ECD302 - Philosophy of Early Childhood Education (ECE)

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Last revision date 2018-07-09 08:52:59.202
Last review date 2018-07-09 08:52:59.204

Subject Title
Philosophy of Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Subject Description
This course encourages students to examine various philosophical approaches to early childhood education with a view to developing and stating their own philosophy. The course content addresses both historical and current factors in the development of theoretical perspectives. It focuses on comparing and contrasting some theories which differ dramatically in their approaches to early education.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify the historical influence of Early Childhood Education.

2. Articulate their own philosophy of Early Childhood Education and child care based on their understanding of a variety of program models and philosophers.

3. Determine the challenges that arise when a philosophy is "put into practice".

4. Identify and apply the contribution of various philosophers and their roles within the various traditions, and assess how they relate to the student's personal philosophy.

5. Identify, discuss and present their own personal philosophy, issues of inclusion and bias-free education.

6. Examine current issues in Early Childhood Education from a philosophical perspective.

7. Examine how their own personal philosophy deals with specific issues in a practical and solution based approach.

8. Review present day ECE principles and ethics.

9. Identify the requirements of professional practice.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education diploma, students should have achieved the following generic outcomes and vocational skills.

Generic Skills Learning Outcomes
Early Childhood Education Programs

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of audiences.
2. reframe information, ideas, and concepts using the narrative, visual, numerical, and symbolic representations which demonstrate understanding.
3. apply a wide variety of mathematical techniques with the degree of accuracy required to solve problems and make decisions.
4. use a variety of computer hardware and software and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to the performance of tasks.
5. interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
6. evaluate her or his own thinking throughout the steps and processes used in problem solving and decision making.
7. collect, analyze, and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.
8. evaluate the validity of arguments based on qualitative and quantitative information in order to accept or challenge the findings of others.
9. create innovative strategies and/or products that meet identified needs.
10. manage the use of time and other resources to attain personal and/or project-related goals.
11. take responsibility for her or his own actions and decisions.
12. adapt to new situations and demands by applying and/or updating her or his knowledge and skills.
13. represent her or his skills, knowledge, and experience realistically for personal and employment purposes.

Early Childhood Education Programs

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. plan curriculum* that is based on a thorough understanding of child development*.
2. plan and implement individual programs and curriculum* to meet the developmental needs of children*.
3. utilize a variety of observation techniques* to enhance work with children*, families*, and co-workers.
4. maintain responsive relationships* with individual children* and groups of children*.
5. establish and maintain safe and healthy environments* which best meet the requirements of current legislation*, regulatory bodies, and program policies.
6. develop and maintain effective written, oral, nonverbal, and electronic communications with children*, families*, co-workers, employers, and individuals/agencies.

7. apply relevant legislation*, policies, procedures, and regulations to early childhood education programs and settings in a changing social context.
8. apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards*.
9. act in a manner consistent with principles of fairness, equity, and diversity* to support the development and learning of individual children*, within the context of his/her family*, culture*, and society.

(1) @2002, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

*see web site at:

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All subjects in Module 1
Can be taken concurrently with Module 2 subjects and upon completion of EAC150

Prerequisite:  Current police check from local police agency, Seneca Medical Form, First Aid/CPR Seneca 911 or Level C.

Topic Outline
1. Historical Foundations  of ECE
2. ECE Theorists
3. Current ECE curriculum and  philosophies
4. Current issues in ECE
5. Developing a personal philosophy
6. Introduction to ECE professional practice

Mode of Instruction
In  class will include lectures, discussions, presentations and videos.

On-line will include discussions, readings, assignments and research.

Prescribed Texts
On-Line Delivery Mode:

No textbook

Traditional Classroom Delivery Mode:

Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education, with Enhanced Pearson eText--Access Card Package, 4/E
By Lissanna M. Follari; Prentice Hall, ISBN-10: 0134747348 • ISBN-13: 9780134747347

ELECT -"Early Learning Learning for Every Child Today- A framework for Ontario early childhood settings"  

College of ECE of Ontario Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice:

Reference Material
A Writer's Resource, 3rd edition
By Maimon, Peritz, Rubens, McGraw Hill, ISBN#9780070685840

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  All assignments are due in hard copy form at the beginning of class. Late assignments will be subject to the following penalties:
After the start of class to one week late: 10% of total assignment grade will be deducted.
Second week late: 20% of total assignment grade will be deducted . If the assignment is not submitted within the two weeks after the due date it will be assumed that the student chooses not to submit the assignment and a grade of 0 will be assigned. The final grade will be calculated by adding the grades for the assignments submitted.

Students must request an extension for assignments in writing before the assignment due date. Extensions will be granted on an individual basis and many require submission of documentation to verify lateness. The instructor will determine any grade penalty that may apply.
Assignments / Presentations are to be grammatically correct, and marks will be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in both written assignments and class discussions.

All assignments / presentations must be cited.  Students are referred to the recommended Text " A Writer's Resource" or the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and assessments.  It is your responsibility to cover any missed materials.   Presentations or exams missed without sufficient documented reason, will result in a grade of zero for the missed assessment(s).

The student must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on the term work and the final exam to pass the course.
 For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices or online at:

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Traditional Classroom Delivery Mode:
25% -  ECE Great Educators Report and Class Presentation
30% -  Personal ECE Philosophy  Paper
15% -  Reflection on Professional Practice
30%  - Final Examination

On-Line Delivery Mode:
10% - Participation
70% - Assignments
20% - Online Tests

Note:    Seneca College's grading policy applies to on-line subjects


Approved by: Sandra Noble