ECE118W: Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Curriculum

Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours 0 Credits 3
Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Curriculum provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to create an infant/toddler (birth to 3 years) curriculum in a nurturing environment. In accordance with the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards, the course introduces students to developmentally appropriate practices and inclusive caregiving for infants and toddlers in group settings by providing an overview of activities, observations, assessments, individual development, quality routines, learning environments, classroom materials, and guidance techniques. Students investigate and compare play-based, project-based, and content-centered teaching styles. The course also provides an in-depth study of preschool (age 3 to 5 years) education fundamentals supported by anti-bias and ACES sensitivities, including program goals, social interaction, curriculum instruction, and use of space and materials. Students use the NH Early Learning Standards as a guide to develop strategies for supporting the whole child, including the child's cognitive, language, social-emotional, and physical development skills in a safe, responsive, and culturally sensitive environment. Students examine the role and responsibilities of parents and caregivers in creating high-quality, supportive environments and develop classroom materials and lesson plans to include in their professional portfolio. Students observe in an approved ECE setting for fifteen hours.