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 Course Title:   Environments

 Title Abbreviation:   ENVIRONMENTS

 Department:    ECED&

 Course #:    170

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Design, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments which ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
N/A

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design environments that protect the health and safety of children and adults, providing balance between activities that are indoor and outdoor, quiet and active, and allow for interaction with others as well as time alone.
  2. Develop environmental strategies for guiding children’s behavior helping them develop pro-social skills and the ability to self-regulate.
  3. Plan an environment, schedule, routine, and activities that meet the needs of learners ages zero to 8, promoting growth across all domains and in all disciplines.
  4. Describe strategies to achieve compliance with Washington Administrative Code for licensed child care and/or other state/federal regulations pertinent to early learning environments.
  5. Compare policies and environments which recognize the importance of establishing space and programming that are welcoming to families and provide opportunities for all to participate.
  6. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of early learning environments serving differing age groups (ex. infant, toddler, school age).

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

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.

Course Contents

  1. Environments that protect the health and safety of children and adults.
  2. Environmental strategies for guiding children’s behavior.
  3. Environment, schedule, routine, and activities that meet the needs of learners ages zero to 8.
  4. Strategies to achieve compliance with Washington Administrative Code for licensed child care and/or other state/federal regulations.
  5. Policies and environments which recognize the importance of establishing space and programming.
  6. Quality and effectiveness of early learning environments serving differing age groups (ex. infant, toddler, school age).