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.
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 preschool 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.
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.