ECED 101 - Principles and Practices I

The student will examine the values of quality program components and program evaluation. This includes the study of history, philosophy, and current educational trends in the field of Early Childhood Education.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks:  15



HDEC 100 (may be taken concurrently).


Non-Course Prerequisites: 

Admission into the Early Childhood Education and Care Program, Ministry of Justice Schedule B CRC (works with children)





Course Content:
Overview of the field:
- Developmentally appropriate programs
- Issues
Overview of the field:
- Early influences on ECE
- History of ECE in Canada
- Program models
- Goals, objectives and evaluation of Early Childhood Education and Care
-Roles of the Early Childhood Educator
- Exploring diversity in Early Childhood Education and Care
- Training
- Wages
- Professionalism
- Burnout



Learning Outcomes:
To provide a basic introduction and overview to the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE).
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Comprehend the historical perspective, role, purpose and growth of Early Childhood Education and Care
- Discuss and compare the similarities and differences between influential people, theorists, events, and program models in ECE
- Define quality in Early Childhood Education and Care programs
- Compare Early Childhood Education provincially in terms of: licensing, staff qualifications, group size ratios, centre size and programming
- Specify current licensing practices of ECE in B.C.
- Identify the components of distinct Early Childhood Education and Care programs
- Discern the roles of the governing bodies
- Describe the needs and interrelationship between children, families, society, and educators
- Explore the role of the professional Early Childhood Educator


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Additional Course Comments:
Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry Occupational
Competencies Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry Occupational Competencies
A. Understanding:
- A-1
   Range of historic and current theoretical approaches to child growth and development from a cross-cultural perspective
   Personal perspective on child growth and development to guide practice.
- A-2 Children’s right

    Children’s right to the provision of high-quality inclusive services that honour diversity
- A-3
   Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) Code of Ethics and ethical decision-making and judgement;
   Relevant legal and/or contractual obligations that guide practice;
   Appropriate professional boundaries
   Impact of personal values and philosophy on practice.
B. Ability:
- B-2
   Promote inclusion
- B-3
   Observe in unbiased and non-judgmental ways;
   Document observations in clear language and through other accessible methods;
C. Knowledge
- C-2
   Governmental mandates and jurisdictions;
   Current licensing and/or registration regulations;
   Organizational structure, authority and procedures for provincial and local Community Care Facilities licensing;
   Current Child, Family and Community Services Act including the duty to report neglect or abuse and reporting protocols
   Freedom of Information and Privacy Regulations
6-b-1; 6-b-2
6-c-1; 6-c-2
7-b-1; 7-b-3; 7-b-7


Text Books:

Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current books lists.