Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood – EDUC 670

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

The course is designed to show current trends in curriculum organization, the effects of environment on learning and adapting curriculum content and methods to maturity level of the young child. Emphasis will be placed on designing individual educational programs for all children.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

How a society cares for and educates its children clearly reflects the worldview and core beliefs of any people. Therefore, it is imperative to look at all programs and practices through the lens of a Judeo-Christian view that clearly sees children as individuals created in the image of God. A major responsibility of the pre-school teacher and/or administrator is to develop curriculum that simultaneously meets the mission and goals of an organization and the children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, developmental, and spiritual needs. The ability to evaluate and differentiate among various theories and practices is an essential component to experiencing success in early childhood education.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a theoretical framework that addresses one’s personal academic and biblical pedagogy.
  2. Integrate professional and Christian principles while interpreting trends in early childhood education and developing programs for early childhood settings.
  3. Synthesize values concerning the nature of child development.
  4. Design, implement, and evaluate a meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for all young children.
  5. Apply the concepts and inquiry tools of content areas including academic subjects.
  6. Explain the role of standards in the classroom and their impact on lesson planning.
  7. Evaluate the role media and technology play in children’s lives.
  8. Integrate essential dispositions and skills to develop positive, respectful relationships with children whose cultures and languages differ from one’s own.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

There will be 8 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 colleagues’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words.

Lesson Plans (2)

The candidate will practice aligning literacy and content standards and use these items to direct instructional planning. (MLO: D, E, F)

Theoretical Framework Paper

This assignment will allow the candidate to become acutely aware of his/her pedagogical stance. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. A title and reference page is required in addition to the 5 pages of content. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Classroom Design PowerPoint

The candidate will design a PowerPoint presentation explaining how his/her pedagogical stance influences his/her classroom design. This presentation must be no more than 10–12 slides. There must be at least 5 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.  (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, G)

Reflective Summary

The candidate will write a reflective summary about the Classroom Design PowerPoint assignment. The first paragraph must delineate what he/she learned from reading colleagues’ comments/advice concerning his/her PowerPoint presentation, and the second paragraph must explain what the candidate learned about himself/herself through this assignment. Each paragraph must have at least 250 words.  (MLO:  A, B, C, D)

Tests (2)

Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 48 multiple-choice and essay questions, and have a 1 ½ hour time limit. (MLO: F, G, H)

Quiz

The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and essay questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.  (MLO: F, G, H)