Course Description Year 1 Semester 1

ECE Course Descriptions

Year 1 - Semester 1 (September - December)

ECED 1200 Practicum 1 - Developing Relationships with Children (0,2,10P)(L)

Credits: 4 credits
Delivery: Campus

This is an innovative field practice course designed to allow students to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become an effective educator of young children. Students have repeated opportunities to practice observation and documentation techniques, prepare the learning environment, develop relationships with children, and guide behavior with the mentorship of early childhood educators and a practicum instructor. Students integrate theoretical knowledge, use reflective practice and demonstrate professional conduct.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Early Childhood Education Program
Corequisite: ECED 1320, ECED 1350
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ECED 1320 Child Guidance (4,0,0)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is designed to demonstrate the positive influential effects of developmentally appropriate practice and a positive environment on children's behaviour. Students are instructed in how to support children's social and emotional development through an examination of the significance of play, interpreting children's behaviour, and individualizing interactions with children. To practice direct and indirect guidance strategies, students focus on the development of meaningful relationships and positive self-esteem for young children.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Early Childhood Education Program or permission from course instructor Corequisites: ECED 1200, ECED 1350 if admitted to the Early Childhood Education program
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ECED 1340 Communication (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Effective interdependent relationships are essential to the work of early childhood educators. Self-awareness, and an ongoing commitment to become a competent communicator are fundamental to the development of positive relationships. An emphasis on personal reflection offers students the opportunity to learn and use interpersonal communication skills effectively. Students examine the qualities of ethical, constructive, and respectful communication.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Early Childhood Education Program or permission from course instructor
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of EDCS 1540, HUMS 1540 or ECED 1340
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ECED 1350 Introduction to Program Planning (4,0,0)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

An exploration of art media and authentic materials develops student's competence and creativity prior to implementing activities with children. Emphasis is on the preparation of the learning environment, both physical and social, routines, and the role of the educator to develop, implement, evaluate, and document appropriate educational experiences for children. The British Columbia Early Learning Framework and pedagogical narrations are introduced.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Early Childhood Education Program
Corequisite: ECED 1200, ECED 1320
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PSYC 2130 Introduction to Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the developmental process from conception to adolescence. Theoretical perspectives and research data are examined as they relate to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 and PSYC 1210 or permission of the instructor
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