EDUC144 Infants and Toddlers

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC144 Infants and Toddlers
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course will explore the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of infants and toddlers. An emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate educational practice for this age group. Students will design learning experiences and create learning environments to facilitate development.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To provide students with an overview of the language development of infants and toddlers.
    2. To provide students with an understanding of the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers.
    3. To be able to describe the motor development of infants and toddlers.
    4. To be able to understand and utilize theories of cognitive development and how they are applied to infants and toddlers.
    5. To be able to find and use educational information sources pertaining to infants and toddlers.
    6. To be able to develop and implement developmentally appropriate lesson plans for this age group.
    7. To be able to choose appropriate educational materials for this age group.
    8. To be able to organize a classroom environment to enhance the development of infants and toddlers.
    9. To be able to systematically observe the behavior of infants and toddlers and draw conclusions from the observations.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction
      1. A historical perspective on daycare for infants and toddlers.
      2. Caregivers
    2. Development of infants and toddlers
      1. Motor development
      2. Cognitive development
      3. Social/Emotional development
      4. Language development
    3. Lesson plan development
      1. General educational objectives
      2. Behavioral objectives
      3. Unit plans
    4. Positive guidance and redirection
    5. Family life and concerns
      1. Cooperating with parents
      2. Effective communication with parents
    6. Setting up the physical environment
      1. Safety issues
      2. Toys
      3. Equipment
    7. Scheduling
    8. Frequently encountered problems
      1. Staffing
      2. Illness
      3. Feeding/sleeping
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Departmentally selected textbook. Articles from education journals. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See Course Format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Use of lecture and observations of local daycare centers.

Review/Approval Date -4/99