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Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Candidates will be able to:

  1. Use their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and meaningful learning experiences for each and every young child. 
  1. Use their understanding in child development knowledge to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child. 
  2. Understand that successful early childhood education depends upon partnerships with children’s families and communities and use their understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the program level through pre- and post-tests, papers, self-evaluations and/or targeted professional reflections, courses critical tasks, and internship experiences in the following: EEC 4307 Cognitive Experience for Young Children, EC 4940 Internship Assessment for Continuous Professional Improvement, EDF 3201 Diversity of Human Experience Field Experience, EDF 3201 Diversity of Human Experience Analysis of Student and Family Learning Environment, EEC 4307 Cognitive Experiences, EDG 3201 Professional Studies Classroom Management Plan, EEC 4940 Internship Early Childhood.

 

Communication Skills

Candidates will be able to:

  1. Understand that positive relationships and supportive interactions are the foundations of their work with all children and families.
  2. Understand the need for a repertoire of effective strategies and understand the importance of the use of technology as a resource to support informed practice and decision making.

Communication skills are assessed at the program level through pre- and post-tests, papers, self-evaluations and/or targeted professional reflections, courses critical tasks, and internship experiences in the following: RED 4310 Early Learning Literacy Field Experience Log,  EEC 3268 Play, Development and Assessment Individual Child Case Study, TSL 4520 Second Language Acquisition, Community and Culture/ESOL Field Experience, EEC 4307 Cognitive Experience for Young Children Assessment Paper, EEC 4307- Cognitive Experience for Young Children Project Plan Young Investigators.

 

Critical Thinking Skills

Candidates will be able to:

  1. Understand that teaching and learning with young children is a complex enterprise, and its details vary depending on children’s ages, characteristics, and the settings within which teaching and learning occur.
  2. Identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession.  They seek continuous improvement and are collaborative learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on their work, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources. 

Critical thinking skills are assessed at the program level through pre- and post-tests, papers, self-evaluations and/or targeted professional reflections, courses critical tasks, and internship experiences in the following: EEC 4940 Internship Evaluation/ Observations of the Learning Environment/Instructional Facilitation/Continuous Professional Development, EEC 4942 Integrated Field/Internship Experience and Non Final Internship Evaluation, EEC 4307 Cognitive Experience for Young Children Assessment Paper.