BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECL-156 - Engaging Programs I - 3.00 Credits

AECL-156 - Engaging Programs I - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Program Planning I prepares learners to evaluate and design Early Childhood Education programs for developmentally appropriate practice and holistic child development within mainstream and Aboriginal contexts. Topics covered include learning through play, developmentally appropriate practice, anti-bias curriculum development, and creating Early Childhood Education programs that support diversity and inclusion.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : Admission to the program.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Explain how to combine developmentally appropriate practice with program planning to support the whole child within an ECE program.

  • Discuss the relevance of child development to planning programs and experiences for young children.

  • Evaluate, design, and integrate curriculums to promote diversity and inclusion in a mainstream and an Aboriginal context.

  • Analyze Aboriginal and mainstream ECE programs for inclusivity and supporting the diversity of all children.

  • Define the term "anti-bias curriculum" and describe how antibias strategies can be incorporated into ECE programs including the philosophy, policies, and procedures.

  • Describe ways, through program development, to promote positive relationships and interactions among children, parents, and caregivers.

  • Define the term "child centered" and explain the importance of learning through play. Discuss the various ways Aboriginal cultures support learning through play.

  • Define the terms "play" and "developmentally appropriate practice".

  • Discuss the role of the caregiver in helping children develop social skills and attitudes that encourage children to become participating members of groups and communities.

  • Discuss the concept of citizenship from both an Aboriginal and a mainstream perspective.

  • Discuss basic systems theory and its key components including the nature of open and closed systems and the effect of change within the systems. Also, discuss the power imbalances that can occur in systems.

  • Discuss family systems, the childcare system, community and social service systems and the educational system.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Gestwicki, Carol. Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education. Current Edition. Clifton Park. Thompson Delmar Learning.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 31, 2012.