Description: This course offers an introduction to the child care and education field with emphasis on the history of childcare, the variety of operations, services, facilities, career opportunities, and basic child development principles. The laboratory includes 15 hours of field studies in a variety of childcare, preschool, elementary grades K-3rd grade. These observations are mandatory. Reading of periodical articles is required to introduce the student to childcare and the authors and publications of the profession. A portfolio will be completed including a philosophy of education, “Why I Want to Teach” paper, and 15 hours of observation recordings.
What will students learn? Students will learn what is current in local child care centers and local schools. How to observe, opportunities to observe and apply and evaluate theories and what is learned in class. Theory (Piaget, Erikson, Gardner), research, article summaries for ages 0-8.
What can students expect in class? Writing, summarizing 20 documents, reading, weekly chapter study guides, two exams on computer in testing center. Travel to child care centers and schools. A portfolio of all observations will be required.
What skills are needed for this class? College reading, writing, summarizing, computer skills, time management.