PSYC 416

Comparative Study of Early Childhood Program Models

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 24, 2002 – August 17, 2018

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course focuses on a comparative study of traditional, current and culturally-based program models designed for children from birth through eight years of age. Students are introduced to early childhood program models including Reggio Emilia, Head Start, Montessori, cognitively-oriented preschools (High Scope), behavioral approaches to learning (Portage, Distar),even start, early childhood family education, and school readiness.


Learning outcomes


  • Articulate the theoretical basis for the major program models.
  • Critically evaluate models in light of contemporary standards of quality.
  • Develop a plan for a high quality early childhood program using the best features of the curriculum models.
  • Evaluate program quality using a standard assessment tool-ECERS.
  • Identify curriculum models for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • Identify the key characteristics of the major early childhood program models.
  • Summarize the foundational research on the major early childhood curriculum models.