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Child Development &Education

CD 101- Principles and Practices

Course Description:

An examination of the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs, environments, emphasizing the key role of relationships, strategies in supporting physical, social, creative and intellectual development for all children.  This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Interpret best and promising teaching and care practices as defined within the field ofearly care and education’s history, range of delivery systems, program types andphilosophies and ethical standards.

2. Identify the underlying theoretical perspective in forming a professional philosophy.

3. Assess early childhood settings, curriculum, and teaching strategies utilizing indicators ofquality early childhood practice that support all children including those with diversecharacteristics and their families.

4. Examine the value of play as a vehicle for developing skills, knowledge, dispositions, andstrengthening relationships among young children.

5. Examine a variety of guidance and interaction strategies to increase children’s socialcompetence and promote a caring classroom community.

6. Analyze the relationship between observation, planning, implementation and assessmentin developing effective teaching strategies and positive learning and development.


Typical Assignments:

  • Field Observations
  • Discussion Boards
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Play based learning brochure
  • Models of Programs and Research Discussion
  • Mid-term and Final exam

Required textbooks:

Early Childhood Education birth – 8,  California Edition 
ISBN 0558453481  Can only be purchased through the Saddleback bookstore.

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice by Copple and Bredekamp, NAEYC 2006, ISBN# 1-928896-26-X