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Course : Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education

Course Number
ECED 3113
Section Number
Spring 2023
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course/Catalog Description

An introduction to the field of early childhood education, including historical perspectives, characteristics of young children, developmentally appropriate practices, early care, types of programs, family connections, and current issues. 

Instructor Response Policy: During the week, response time is within 24-48 hours. Emails received over the weekend will receive a response no later than Tuesday, 8 am. Emails received on holidays will receive a response no later than 8 am on the second business day after the holiday.

Course Competencies/Objectives


ECED 3113 builds mastery of the following competencies/learning outcomes (Competencies are aligned to the TExES Examination Frameworks/Standards, PK-3, EC-6 Core subjects, STR, Educator Standards, Technology Standards for Teachers, INTASC, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Knowledge and implementation of PK guidelines and PK-3 TEKS, and NAEYC standards geared instruction and developmentally appropriate practices are required:

The learner will:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of EC-3 students and EC-3 student learning.

2.  Demonstrate understanding of foundational concepts and factors that influence development to age 8.

3.  Create safe, accessible, and engaging learning environments and instructional settings for learners to age 8.

4.  Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental processes and characteristics of young children to age 8.

5.  Demonstrate an understanding of the professional practices and responsibilities of the Early Childhood profession.

6.  Demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of family in EC-3 learning and development.

7.  Describe how play promotes children's learning.

8.  Examine appropriate goals, objectives, and curriculum for ECE programs.

9.  Explain how to meet the needs of all children.

10.   Demonstrate and apply an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices, research/evidence-based assessments/instructional practices (ELAR, Physical Education, Health Education, Fine Arts, and Science of Teaching Reading).

11.   Describe and analyze effective parent/family collaboration programs.

12.   Research societal issues that affect children, families, and schools.

13.   Explain how early literacy foundations impact student's academic success

14.   Analyze and understand the importance of fostering collaborations with families and other professionals to promote students' ability in all developmental areas. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC (2020). Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. Washington, DC.

Texas Education Agency. (2018). Educator's Code of Ethics. Retrieved May 19, 2020, from TEA Texas Educator Code of Ethics

Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for ELAR (Elementary)

Elementary Certficate Standards for Core Subjects EC-6 and EC-3

Although Competency-Based Education (CBE) Programs offer a great deal of flexibility to you as a learner, there is a need to stay on track, build the necessary competencies, and complete course assignments so that you make satisfactory academic progress toward your degree. Below is a helpful pacing guide. If you follow this guide and plan accordingly, you will keep on track and not fall behind. Course assignments and readings (modules 1-4) must be completed by the end of week 5, and course assignments and readings (modules 5-7) must be completed by the end of week 7 to allow for timely feedback, revisions, and grading.

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