Graduates in the Early Childhood Education Program will be able to:
A. Interpret children’s unique developmental patterns and identify supportive resources for children who may require further assessment.
B. Differentiate instruction, strategies, materials, content, levels of complexity, and language to support diverse learning styles and abilities through incorporation of evidence-based practices, including universal design and children’s interests.
C. Create and supervise a safe and healthy learning environment that maximizes student learning.
D. Use assessment results for the purpose of planning appropriate programs, environments, and interactions and adapting for individual differences.
E. Create engaging environments that meet the diverse development and learning needs of each child.
F. Demonstrate professionalism in image, behavior and disposition.
G. Demonstrate collaboration skills that are necessary to work together as a team.
H. Recommend strategies to advocate for the field of early childhood and for the families including those that are culture and linguistic diverse.
I. Develop plans based on children responses and provide different pathways based on children’s needs.
J. Revise and adapt strategies and techniques for facilitating meaningful inclusion of individuals with a range of abilities and experiences based on children feedback.
K. Provide developmentally appropriate activities to meet the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.
Program Completers: Successful completion of all ECE courses in the program.
Assessment measures: Written samples and a complete student portfolio that includes:
- Lesson plan forms that reflect developmentally appropriate learning (Any of the following classes: ECE 125; ECE 127; ECE 202; ECE 204; ECE 209).