Early Childhood Education Program Outcomes

Students are expected to learn the following within the Early Childhood Education program:

  1. Developmentally Appropriate Practice
    • Articulate the NAEYC standards of developmentally appropriate programs.
    • Create and explain a developmentally appropriate floor plan for children from birth to eight years of age.
    • Observe and analyze the physical environment, teaching practices, and how children learn an observation checklist.

  2. Research Methods and Assessment Techniques
    • Identify the purpose, value, and use of formal and informal observation and assessment.
    • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of systematic observation methods.
    • Identify theory and theorist in relationship to children and approaches to learning.

  3. Child Development
    • Examine age level characteristics, word pictures, and outline and describe milestones in the areas of cognitive, physical, social, and language development for children from birth to eight years of age.
    • Conduct observations to examine the physical, social, cognitive, and language development of children from birth to eight years old.
    • Define the domains of development.

  4. Reflective Practitioner Skills
    • Administer theory based tasks to children and write evaluations of the children's responses.
    • Evaluate both a single activity and/or an early childhood program in terms of its effectiveness in meeting the needs of the particular group or individuals for whom it is planned.

  5. Building Relationships
    • Name and explain key strategies for successful school, home, and community partnerships.
    • Identify local community agencies responsible for providing various safeguards for children's experiences and learning.
    • Identify and discuss signs of abuse and the reporting requirements of abuse and neglect in the State of Maryland.