EDUC142 Childcare Program Planning

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC142 Childcare Program Planning
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides an introduction to the childcare profession. It includes an exploration of child development from infancy through school age, with emphasis on planning developmentally appropriate activities in a safe and healthy learning environment. Included are investigations of childcare for special needs children, mildly ill children, and alternative groupings.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To understand the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children.
    2. To develop practical techniques for classroom management when working with young children.
    3. To understand current techniques for keeping children safe, healthy, and well nourished at home and in the school environment.
    4. To plan classroom curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.
    5. To design a classroom environment to stimulate development.
    6. To develop techniques to promote home/school cooperation.
    7. To develop techniques to effectively communicate with parents.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Development of infants/toddlers
      1. Motor development
      2. Social/Emotional development
      3. Cognitive development
    2. Development of preschool children
      1. Motor development
      2. Social/emotional development
      3. Cognitive development
    3. Planning/Curriculum development
    4. Organizing physical space
      1. furniture
      2. toys/games
    5. Time
      1. Daily routines
    6. Play
      1. parallel
      2. associative
      3. constructive
      4. dramatic
    7. Art and music activities
    8. Physical activity
    9. Conceptual skills
    10. Language/listening activities
    11. Math activities
      1. incidental learning
      2. teacher led activities
    12. Science
      1. magnets
      2. planets
      3. animals
      4. cooking
      5. food
    13. Health
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

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

    Departmentally selected textbook. Current articles from education journals. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See Course Format
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
At least 2.5 hours each week will be devoted to the presentation of course material in a classroom setting.

Review/Approval Date -4/99