This course examines the social development of young children from birth to age eight from a positive child guidance perspective. Theoretical foundations related to child development will be explored in conjunction with the implementation of various models to effectively support young children in a global community. Topics will include: stages of social/emotional development of children from 0-8 years old, defining and distinguishing problem behaviors, adopting appropriate guidance techniques for developing self-control and accountability in young children and structuring the classroom environment and curriculum to teach pro-social skills. Understanding and working with children with special needs in an inclusive setting, identifying and promoting culturally sensitive guidance, working with families and communities as partners and resources will be integrated throughout the course.
Prerequisite: ECHD 101
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester