Metropolitan State University

PSYC 353 : Selected Topics in Early Childhood

A. Course Description
Credits:
Prerequisites: PSYC 308 Child Psychology or equivalent with instructor's permission.  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
 
The topics covered in the different sections of this course vary from semester to semester. The focus of each section is on young children birth to age five. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with specific subjects in the field of early childhood. Possible topics include: curriculum approaches such as Montessori or Reggio Emilia, infant-toddler mental health, assessment tools, parent education, or issues in early childhood special education. Students should consult the Class Schedule for the topics featured each semester. Note: This course may be taken four times for credit as long as the topic is different.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/23/2008 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Apply components of the selected topic in an early childhood classroom.
  2. Describe the characteristics of the selected early childhood topic.
  3. Develop and communicate alternative explanations for contemporary early childhood social issues related to the topic.
  4. Explain the connection of the selected topic with developmentally appropriate practices.
  5. Use and critique alternative theories related to the early childhood topic.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
    None
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  2. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  3. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
G. Special Information
None