood setting as well as a four-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 two pages of content. This will be four pages total. The reference list must include all sources used to create the project in current APA format. The candidate must reference at least three scholarly sources.  In addition to the three sources, you must include one source which is the course textbook and one source which is  the NAEYC Standards. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F, G)

Quiz: Child Abuse Prevention Training

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

CPR, Basic First Aid, and AED Assignment

The candidate will submit a research paper in recognizing potential situations that would require for CPR, First Aid, and AED to be implemented.  (MLO: A, B, C, D, F)

Quizzes (8)

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