ECD643 - Curriculum/Program Planning

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Subject Title
Curriculum/Program Planning

Subject Description
In this final methodology subject students use their knowledge of child development and their insights into individual children, acquired throughout the previous ECE subjects, to plan and adapt developmentally appropriate programs for individuals and the entire group. They set long term goals and specific objectives based on the developmental needs and interests of the children. Students identify areas where they need to grow and develop in order to become competent lead teachers in an Early Childhood Education classroom. Students will be expected to demonstrate and apply their knowledge acquired in Module 1, 2 and 3 subjects.

Credit Status
One credit in the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program. To obtain credit in both FWK643 and ECD643 students must successfully pass both subjects. Passing only one of these subjects will result in a failing grade for both subjects.

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

1. Design and assess an inclusive learning environment.

2. Apply planning principles for inclusive early learning environments.

3. Integrate information from observations, child development theory, planning principles and developmental profile assessment, to develop a child's profile.

4. Engage in an ongoing planning process which includes carefully observing children's interests and questions, providing concrete learning experiences, reflecting on these experiences and generating new ideas.

5. Make adaptations in the physical environment, social environment, planned experiences, and teaching methods to successfully include individual children.

6. Plan, implement and evaluate learning opportunities based on the Emergent Curriculum and Project Approach.

7. Summarize concerns and observations re: individual children, and present this information in an organized way.

8. Engage in a reflective process:
a) Identify one's role as an Early Childhood Educator
b) Integrate learning from curriculum into professional practice

9. Integrate a personal philosophy for learning into curriculum development and delivery.

10. Organize and compile a professional development portfolio that reflects ECE experience and philosophy.

11. Identify the CECE standards 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.

Vocational Learning Outcomes
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 courses in Modules 1, 2 and 3.

Students without required prerequisites must consult the program co-ordinator before registering.
- All required documents: Current Police Check, First Aid/CPR Level C, Seneca Medical Form.


Mandatory:  FWK643

Topic Outline
1. The Inclusive environment
2. Observations and assessments to identify development and interests
3. Emergent curriculum planning for the group
4. Environmental assessment
5. Guidance intervention strategies
6. Portfolios

Mode of Instruction
Classes will include:
- short lectures, discussions, workshops, in-class group projects and activities
- on-going discussion of the texts, related readings and related field placement situations
- support for each student to discuss on-going responsibilities and requirements in their field placement 

Prescribed Texts
Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, New Edition;
By Harmes, Clifford, Cryer, 1998; Teachers College Press, ISBN#9780807755709

Emergent Curriculum in early Childhood Setttings: From Theory to Practice
By S. Stacey, Monarch Books Canada, ISBN#9781933653419

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

How Does Learning Happen?

College of ECE of Ontario

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
Student must pass both the class and field placement requirements of both co-requisite courses. Failure to pass either the class or the field placement course will result in a failing grade in the co-requisite course as well.

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:

Students will be assessed with the understanding that they have completed Module 1, 2 and 3.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

      40% - Project Implementation and Presentation Assignment
      30% - Portfolio Assignment
      30% - Final Exam


Approved by: Sandra Noble