OTH035: Early Childhood Education

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Children experience enormous changes in the first few years of their lives. They learn to walk, talk, run, jump, read and write, among other milestones. Caregivers can help infants, toddlers, and children grow and develop in positive ways. This course is for students who want to influence the most important years of human development. In the course, students learn how to create fun and educational environments for children; how to keep the environment safe for children; and how to encourage the health and well-being of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children.

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Course Length

One Semester

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Course Outline

Unit One: Childcare Roles and Obligations

Unit Two: A Clean, Safe and Healthy Childcare Environment

Unit Three: Food and Nutrition

Unit Four: Rules and Regulations

Unit Five: Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Education Midterm Exam

Unit Six: Play: A Child's Work

Unit Seven: Guidance and Discipline

Unit Eight: Communication, Observation and Recording

Unit Nine: Literacy and Language

Unit Ten: Personal Goals and Development

Early Childhood Education Final Exam

Course Objectives

  • Explain why early childhood education matters.
  • Describe different types of families and parenting arrangements.
  • Describe the legal responsibilities of parenthood.
  • Discuss the moral or ethical responsibilities of parenthood.
  • Describe the basic responsibilities of child-care providers.
  • Explain how culture and diversity impact the child-care environment.
  • Demonstrate how to sanitize and disinfect the child care environment.
  • Demonstrate proper hand-washing technique and practices.
  • Describe safe infant-sleep habits.
  • Describe appropriate security for the child-care home or center.
  • Describe and explain the USDA and state requirements for meals in a child-care facility.
  • Explain what is required for participation in the Child and Adult Food Care Program.
  • Explain how to plan meals and menus for children.
  • Describe positive mealtime strategies.
  • Describe the types of child-care facilities.
  • Explain how child-care facilities are regulated.
  • Describe the rules that apply to child-care facilities.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of child abuse.
  • Explain how to speak to a child disclosing abuse.
  • Define and discuss physical, cognitive, language, and social development.
  • Describe the typical stages of development from infancy through the school years.
  • Describe how to recognize typical developmental milestones.
  • Explain when to talk to parents about possible developmental delays.
  • Describe how children develop and grow cognitively during early childhood.
  • Describe when play behaviors develop and how children play at different ages.
  • Explain what the types of play are and how they benefit children.
  • Explain how to integrate play into children's activities in a child-care setting.
  • Describe the three basic types of child discipline.
  • Explain how to effectively communicate with children.
  • Explain how to use positive language to create good behavior and self-esteem.
  • Describe when to intervene and help children manage their own interactions.
  • Explain how to discipline children at different ages.
  • Demonstrate developmentally appropriate communication with children.
  • Demonstrate how to talk with parents and maintain open communication.
  • Describe what observation is and how to observe children.
  • Explain record keeping in a childcare setting.
  • Describe and discuss how to use your observations to improve the care of children.
  • Describe how to encourage language development in young children.
  • Describe ways young children use language.
  • Explain what a literacy-rich environment looks like and how to create one.
  • Describe the six essential pre-literacy skills.
  • Explain how to support children in learning pre-literacy skills.
  • Explain how to develop an educational plan that will help you to meet your goals.
  • Describe good work habits.
  • Describe where to find and how to use professional-development opportunities.
  • Explain what personality traits will help you succeed.
  • Explain how to care for yourself while caring for children.
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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling