An introduction to the field of early childhood education and care including the history of early childhood education and the various types and components of current early childhood programs. Ways that early childhood programs support the development of children and the professional roles and responsibilities of the early childhood educator will be explored.

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Credit Hours

3 credit hours (2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours)


Students must have taken the Reading Placement Test-Category One.

Technical Requirements

Students must have regular access to the Internet and a computer. Courses are administered through Blackboard, so students will also need a compatible OS and browser. A list of recommended software can be found here.