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Careers and Basics of Early Childhood Education

Grades: 9 - 12

Careers and Basics of Early Childhood Education is designed to help improve the quality in early care and education programs by training the next generation of teachers. Adapted from our higher ed course Foundations of Early Childhood Education, this course is a great CTE program for students considering a career in education.

Program Details

Careers and Basics of Early Childhood Education is designed to help improve the quality in early care and education programs by training the next generation of teachers. The program features skill building with a solid theoretical base and provides students with an overview of early childhood programs using examples, anecdotes, and scenarios. Readers will come away with an understanding of what makes a quality program where children gain the foundations they need for school success and beyond.

Key Features

Designed with the content and support tools to assist both new and seasoned teachers energize our next generation of educators.

  • New coverage of recognizing the impact of the environment and culture on learning
  • Discussion of how we perceive the capabilities of infants and toddlers and the impacts on how we teach
  • For Further Readings expanded in select chapters to include additional reading suggestions
  • SmartBook® delivers personalized, adaptive learning tailored to each student’s individual needs by pinpointing knowledge gaps and focusing instruction on the concepts that require additional study

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Part 1: Foundations of the Teaching–Learning Process 

  • Chapter 1 - Early Childhood Education as a Career 3
  • Chapter 2 - First Things First: Health and Safety Through Observation 37
  • Chapter 3 - Communicating with Young Children 60
  • Chapter 4 - Facilitating Young Children’s Work and Play 85
  • Chapter 5 - Guiding Young Children’s Behavior 121
  • Chapter 6 - The Teacher as Model 150
  • Chapter 7 - Modeling Adult Relationships in Early Childhood Settings 178

Part 2: Foundations in Supporting Development and Learning

  • Chapter 8 - Setting Up the Physical Environment 211
  • Chapter 9 - Creating a Social-Emotional Environment 247
  • Chapter 10 - Routines 272
  • Chapter 11 - Developmental Tasks as the Curriculum: How to Support Children at Each Stage 297
  • Chapter 12 - Observing, Recording, and Assessing 325

Part 3: Planning for Learning and Development by Enhancing Children’s Curiosity, Joy, and Sense of Wonder

  • Chapter 13 - Enhancing Children’s Learning and Development Through Language and Emergent Literacy 354
  • Chapter 14 - Fostering Joy in Developmentally Appropriate Experiences in Math and Science 387
  • Chapter 15 - Integrating Art, Music, and Social Studies into a Holistic Curriculum 412