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 Course Title:   Curriculum Development


 Department:    ECED&

 Course #:    160

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    131210

 EPC:    402

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Investigate learning theory, program planning, and tools for curriculum development. Focus is on linking various early learning curriculum methods, standards and assessments to promote and enhance language, cognition, social, emotional and physical development. Design practical ways to meet the diverse learning needs of young children through creative arts, math, science and social understanding curriculum for children birth to 8 years.


Prerequisite: ECED& 105 and EDUC& 115 or instructor permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Modify and create age appropriate learning environments.
  2. Understand a variety of methods to enhance language, cognitive, emotional, social, creative and physical development.
  3. Evaluate learning resources and materials.
  4. Adapt and individualize interactions, routines and activities to meet the diverse and special needs of young children.
  5. Plan and evaluate individual and group learning objectives and goals.
  6. Integrate specific early learning standards, curricula and assessments into a planned program for young children.
  7. Plan, evaluate and adapt learning experiences and environments with a focus on cultural and linguistic diversity, content area knowledge and awareness of one‘s own values.
  8. Understand the relationship of curriculum planning to theories of how children learn.
  9. Understand the role of curriculum decision making to principles of child growth and development.
  10. Articulate the role of play as a primary context for early learning.
  11. Demonstrate the importance of the family as the child’s first and most important teacher.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.1 Analyze problems to determine what mathematical principles apply.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.

Course Contents

  1. Social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development.
  2. Environments and experiences to support the growth and development of young children.
  3. Early learning curriculum methods and approaches.
  4. Cultural pluralism and early learning curriculum planning.
  5. Early childhood standards, curriculum and assessments.