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EDU-315 Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Education


The course presents curriculum, methods, and materials for early childhood programs, preschool through primary grades.  It presents family and community involvement strategies.  Also presented is instruction in planning, implementation, and assessment of interdisciplinary activities to stimulate cognitive, linguistic, social, and motor development to meet the diverse needs of learners. Prerequisite: EDU-301. [4 credits]


  1. Apply knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice to planning lessons and selecting materials for the early childhood classroom.
  2. Design lessons that connect learning objectives in all subject areas—science, social studies, mathematics, art, music, language arts and technology—with classroom activities and assessment strategies.
  3. Develop the observational skills necessary for effective planning and assessment of young children.
  4. Describe the role of the early childhood teacher with regard to parents, family and the community in order to plan and implement curriculum that is relevant and responsive to every student.
  5. Describe philosophical orientations and theories and explain how they apply to the early childhood curriculum.
  6. Participate in discussions to increase their knowledge and understanding of the professional requirements of the early childhood educator, including ethical responsibilities, the need to understand cultural and linguistic diversity, and issues of violence, abuse and neglect in the lives of young children.
  7. Use the Internet to access appropriate web sites to enhance their understanding of current curriculum practices.


  1. Class attendance and active participation in discussion of reading assignments and peer teaching presentations
  2. Group Study of Early Childhood Theory/Theorists/Practice
  3. Research Paper and Presentation of Research Topic
  4. Complete “Stand Alone” Lesson Plan
  5. Annotated Bibliography of Five Web Sites
  6. Peer Teaching Assignment--complete lesson plan and teaching of lesson to peers 
  7. Reflection Paper
  8. Attendance is mandatory


Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.


Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site and require reading/completion prior to coming to class.