2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
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ECED& 170 - Environments for Young Children

3.0 Credits
Design, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments which ensure quality learning, nurturing experiences, and optimize the development of young children. S/U grade option.

Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Design environments that protect the health and safety of children and adults, providing balance between activities that are indoor and outdoor, quiet and active, and allow for interaction with others as well as time alone. [REASON]
  2. Develop environmental strategies for guiding children’s behavior helping them develop pro-social skills and the ability to self-regulate. [REASON]
  3. Plan an environment, schedule, routine, and activities that meet the needs of learners ages zero to eight, promoting growth across all domains and in all disciplines. [REASON]
  4. Describe strategies to achieve compliance with Washington Administrative Code for licensed childcare and/or other state/federal regulations pertinent to early learning environments. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Compare policies and environments which recognize the importance of establishing space and programming that are welcoming to families and provide opportunities for all to participate. [EXPLORE]
  6. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of early learning environments serving differing age groups, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age. [ACT]
  7. Define the teacher’s role as a developmental specialist that evaluates the environment to reflect child-directed active learning through effective learning centers. [REASON]
  8. Articulate teaching strategies that encourage children’s engagement in a well-planned learning environment that supports individual development with consideration of the classroom community. [REASON]

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