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2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 College Catalog and Student Handbook
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ECED 1050 - Early Childhood Play and Curriculum

Academic Division:

Liberal Arts

Academic Discipline:

Early Childhood Education

Assistant Dean: Steve Haynes PhD
3 Credit(s)
In this course candidates will realize how children’s learning through play is profoundly affected by the social and physical environment they are in. Candidates will discover ways to assist children in meeting outcomes (set forth by the Ohio Department of Education Office of Early Learning and School Readiness) primarily through play. Candidates will also intentionally design environments that provide children with materials, tools, and challenges that allow children’s development to flourish as candidates devise appropriate plans to scaffold children’s learning. In doing so, candidates identify their role as a facilitator, the children’s role, and the environment’s role as the third teacher. UG
2 Lab Hour(s)
2 Lecture Hour(s);
College Wide Outcomes
College-Wide Learning Outcomes Assessments - - How it is met & When it is met
Communication – Written  
Communication – Speech  
Intercultural Knowledge and Competence  
Critical Thinking  
Information Literacy  
Quantitative Literacy  


Student Learning Outcomes for Course
Outcomes Assessments – How it is met & When it is met

1. Promoting Child development and Learning:

a. Recognize and describe young children’s

characteristics and needs as they relate to their


b. Recognize, understand and describe the multiple

influences on development and learning including

the importance of play in child development.

c. Create models for healthy, respectful, supportive,

and challenging learning environments for young




Chapter Questions and/or Lab assignment- Weekly

2. Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support

Young children and Families:

a. Demonstrate and use observation, documentation,

and other appropriate assessment tools to develop

appropriate activities.

b. Practice responsible assessment to promote positive

outcomes for each child.



Chapter Questions and/or Lab assignment - Weekly

3. Using Effective Early Childhood Approaches:

a. Demonstrate and use effective approaches,

strategies, and tools to create appropriate center

activities for early education.

b. Describe the importance of positive relationships

and supportive interactions as the foundation of

their work with children.

c. Recognize and compare the different theorist

approaches in creating an appropriate environment

that supports children’s play as their work.



Chapter Questions and/or Lab assignment – Weekly

4. Developing Effective Early Childhood Curriculum


a. Explain the central concepts, inquiry tools, and

importance of center design in the early

childhood classroom.

b. Explain and identify the developmental functions

of dramatic play and socio-dramatic play as well

as demonstrate an ability to select and use

appropriate classroom management techniques

to facilitate socio-dramatic play.

c. Explain the value of and identify the

mathematical concepts as well as the progression

of development that takes place through

children’s play with blocks.

d. Explain and identify the importance of Sensory

activities for all children as well as demonstrate

an understanding of appropriate sensory


e. Recognize the difference between product and

process in developing creative art activities.

f. Explain and identify the importance of Creative

Art activities for all children as well as

demonstrate an understanding of appropriate




Demonstration of center displays – Week 12, 13, &/or 14.

Environment arrangement assignment – Week 13, 14, &/or 16;

Chapter Questions and/or Lab assignments – Weekly

5. Becoming a Professional:

a. Understand and describe the importance of

engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to

inform practice.

b. Demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and

critical perspectives on early childhood




Group Work Reflection – Week 14 - 16

Written self-evaluation and critiques of center displays – Weeks 12, 13 &/or 14

Chapter Questions and/or Lab assignments – Weekly -


Standard Grading Scale
93-100      A

90 - 92      A-

87- 89       B+

83 - 86      B

80 -82       B-

77- 79       C+

73 - 76      C

70 -72       C-

67- 69       D+

63 - 66      D

60 -62       D-

00- 59       F

Statement on Diversity
North Central State College believes that every student is a valued and equal member of the community.*  Every student brings different experiences to the College, and all are important in enriching academic life and developing greater understanding and appreciation of one another. Therefore, NC State College creates an inclusive culture in which students feel comfortable sharing their experiences. Discrimination and prejudice have no place on the campus, and the College takes any complaint in this regard seriously. Students encountering aspects of the instruction that result in barriers to their sense of being included and respected should contact the instructor, assistant dean, or dean without fear of reprisal. 

*Inclusive of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin (ancestry), military status (past, present or future), disability, age (40 years or older), status as a parent during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of a child, status as a parent of a young child, status as a foster parent, genetic information, or sexual orientation, 

Standard NCSC Course Policies
Important information regarding College Procedures and Policies can be found on the syllabus supplement located at this link



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