CDEC 1313
Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A study of the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate curriculum designs and implementation in early care and education programs for children birth through age eight.
    2. Required Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Define developmentally appropriate practices
    2. Describe the process of child-centered curriculum development
    3. Develop guidelines for creating learning environments
    4. Schedule including routines and transitions
    5. Select, plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The midterm and final exam must be proctored by an approved testing organization. (ask your instructor for more details)
    2. Students will be allowed to use their book and notes for the midterm exam
    3. Students will NOT be allowed to use their book and notes for the final exam
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Assignments        60%
    2. Midterm               20%
    3. Final                    20%
  5. Information on Books
    1. Required Book: Early Education Curriculum: A Child’s Connection to the World, 6th Edition Cengage Learning
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Student with disabilities
  7. Course Content
Chapter 1

Starting the Process

Learning and Development Theories of ECE
Child Development and Learning
Individual Strengths, Interests, and Needs
Social and Cultural Contexts
Developmental Stages of Play
Theorists and Play
Fostering Play

Chapter 2

Observation and Assessment

Child Outcomes
Anecdotal Record

Chapter 3

Creating Curriculum

Schedules and Routines
Culture is Learned
Themes and Units

Chapter 4

The Learning Environment

Arrangement of the Learning Environment

Chapter 5

Language and Literacy

Purposes and Values of Children’s Books
Language Development
Literacy Development
Integrating Literature into other Curriculum Areas

Chapter 6

Creativity: Art and Music

Art Development
Music Development
Outdoor Environment
Aesthetic Environment
Special Needs

Chapter 7

The Child’s World: Social Studies and Dramatic Play

Understanding Fantasy and Reality in Young Children
Goals of Dramatic Play
Goals of Early Education Social Studies

Chapter 8

Sensory Play

Developmental Stages of Sensory Play
The Learning Environment

Chapter 9


Developmental Stages of Science Play and Learning
The Learning Environment

Chapter 10


Developmental Stages of Math
The Learning Environment

Chapter 11

Fine Motor and Manipulatives

Developmental Stages of Fine Motor and Manipulative Play

Chapter 12

Large Motor and Outdoor Play

Developmental Stages of Large Motor and Outdoor Play

Chapter 13

Construction: Blocks and Woodworking

Developmental Stages of Block Building
Planning and Preparing the Environment



Last Modified: August 15, 2017