Courses

The following is a list of our lower division online early childhood courses. Click here for a list of our upper division ECE coursework available in our Bachelor’s Degree. All online Early Childhood Education courses are taught from a Christian world view and are presented from Biblical perspectives.

ECED 101 – Child, Growth, & Development (3 units)

This course covers the study of social, emotional, intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual areas of development from conception through middle childhood with an emphasis on the preschool years. Theories of development are studied along with the various stages of growth. These concepts will be presented from a Biblical perspective.

ECED 103 – Child, Family and Community (3 Units)

This course covers the study of how family, school, and community affect a child’s development. An emphasis will be placed on the family unit and the parents’ roles in being the primary educator of their child. Community resources are investigated and advocacy for children is explored.

ECED 106 - Introduction to Curriculum for the Young Child (3 Units)

This course provides an overview of the planning, preparation, and delivery of a developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. The role of the teacher and the curriculum in supporting the development of the whole child will be analyzed. The class will cover the basic components and developmentally appropriate implementation of curriculum across content areas. Though not required, completion of ECED 101 Child Growth and Development is recommended.

ECED 108 – Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children (3 units)

This course presents an overview of the historical development and philosophies of early education. Students will examine the relationship among developmental theory, philosophy, and practice in early education. Students will explore a wide range of early childhood curriculum models. The ecological contexts and relationships affecting young children’s development will be analyzed. This course includes a review of teaching strategies supporting all children’s development. Though not required, completion of ECED 101 Child Growth and Development is recommended.

ECED 109 – Infant/Toddler (3 units)

This course is an overview of the characteristic needs of infants and toddlers from birth through age three. Appropriate learning environments and routine experiences will be discussed. Social, cognitive, physical, and sensory motor behavior patterns will be applied in theory and through observation in relation to the environment. A focus on the development of curriculum in meeting the individual needs of the children and the role of the teacher in facilitating growth through play experiences will be emphasized.

ECED 121 – Administration of Early Education Programs I (3 units)

(Formerly ECED 120 Introduction to Early Education Administration) Application of the basic principles for the establishment, operation, supervision and evaluation of a preschool/ daycare program. This includes an overview and history of ECE programs, philosophy development, licensing standards, and assessment of management techniques. Christian philosophy and development will be integrated. This meets the minimum licensing course requirement for operating a licensed daycare program.

ECED 126 – Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 units)

This course will examine current issues facing the early education professional in understanding diversity as it impacts the classroom. In many early childhood classrooms there has been an increase in the number of children with racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity, as well as the numbers of children with disabilities or developmental delays. This diversity brings many challenges, as well as many opportunities to educators. Factors of working with and supporting diverse populations of young children and their families will be discussed including relevant teaching methods and materials.

ECED 132 – Early Education Practicum (3 units) Must register 3 weeks prior to class start date!

This course is designed for the student to demonstrate practical application of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching techniques and skills. Emphasis will be on designing, implementing, and evaluating classroom experiences for young children. Observation and evaluation of classroom experiences, environmental design, classroom management, and parent communication will be emphasized to promote optimal development for young children. Biblical perspectives will be integrated throughout the course. Fieldwork will be completed in the student’s own classroom or by approval of the instructor. Students will videotape their teaching in order to be evaluated by the instructor and fellow classmates. Though not required, ECED 101 Child Growth and Development and ECED 106 Introduction to Curriculum for the Young Child are recommended prior to taking this course. Below are some questions you might have about the Practicum course.

What about the teaching site?

The student is responsible for finding his or her own licensed teaching site. If you are currently employed at an early childhood center, this site may be used. The student must get approval of the teaching site and find a mentor, to be approved by teacher prior to first day of class.

What is a mentor?
A mentor is a lead teacher in an early childhood facility with a minimum of an Associates of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and  is willing to provide guidance for a student teacher in gaining practical classroom knowledge. 

What are the course requirements ?
The practicum student will spend approximately 75 hours over 8 weeks under observation by a mentor.  A video camera will be needed for recording lessons.

ECED 135 – Health, Safety, & Nutrition for  the Young Child (3 units)

This course presents healthy practices that promote safety, nutrition, and wellness for the young child. Strategies will be introduced that include families in developing health awareness. In addition, safety issues inclusive of disaster and emergency planning along with creating safe environments within an early education setting will be emphasized.

ECED 137 – Observation & Assessment (3 units)

This course will offer opportunities for students to develop in-depth knowledge and skills as early childhood professionals with a focus on research, policy, and best practices in early childhood assessment and to link assessment to curriculum planning and program evaluation. Focus will be on students acquiring knowledge about informal and formal developmental screening assessment instruments for young children, how to select and how to use the appropriate instrument to determine initial information that will facilitate individual learning environments and strategies. Though not required, completion of ECED 101 Child Growth and Development and ECED 106 Introduction to Curriculum for the Young Child are recommended.

ECED 139 – Adult Supervision & Mentoring (3 units)

This course will cover the methods and principles of supervising adults who are teachers, assistants, or volunteers in early childhood classrooms. Emphasis is on the role of experienced classroom teachers who function as mentors to new teachers while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, parents and other staff.

ECED 150 – Spiritual Formation of the Young Child (3 units)

This course will further students’ own understanding and personal journey of spiritual formation and how that relates to the spiritual transformation of young children. The process of how the inner life is formed in young children towards an intimate relationship with God will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be placed on relationship, experience, and practice of the spiritual disciplines that create the context for spiritual formation to occur. A systematic approach will be given that lays the foundation for regular practices in the classroom. The relationship between the church, home, and the early education program will be explored as the foundational environments where spiritual transformation is developed.

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Note: Vanguard’s Early Childhood Education students are from across the nation and world, and it is not possible to guarantee which courses will meet each state’s/country’s formal training requirements in early education. It is the students’ sole responsibility to confirm with their local state licensing/accreditation agency which ECE courses will meet their formal training requirements. Students should confirm prior to registering with Vanguard which courses meet the requirements for their state/country.