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PSYC 353 Selected Topics in Early Childhood

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.


1-8 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 23, 2008 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Apply components of the selected topic in an early childhood classroom.
  • Describe the characteristics of the selected early childhood topic.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations for contemporary early childhood social issues related to the topic.
  • Explain the connection of the selected topic with developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Use and critique alternative theories related to the early childhood topic.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.