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EDU 555 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (ECE 4615) (3 credits)

This course is designed as an introduction to the essentials of early childhood education. Topics to be covered include: recognizing the unique roles played by early care and education providers teaching young children; understanding cognitive, social-emotional, adaptive and motor development in childhood; assessing and planning a developmentally appropriate and standards-based curriculum; providing an inclusive learning environment; and communicating effectively with families and caregivers. Special attention will be given to contemporary models of Early Childhood Education in school and other early childhood settings and the unique needs of early learners, including English Language Learners and students with special needs.

Prerequisite: Schools in Society and Educational Psychology.