This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the historic roots and philosophical foundations of early childhood care and education. The course includes an exploration of different types of early childhood programs, the role of the early childhood professional, and an examination of the student's personal qualities in relationship to expectations of the field. The course will include an examination of the role of culture in child development and anti-biased practices in early childhood education. Finally, the course defines the profession and explores the profession's Code of Ethical Conduct. 5 hours observing young children in an early childhood education setting are required for the course. Writing assignments and oral presentations, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017