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PSYC 355 Foundations of Early Childhood Studies

This course provides a foundational base for the field of Early Childhood and an introduction to the Early Childhood Studies major. It includes exploration of current practices, various roles, professionalism, environments for learning and approaches to working with and teaching diverse young children. The course also provides an outline of the historical and theoretical foundation of the field, development of young children, resources for professional development, and the development of early childhood curriculum with equitable learning opportunities.


Special information

Prerequisites: PSYC 100 - General Psychology AND WRIT 131 - Writing I.
2 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2022 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Identify the philosophical, theoretical, and historical roots as well as current trends and issues in the field of early childhood.
  • Describe the professional roles and components of high-quality early childhood programs including environments, curriculum planning, behavior guidance, assessment, and family engagement.
  • Evaluate own personal commitment to working with diverse young children and families and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of early childhood.
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate, and synthesize knowledge from diverse sources and write a personal philosophy of inclusive early childhood care and education in American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Foundations of Early Childhood Studies Cook, Carmen R Books for PSYC-355-01 Fall 2024 Course details for PSYC-355-01 Fall 2024