Early Childhood Education II for Professional Development

The Early Childhood Education II course is designed to provide an overview of the professional expectations of being an early childhood educator. Throughout the course, students will learn about what it means to be a professional, including the significance of professional development in any educational role. They will review observational methods and the history of education in the United States, with a focus on early childhood and school-age programs. They will spend a significant portion of the course learning about the importance of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (“DAP”) and how to implement DAP strategies. Designing physical, social, and temporal environments will also be a major focus of the course, as will developing
relationships with families and communities to strengthen their position and knowledge.

This course prepares students for the Child Development Associate (CDA). Certification requires that students take both Early Childhood Education I and
Early Childhood Education II. These courses prepare students for the  reapplication phase of 120 hours of instruction in the core areas of focus.


Course Outline

Module 1 – Professionalism Part I
Module 2 – Professionalism Part II
Module 3 – Observation & Recording Methods
Module 4 – The History of School-Age Childcare
Module 5 – Developmentally Appropriate Care & Activities for Infants & Toddlers
Module 6 – Schedules, Spaces, & Experiences that Enhance Children’s Total Growth
Module 7 – Language Use and Acquisition
Module 8 – DAP for Programs Serving Children Birth Through Age 8
Module 9 – Professional Relationship Skills
Module 10 – Brain Research and Communication Skills
Module 11 – Preparing for the Child Development Associate Certification